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Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service

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ADVENTURE AWAITS! Visit the BWCA, hike the Superior and Border Route Hiking Trails! Day tours and multi-day trips for all ages and abilities! Experience the Best of the North Country by Canoe or by Foot Border Lakes Tours and Guide Service offers...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Gunflint Trail area, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

10 Stars! Mike Bartz at Border Lakes Tours is the best guide in the BWCA! Mike was extremely knowledgeable, kind, helpful and very patient with a group of beginners. I'm sure I would still be lost in the Boundary Waters if we would have gone...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Laura! It was a pleasure sharing the BWCA with you and your group. I always enjoy myself on these trips but your group was especially fun. Hope to see you again in the summer of 2019!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't thank Mike enough for opening up the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to me. I had wanted to explore the BWCA for a long time, but without any outdoor expertise or equipment, I wasn't sure how to go about it. Mike provided both, plus...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Sandie! It was one of those exceptional days for sure. There is nothing I get more satisfaction out of than sharing my passion for BWCAW with people. When the experience exceeds your expectations that makes it even better. Thanks again and I hope to...More

Reviewed February 11, 2019

Top Guide Mike Bartz took my wife and I on 2 spectacular snowshoe hikes last week. One on The Devil's Track River and the other on the Border Route Trail. Mike is a competent and professional Guide who puts the wants and needs of his...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you George! I really enjoyed our time together, blizzard and all! Seeing the wolves and the grouse were a bonus! Looking forward to seeing you and your wife again this coming summer. Be well!

Reviewed January 26, 2019

We can't say enough about what a terrific time we had exploring the Boundary Waters for a day with Mike. He's super knowledgeable and a fantastic guide. He communicated with us months in advance as we arranged this personalized custom tour to meet our abilities...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2019

Thank you very much for the kind words. It is my goal to ensure a good experience for each and every guest. I learn from each trip and from each person. I am as excited and enthusiastic about the last trip of the season as...More

Reviewed September 21, 2018

A group of us ladies wanted to experience the BWCA but not have to deal with procuring the right gear, etc. Most of our group was highly inexperienced with canoeing and portaging but we are reasonably fit and game for a nice adventure. We landed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Thanks for the awesome and thoughtful review Cindy. I really enjoyed your group. Lots of positive energy and laughs! Glad you noticed the equipment I provide. I take pride in providing excellent equipment for a great experience. And yes, I do portage the canoes for...More

Reviewed September 14, 2018

My husband, teenage daughter and I did a day trip to the BWCA with Mike Bartz, and it was a truly special experience. We canoed through two lakes to a third lake, hiking between, and enjoying a longer waterfall hike to our lunch picnic spot....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MichaelB19133, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the trip. I am passionate about the wilderness and happiest when sharing it with others.

Reviewed September 12, 2018

I, along with my wife, where born and raised in Minnesota. We have never ventured into the BWCA but have always enjoyed visiting "Up North". We support a local community radio station in Grand Marais and as part of a recent fund drive, my name...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MichaelB19133, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thanks Chad. What a great day it was. I am glad you enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to your next trip. If I can be of any assistance please contact me with any questions. Be well and I hope to see you on...More

Reviewed September 6, 2018

Mike Bartz knows this area intimately. He is a former conservation officer who hiked, fished, canoed and camped this area since he was a kid. He has a great appreciation for the natural world. He is witty and personable. He has many entertaining stories and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MichaelB19133, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2018

Thank you so very much for the kind words. It was truly an honor and pleasure for me to introduce you to the BWCAW! Really enjoyed meeting you and your family. I will always remember your kids calling me Mr Mike and the oldest boy...More

Reviewed September 3, 2018

After yearning for a trip into the Boundary Waters, a friend and I discovered Border Lake Tours. Mike Bartz assured us an easy day trip into the wilderness, which knows no rivals for it's stunning beauty. He was 100% correct. Mike was the perfect guide,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thank you very much! It was a good day indeed; new sights, sounds, scents experiences and friends. I am passionate about sharing the wilderness with others. People cherish and preserve what they know and value! Thanks again!

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

This was my first time in the Boundary Waters and it was such a great time. We canoed across two lakes and got to experience portaging our canoes between them. We hiked to a beautiful overlook where we enjoyed lunch together. The guides are very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael B, Owner at Border Lakes Tours & Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time as well. We are passionate about sharing our love of the BWCAW and the border lakes area with others. People protect what they know and value. Thanks again..hope to see you in the future!

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