The Dorothy Molter Museum and Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service is proud to offer the annual Dorothy Molter Experience Trip!

This fully outfitted and guided canoe trip will immerse you in the wilderness that was once home to Dorothy Molter, an independent thinker ahead of her time.  During this all-women’s trip you will challenge yourself physically and enrich yourself mentally as you explore this pristine and wild country learning about the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters.

Covid Safety
Precautions and protocols will be implemented to ensure the safety of all participants. We are happy to elaborate should you have questions.

2021 Program Dates: June 22-26, 2021
Program Fee: $775
Min/Max: 4/7

This is a professionally guided trip with limited enrollment and includes:

  • Four days and three nights fully outfitted and professionally guided BWCAW trip to Knife Lake and Dorothy’s former islands
  • Motorboat tow to the start of the non-motorized zone of the BWCAW to start and end the canoe trip
  • Signed copy of “Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady of Knife Lake”
  • Individual Membership to the Dorothy Molter Museum (or renewal of a current membership)
  • Guided tour of the Dorothy Molter Museum
  • All BWCAW permit fees
  • Participants not in the same household or “friend bubble” will sleep in their own tent
  • Travel to/from the BWCAW entry point will be provided but participants are welcome to drive their own vehicle

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Trip Details

Paddle the legendary canoe route to the former home of the  last, legal non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW and learn about this rugged woman’s life of operating a wilderness fishing resort.

Program Guide, Jess Edberg

Program Guide, Jess Edberg

You will visit the museum of her original cabins which were transported out of the Wilderness by dogsled and snowmobile, as well as paddle to the original location of the cabins on Knife Lake. Jess Edberg,  executive director of the Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely, will join this canoe trip and share colorful stories from Dorothy’s life. This trip celebrates the life of one of the strongest female outdoors-people of the modern age.

During four days on the water, expect days of both travel and base-camping. You will explore the clear waters of Knife Lake, and you may take a day trip to a scenic overlook. There will be time to rest, relax, and, if you’d like, fish. Each day will bring new experiences and sights, that could include waterfalls, wildlife and towering old growth white pines, in the beautiful Northwoods. Sign up by yourself, or bring along a friend. We look forward to heading out into these beautiful woods with you!

You will make new friends and meet interesting people. Our guests respect each other as individuals and work together and learn with one another as a team on this trip.

About Your Canoe Guide

Trip Guide, Doris Kolodji

Trip Guide, Doris Kolodji

Doris Kolodji first met Dorothy Molter as an 8th grade participant on a Girl Scout canoe trip in 1972. As Doris transitioned to leading groups of girls and women in the wilderness, she visited Dorothy on her island regularly over the years. Doris says that instructions were always given that “when we went to Dorothy’s we were to mind our manners because we were going into someone’s home. Dorothy appreciated the respect we showed, and soon she looked forward to us coming as much as we looked forward to seeing her.”

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Note to prospective participants:
This trip is an excellent experience for first-timers to the BWCAW and seasoned canoers alike. Those new to canoe camping will be encouraged and guided in their adventure in order to have the best experience possible. However, please note that this is a physically demanding trip that will require carrying packs of approximately 50 pounds and/or canoes up to 80 pounds over portages (uneven natural trails with dirt, rocks and roots) that often includes inclines and declines, as well as sitting for long periods of time in a canoe and sleeping on the ground (on a sleeping pad). Meals are cooked either on a camp stove or over a campfire. Teamwork will be the word of the day, every day.