Wilderness Outfitters

1 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731


About Us:

Wilderness Outfitters, the oldest established outfitter in Ely, began operation in 1921.The outfitter began as a corporation owned by a group of shareholders; since the outfitters inception several long-time Ely residents, including the current owner, Gary Gotchnik, have owned the business. Gary's history with Wilderness Outfitters began long before becoming owner, as a wilderness-fishing guide. In 1985 Gary became part owner of WO with partner, Jim Pascoe. Since 1995 Gary and family (wife Marcy, and 2 children Maren and Krista) have been sole owners of Wilderness Outfitters.

Today, Wilderness Outfitters, the oldest and one of the largest canoe outfitters in Ely, is home to over 15 employees, with an inventory of greater than 125 canoes. Wilderness Outfitters has successfully adapted to the changes in the Park and continues to recognize and respond to the needs of our customers. In addition to being the foremost leader in outfitting wilderness canoe trips, we also offer exciting fly-in canoe trip packages, deluxe fishing tent camps, and remote Canadian Outpost Cabins.

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