Bill Griffin
Wilderness Guide
After a rewarding career as an art teacher, Bill and
his wife RuthAnn have moved to acreage near Ely.
They are enjoying the opportunity of partaking in the
wilderness experience on a daily basis.

Bill's teaching experience provides him with skills that
help him work well with groups of adults and young
people. He is organized, patient and able to help his
group develop the skills needed to enjoy the
wilderness experience of a BWCA trip. Bill's goal as a
guide is to provide his group with experiences that
reveal the beauty, serenity, and personal connection
that you can have with a wilderness area. He believes
every trip should provide a sense of accomplishment,
relaxation, and inner peace for all group members.
Guided and fully outfitted canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) near Ely, Minnesota
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Bill's first canoe trip was at the age of sixteen
and he's been hooked on wilderness canoeing
ever since.

Bill graduated from Mankato State
University and became an art teacher in
southeast Minnesota. He rewarded himself
with a canoe of his own after completing his
first year of teaching. Bill, his family and
friends enjoyed many trips to the BWCA.
These trips eventually led to guiding and
outfitting trips for church, Boy Scout, and
school groups. His passion for canoeing is
exemplified by the fact that he canoed every
month of the year for five years.
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There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance,
adventure, solitude and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost
forgotten, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.
– Sigurd Olson
Bill and a co-worker outfitted and guided
trips for his school district for fifteen
years. The program offered both winter
camping and canoe trips for high school
students. These students had experiences
that included winter camping, canoeing
and portaging, fishing, orienteering, and
developing respect and appreciation for
the wilderness. Many former students
have since become avid canoeists