Frequently Asked Questions

Is Border Lakes Tour Company insured?

Border Lakes Tour Company is fully insured and operates under the authority of a Special Use Permit issued by the US Forest Service, Gunflint Ranger District.

How dangerous are these tours?

There is an inherent danger in all outdoor activities however by following your guide's instructions the risks are very low.  Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to participation in all activities.  Additionally, all participants will be required to wear a USCG approved personal flotation device (provided) at all times when on the water.

What if there is an emergency of some sort?

There is no cell phone coverage in the wilderness.  That is why your guide will be carrying a satellite based communication device to be used should an emergency arise.  Additionally, your guide is trained in wilderness first aid and will be carrying a first aid kit along on the trip.

What about bears and other wild animals?  Are they dangerous?

NO!  They are not dangerous but one needs to be smart around them by respecting their space and territory.  Follow your guide's instructions.

Do I need a passport?

No.  On certain trips we may be looking into Canada or even be paddling in Canadian waters but we will not be setting foot in Canada.  No passport required.

What do I need to bring?

A list of recommended items to bring along will be found on the next page.

Will our guide take us fishing?

These are not guided fishing trips.  If you want to fish you will need to provide your own equipment.  Additionally, you will be required to display your current Minnesota fishing license to your guide prior to fishing.  

Can we bring alcohol?

No alcohol or other drug use will be allowed on the tours.

Will I have to carry my canoe across a portage?

Your guide will certainly allow you to portage the canoe, however, the guide will also be more than able and happy to portage the canoe for you.  The only thing that is not allowed is for two people to carry a canoe across the portage by the hand grabs. That is how canoes are damaged.