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Ely Day Trips?

Thinkin about heading up to Ely with the wife over labor day weekend and am looking for a god day trip. Would kinda like a short loop but not opposed to there and back. Anyway these are what I need info on:

1) Canoe Outfitter. Would be nice if they were based on a lake so we can just pull in a shove off. Not required though.
2) Route. I'd like to get in a couple short portages and like I said above, a loop would be nice. Not sure if it's possible on a day trip though.
3) A campground somewhere north of the cities. We're gonna be about 7 hours away and may not get out till after 5 or so. Cities is about 3 -3.5 hours away so we may need a camp just north of there.
4) Campground by Ely. We may need 2 nights , maybe 3 if we get out early enough. BTW, be pulling my teardrop (small camper).

Note: Being that it's a busy holiday weekend campgrounds that have lots of room or take reservations would be nice.

Thanks for any help,
Chris

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  • moose lake
    several outfitters based on Moose Lake I think - LaTourelles for one. Go North to Basswood, swing west, then south, portage to Wind L and then portage back to Moose L and back to your car. Day permit for BWCA woudl be needed - Not sure if the $15 fee applies to day use or just overnighters. LaT.. usually has some boats listed in the classifieds - I'd assume you could find thier e-mail there
  • Fee
    Day use is free. You fill out the permit at a box near the entry point.

    Overnight use runs $16.50 per person.
  • campgrounds on the way
    The casino at Hinckley has trailer sites available. It's about 1.5 hours out of Mpls. Just keep you money in your pocket :)

    Otherwise there's a state park at Taylors Falls about 45 minutes north. But given the holiday weekend it might be tough finding a vacancy where ever you go.
  • Kawishiwi Lodge
    Situated on Lake One. Many day trips on the numbered lakes area. Not too far from Hegman Lakes and pictographs. Also, Kawishiwi is the only paddle only outfitter/resort. Stayed there a week when I took grandparents up there and had a great time even without going deep into the BWCAW. WW
    http://lakeonecanoes.com/
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