Summer 2023 Canoe Trips

We encourage you to plan far in advance to book your BWCAW canoe trip-by mid January or earlier-to assure the best options for permit availability. All BWCAW permits for summer 2023 canoe camping trips become available on a first-come, first-served basis on Jan. 25, 2023, at 9am CST.

It’s truly never too early to book a fully outfitted/professionally guided 2023 Boundary Waters canoe camping adventure with Women’s Wilderness Discovery. For an easily accessible price of $200 per day/per adult we provide all necessary trail gear, gourmet food, permit reservation & user fees, and your professional wilderness guide. So plan those fabulous canoe trip dates EARLY because reservations for the summer season fill quickly. No kidding. Don’t delay! Contact Women’s Wilderness Discovery today. We’ll be happy to email you the necessary Registration & Planning documents right away!

Let us create the canoe trip you’ve been dreaming of with dates that work for you and your group of friends or family members. Don’t have a ready-made group of your own? You can kick-off a Join On trip! Just choose your trip dates, then let us know you’d like to open the trip for other women to join. What a great way to meet new friends! Or simply book one of our Join On Canoe Trips listed below. Each Boundary Waters wilderness trip is limited to 8 campers plus your guide.

Click the ‘Cost’ tab for more details and feel free to contact us to book or ask questions.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified of future trips and other news!

CANOE SEASON 2023: Our wilderness guides are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID19. We trust you’ll do the same and keep everyone safe.

***JOIN ON Canoe Camping Adventures in the BWCAW***

We’ll be happy to email you the necessary Registration & Planning documents for the trip you’re interested in joining.

JUNE/Tue 6 – Sun 11, 2023. $1,200 per adult (8 max). 6 spots available. If you love the wilderness for beautiful spring blooms, abundant warblers, and long daylight hours, this is your trip. Bugs? Sure, but they’re here to feed those nesting birds, and pollinate our all-important blueberry bushes. So, bring your repellent & head net…it’s well worth the experience! This trip will depart from Lake One entry point out of Ely, MN, with plenty of options for travel routes.

JUNE/Tue 27 – Fri 30, 2023. $800 per adult (8 max). This trip is full! Ask to be ‘waitlisted’ or check out other fun dates. Summer is now one week along, and it’s the perfect time to experience this special wild place. The sun and our abundant lakes are warming nicely. The days are long and lazy, the evenings settle in to the sound of loons. Perhaps a late night to gaze up at a star-filled sky? Don’t miss out!

JULY/Mon 10 – Fri 14, 2023. $1,000 per adult (8 max) Ah, those lazy, sun drenched summer days! We bet you’re ready to break away now for a peaceful, serene 5 days of ‘me time’ in the BWCAW. Hammocks, a good book, swimming and breathing deeply. What are you waiting for?

JULY/Tue 18 – Fri 21, 2023. $800 per adult (8 max). 2 spots available. This is the heart of summer for many folks. Hot sunshine and warmer waters.  Skinny dipping is the best! The wilderness begins to quiet down now that all the spring mating & nesting is behind us. The haunting call of the loons is magical, as are the starry nights in this Dark Sky park, which may entice you to stay up later than usual.

AUGUST/Tue 1 – Mon 7, 2023. $1,400 per adult (8 max). 4 spots available. Sweet August rolls in with a big full moon as we paddle into the BWCAW. Sweet, sweet summer! No promises of completely bug-free travel, but the bugs are simmering down by this time. Beautiful solitude, lovely swimming, crackling campfire…and those loons, busy teaching their chicks all they need to know before autumn sets in.

AUGUST/Wed 16 – Sun 20, 2023. $1,000 per adult (8 max). 2 spots available Guaranteed Dark Skies for you diligent star-gazers. We begin this wonderful summer adventure with a New Moon phase, perfect for starry reflections in the water if we are fortunate to have clear night skies. SO worth it!

SEPTEMBER/Mon 18 – Sat 23, 2023. $1,200 per (8 max). 6 spots still available. Savor & celebrate the end of summer as you paddle the BWCAW with us. Bugs are gone, nights are cooling rapidly, and those glorious fall colors are beginning to pop. This trip ends on the first day of autumn.  What could be better?!

SEPTEMBER/Wed 27 – Sat 30, 2023. $800 per adult (8 max). 2 spots still available. This is it folks! We close out the ‘summer’ canoe season as it officially ends upon our return. You’ll be surrounded by brilliant foliage, the smell of autumn in the boreal duff, and no swatting mosquitoes, and far fewer travelers to cross paths with now. This is a time of warm sun and cool air. The perfect blend to the end of summer & start of early autumn. Don’t wait!

Our group limit is 8 campers and includes fully outfitted gear, customized food plan, all USFS user fees, and your professional guide. Refer to our ‘Cost’ page for youth pricing. Boundary Waters entry permits are required and become available to reserve the last Wednesday of January each year. Book your trip early for the best selection of wilderness entry points! These permits are reserved on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

It’s easy to choose your own dates for a multi-day canoe trip with friends or family members. We’re always happy to custom craft a trip! Or perhaps booking a day trip better fits your schedule while visiting Ely, MN. Call or email to discuss the possibilities. Our 2023 summer canoe season is already booking… Contact us today!