About Clear Waters Outfitting Company
Hi, we're Dan & Sandra Meer, owners and managers
of CW Outfitting Company!
We love the outdoors just as much as you. Growing up in the Midwest, Dan in Mequon, WI and Sandra in Sauk Rapids, MN, has helped us to gain an appreciation for 'anything outdoors'.
When we're not helping paddlers enjoy the "wild & scenic" Mississippi River, or selling quality canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and gear, you might find us walking or biking on the popular Lake Wobegon Trail, just a few hundred feet from our house in Albany, Minnesota. We also might be canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, or trying to keep up with our four busy children, Nathan, Zac, Elizabeth and Simon.
Between inspirational trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, helping kids experience the outdoors through Scouts, 4-H, & school programs, and encouragement (and help!) from friends and family, we decided to jump into this business adventure.
Now back to business...
Established in 2009, CW Outfitting is the only Central Minnesota canoe and kayak retail store and outfitter on the banks of the Mississippi River.
We're only 60 minutes from downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, 20 minutes from downtown St. Cloud and less than a mile from Interstate 94 in Clearwater, Minnesota, right on the bank of the Mississippi River. Visit our store and "try before you buy" one of our canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks or stand up paddle boards or let us outfit you with our boats and gear for your next “daycation”, group outing, or Boundary Waters expedition. Whatever outdoor adventure you’re planning, we’re here to help make it a safe, relaxing and enjoyable one. Because we specialize in used and factory discounted canoes and kayaks, we get them in periodically throughout the year and always have great deals on canoes and kayaks in the shop.
We love seeing kids get outdoors and paddle canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks or our trending stand up paddle boards, so we offer great rates for families, nonprofit organizations, community groups and business outings. And as a locally owned and operated business we always appreciate your business.
Why is our location so special (Wild & Scenic River)?
CW Outfitting is extremely fortunate to be located on a special stretch of the Mississippi River and we cannot help but want to share it with you. Designated "Wild & Scenic" by the DNR, many miles along this stretch are still in their natural state due to the protection, regulations, and zoning that are associated with this title. Very few river stretches have this designation and protection. Because the Mississippi River is a major migratory corridor, paddlers will often see eagles, blue herons, egrets, hawks, and pelicans along with many other birds, mammals, and amphibians that call this area home.
This stretch of the Mississippi River is shallow with a rocky bottom - poor conditions for motor boats but ideal for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. With a gently flowing current void of any rapids, dams or falls, the paddling is relaxing and the fishing is spectacular. According to Field and Stream Online, the 47 mile stretch of the Mississippi between St. Cloud and Dayton (which includes our stretch) is in the top 10 for river fishing for smallmouth in the United States. Many consider it world class due to the limited motor traffic, river accessability, and special fishing regulations.
We are convinced that you'll enjoy this Midwest gem whether you are new to paddling or a seasoned veteran!
Where do we get our great canoes, kayaks and other gear?
Direct from the source. And that's why we can offer you such amazing deals! The majority of our stock comes direct from manufacturers like Duluth Pack, Native Watercraft, Current Designs Kayaks and more. We also get equipment, used canoes, and used kayaks from estabished and reputable outfitters throughout the Midwest, such as Wenonah Canoes, along with customers who trade in to upgrade their equipment. Check out our current stock!
Thanks to our thoughtful customers, we have received the 2013 Certificate of Excellence award through TripAdvisor! With this award, CW Outfitting has been placed in "the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor." And that's all thanks to the enthusiastic reviews posted by our customers in TripAdvisor! Thanks to those who have taken the time to give us honest reviews and we hope those who have taken a trip with us will consider writing a review; we need to spread the word about our hidden gem: the majestic, the relaxing, the "wild & scenic" Mississippi!
CWOC In the News...
5.12.11 Masons Sponsor river clean up
8.31.10 CleanUpTheRiver.com blog post
Summer 2010: Dale Gruber Construction featured project