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Address: 105 North Central Avenue, Ely, MN 55731
Phone Number: +1 218-365-6745
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Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters is a full-service canoe trip...

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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BWACW trips

Piragis is a top notch outfitter with great staff, guides, and gear. If you're headed to the BWACW, you can't do any better.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Piragis is a top notch outfitter with great staff, guides, and gear. If you're headed to the BWACW, you can't do any better.

1 Thank Johndraws
Owatonna, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I've rented canoes from Piragis for my last three solo canoe trips. the staff is outstanding and has given me excellent service each time. The rental procedure is fast and efficient. Drew and Adam are usually in the outfitter side and always ready to make recommendations and give advice about trip routes, good campsites, fishing holes, portage conditions, or equipment... More 

Thank Chris N
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Piragis has two physical levels in the store but it is a great place on many levels. If you are looking for camping gear, they have quality stuff and interesting stuff. If you're looking for water sports stuff, they have that as well. They have a great book store upstairs full of more than Northwoods titles but plenty of volumes... More 

Thank Thomas R
Liberty, Missouri
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We wanted to go on our first ever canoe trip to the Boundary Waters. Piragis was recommended by our B&B. They have new equipment each year so nothing looked old and worn out. The sales people were very helpful because they have much more than canoes. the young man helping set up with the canoe was Drew, he was great!!!... More 

Thank Donna K
Naperville, Illinois, United States
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Good gear, good T-shirt selection, been a few years since I was there but used to visit annually for a couple decades... over many visits the staff was consistently helpful Awesome book selection. Convenient to art gallery, snack shop.

Thank Tom H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

I go on a lot of canoe trips, but usually with my solo boat. I needed a tandem to bring my girlfriend on her first BWCA trip, so we rented from Piragis. We got a Kevlar boat with paddles and pfds for $40/day. I have my own equipment but my girlfriend used the pfd and paddle and hers were on... More 

Thank Chris S
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I recently traveled to Ely with several close friends for my first-ever Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure. Piragis was the Outfitter recommended by a friend who travels there frequently. As promised, every aspect of the Piragis experience was top-notch. We met our guide the night before, and received all our equipment for the trip. Everything was either new or in excellent... More 

Thank fdasmith
Santa Barbara
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Steve Piragis and his crew are friendly, knowledgeable and well-organized. The shop and the outfitter are both dialed in, making purchase, pickup and drop-off of rented items really easy. A stop at Piragis will make your Boundary Waters experience much better.

Thank fetchera
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I used Piragis for their complete outfitting of a 6-night trip into the BWCA with my three sons in mid-August 2015. When we arrived at their shop the evening before, everything was organized -- from the canoes, food, tents, sleeping bags, tents and things I didn't think of but glad they did. All the equipment was in perfect condition and... More 

Thank Andrew B
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

You can go here and nowhere else if you want. Or you can shop around and save ~20%. Up to you. The staff is friendly and the selection bountiful.

Thank NoIberostarFan

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