guide services

Day Trips

The Jasper Company offers an array of high quality day trips in the Superior National Forest, BWCA and Quetico Park during all four seasons. Over 30 lakes are in easy access of the Jasper Company. Day fishing trips with a traditional Northwoods Shorelunch are a Jasper Company specialty. Day trips can be guided or self-guided, the Jasper Company will outfit you with the necessary equipment and instructions to insure that your day trip is safe, fun and memorable. Don Beans has over 30 years of experience and will insure that your trip meets all of your exceptions as you enjoy the beautiful wilderness area and the Superior National Forest. Don takes great pride in his campfire cooking skills, and since 1986 he has prepared over 1,400 shore lunches for his guests.

day trip options

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CLASSIC GUIDED FISHING TRIP

Your Jasper Company guide will meet you early and review your day's plan over a cup of coffee. Your fishing gear, canoes, life jackets will then be loaded on the towboat or trailer. The day will be spent enjoying the superb smallmouth bass & walleye angling. Seasonal species select trips are also available. 

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family canoe trip

Your family can enjoy a day paddling in the BWCA or local lakes and rivers. The day can be relaxing or a rigorous adventure. Jasper Company can provide you with the equipment, shuttle service and routing so you can go on your own or Jasper Company can provide you with an expert guide. These trips are available to our guests staying at the Jasper Guest House, Jasper Bay House, Jasper Lake House and A Stay Inn Ely. 

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GUIDED NATURALIST TRIP

Local naturalists guides are available through Jasper Company for individuals interested in bird watching, geology, native flora and fauna. An experienced photographer is also available to guide shutter bugs in the Northwoods. Hiking, paddling and car trekking are all options. Trips are designed to meet the specific interests of the group.

Overnight Camping Trips

The Jasper Company offers an array of high quality wilderness fishing and canoe trips in the BWCA & Quetico Parks. Guided fishing and scenic travel trips are the Jasper Company's speciality. Personalized service is our company's trademark. The Jasper Company also offers partial and complete outfitting for groups entering the wilderness in addition to tow boat services and pre/post trip lodging.

camping trip options

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bwca trip

The BWCAW - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is 1,090,000 acres established in 1964 by the U.S. Forest Service in the Superior National Forest. The BWCAW is renowned as a destination for both canoeing and fishing on its many lakes and is the most visited wilderness in the United States. The BWCAW contains over a thousand lakes and attracts visitors with its reputation for canoeing, canoe touring, fishing, backpacking, dog sledding, and remote wilderness character. The BWCAW has nearly 2,200 backcountry campsites and requires all vistors to have a permit.

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canada trip

Quetico Provincial Park is a large wilderness park in western Ontario, Canada. This 1,180,000-acre park shares its southern border with Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The park includes over 2000 unimproved wilderness campsites spread throughout more than 600 lakes. Canoeists require permit reservations and may only enter the Quetico via six Ranger Stations which serve 21 specific entry points. Jasper Company guest enter Canada through Prairie Portage.

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fishing trip

Camping and fishing are natural partners. Camping maximizes your time on the water and you can enjoy your day's catch over the evening campfire. Fishing from shore, fishing into the twilight hours and at the crack of dawn are just a few of the perks of a camping trip for the avid angler. Camping allows you full immersion into your fishing vacation.

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outfitting and equipment rental

The Jasper Company can outfit your trip whether you need all the equipment and food for your trip or you only need a canoe and a few items. Jasper Company only uses the finest equipment and guarantees you will be satisfied.

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tow boat service
 

Jasper Company's Tow Boat service will get you further into the wilderness sooner to maximize your trip. This service is available for pre and post trip travel in and out of the wilderness. Tow Boat service also increases your day trip experience.

Northwoods Shore Lunch

As the mid-day sun begins its westward slide towards the jagged spruce lined shores, and our stringers are heavy with gold (walleye gold); we sense our knees and backs deserve a break and a well earned stretch. It is now time for that traditional lake country feast!

The bows of the canoes slip under the shoreline shade and are soon beached under the white birch and evergreen canopy. Nearby the water's edge lies a weathered granite fire ring. A crackling blaze soon flares, started with dry cedar limbs then fed pieces of jackpine and spruce, split by an old  Norlund guide axe. Ancient and well seasoned steel skillets are pulled from the trail worn canvas Duluth pack and placed over the flames. Soon one skillet sputters with thin sliced potatoes and onions; another simmers rich baked beans, and in the last, licked by the fire's flames, a square of lard melts. Once the 'taters' are turned, the other skillet spits and sizzles as the lightly breaded, snow white walleye fillets are dropped one by one into the hot fat. When clipped balsam boughs are draining two skillets worth of the golden brown fillets, a couple of grey jays (known locally as camp robbers) conveniently appear, ringing the dinner bell with their loud, comical squawking. The blackened coffeepot once again is heard perking its two-note melody. The potatoes, now crispy, are piled high on the dented tin plates with the delicate fillets laid along side the thick and spicy beans. Not a word is uttered between the rhythmic lifting of forks and mugs of steaming coffee. Slices of homemade, thick crusted bread nearly clean the plates and always, a crust is left for the still squawking jays. As the fire is doused, the steam and smoke dance upwards twirling through the pine boughs, and fingers of sunlight can be seen piercing the campsite as if reaching for a last tasty morsel.

I recall one day, early in my guiding career; an oldtimer came to me on the dock; a woodsman of yesteryear, and he told me, "Don, keep your clients warm and dry, keep them smiling and full of expectations, but above all else- keep them well fed with good food!" That's been good advice! Even after full days of paddling, portaging, and fishing, don't be surprised if you gain some weight. If you do go to bed hungry, ever, on one of my trips, then you aren't cleaning your plate. I take great pride in my campfire abilities.

- Don Beans

Written 2003

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