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Experience the spirit of

Ely, Minnesota

Welcome to Ely, 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. Come 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 a wealth of unforgettable experiences for thoughtful explorers. We promise that adventure awaits you in Ely.

Hiking

The Ely area provides unique opportunities for those seeking wilderness hiking in Minnesota....

Kayaking

For vacationers who like the idea of traveling by water, surrounded by the beauty only nature can...

Camping In Ely & BWCAW

Do you love camping in Minnesota? Enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living...

Mountain Biking

The Ely Area offers several opportunities for mountain biking with routes to suit various skill...

Fishing

If you are planning a fishing trip to Minnesota, then look no further than Ely Minnesota! Why? Ely...

Shopping

There are a wide variety of stores in Ely, MN to buy something you need or just to commemorate your...

Birding

Birds are prevalent in the Ely Area and the Superior National Forest depending on the season and the...

Which type of traveler are you?

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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...

Where to see the spectacular fall colors

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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,...