Big Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and big Northern Pike caught on BWCA Canoe Trip


20 Inch BWCAW Fish

I have been outfitting with Anderson Canoe Outfitters for over 25 years.  They are truly a first-class operation, no question.  They take the time to give you and your BWCA canoe trip personal attention.  They go over maps, campsites, portages, fishing spots, tackle, points of interest, everything you need to know about to maximize your enjoyment of your trip.  The gear is first-rate, tents that keep you dry, and sleeping bags that keep you warm.  And Marie sets up food packs that just won’t quit!  You name it-steaks, burgers, fresh eggs for breakfast, cold-cut sandwiches for lunch, even fresh fruit!  Over the top!  The shuttle service across Lac La Croix saves you at least one L-O-N-G day of paddling and portging.  They have you out there where the Big Ones are swimming by lunchtime on the first day of your trip.  Big Walleye, scrappy trophy Smallmouth Bass, and big Northern Pike that you won’t want to share a canoe with for very long!  And the beauty and serenity of the boundary waters canoe country wilderness defies description-you just have to see it to believe it!    Whatever needs you might have up there, they will go way out of their way to take care of you on your bwca canoe trip.  So, if you want to plan a trip to the Wild West of the BWCAW/Quetico area, you can’t go wrong with Anderson’s Canoe Outfitters!

Five Day Fishing Trip with Boundary Waters Canoe Outfitter


Every year my brothers-in-law and our sons go for a five day fishing trip on the BWCA. Though we would love to have  the portaging experience, time does not permit, so we hire a boundary waters canoe outfitter. Mark and his drivers see that we get our canoe & our gear [can take so much more with Anderson’s power boat] to a rock on the border of MN waters on our favorite lake, within a couple of hours. We paddle in, set up camp, and are fishing before noon on day one. They pick us up at a pre-arranged time on day five, and we’re on the road back to WI , again before noon. We get all the experience of the BWCA without the long paddles in and out. Andersons is not cheap, but the rates are reasonable and you can’t beat the service. For people with more money than time, who don’t want to drop a ton of money on the fly-ins, Andersons  is the perfect boundary waters canoe outfitter!

Tim A.

Marc Enjoys Quality BWCA Canoe Trip Service

We have used Anderson’s Canoe Outfitters as our bwca canoe trip outfitter for numerous trips to the BWCA and Quetico over the past 20 years, and they always deliver.  Great comfort in being able to trust in a reliable outfitter to honestly answer all of your questions, secure permits, provide quality gear, and make your BWCA canoe trip into these pristine wilderness areas enjoyable.
We will be back!
Love you guys at Andersons!
Your tow boats are the best!
Marc M.

Boundary Waters Canoe Trips


Vickie Fall trip 280Do you have just 3 to 5 days to spend on and adventure? Or can you spend more time in our great wilderness area? Look no further than Anderson Canoe Outfitters for great Boundary Waters Canoe Trips.

Here’s just a sample of one of the routes you can experience.

Day 1

Starting from entry point #14 Little Indian Sioux head down the Little Indian Sioux River to Upper and Lower Pawness lakes. Leaving Lower Pawness into the Devil’s Cascades paddle towards Loon Lake. Once getting to Loon Lake heads towards East Loon Bay. This is a nice spot to camp your first night.

Day 2

Leaving East Loon Bay paddling towards Slim Lake, North Lake, South Lake, Steep Lake, Eugene Lake, Bear Track Lake, Thumb Lake and then to Finger. Finger will be a good spot to camp on night #2. These are a lot of lakes, but they are small and easy to travel.

Day 3

Paddle towards Finger Lake, Pocket Lake and then to Lady Boot Bay, this is another great spot to basecamp. Lady Boot has lots of great options, great scenery, campsites, and fishing. Just to the East of Lady Boot Bay there are pictograph paintings. These paintings are some of the finest on the Western end of the Boundary Waters.

Day 4

This can be a short day, leaving Lady Boot paddle to the East end of La Croix, Boulder Bay. This is a short paddle but once setting up camp you can paddle over into Iron Lake and view Curtain Falls. Curtain Falls is one of the larger falls in the Boundary Waters.

Day 5

Leaving Boulder Bay to Boulder River, Lake Agnes, Nina Moose lake, Nina Moose River and then finish your trip at entry point 16 Nina Moose. Paddle time from Boulder Bay to the Nina Moose landing is on the average of 6 to 7 hrs.

If a person wanted to you could paddle this loop in 3 days, but a person can stretch it out to a 5 night 6 day trip pretty easy.

Another option for this trip would be to pop out at Snow Bay on the West end of La Croix and paddle the South shore of Lac Croix and then to Lady Boot Bay. This trip would involve more paddling and less portages then the lakes to the South of La Croix.

For more information please contact Anderson Canoe Outfitters or email us at

Canoe Packages

Spring 2013

Mark Anderson

Waiting for spring to come. The Boundary Waters will have plenty of spring run off this year. This is a photo of Anderson Canoe Outfitters on March 20th the first day of spring.


Iron Lake Pictures from the BWCAW


Pictures by Mike Van Horn and Jason Whitehurst



Thank you again for a great trip!


Guys and Gals, I wanted to thank you again for a great trip. Fishing was a tad slow, but the memories I made with my son more than made up for it. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, fish every night for dinner and beautiful scenery.

Rudy & Quincy Elder

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Thank you for a great wilderness experience


Hi Mark,

Thank you for providing Jordan and me with a great wilderness experience. Sorry I missed saying goodbye to you.

We made it safely back and we hope that we have an opportunity to use Anderson Outfitters again.

Attached are some pictures.

Best regards,


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Paul T. Haverkamp


Thanks again for everything,

Paul T. Haverkamp

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One of the greatest experiences of our life



Wanted to say thanks for setting the 4 of us up with one of the greatest experiences of our life. I’ve attached a photo of two toad smallies caught on June 5.

Thanks again. If we ever come back, it’ll be with Anderson’s. Overall it was an excellent experience. We can’t wait to get back up there.

James Storie
Ben Bledsoe
Josh Bledsoe
Doug Smithhisler

Nashville, TN

James Storie

Anderson’s Canoe Outfitters, based in Crane Lake, Minnesota, is your premier wilderness outfitter providing canoe outfitting and rental, as well as shuttle service through the western entries of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Forest, and Quetico Provincial Park.
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