Experience Boundary Waters Canoe Camping Like Never Before

Welcome to the Boundary Waters Catalog, Ely’s #1 Adventure Retail Shop that continues to improve on the Piragis family’s original vision and twin commitment to wilderness and paddling. Whether you are coming to Ely for vacations to spend some time with your family or have plans to canoe the BWCA Wilderness lakes with your friends, we have got a wide range of top-notch canoe camping gear and accessories to help you cowboy up for your trips.

Our online store boasts an extensive collection of high-quality outdoor clothing, camping tools, and canoe gear, Northwoods gifts, artisan-painted paddles, books, BWCAW Maps, ultralight canoes and much more.

You can find everything from handcrafted pottery, and hand-forged axes to a lot of different types of gear for fishing, and everything else you need for canoe country camping. 

Outfitting and Canoe Camping Trips into the BWCAW Run in our DNA

For over four decades, since 1979, we have been dedicated and worked passionately to instill the love in like-minded people for paddling kayaks and canoes in wilderness settings. What makes us different from the competition is our work philosophy that is centered around this kind of lifestyle, and our people who have been with us from the start. 

We have traveled and experienced the Boundary Waters extensively which gives us an edge over other outfitters in the industry. We take the time out to use the equipment that we sell. To ensure you only get the best quality of products, the gear that we stock here has been tried and tested before each item makes it into our catalog.

Branded Canoe Camping Products and Much More

Boundary Waters Catalog includes everything imaginable you will need for canoe country camping, and a lot of essential items that cross over to camping, hiking, outdoor skills training and canoeing in your outdoor areas closer to home, like hand-forged axes, knives, tools, books, coffee, and dehydrated food meals. Browse around and shop the best from Ely, Minnesota.

Your Journey Starts Here

All set for your next canoe camping expedition?

Reach out to us at 218-365-6745 to learn more about our outfitting services, guided trips, and expert advice. Order your favorite products online today and enjoy free standard shipping on all purchases over $175. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our email newsletter and be the first to receive special offers and the latest updates from our hometown, Ely, MN, on the edge of the BWCAW.


Here at the Boundary Waters Catalog and Piragis Northwoods Company we do things a little different than your average or above average adventure retail shop. We go to the Boundary Waters and beyond! We use the gear we sell, we choose the gear we rent and outfit canoe campers with. With our Trip Essentials, we have put together a must-have or must-not-leave-home-without list. It includes some of our best selling items that might not make the canoe trip list for reasons like weight, safety, or even personal preference. However many of these items are essential because over the years they’ve proven to appeal to our customers that enjoy hand forged axes, knives and tools. They appeal to our bush crafter and survivalist fans. Oh, and, some things are just our favorites, like good books and good coffee and good food. If you just want to know what the best things we offer are… look no further shop now