Boundary Waters Fishing & Canoe Guide Profiles

Moose Track Adventures a Boundary Waters Outfitter & Guide Service, located near Ely Minnesota specializes in guided Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCAW) and Quetico Provincial Park trips. Moose Track Adventures guarantees our customers the most able and skilled fishing and canoe guides in the business. Each one has extensive experience and knowledge guiding our customers into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Whether you are interested in trophy fishing, fly-fishing, ecology, natural history, or just want the satisfaction of using a knowledgeable and qualified guide, Moose Track Adventures Guide Service will see to it that your needs are accommodated.

Jim Blauch

BWCA Fishing GuideJim has been exploring the woods, paddling waterways and discovering wildlife since childhood. As a wilderness guide and previous owner of Four Seasons Adventures, he has introduced many people to the diversity of flora and fauna, natural history, and ecosystem ecology of northern Minnesota – not to mention lunker fish! Jim holds degrees in wildlife management, chemistry, environmental studies, and graduate research in environmental biology. He has extensive interests and experience in wilderness ecology, natural history, backcountry skiing, skijoring, winter camping and wilderness preservation. Customers rave about his fishing knowledge and instruction, a wealth of local information, wilderness navigation abilities, enjoyable campfire stories and not to mention taste bud tantalizing meals. He will provide you with an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

FFF Certified Casting Instructor
FFF Guide Association
FFF Life Member

CERTIFIED Federation of Fly-Fishers Guide


Craig Best

Craig Best:   Craig was lucky enough to have a father who spent time with him in the outdoors and at an early age provided him with the opportunity to learn to fish some of Minnesota’s finest lakes. Although fishing is a passion of his, being a well-rounded woodsman is what drives him.  He enjoys fishing year-round and spending time in the outdoors hunting, canoeing, wilderness travel and seeking elusive antler sheds in the spring.  He loves having the opportunity to help people see the outdoors through the eyes of someone who is passionate about the north country and now that he has that opportunity he looks forward to providing customers with the best experience possible.

Gavin Blauch

Gavin Blauch:  Gavin is the son of Jim Blauch, the owner of Moose Track. In his younger years Gavin could be found wandering in the woods catching bugs and exploring for wildlife. Whenever Jim would assist customers with routing Wilderness trips routes on maps, Gavin would be right at his side curiously watching and observing. Gavin also accompanied Jim, when he was younger, on a few personal camping trips which greatly influenced his love for guiding and wilderness canoe camping. At the age of 13 he began working at Moose Track Adventures mowing the lawn and working on projects with his father. As he grew older, he started to dip his paddle in the world of guiding. He began doing guided day eco-tourism trips, sharing his knowledge about the area’s flora, fauna and educating people about the history of the BWCAW and the important significance of the Native American Pictographs. In the summer of 2020, he began to guide overnight trips and quickly fell in love with it and had carried his Dad’s legacy forward. He enjoys educating people about the various flora and fauna of the Boundary Waters and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The College of St Scholastica. In his spare time, he can be found in the woods hiking, cross country skiing, running and fishing.

Claire Blauch

Claire Blauch: daughter of seasoned outdoorsman Jim Blauch, inherited her love for nature and guiding from her father. Growing up, she roamed the woods with her brother Gavin, capturing bugs and studying plants. While watching Gavin flourish with guiding, Claire eagerly observed, developing a deep appreciation for guiding and wilderness experiences. Accompanying her father and brother on camping trips fueled her passion, leading her to join Moose Track Adventures guide team. Claire gradually delved into guiding eco-tourism trips, sharing insights on flora, fauna, and BWCAW history. She has done a Dendrology class in college, and has great knowledge about the trees and plants of northern Minnesota. Now, Claire embraced guiding overnight trips, carrying on her father’s and brother’s legacy. Currently pursuing a degree at North Dakota State University. Claire in her spare time goes cross-country skiing, hiking, and fishing. She also loves to bake and do crafts.

Ron Guck

ron guide profile copyRon Guck:  Ron has spent the majority of his life trekking through the Great Boreal Forests of Northern MN. Growing up in the shade of spacious pine trees and deciduous wooded areas, nurtured an eternal love of the great outdoors.  Upon graduation from High School, he pursued a degree in Natural Resources and then spent over 36 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mostly as a Field Forester, prior to retiring. This career provided endless hours either on foot, snowshoes, canoe, boat, ATV, snowmobile and 4 wheel drive vehicle, traversing across the Northern portion of the State surveying, inspecting, preparing prescription plans, and maintaining the overall health and vigor of MN State Forests. Studying and working with the Ecology and Environmental attributes of the many ecosystems contained within MN Forests have given Ron a unique understanding and appreciation for this wonderful area in and adjacent to the BWCA.

Mike Heiman

Mike Heiman:  Mike grew up exploring the woods and fishing the lakes around his hometown of Ely, Minnesota.  At the young age of 14, he spent summers working for Moose Track Adventures primarily doing maintenance and ultimately after learning the ropes began guiding day and extended wilderness trips.  Mike went off to college in Madison, WI where he received a BS degree in engineering and began a career as an engineer.  After working for a few years in the Twin Cities area, his love for the wilderness kept calling him back to the North Country. In the summer of 2016, Mike and his wife launched their canoe from the dock at Moose Track Adventures and spent the summer paddling around Canada and finally reaching the Hudson Bay after 80 days. Mike decided in 2017 that the hustle and bustle of “city” life was not his forte’ and returned home to northern Minnesota where he enjoys fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and sharing his love of the outdoors with visitors to the BWCA and beyond.