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Way of the Wilderness has the ideal location to begin your canoe trip. We are at the very end of the Gunflint Trail between two famous lakes: Sea Gull and the Canadian border lake, Saganaga, with access to both right at our door. There are quiet waters in which to begin your trip with shallow bays for beginners or others who wish to familiarize themselves with paddling. The U.S. Forest Service Trails End Campground is right next to us with excellent campsites. Souvenirs, groceries, trail food and fishing tackle can be purchased at our trading post. Overnight accommodations and hot showers are available before and after your trip.  Our Trails End Cafe serves three meals a day every day.

Our location actually gives you access to the entire Canoe Country. This is the famous Eastern Gateway to the Quetico Park which can be reached without a portage. Shortly beyond is the Kawnipi Country, a part of the rugged Hunters Island route, called the most scenic in all the Park. Many other circle routes begin here. Routes that can be made using both sides of the border without doubling back. Come... discover the WAY OF THE WILDERNESS.

Way of the Wilderness offers a full range of outfitting services.   You may choose to use as many or as few as you need.  Whether you choose to be completely outfitted or rent just a few items, you will find our service to be friendly, competent and thorough.


Complete Outfitting

Lightweight aluminum canoe, yoke and paddles, Eureka tent, sleeping bag with liner, foam sleeping pad, Duluth Packs, cooking and eating utensils, food pack with choice of menu, camp saw, tarp, life vests, rope, matches, candle, soap, dish towel, camp supplies, and staple food items.

Rates are per person per day - 2 Person (3 Day) Minimum

  2-5 Persons

6-9 Person

3 Days



4-6 Days


Additional Days



For a Kevlar Canoe upgrade add $12.00 per day.

Note: Complete outfitting also includes free parking, one night free in bunkhouse and a shower after your trip.


Partial Outfitting   (rates are per item, per calendar day)

17' Aluminum Canoe, yoke, paddles & PFDs Life Jacket $2.00
7 days or longer $28.00 Camp Saw $1.50
3 - 6 days $29.00 Camp Stove (Coleman) Peak One Single $5.00
1 - 2 days $30.00
18' Aluminum with 3 seats $45.00    

Old Town Canadian 16' Kevlar

$38.00 Camp Stove Folding Two burner $7.00
Wenonah 17' Sundowner (Royalex) $30.00    
Wenonah Prism 16'
(Kevlar Solo)
Wenonah MN - II 18' 6"
$45.00 14' Boat $30.00
Wenonah MN - III 20'
$50.00 Food Only (per person) $45.00
Wenonah MN - IV 23' $56.00 Sleeping Bag with liner $5.00
Old Town Pack (13' Royalex Solo) $25.00 Foam Sleeping Pad
Thermorest Pad
Wenonah Storm kayak Solo $35.00    
Lightweight Eureka Tents Payments and Policies
Deposits: $25.00 per person.  $75.00 per person if completely outfitted or food packed.
Payment: We require payment of balance due before you begin your trip.  We accept personal checks, Visa, M/C, Discover, cash or travelers checks.
Cancellations: Deposits are not refundable, but can be applied to latter in this year or to the next year.      

Early Returns: Sorry, no refunds can be given for ending your trip early. Please plan carefully.

2 Person $12.00
4 Person $15.00
6 Person $18.00
#3 Duluth Pack  $5.00
#4 Duluth Pack $6.00
Cook Kit & Utensils
(per person) - must be returned clean or pay $25.00 cleaning fee

Bunkhouse Accommodations and Meals:

Gull Bay Chalet: Each 2-room heated unit has a private bathroom and shower.   Rate $25.00 per person. $75.00 Min charge/night.

"A" Frames: Private single units, wash house and showers are nearby.   Rate $20.00 per person. $60.00 min charge

Our new Trails End Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.



Way of the Wilderness has a large private parking area which can be used free of charge by parties outfitted by us.  The parking rate for others is $4.00 per day.


Use of the shower house facilities is free to those choosing complete outfitting or overnight accommodation (on the night of their stay).  Partially outfitted parties are charged $3.00 and all others $4.00.


Express Launch Service

For parties wishing to save a day's paddling at the beginning and/or end of their trip we offer ferry service to all points on Saganaga Lake (fair weather only).

Launch Service Rates (per person)

  One Way Round Trip
American Point $50.00 $75.00
Voyager Island $30.00 $55.00
Red Rock Portage $45.00 $75.00
Saganaga Falls $40.00 $65.00

BWCA Permits cost $16.00 ($8.00 for youth 17 or younger) per person per trip plus a $6.00 fee for an advanced reservations (recommended),  Way of the Wilderness will be happy to make a reservation for you if you so indicate on the reservation form.


Quetico Permits cost $20.00 per person per night.  Way of the Wilderness will also apply for your Quetico permit if you request us to do so on the reservation form.  The Quetico entry points from our location are as follows:

Canadian Customs: There is no customs on Saganaga Lake.  A Remote Area Border Crossing permit must be obtained in advance.  Way of the Wilderness will provide you with the application form.  The cost is $30.00 per family.

Fishing Licenses: Canadian Licenses are available at the Park Ranger Cabin on Saganaga Lake.  Minnesota Licenses are available in our trading post. It is recommended that you secure your Minnesota licenses in advance from Minnesota or our web site.

Special Packages: The following packages include a bunkhouse stay and breakfast in our Trails End Cafe' before your trip and a shower at the end. All rates are per calendar day with a 2 person minimum.
       Food and Canoe: $70.00 per person per day. Includes food pack and camp supplies with your choice Menu from our menu planner. Kevlar canoe upgrade $80.00
       Food only: $45.00 per person per day.


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Way of the Wilderness Canoe Outfitters

12582 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)388-2212 or (800)346-6625
13 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218)727-8606 or (800)346-6625

To Contact Us:

Phone: 1-800-346-6625
E-mail: wowcanoe@boreal.org