Venku | Women Exploring the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Trip

Women Exploring the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Trip

Ely, MN

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Handicapped Accessible

Your Experience



Trip Dates: August 4 - 10, 2018

Trip Cost: $1395 (+ tax)

6 days paddling, 5 nights camping

First and Last Night hotel room in Ely

Full Outfitting Package


Join new friends on a wilderness experience this summer. Paddle, portage and camp in America’s canoe country with other women who share your spirit of adventure. This is our most highly rated trip by past participants, and judging by the laugh meter it must be the most fun, too. Take a break from the humdrum and discover a pristine wilderness and maybe a little about yourself at the same time.

Wilderness can present some challenges for women that are different from those encountered by men. Our goal on this adventure is to provide women with the knowledge and experience needed to feel comfortable in the wilderness. What women may lack in strength, they make up for in finesse and there are many secrets that can make portaging, paddling and setting up camp not only easier, but more fun!

Our trained staff at Piragis Northwoods Company includes some of the most knowledgeable and trail savvy women in the outfitting business. The wilderness skills that our guides have acquired over the years are vital to making any adventure in the woods a success and before this trip is over you’ll be able to feel at home in the wild! Working together, our group will encounter every activity in the Boundary Waters with a cohesiveness that can only happen when everyone participates.

After our first night in Ely, we’ll rise early and shuttle our canoes and gear to a nearby wilderness entry point. Giving ourselves the opportunity to get a true taste of the wilderness may include sitings of waterfalls, pictographs and perhaps even floating bogs. Our route will take us up close to the flora and fauna that make the Boundary Waters Canoe Area such an interesting place to travel. Keeping with our theme, we’ll be adapting new wilderness skills every step of the way, while still having time for fun and relaxation along the way.

Our days will present opportunities for hiking, fishing if you like, and relaxation. The trip will be split with some travel days and base-camping. With each bend in the river and each new lake we encounter, the natural habitat varies and so will our experiences.

Whether you want to brush up on your wilderness skills, experience the beauty of the woods and make new friends, or discover the outdoors with a group of women who enjoy canoe camping, this trip is a must!

Your trip begins and ends with nights spent in Ely where we encourage you to experience the fine dining of our favorite restaurant, the Chocolate Moose!

What's Included



Your Host

Member since July 2018

Ely, MN

Rules & Guidelines



You must enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) at the entry point and on the date shown on your permit.

You may not enter/re-enter at a different point or date using this permit.

Permit and stubs become invalid when the trip leader exits the wilderness.


Nine (9) people and four (4) watercraft are the maximum amount allowed gathered together in the wilderness.

You may not exceed this limit at any time or anywhere (on water, portages, or campsites) in the BWCAW.

Smaller groups increase the wilderness experience of you, those traveling around you, and decrease the impacts made on nature.


Use latrines at designated campsites.

Latrines are not garbage cans and should be used for the intended purpose only. Everything else you pack in should be packed out and never put down the latrines.

If you are not near a latrine, dig a small hole 6 to 8 inches deep and at least 150 feet or more back from the water’s edge. Fill the hole and cover with needles and leaves when finished.

Bathe and wash dishes at least 150 feet away from water sources (rivers, lakes, streams, marshes).

All soaps pollute water, including soap marked as “biodegradable”.


Cans and glass bottles are not allowed.

Fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toilet articles, and items other than food and beverages may be kept in their original containers.

Food may be packaged into plastic containers which must be packed out at the end of the trip.


Dispose of fish remains by traveling well away from shorelines, campsites, trails, and portages.

Pack out live bait and other food leftovers at the end of the trip.


Fires are allowed within the steel fire grates at designated campsites unless campfire restrictions are in place.

If there are restrictions you may be required to use a camp stove.

A Small camp stove may be a better idea as it heats food quickly, has less impact than a fire, and comes in handy during rainy weather.

When making a fire only use dead wood found lying on the ground; collect it away from campsites, portages, and shorelines to prevent enlarging and defacing these areas.

Don’t bring wood from home or out of state.

It is illegal to cut live vegetation for any reason.

Drown your fire with water anytime you are going to be away from camp or at bedtime. Stir the ashes until they are cold to touch with a bare hand.

It is also illegal to burn trash, make sure it is packed out with you.


Camp only at Forest Service designated campsites that have steel fire grates and wilderness latrines.

You may camp up to fourteen (14) consecutive days on a specific site.

All members of a permit group must camp together at one site.

After you break camp check to make sure everything is packed up and your campsite is clear of litter.


Only watercraft and equipment used in connection with your current visit may be stored and left unattended, until you leave the BWCAW.

All equipment and personal property must be carried out with you at the end of you trip.


Leave archaeological, historical, and rock painting sites undisturbed.

The use of metal detectors in prohibited in the Wilderness.


Dogs impact wildlife and barking intrudes on the experience of others. So dogs must be in control at all times.

Dispose of fecal matter 150 feet away from water sources, campsites, portages, or deposit in a latrine.


Discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a campsite, occupied area, and in a manner or location that places people and their property at risk or danger.

State game laws apply in the BWCAW.

Fireworks of any kind are illegal.


Motorized watercraft meeting specific horsepower limitations are allowed on designated routes and lakes only. NO other motorized or mechanical equipment (including pontoon boats, sailboats, ATV’S, sailboards, etc) is allowed.

Motors may not be used or in possession on any paddle-only lake.

Portage wheels or mechanical assistance are only permitted over the following areas: International Boundary, Four-Mile Portage, Fall-Newton-Pipestone and Back Bay Portages into Basswood Lake, Prairie Portage, and Vermilion-Trout Lake Portage.

-All of the above are enforceable United States Forest Service regulations.-

Remember to Leave No Trace while traveling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in order to protect this special place for future generations. 

Check In: 09:00 PM

Check Out: 05:00 PM

What to Bring

  • Gear
  • Food & Beverage
  • Appropriate Clothing

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