Moose Track Adventures is a family owned and operated lodging, cabin, and backcountry camping operation based in Ely, Minnesota. They are one of the most experienced outfitters in the region, offering fishing and guided packages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provencal Park. Moose Track offers guided canoe trips as well as guided backcountry fishing and guided eco-tourism trips. Located only seven miles from Ely, Moose Track's "home base" resort offers great lakeside cabins for your family or fishing group. With over 7,000 acres of trophy fishing available from your cabin door, and with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area just a rod tip away, your fishing opportunities are endless.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard packages range from multiple day trips to week-long wilderness fly-fishing and camping packages. Itineraries of any length can be accommodated.

Accommodations and Lodging

Riverside DiningMoose Track Adventures cabins and resort is located only seven miles from Ely, Minnesota and just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Their two and three bedroom cabins are situated only 25 feet from beautiful Farm Lake. Enjoy incredible sunrises from a large living room picture window and evening dinners on your personal deck.

Each cabin is fully equipped, spacious and clean, and includes heat, hot water showers, microwave, stove, refrigerator, kitchen utensils and all linens (except kitchen & bath towels). A picnic table, charcoal kettle grill, and a fire ring for a nice campfire is also included in front of each cabin. One dock space on the lake is included with a weekly rental. All cabins can accommodate four people easily and six people who know each other well. Some cabins have wireless internet as well.

Food and Beverages

When staying at the resort and renting a cabin, all meals are on your own. Each cabin features a kitchen and cooking areas, so pack your own food and enjoy making your own meals lakeside! The small store at the resort sells ice and other basics, but you should plan on packing and bringing your own food. On all guided backcountry fishing and canoe trips, all meals are included.

Fishing Information

Smallmouth BassSmallmouth Bass - Ely, Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Quetico are home to world class smallmouth bass fishing, and smallmouth bass on a fly rod are absolutely incredible. If you haven't fished for Smallies, you've got to try it! These fish fight harder pound-for-pound than any other freshwater fish. Unlike largemouth bass that give up after a few short bursts, smallies never quit fighting. The action is absolutely amazing. The smallmouth bass is one of the most prized game fish of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico and the perfect adversary for the fly fishing angler. These rod bending, surface smacking “bronze-backs” readily attack top water presentations, and are a consistent producer throughout the canoe season. Their relentless fighting ability is known everywhere, thus providing the perfect adversary for the fly fisher to test their abilities against. This trip will focus on the special techniques required to catch these fish and will incorporate casting techniques, fly tying, and catch and release.

Northern Pike - The Boundary Waters, Ely and Quetico receive a lot of attention for its bass fishing, but many people overlook its potential as an excellent northern pike fishery. Pike up to 35-40” are common and readily take a fly. Moose Track Adventures guides have specific areas that produce excellent fly fishing for pike all season long. Peak times for pike are May through June and September through November. And while casting for northern pike, there is always a good chance of tangling with a huge smallmouth bass.

Musky - Believe it or not, the Ely, Minnesota area has some of the best Musky fishing in the state. Guided Musky Fly Fishing Trips concentrate on Minnesota’s famous Lake Vermillion and surrounding Department of Natural Resources-managed musky lakes. Fly fishing for musky is an exhilarating and often tiring experience. Be prepared for the battle of a lifetime. For those who have fished for musky, you know they can be a difficult fish to catch whether fly fishing or bait casting. In fact they are classified as the fish of 10,000 cast, but if the timing is right the action is unbeatable! The best time for fly fishing for musky is May through June and September through October, so book your trip early.

Boats and Equipment

For those choosing a deluxe wilderness canoe and fly fishing trip, Moose Track uses only the latest and greatest ultra light weight canoes and gear including We-no-nah Kevlar canoes and Marmot and Northface tents and sleeping bags. All camping gear and equipment will be provided and included in overnight wilderness trips.

If you chose to stay at the lodge and do guided day trips, they utilize a variety of boat options that include flat bottom Jon boats, 16 foot Lund fishing boats, square stern canoes, and a 19.5 Lund Tyee. They aim to be flexible and customize the trips to your needs as well as where the best fishing is at the time. It is recommended that fly angler and fishermen bring all of their own equipment, including rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking SceneryEly has plenty of unique shops, excellent restaurants, and is home of the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center. For those looking for some exercise and adventure, there are numerous hiking trails nearby ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. The Ely area provides unique opportunities for those seeking great hiking and outdoor experiences. The area's assorted hiking trails can lead you either on a short jaunt, vigorous day trip or an extended wilderness trek. Discover the beauty of the boreal forest in a landscape formed by glaciers that retreated 10,000 years ago. There are many trails in the Ely area. The most popular trails include the Bass Lake Trail, the Angleworm Trail, Trezona Trail, Hidden Valley, Secret/Blackstone Trail and the Snowbank Lake Trail.

How To Get There

The nearest commercial airport is located in Duluth, Minnesota, which is serviced by Delta, United, Mesaba Airlines, and Allegiant Air. You will need to rent a car in Duluth at the airport for the drive to Ely, which is about two hours. Some customers prefer to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, rent a car, and drive to Ely, which is about five hours

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Moose Track Adventures is approximately seven miles southeast of Ely, MN. Follow 169 through the center of Ely (from Tower) and take a right onto County Road 16 (Kawishiwi Trail). Approximately 4.5 miles down on the left you will see the resort road sign and driveway. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Rates / Package Costs

Rates are dependent upon which trip option you choose and group size. Please contact Yellow Dog at at 888-777-5060 or for a quote.

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

Daily Guide Service -

  • Eight hour fishing day
  • Lunch, bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All equipment and flies

Wilderness Fly Fishing Trip -
Six-days/five-nights, fully outfitted

  • Daily professional guide and instruction in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA)
  • All camping equipment and gear
  • All meals and all food in the backcountry
  • Use of ultra-light Kevlar canoes
  • Lodging the night prior to your trip
  • Breakfast prior to your trip
  • Round trip entry point shuttles as required by your trip
  • BWCA User fees

What's Not Included

  • Taxes
  • Minnesota fishing licenses and permit reservation fee
  • Guide gratuities
  • Canadian user fees, Canadian remote border crossing documents, round trip entry point shuttles (fly-in or Crane Lake options)
  • Transportation to the resort in Ely, Minnesota

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Moose Track Adventures Guide Service offers fly casting lessons and instructions by Jim Blauch, who is a Federation of Fly-Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and Life Member. These guys have the ability to work with novice and experienced fly fishers alike in learning and perfecting their casting and fly fishing abilities.  Whether you are just learning the art of fly fishing or an experienced angler, they can help improve your skills.

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