Border Lakes Wilderness Fishing Tournament

Tournament 1:  August 22-26, 2020

Tournament 2:  August 26-30, 2020

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 out-standing quality. Though isolated, you’ll find the camp to be an “oasis” in this fishing paradise. Its facilities are ultra-modern, and 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. Many of the guides will be experienced, capable Ojibwe Natives who are members of the Lac La Croix Guide Association. You will find their knowledge of the country and fishing most superb.


Proceeds from the fishing tournament go to support Northern Tier’s Outreach program, providing programs to youth that might not otherwise get the opportunity. Northern Tier continues to grow the Outreach program, serving six Councils in 2019. 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 from St. Louis 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.


$3,500 per fisherman.
$1,000 is due at the time of registration.

Remaining $2,500 is due on August 1st.


Day 1

  • BLWFT players/fishermen arrive by late afternoon.
  • Social get-together with Northern Tier Base Committee and BLWFT players; dinner/tours at the NTIER Base.

Day 2

  • After early breakfast at Grand Ely Lodge depart, and drive to Crane Lake for boat transport into Lac LaCroix and Zups Resort. Need passports to go through Canadian Border crossing.
  • After arrival at Zups, we’ll hold a Scouts Own service before lunch, then hold first fishing session (4 hrs) in afternoon.
  • Social hour and first magnificent dinner.

Day 3

  • Two fishing periods (4 hours each) with shore lunch on lake island.
  • Another magnificent dinner, followed by guide auction.
  • Note: Rotate guides and fishing partners each of three sessions on Sun and Mon.

Day 4

  • Two fishing periods (4 hours each) with shore lunch on lake island.
  • Last magnificent dinner with awards ceremony to follow.
  • Note: Fish with same partner and guide both sessions on Tue.

Day 5

  • 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.

Registration Available Soon!