About us

Welcome to Portage Trail Outfitters, nestled on the pristine banks of Ensign Lake, part of northern Minnesota’s world famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). At Portage Trail Outfitters, we pride ourselves on catering to your idea of an outdoor wilderness experience. Whether your sense of the great outdoors is a luxurious private cabin, or a bunkhouse to crash in before a peaceful and secluded trip into the wild, we can help you out.

In addition to various lodging options, Portage Trail Outfitters offers full service outfitting and guide services for your wilderness trip. Do you have the majority of your own gear, but forgot something? No problem, you can rent equipment à la cart.

At Portage Trail Outfitters, keep your eyes open for a rare moose sighting, ears open for the soothing evening song of the Minnesota loon, and your heart open for one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Enjoy your stay!

Save the stress and let us get the gear together for you. Portage Trail Outfitters offers only the most reliable and lightest weight gear. All packages are designed for two paddlers. For a solo trip outfitting prices or a custom quote please contact us. Portage Trail Outfitters is also proud to offer fully guided trips. Take advantage of our wilderness experience and vast knowledge of the areas scenic beauty and wildlife hotspots.


BWCAW Tips We are continually adding more tried-and-true tips to our list. If you have anything to share, please email them to info@portagetrailoutfitters.com

1) Boil your water! – Gary F. from Milwaukee.

2) Always wear a life jacket - Billy K. from Madison.

3) Bring plenty of food – Sally W. from Los Angeles.

4) Camp with the people you get along with – Steph from Ontario.

5) Bring a current map – Bailey C. from Flint.