Experience the spirit of
Welcome to Ely, the gateway to one of America’s purest outdoor experiences. Ely rests at the edge of Boundary Waters, the largest wilderness area east of the Rockies. Experience the spirit of untouched wilderness that separates you from modern civilization as you hike the many wooded trails, explore miles of immaculate waterways and shorelines, and sleep under the stars.
Ely is a wonderful place to connect with a friendly, outdoor-loving community. Immerse yourself in our rich native history and culture, eat delicious food, peruse the local shops, and prepare at one of our many outfitters for an expedition into the wild. Our community takes pride in celebrating and protecting our pristine area, guaranteeing unforgettable experiences for thoughtful explorers.
Adventure awaits in Ely!
(BPT) - Coming to Ely for a little R&R in the wilderness? Awesome! You'll have a great time. But just be mindful of the denizens of the forest you might encounter along the way. Our black bears are beloved residents of the Northwoods, but when people come for a visit, they can bring some wrongly
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(BPT) - Coming to Ely for a little R&R in the wilderness? Awesome! You'll have a great time. But just be mindful of the denizens of the forest you might encounter along the way. Our black bears are beloved residents of the...
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(BPT) - Although thousands of people visit Ely each year, everyone experiences it differently. There’s a lot to explore up here, but how you explore depends on what type of traveler you are. You might find yourself in the following...
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(BPT) - In the fall, Ely explodes with color. You may think we're mainly about the pines, and you'll certainly find a forest-full of those here. But we're also home to aspen, birch, ash, spruce and the king of fall colors,...