BWCA Trips14295 Canadian Border Road Ely, MN 55731 (218)-365-6010
Jasper Company offers an array of high quality wilderness fishing and canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
The BWCA is our back yard and our front yard. Looking north from our deck the Jasper Company base on scenic Jasper Lake; the next road is Canada’s HWY 11, seventy miles away with only the BWCA and Quetico Parks in between.
The Boundary Waters is roughly 1,500,000 acres in size and lies adjacent to the Ontario, Canada border for approximately 150 miles. It is located north of Lake Superior in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region. This wilderness area is surrounded on the east, south, and west sides by the much larger Superior National Forest, and joins Canada's Quetico Provincial Park that is nearly the same size. It is a pristine wilderness area, set aside by Congress forever and it remains rugged and contains very remote areas. The lakes were cut into the granite and greenstone ledge rock by ancient glaciers and are surrounded by both old and new red and white pine growth, natural forest fire scars, huge aspen and birch stands, and black spruce and tamarack bogs. The BWCA wilderness is visited by more than 200,000 visitors who travel throughout the 1500 miles of canoe routes and camp at the nearly 2000 sites strategically located throughout the BWCA by the US Forest Service.
The fishing inside the BWCA ranges from good to utterly spectacular. This area has some of the finest smallmouth bass angling to be found anywhere, with 20 inch smallmouth being a common size. Walleyes abound in the 14 to 20 inch range and are a mainstay meal over campfires. Proficient anglers catch and release many walleyes in the 22 to 30 inch range each year. Northern pike inhabit most of the lakes here in the border country and range in size from the ever abundant ‘hammer handles’ of the 18 – 25 inch length, to the routinely caught and sporty 26 – 36 inch hard hitting snaggletooth. Every year anglers with skill and the proper equipment also prove these wilderness waterways support a healthy population of 36 to 45 inch trophy sized water wolves. Many lakes are also home to the indigenous and belligerent largemouth bass. Overlooked by many anglers searching for the bronze sided smallmouth, this hard tugging northern cousin provides a lot of sport and many top the 20 inch length and five pound mark. And finally, the secretive lake trout is a prize to many canoe fishing folks. Savvy anglers know where to find this denizen of the deep in select pristine lakes. The pinkish orange flesh is quite the delicacy over the campfire coals.
From our Jasper Lake base, we have over three dozen different waterways that our guests can take a canoe trip into the BWCA for the quality fishing or just for the canoeing and exploring.
BWCA Features, Rules and Regulations
- Campsites have a cast iron fire grate and a fiberglass latrine.
- There are no cans or glass bottles allowed.
- A permit is required to enter the BWCAW at selected entry points. Permits are limited and the lottery for permits begins January; after the lottery any permit available is first come and first reserved.
- There are overnight camping fees.
- The maximum legal party size in the BWCA is nine people (including the guide) and 4 watercrafts.
Additional information is available at:
Guided BWCA Trip Rates:
- $125.99 per person per day
- 4 – 6 people in the party 5% discount
- 7 – 8 people in the party 10% discount
- 5% discount on lodging at A Stay Inn Ely or Jasper Lofts
- 10% discount on towboat and vehicle shuttle services
- $275.00 per day for a Guide for 1 – 4 people in party
- $300.00 per day for a Guide for 5 – 8 people in party
Additional fees not included in above rates are BWCA reservation and camping fees, fishing licenses, taxes and live bait.