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.

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.




Located 8 miles northeast of Ely, MN there are a variety of activities only a short drive away!

International Wolf Center

Did you know that red wolves are larger than coyotes and smaller than gray wolves or that red wolf packs are generally smaller than gray wolf packs? Find out much more about these interesting and intelligent species at the International Wolf Center.

North American Bear Center

Wolves not your thing? Visit the North American Bear Center to find out why male bears can lose over 100lbs over the winter months, and to see bears live in captivity.

Dorothy Molter Museum

Known as the Root Beer Lady, take a guided tour of the home of the last resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Widerness. Find out why she was a beloved host to countless travelers prior to 1987.