to an adventure of a lifetime


We are 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.

Our Services

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.


Portage Trail Outfitters is a family owned and operated business. We go back four generations here at Ely and this gives us direct access to the waters in the BWCAW area. This means that you get to start your wilderness adventure right away, launching directly from our lodge.