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Piragis Northwoods Company

105 N Central Ave, Ely, MN 55731-1210
+1 218-365-6745
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Outdoorsman's happy place

An unexpectedly wide selection of outdoor gear and equipment, with some unique items such as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
via mobile
Excellent service from introduction to driving us home.

My wife and I met Tim Barton at a BWCA event at a local brewery. Tim was there to promote Piragis... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
John M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters is a full-service canoe trip outfitter for the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park. We rent canoes and kayaks and gear for one day or as long as you need. We have the area's premier guides for fishing and naturalist guided trips and offer discounts for scouts, churches and larger groups. Our canoes are lightweight kevlar and average about 42 pounds. We've been outfitting and guiding canoe trips since 1979.
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  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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105 N Central Ave, Ely, MN 55731-1210
+1 218-365-6745
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An unexpectedly wide selection of outdoor gear and equipment, with some unique items such as skijoring harnesses for dogs or repair parts for many types of water crafts. Very friendly staff willing to help with choices. There is also s nice variety of locally made...More

Thank D6795PDannak
Reviewed 8 October 2017

My wife and I met Tim Barton at a BWCA event at a local brewery. Tim was there to promote Piragis' services and to answer questions. We were immediately excited about the idea of taking our first canoe trip in the BWCA. I want to...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 October 2017

If you want to go off the grid, this is the trip for you. We had 6 days and 5 nights of camping and canoeing. Piragis outfitted us with lightweight and very capable gear, and our guide Steve Johnson listened to what we were looking...More

1  Thank Marcie556
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This was my first trip to the boundary waters so admittedly my experience is limited. The staff at Piragis was super easy to work with. They were easy to communicate with by phone or by email. When we arrived in Ely, they had everything ready,...More

1  Thank jrunner0786
Reviewed 19 September 2017

There is nothing more exciting than gearing up at Piragis. It feels like at trading post during the golden age of the Great North. People return their canoes and bags with stories to tell. Others load up and are ready to head out. There is...More

Thank Arnold L
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I was fortunate to be paired with such a wonderful guide, Tim Barton, on the Howl with the Wolves Guided Tour. I didn't mince words. I've been following my life-time bucket list of 50 (this was #47) and have never had much of a camping/canoeing...More

Thank NKyAdventurer
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

I've always been happy with the outfitters I use in Ely, but Piragis really impressed me. I tried them instead of my usual outfitter because they had the specific canoe I wanted when I wanted it. But the whole experience was better than I'm used...More

Thank tom l
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We just returned from a five day trip in the BWCAW. Drew and the rest of the crew at Piragis did an amazing job. The equipment was top notch, the food was great, and the orientation/instruction was well done. I truly appreciate a business like...More

Thank Nick H
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This summer I did my first short solo paddle into the BWCA. Drew, Adam, and the crew at Piragis helped in every way they could. The staff were flexible, knowledgeable, and supportive once again. I highly recommend their outfitting service along with the well stocked...More

Thank Johndraws
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We just returned from a 4 day trip into the Boundary Waters. I will say, we are not experienced campers and were traveling with 3 children (and 2 grandparents). Regardless, we wanted to experience the wilderness and the outdoors and Piragis made it possible for...More

2  Thank swelbo2014
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Tamara M
28 July 2017|
Response from StevePiragis | Property representative |
Hi Tamara M, Thanks for the question. My name is Adam, one of the outfitters at Piragis Northwoods Company. I don't believe any of the reviews here on Trip Advisor are specific to The Howling with the Wolves Trip. That... More