Clearwater Canoe Outfitters is the original outfitter of the Gunflint Trail. Charlie Boostrom, Clearwater Lodge's original owner, began guiding trips on Clearwater Lake as far back as 1912. The local newspaper often featured the trophy-size animals and fish caught by his guests. In the 1960s, when the BWCA was being designated, owners Lee and Jocko Nelson expanded Clearwater's canoe outfitting operation. Their vision was to make Clearwater Canoe Outfitters not only the original outfitter, but the best outfitter on the Gunflint Trail. This set the course that is still paddled today.
Our goal is to help you plan a route that is a perfect fit for your group. If you want to base camp so you can fish in the morning, nap in the afternoon, and fish in the evening we can route that. If you want to explore a less-traveled route and stay in a secluded campsite we can develop a route to do just that. If paddling broken up with hiking is your idea of a great time - no problem, just let us know. Get with your group and decide the answers to these questions:
- How far do we want to paddle each day?
- Do we want to base camp or change campsites every night?
- Will we be fishing? What type of fishing do we want?
- Do we want to include hiking in our plan?
Take a minute and check out these routes. While these form the backbone of our trip routes, few paddlers travel the same course. Every route has options to tailor the route to you. As you make your decision keep in mind routes with bigger lakes means more paddling and less portaging and routes with smaller lakes means more portaging and less paddling.
Call or email us. We can create the perfect route for you.