Paddle the Quiet Side®
Where the Kawishiwi River joins Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters canoe trips are good for your soul, easy on your budget, and a perfect workout. You won't even miss the gym.
Fresh air ...endless
Loon calls ...peaceful
The experience ...priceless!
It's about natural beauty...
Located on a secluded wilderness peninsula on beautiful Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River, just 4 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and a short 10 minutes from the quaint town of Ely, the "Paddle the Quiet Side"® setting of River Point Outfitting Co. has the naturally beautiful and equally amazing million acre Boundary Waters wilderness at its doorstep.
Your Adventure Is Waiting…Paddle the Quiet Side®
The South Kawishiwi River, BWCA entry point #32, is the east border of River Point and allows for diverse canoe routes to explore for any number of days. Know that River Point Outfitting also services all entry points into the Boundary Waters in the Ely/Isabella area.
It's about serenity...
Serenity and peacefulness aptly describe the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness experience. Backpackers, birdwatchers, fishing enthusiasts, and photographers can find tranquility in this area with its lush, deep green forests and clean lakes and rivers.
River Point Outfitting Co is one of the premier Boundary Waters outfitters, having the strategic distinction of being the only lake-based BWCA canoe trip outfitter with doorstep paddle access to and from eleven different entry points in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Ely, Minnesota. The conduit providing this incredible access to and from so many entry points is the scenic South Kawishiwi River.
Preparing to portage around the rapids on the South Kawishiwi River on the "paddle back" to River Point.
The option to "paddle back" to River Point on the last day of your trip from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the scenic, yet wild, South Kawishiwi River is most serene and most gratifying. Four short portages take you around the bubbling rapids and provide some great photo opportunities.
You can depend on River Point's years of wilderness experience and the incredible "Paddle the Quiet Side"® location.
It's about exploring...and...It's about glacial cliffs...
Exploring and BWCA canoe trips go hand in hand. The Boundary Waters of Ely, Minnesota has the greatest number of entry points, which allows for incredible options for BWCA canoe trips. Hundreds of lakes dot the vastness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, so many that some are yet to be named! The portages, winding paths connecting lakes and rivers to land, once used by the French trappers and Voyageurs remain virtually unchanged over centuries.
Before them the Native Americans lived in the Boundary Waters and left behind a legacy of incredible rock paintings, or pictographs, that were painted on the huge granite cliffs. What these peoples used for "paint" that has endured for centuries is a bit mysterious, and has yet to be determined. Those who paddle by are in awe of their creations.
Created during the last glacial period, the Boundary Waters is waiting for adventurous exploration...that can best be done when paddling a canoe.
River Point Outfitting Co., your Boundary Waters outfitters, is committed to making your BWCA canoe trip the incredible adventure you hope for.
It's about wildlife...
Your Boundary Waters Outfitters, River Point Outfitting Co., will be most happy to teach you about the abundant wildlife that live within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area BWCA, along with various species of birds, including the bald eagle, and a myriad of wildflowers, such as the unique pitcher plant, to observe and enjoy. You may witness deer, fox, black bear, even a moose, along with squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, beaver and more. Be camera-ready, be patient and quiet...you just may be rewarded with a brief glimpse of nature's many wilderness creatures.
It's about Northern Lights and dancing stars...
The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are a spectacular light show in the skies reserved for those who happen to be gazing skyward when least expecting it. A phenomenon that truly is something to observe, it is also not as readily seen as the millions of dancing stars that appear each night in the Boundary Waters. Your BWCA canoe trip will surely be enhanced with a life-long memory if you are fortunate enough to view the stunning beauty of the Northern Lights.
Your Adventure Is Waiting...
Boundary Waters Outfitters for BWCA canoe trip expeditions, Boundary Waters fishing canoe trips, and incredible wilderness adventures.
Boundary Waters Outfitters- BWCA Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota
If a Boundary Waters canoeing trip adventure is what you desire, know that River Point Outfitting Co. is a full service Boundary Waters Outfitters with a tradition of excellence in equipment, canoes, and professional guest services since 1944.
Ely, Minnesota In The News
Midwest Living Magazine recently lists Ely as number 27 of 100 "BEST SMALL-TOWN GETAWAYS."
"A wear-your-hiking-boots-to-dinner spirit energizes this jumping-off point for Boundary Waters canoe trips. Plus wolf and bear centers, resorts and chefs gone North Woodsy."
"10 great small towns with huge backyards"
Kathy Baruffi for USA Today August, 2007
"For those who fantasize about paddling a canoe on pristine waters, surrounded by pine trees and listening to the cry of the loon from a lakeside tent, there's simply no better place to make that fantasy come true than Ely. . ." "The town, at the edge of the 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area, . . ."
Give Ely, MN and River Point Outfitting Co.-BWCA canoe outfitters- a try. You'll love us!
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About Boundary Waters BWCA Information
A history, overview, and photos of the famous Boundary Waters BWCA with fishing tips and personal gear packing list. Planning with one of the top BWCA canoe outfitters is the "way to go".
Why Choose River Point?
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Partial Outfitting & Packages
Information on Boundary Waters canoe trips and canoeing with partial outfitting, kevlar canoes, food & canoe packages.
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Reservation Contract Form
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Boundary Waters Guided Canoe Trips
Try River Point's Guided Wolf Howling Package featured on the CBS Early Show.
Enjoy a guided specialty or custom canoe trip with our congenial, knowledgeable Boundary Waters Outfitters guides. Great for adults and families! River Point: Boundary Waters outfitters.
Boy Scouts BSA & Youth Groups
Youth Group canoe trip packages for high adventure Boy & Girl Scouts, church groups, and school groups. Let River Point Outfitting Co. be your BWCA outfitter.
BWCA Rules & Permit Information
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Canadian Quetico Park Permits & Rules
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River Point Tradition
Family history and tradition of the owners: the Koschak family - Boundary Waters Outfitters- making Boundary Waters canoe trips real---with incredible paddling memories from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area BWCA.
From the Press
Review publications featuring canoeing and BWCA canoe trips with River Point's Boundary Waters Outfitters: Travel + Leisure, Good Housekeeping, Boundary Waters Journal, Midwest Living Magazine, December 2006 issue, and others!
River Point Resort
Family, fishing, and honeymoon resort in Ely Minnesota near the Boundary Waters BWCA. Resort to the perfect place to begin and end your Boundary Waters canoe trip adventure, plus have the expertise of an experienced BWCA canoe trip outfitter at your fingertips.
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N 47° 47.996'
W 091° 46.596'
Elevation at River Point's Marina on Birch Lake: 1455' MSL
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