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Ely, Minnesota 55731


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W 091°  46.596'

Elevation at River Point's Marina on Birch Lake:  1455' MSL

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Boundary Waters fish track in the calm waters of a wilderness lake

Boundary Waters Fishing

Boundary Waters Fishing Trips

Ely, Minnesota

Experience World Class Fishing!

Two Boundary Waters whoppers!  8-and-10 pound walleyes

Two whoppers!
8-and-10 pound walleyes

No trip to Northern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is complete without considering fishing as a focus of your trip. River Point Outfitting Company, your Boundary Waters outfitter, offers a number of choices for Boundary Waters fishing trips to make a superb wilderness fishing trip-one to remember for years to come.

Paddle the Quiet Side® with River Point Outfitting Co.

Some say the Boundary Waters provides some of the world's best fishing lakes and rivers, many waiting to be discovered, making a Boundary Waters fishing trip a true adventure. There are unparalleled fishing opportunities found here.

Spring offers the newly budded trees set against a backdrop of deep green pine and streams and rivers swelled by the freshly melted snows filled with hungry fish. These waters are literally teaming with golden walleye, feisty smallmouth bass, huge northern pike, lake trout, and plate-sized crappies.

Summer and fall Boundary Waters fishing trips can be equally fish-abundant offering excellent fishing opportunities through-out canoeing season. Fresh fish sizzling in the fry pan is great no matter what the season. Sometimes, the greatest catch comes in the summer or fall. If a Boundary Waters fishing trip is your wish, let River Point put you on the best lakes and rivers for your wilderness fishing trip.

Check out the fine completely outfitted packages below for your fishing trip:

Ely named one of ten 'Dream Towns':

"You may feel out of place in Ely if you don't have a 16-foot, scratched-to-hell Old Town canoe strapped to your roof rack. Unless you're a fisherman, that is. Ely (pop. 3,724) is located 35 miles from the Ontario border at the gateway to the legendary Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a million-acre maze of lakes and boreal forest with 1,500 miles of canoe trails and endless runs of small-mouth bass, walleye and pike."

- Men's Journal -

Boundary Waters Base Camp Fishing

Setting up camp on a Boundary Waters fishing trip

Boundary Waters BWCA base camp fishing is for the serious fisherperson that wishes to set up camp one time and spend the remainder of the time fishing for the numerous species of fish the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area has to offer: walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout, and panfish.

The idea of a base camp fishing trip retreat is just that -- to get away from the beaten track, "Paddle the Quiet Side®", and tackle some great North Country fishing! You may choose to paddle right into the BWCA via the South Kawishiwi River from River Point's base, or a River Point van will transport you directly to another entry point. Either way, in a matter of just a few hours you will be wetting your line with anticipation for that first mouth-watering meal of fresh fish!

Once your camp is established daily excursions from it to other areas of the lake or to different lakes may be an option. The base camp plan works well for the serious fisherperson as well as others who wish to "stay in one spot" while enjoying other outdoor activities, such as wildlife viewing, photography, or just plain relaxing!

Boundary Waters largemouth bass caught on a BWCA fishing trip
Boundary Waters largemouth bass caught on a BWCA fishing trip

Let the expert Trip Routing staff help plan your base camp fishing experience when you arrive at River Point.

Smallmouth bass action while fishing the Boundary Waters

Thomas & his 5 lb 2 oz smallmouth bass

"Thanks again for a tremendous experience. Here are the photos of the two big small mouths. Mine was 5lbs 2 oz, caught in the rapids between Gabbro and Bald Eagle, Tommy's was 4lbs 6oz caught on the rocks just south of Trappers Point. Both were weighed on our portable digital scale and released."

- Thomas & Tommy E., Columbia, MD

Incredible scenery and waterfalls await on wilderness fishing trip


Boundary Waters Fishing Tips:  What You Should Know If You Will Be Fishing...

Convenient Bait and Tackle shop at River Point and helpful fishing tips

Remember to pack only the fishing tackle you truly will use, and keep it light and in a small container that can be easily transported during your fishing trip. When you arrive, as much current information that is available about what the fishing action has been like will be offered, so that you can be successful in your Boundary Waters fishing trip.

A full line of tried and true Boundary Waters fishing lures is carried in River Point's Bait & Tackle Shop, plus live bait: leeches and night crawlers. Spin casting, regular casting rods, and fly rods are great. Consider 10-20 pound test line for casting and 6-12 pound test line for spinning. There should be a balance of weight between the rod, reel, and the line you choose.

Trip routing at River Point Outfitting Co prior to the BWCA fishing tripDuring your orientation and routing session with the outfitting staff at River Point's Ely, Minnesota outfitting facility, the good fishing spots will be hi-lighted for you on the waterproof maps along the route chosen for your fishing trip. Evaluation of your tackle, rod, and reel will be made, and suggestions offered.

Remember: what you pack, you will have to carry.  

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