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Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters

105 North Central Avenue, Ely, MN 55731
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Ranked #1 of 3 Shopping in Ely
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters is a full-service canoe trip outfitter for the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park. We rent canoes and kayaks and gear for one day or as long as you need. We have the area's premier guides for fishing and naturalist guided trips and offer discounts for scouts, churches and larger groups. Our canoes are lightweight kevlar and average about 42 pounds. We've been outfitting and guiding canoe trips since 1979.

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My eleven friends and I came from Norway, Denmark and The Feroe Islands for an eight day canoing experience in Boundry Waters. Piragis kept in contact with us for months before our arrival, making sure all our needs were met. Once there, they actually sent a shuttlebus to pick all of us up from Minneapolis airport and take us to... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

An extensive product inventory of camping and canoe products. Lots of higher end clothing options for both men and women. A small area for knick-knack gifts and a quaint kids section. Prices were reasonable.

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Lexington, Kentucky
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We used Piragis as the outfitter for our September trip to BWCA. The gear was first rate; tents, paddles, canoes, and packs were all top notch and in great condition. Drew did a great job helping organize accommodations and routing for our trip. The drop off and pickup service for our entry/exit point was right on time. Pricing was good... More

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25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I happened into this store by chance and ended up buying several nice gadgets for my canoe trip. I could have bought even more if I had more money. They have everything you could ever need and more. They have stuff I didn't even know existed and all of it is quality stuff at a good price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A friend used Piragis 15 years ago to outfit his trip to the Boundary Waters and recommended them. Our group brought most of our own gear and food and rented Kevlar canoes and a few misc items from Piragis. They were great to work with and fast with responses via email. They made sure our trip plans were thought out,... More

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Barrington, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Have been to ely twice in the last 12 yrs, went to piragis both times. This is a very well maintained establishment, family owned. They have everything you could possibly need for a day hike to weeks out in the woods. Very clean, it's a very well put together place, well lit, organized, quality products, pay for what you get... More

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Weston, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stopped at Boundary Waters for a guided canoe trip on a trip across the North Central US.. Glad we did. Our guide Aaron was knowledgeable of the area and a great canoe guide with a passion for the location. It was a very relaxing paddle.. Was worried about insects but not a problem. Wish we would have stayed longer.... More

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just completed our third (or fourth) Boundary Waters trip with Piragis as our outfitter. As always, we had highly responsive service and first rate gear. Gear always appears to be new (or nearly so) and a lot of thought clearly goes into selecting the brands and models they carry. Before using Piragis, my group did three or four previous BW... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I rented a kevlar canoe going on a solo trip in the Boundry Waters. Got great help from this outfitter even before getting to Ely. There is no regular bus-route or any way to really get to Ely, but the outfitters were very helpful getting a ride when the bus wouldn´t take my any longer. The service, the shop, the... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love to browse through the Piragis store. They have great gear for a boundary waters trip. It is fun just to look at what they have for sale, even if you don't plan to buy anything. I generally purchase something. I always stop in Piragis whenever I am in Ely. They also have a great outfitting service which I... More

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