Why Zups?


With literally hundreds of Ontario and Minnesota fishing lodges and canoe outfitters to choose from: what makes Zup’s Fishing Resort & Canoe Outfitters stand apart from other choices?

First and foremost? Location, Location, Location!

Now is a great time to pull out your maps and visualize what we are about to share.

Our boat and motor lodge and canoe outfitting base lie on an island on Lac La Croix.  There is no public road access.  Lac La Croix is comprised of 34,000 acres of clean, pure water:  the largest of all the BWCAW lakes.  This jewel borders two magnificent wilderness areas.  The QUETICO PARK of Ontario is to the north and east, while the Minnesota BOUNDARY WATERS comprise its southern shores.  The two parks together boast approximately 2 million acres of wilderness.  No roads, no industry, no motors… we call this “our backyard”.  Our lodge & outfitting base are just on the edge of these phenomenal park systems.  We are a twofold operation catering to the boat and motor lodge folks and/or the wilderness canoe campers.


We are local and experienced.  With 80+ years strong in the industry, Zup’s Fishing Resort is now operated by the second generation (Mark & Kathy Zup) and third generation (Jennifer Zup) of a wilderness family.  When you ask… we answer, with both knowledge and precision.

Our lives are devoted to ensuring that you are about to experience the utmost wilderness fishing adventure.


We offer some of the most desired and premier smallmouth bass fishing in the world!  Lac La Croix is a trophy northern lake and has abundant walleye, lake trout, white fish, sturgeon and crappie.  Day trip lakes teeming with large mouth, rainbow trout and brookies are just a portage away.

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Customer service at its finest is hard to find these days.  In a world of automation, we strive in every aspect of our remote island home to make you feel “special” and each of you will experience one on one attention throughout your stay. Whether you encounter our boat drivers, dock staff, wait staff, cleaning crew, kitchen help or chefs you will find them courteous, friendly and helpful.  They will make your vacation easy and enjoyable.  We are mighty proud of our staff and we receive compliments by the “boat loads”!


Boats & Motors:


New, clean and in great condition.  16′ Lunds, 4 stroke 30 & 40 hp electric start engines and all equipped with a bow mount trolling motor.



A new fleet of Wenonah canoes arrive each spring.  Your choice of the following: Itasca, Senneca, Champlain, Boundary Waters or Prism.

We also offer Alumacraft – aluminum canoes.