Bob Oliva holds a B.S. in Wood Technology from Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas. After coming to Ely as an Eagle Scout in the early 80s, for his first canoe trip in the Boundary Waters, he decided to make this wilderness his home.

Bob has 25 years guide experience, beginning with guiding canoe trips for Sommer’s Canoe Base; guided day and canoe trips for other area resorts followed. The cultivation of the dogsled team took years; Bob?s gift with the sled dogs and his knowledge of the Boundary Waters and the Ely culture made for a natural business opportunity. Basswood Bob?s North Country Guide Service was born in 2003, and many clients have been returning annually since. Fishing, dogsledding, winter camping, portaging: we work year-round to provide you with a Boundary Waters trip you?ll not soon forget.


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