About Ely

Where is Ely, Minnesota? Situated in Northeastern Minnesota, Ely is the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the hundreds of lakes and rivers within its one million acres. The Superior National Forest is a 3 million acre forest with more than 445,000 acres of lakes and rivers with opportunities for camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, backpacking, and biking in summer, and Nordic and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, and dog sledding during winter.

“A scenic drive from the North Shore, Ely, MN offers not only the ultimate in wilderness experiences, but also some of the finest places to eat and shop as well as varied year-round Northern Minnesota recreation experiences!” – Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

What are some items of interest in this area? The International Wolf Center houses a resident wolf pack for visitors to observe with exhibits, videos, and lectures. The Dorothy Molter Museum pays tribute to the “root beer” lady who lived alone on Knife Lake in the BWCAW until her death. The Ely-Winton Historical Museum traces the history of logging and mining in this area. The Soudan Underground Mine is provides tours of Minnesota’s deepest iron ore mine. Check out the North American Bear Center for everything you could ever wish to know about all kinds of bears. We also recommend: Pebble Spa Company, Mealy’s Gift and Sauna Shop and Ely Surplus and Outdoor. 

Wilderness specials! Book a fishing guide for the BWCA or the adjoining chain of lakes. Dean is very experienced with the North Kawishiwi River and the BWCA. He is also very familar with Farm, White Iron and Garden Lakes. For more information or ideas about adventures in the wild, contact Dean at 218-365-4254 or the Adventure Inn at 218-365-3140.

Stories from the Inn...

Wintertime brings many families from the South to have their children experience Winter for the first time. Once, during a heavy snow, we had a family from Texas drive from the airport in Minneapolis to come for a dog sled adventure with their young children. None of them had ever seen snow. The driving was scary for them, but when they got here late at night, the kids insisted on wearing their snow clothes and proceeded to jump and roll in every snow pile we had. They did not want to go to sleep that night.