Border Lakes Wilderness Fishing Tournament

 August 24-28, 2024

Zup’s Fishing Resort
Lac La Croix, Ontario, Canada


Anglers will be testing their skill on the remote Lac La Croix. Zup’s Resort is securely nestled on the shores of a protected bay deep in the quiet solitude of Lac La Croix. The resort and trading post facilities are a complement to the greatness of the lake, for they too, are of an outstanding quality. Though isolated, you’ll find the camp to be an “oasis” in this fishing paradise. You will find no finer resort on the border lakes. Lac La Croix is one of the premier lakes in the region and offers excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike, lake trout, smallmouth bass and crappies. All the fishing guides are experienced and familiar with Lac La Croix. Some of them will be capable Ojibwe Natives who are members of the Lac La Croix Guide Association. You will find all guides are knowledgeable of the area and will have great fishing experience. Each day you will lunch with them, enjoying the fresh Walleye caught that morning.


Proceeds from the fishing tournament go to support Northern Tier’s Outreach, providing paddling programs to youth that might not otherwise get the opportunity. Northern Tier continues to grow the Outreach program, serving six Councils. The programs include Northern Tier sending staff to each of the Councils to provide a shake down and training for Scouts that would be attending. The crews then received a 6-night trip at Northern Tier, all equipment provided. The crews may also experienced a day in Ely, sight seeing and participating in educational opportunities.  Northern Tier continues to grow this program, expanding our reach to additional Councils.


$4,500 per fisherman.
$1,000 is due at the time of registration.

Remaining $3,500 is due on August 1st.

Additional Details

Zup’s Fishing Resort is located on Lac La Croix in Canada. Current Canadian and USA border crossing and COVID requirements will be in effect


Day 1 – Sat Aug 24:

  • Check into Grand Ely Lodge by 4:00 pm
  • Visit Northern Tier for facility tours.
  • Receive trip, gear and safety briefing 
  • Enjoy a cookout and opening activities at Northern Tier’s General Manager’s residence.

Day 2 – Sunday Aug 25:

  • Depart for Zup’s after breakfast.
  • Lunch at Zup’s following a scenic boat ride from Crane Lake.
  • First round of fishing in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Monday Aug 26:

  • Two periods of fishing
  • Shore lunch with fresh fish from the morning’s catch
  • Dinner and Guide Auction in the Lodge

Day 4 – Tuesday Aug 27:

  • Two periods of fishing
  • Shore lunch with fresh fish from the morning’s catch
  • Dinner and Awards in the Lodge

Day 5 – Wednesday Aug 28:

  • After early breakfast all fishermen high-speed boated to Crane Lake for departures home.
  • Late afternoon flights out of Duluth or Minneapolis (best option) easily doable for travel home.

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