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Voyageur North Outfitters

Voyageur North Outfitters

Proprietor: John and Lynn O'Kane
1829 E. Sheridan
Ely, MN 55731
(get driving directions)
(800) 848-5530

Thirty-two years ago Voyageur North was founded on a very simple principle: when you serve people well and give them good value, they come back. Outfitting is our only business. It's not a hobby or a sideline. It's what we do for a living. We're proud to be members of the Professional Paddlesport Association.

At Voyageur North Outfitters, we serve you in two important ways:

  • We outfit you with the right equipment and supplies and
  • We plan a customized expedition just for you, even if you've never been in the boundary waters before.
We've planned countless expeditions based on the experience level and desires of our customers. With thousands of lakes and an almost unlimited number of possible routes, our expertise can make a huge difference in your expedition.


Voyageur Ultralight Complete Outfitting
Our Voyageur Deluxe Lightweight Outfitting package includes everything you need for your expedition except your clothes and personal items.

Voyageur Ultralight "Plus" Complete Outfitting
If you want to travel even lighter, consider ultra-light outfitting.

Voyageur Ultimate Kevlar Complete Outfitting
This package is designed for people who want to travel faster, lighter and more comfortably into the wilderness.

Deluxe Fishing Package - Complete Outfitting
This package is designed for the fishing enthusiast who wants to experience the quality of a canoe trip with some of the best fishing available in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area or Quetico Provincial Park.

Group Expeditions
An expedition through the Boundary Waters is a great activity for scouts, church groups, even your employees. We have the logistics to help you plan and carry out a successful trip. Both the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Park limit parties to nine persons. If there are more than nine people in your group, we can arrange separate expeditions for groups of nine or fewer.

Ultralight Canoe and Food Pack-Only Outfitting
This package includes lightweight Alumacraft or ABS canoe with carrying yoke, paddles, Stearns life vests, completely equipped food pack that you choose from our menu. Shower, free parking, routing service and Voyageur North Outfitters BWCA screen saver for your PC are all included.

Ultralight Canoe and Gear-Only Outfitting
This package includes lightweight canoe with carrying yoke, paddles, life vests, Eureka tent, pack sacks, tarp, sleeping bags, Thermarest sleeping pads, cook kit, ax saw, and shovel. Showers, free parking, routing service and Voyageur North Outfitters BWCA screen saver for your PC are included.

Partial Rentals
We can fill gaps in your gear from our inventory of lightweight gear.

Our Services

  • Complete Bait and Fishing Tackle Store - The Voyageur North bait and tackle shop keeps fisherman's hours. We open at 5 am and close at 10 PM. We stock a complete inventory of fishing gear and live bait.
  • Guest Accommodations - Each unit is accompanied with single beds, a living room with color cable TV, AC, refrigerator and a bath/shower room and fresh bedding on each bed. We have 6 units that hold up to 8-9 people (private per group), 3 units that hold 12-14 people and we have 2 units that can hold 20+ people.
  • Tow Service - We can give you a head start if your expedition begins on one of the larger lakes in the Boundary Waters. We'll carry you and your gear to a jumping-off point on one of our large tow boats. This can save you a half-day of paddling and get you into the wilderness more quickly. Canoe rental is required.
  • Shuttle Service - If you don't want to drive your car to your entry lake, we can shuttle you and your gear. This also lets you do an expedition that begins and ends at different places. The prices below are for outfitting customers, one-way, for a van carrying a maximum of nine people.
  • Fly-In Expeditions - Sometimes it's easier to do like the loons do, fly between the lakes. We can get you from Ely to an interior lake in almost no time. The rates below are from Ely. Call us for details on which plane you'll need to carry your party. The Cessna 185 carries two or three passengers with no external loads, the Beaver carries four passengers with one external load or five passengers with no external load, the Otter carries six passengers with one external load or seven to eight passengers with no external load.
  • Our Canoes

    We have one of the most extensive canoe lines available in the Ely area. This means when another business in Ely needs a special canoe, they phone us; thus giving us the nickname "The Outfitter's Outfitter"!

    We carry several brands and styles!

    • Alumacraft
    • Old Town
    • Wenonah
    • Souris River
    • Prijon

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