Andy and Ada are as good as it gets. Super friendly/personable and accommodating, knowledgeable, professional. Great facilities; staff is helpful as well. They know how to run a ship and take care of their own. As a former trail rat, it was good to catch up on the latest with Andy on way to put-in.
Will definitely be going back…
Bryan Mount Horeb, WI
I recently completed my third trip to the BWCA, once again outfitted by Tuscarora. We opted for the tow out to save time & energy…and boy was it worth it!!! These folks are a great bunch to work with. They have great equipment options, outstanding food complete with easy to follow directions and planning guides, and a highly dedicated staff ready and willing to meet all your needs. They have many, many years of experience in this area which is priceless if you want to get the most out of your wilderness experience. I highly recommend Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters.
Greg K, Salem
I made my first trip up to Boundary Waters the weekend after Labor Day, and couldn’t have done it without Tuscarora. Their super extensive website helped clue in this rookie to routes, equipment, and logistics. Their flexibility in booking was completely unexpected and made planning super accommodating. They were quite tolerant of a plethora of phone calls in the week leading up to our departure, shoring up last minute details.
When we finally made it up, the bunkhouse, hot breakfast, and shuttle service provided a seamless send off. Plus, after a few days in the BWCA, the hot shower on the tail end was a must. We had a fantastic first trip, 5 of us rookies and 1 second-timer. We will certainly be back and will happily work with Tuscarora again to do so.
David S Minneapolis, MN
My daughter and returned last week for a week in the Boundary Waters. This was my first time using Tuscarora, and it wasn’t long before it became clear that they are different from my recent experiences with outfitters. The equipment was in good condition and very clean, as was the bunk house. Andy helped us with a route that gave us some challenges, but also allowed time for rest days in camp. I would highly recommend the Liz Lake to Cross River route (we took the northerly route and avoided Brule where we were prevented from crossing last year for three days due to high winds). There are a couple challenging portages, including over a beaver dam that at first we didn’t believe was our portage; but we got through it safely and will make for great memories.
Clarence Chaplin St Paul
Tuscarora has become a recent favorite for myself and my elderly Mom. Cabin 2 at waters edge gives us an easy access, rustic, front row seat escape into this wonderful wilderness. Ada and Andy make the reservation process easy and our arrival ever so welcoming, with the sweet “Welcome’ sign pointing the way to our cabin ‘home’ for the stay. It’s been a pleasure to have been guests upon their first year, and thereafter @ Tuscarora……A favorite is the trickling sound of the creek that runs alongside Cabin 2, singing you to sleep, including the foot bridge that leads to a wonderful hiking trail, rising along Round Lake. Lucky are those who visit in early June taking this trail, to be greeted by several beautiful Lady Slippers and Bunchberry Dogwood flowers. There is nothing that can replace the view from the windows or when seated in the adirondack chairs in front. Bliss, peace, everything stressful simple floats away… Another great perk is the canoe or Kayak that is included in the rental for a great paddle on beautiful Round Lake. Another thing I enjoy about staying @ Tuscarora, being an entry point for BWCAW trips, is being able to greet & talk with groups heading out or in from a canoe trip, and hearing details about their experience. Being here is always a gift. A gift of memories made, with loved ones, new friends, and Mother Nature. We WILL return.
Annette Cozzi St. Charles, IL
Highly recommended. I needed a canoe for a six day trip exploring BWCA. It was an extremely smooth and pleasant process from start to finish. It could not have been any easier. Making the reservation was quick, pick up was immediate, and someone (I did not catch her name) literally had our car keys waiting for us when we dropped the canoe off at the dock. Excellent service all around and everyone was very pleasant. The canoe I rented was in very good condition and performed admirably during the trip. They also had fuel I needed for stove on hand. Great location with several entry points and good route planning options. I did not stay at the cabins, but all the facilities I saw were clean, organized, and well-maintained. I will definitely be using Tuscarora for any outfitting needs when I return to the area.
Albert L. Chicago, IL