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Trail Tested, Guide-Recommended Boundary Waters Canoes, Camping Gear,
Supplies & Paddling Gifts from the Ely Outfitting Company Store
Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico
Photos by Layne Kennedy, Essays by Greg
Our friend, photographer Layne Kennedy, has
just released a must-have Boundary Waters book. It's more than
just a book of pretty pictures. It's a book of photos and
essays that capture the essence of the Boundary Waters. The
book is a work of art, and makes a great gift for anyone who
loves the Boundary Waters.
Used Wenonah Ultralight Kevlar Canoes
We sell most of our canoes after a season
or two. You get a great price on used canoes that are so nice
we carry them in parades!
Here's a list of some models currently
available for sale.
- Champlain (tandem, 2009 model) -
- Champlain (tandem, 2010 model) -
- Seneca (three person, 2009 model) -
- Seneca (three person, 2010 model) -
- Minnesota III (three person, 2006 model) -
Guide-recommended gear for a fun canoe
Platypus Cleanstream Gravity Water Filter
This system has changed our trail lives! Don't let
filtering drinking water on trail be a chore. This makes it an
easy task. No chemical water treatment taste. Simple to use.
Effective. Far superior to any other gravity system or pump
system we've ever used. Ideal for the Boundary Waters, we use
it on all of our guided camping trips.
Using revolutionary Hollow Fiber technology and
a little physics, the CleanStream™ microfilter system treats 4
liters of water in less than 2.5 Dirty side - even before the
Clean side is empty and you'll be automatically refilling as
you go. A quick-disconnect fitting allows for easy removal and
filling of the Dirty reservoir and back flushing for optimal
performance is as easy as changing the height of the
reservoirs. No moving parts, no assembly, near-zero effort.
It's lightweight enough for two, and efficient enough for a
- System includes two 4-liter
reservoirs, 1 for unfiltered water and 1 for filtered
water; reservoirs have hang loops for easy in- camp
- Simply fill the unfiltered reservoir
and hang it above the clean water reservoir to let gravity
carry the water through the filter
- Hollow fiber filter technology offers
a high flow rate of 1.6 liters per minute—that's 4 liters
in 2.5 minutes!
- Filter physically removes particles,
protozoa, and bacteria down to 0.2 microns in size,
including giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidia and
- Unfiltered reservoir features a
quick-disconnect valve that automatically shuts off the
flow of water when hose is disconnected
- Shutoff hose clamp on the
filtered-water hose allows on-demand water control for
filling bottles; clamp also shuts off the system when not
- Cap and elbow fitting on the
filtered-water reservoir integrates with all Platypus
- Clean the system by simply holding
the filtered-water reservoir above the unfiltered-water
reservoir to backflush the filter
- Taste-free reservoirs and silicone
hoses ensure great-tasting water
Sea to Summit 10 Liter Kitchen Sink
Soap contaminates our lakes. Be responsible and
wash your dishes inland with these handy sinks.
Sea to Summit 10 liter sinks are great for
collection and carrying of water for purification, cooking,
washing dishes, personal bathing, and putting out your
They're ideal for canoe camping and they make a
great gift for the outdoors person who has everything.
- Unique design with stainless steel
stiffening ring that prevents the sink from
- Base is broader than top so it won't tip
over in useFine to use with hot water and detergent
- Fully taped seams
- Wide webbing carry handles
- Comes with its own handy storage
- The Kitchen Sink 10 Liter holds 2.6
Gallons/10 Liters 4.4 oz
Byer of Maine Traveller Lite Hammock
Made of extremely strong and durable parachute
nylon, the Traveller Lite Hammock from Byer of Maine is pure
camp comfort yet weighs only about 11 ounces and fits into a
bag measuring 8 inches by 4 inches.
- Material: extremely strong and durable
- Fits into a bag measuring 8 inches by 4
- Perfect when packing space is tight
- Weight limit: 250 lbs.
- Dimensions: Flat: 54" x 108"
- Weight: 11 ounces
Adventure Medical Kit .9 Watertight
Be prepared for your wilderness experience.
Challenge, Primal Quest and Raid Galoiuses. Designed for life
in the bottom of a pack, zippered nylon pouch has two inner
Aloksak® pouches to ensure
contents are kept clean and dry.
5 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
3 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
1 Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3"
1 Bandage, Elastic, Self Adhering, 2"
2 Bandage, Stockinette Tubular, 1" x 4"
2 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
3 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 3" x 3", Pkg./2
2 Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3" x 4"
1 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
1 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
Blister / Burn
22 Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped
1 Duct Tape, 2" x 100"
3 Safety Pins
1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
2 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
6 Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
4 Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
2 Aloksak Waterproof Bag, 6" x 9"
6 After Cuts & Scrapes Anethestic/Antiseptic Wipe
1 Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
1 Syringe, Irrigation, 10 cc, 18 Gauge Tip
1 Tape, 1" x 10 Yards
1 Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive, Vial
3 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use
1 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4" x 4", Pkg./10
Adventure Medical Kits reserves the right to add, substitute,
delete items if necessary
• Wound irrigation system to clean and close wounds
• Medication for diarrhea, inflammation, allergic reactions,
stings and insect bites
• Trauma pad and compression bandage for bleeding
• Moleskin dressing for preventing and treating blisters
• Swift wrap elastic bandage with Velcro
Granite Gear Stuff Football
Fun and function.
The quarterback drops back into the pocket and
lets a long bomb fly toward the endzone. The receiver puts on a
burst of speed and touchdown! Just another Sunday in the
backcountry. These cordura footballs with YKK zippers are fun
camp toys and useful stuff bags all in one. When stuffed with
any soft object (shirt, socks, bandanas, etc.) they become a
great campsite diversion. Use it for touch football, catch,
500, or make up your own trail game.
As for function, these stuff footballs are
great for tying to a bear rope and slinging it over high tree
limbs in the Boundary Waters.
Weight: 1.3 oz | 38gr
Volume: 85 cubes | 1.4L
Granite Gear Stuffball
Fun and function.
These ultralight cordura balls with YKK zippers
are fun camp toys and useful stuff bags all in one. When
stuffed with any soft object (shirt, socks, bandanas, etc.)
they become a great campsite diversion. Use it for stickball,
hacky, catch, dodgeball, 500, or make up your own trail game.
As for function, we like it most for for slinging bear ropes
over high tree limbs in the Boundary Waters.
Weight: .8 oz | 24 gr
Volume: 25 cubes | .4L
Rugged, trail-tested, and guide
We sell the four primary canoe packs we use
when outfitting BWCAW and Quetico canoe trips. They are rugged,
trail-tested, and guide-recommended. All packs are new, unless
listed as used.
Made in Ely, MN
Prepare for your adventure
Canoe Country Wildlife: A Field Guide to
the NorthWoods and Boundary
Warblers, wolves, and whirligig
beetles – the creatures of the
canoe country come alive in Canoe Country
Wildlife. In this read-
aloud-treasure, "Sparky" Stensaas, naturalist
intrigues readers with his tales of meeting the
forest inhabitants –
from tiny toads to majestic moose. Each page
creatures and their habits accurately so you'll
know where and
when to look for them. Detailed line drawings
animal clearly so you'll recognize what you're
seeing. It's good
reading before, during, and after a trip
through canoe country.
Canoe Country Flora: Plants and Trees of
the North Woods and Boundary
"Sparky" Stensaas leads you
into the vast North Woods –
introducing you to ninety-six of the most
common trees, shrubs,
wildflowers, fungi, ferns, lichens, and other
plants you're likely
to encounter during your travels north.
Detailed line drawings
and brief plant profiles help you recognize
what you're seeing,
while Sparky's fascinating tales draw you into
understanding of the plants' natural and
The New Boundary Waters and Quetico Fishing
Updated and revised, this is an
indispensable part of any serious fishing trip
to the Boundary Waters or Quetico. With more
information, this latest version incorporates
techniques, new equipment and an updated index
of nearly every lake in the BWCAW and Quetico.
Even seasoned anglers will want this book!
Local Music from Ely, MN
For the drive up north
May the Forest be With You CD
Boundary Water Boys
This long-playing CD reunites
winning singer/songwriter Pat Surface
with the Boundary Water Boys and
Fiddle Champion, Mary LaPlant. If you
pine for the forest, here are some
poignant tunes to ponder… fresh
recordings of favorites and eight new
songs about the environment and the
gift of being "rooted."
Cabin Fever CD
In the spirit of the American
tradition, this instrumental CD blends
acoustic instruments to capture the
sounds of our heritage - joining two
classically-trained Spiritwood fiddlers,
Mary LaPlant and Eli Bissonett, and
featuring other Spiritwood artists
performing impressions of the Great
Nordic Nights CD
A long-playing and peaceful
instrumental album of beautiful Nordic
and Celtic melodies. Eli Bissonett
(violin), Mary LaPlant (violin &
and Pat Surface (guitar).
Canoe Grass Revival CD
Boundary Water Boys
From the land of sky blue
water, in the
Great Northwoods, at the End Of The
Road...it's Canoe Grass... blending folk,
bluegrass, swing, celtic and more, the
signature unique sound of Pat Surface
and the Boundary Water Boys. This,
exciting new CD, their sixth release, is
canoe trip down the river, revealing
something new, yet familiar around
every bend. Comes in a beautiful 100%
recycled and recyclable package.
Just Fiddlin' Around CD
Spiritwood Music - Mary
World-class fiddle tunes,
bluegrass infused, this instrumental
album by Minnesota State Fiddle
Champion Mary LaPlant features hand-
built LaPlant instruments (mandolin &
guitar) accompanying Mary's award-