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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

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...

Ely lore and legend: Stories to tell around the fire

(BPT) - You're settled in front of the fire after a snowy, fun-filled day skiing, sledding or snowshoeing in the Northwoods. Beverage of your choice in hand, now's the time for some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Legends and lore are as much a part of the Ely region as the pines, the birches and

Ely lore and legend: Stories to tell around the fire

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(BPT) - You're settled in front of the fire after a snowy, fun-filled day skiing, sledding or snowshoeing in the Northwoods. Beverage of your choice in hand, now's the time for some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Legends and...

The best things about Minnesota are in Ely

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(BPT) - Ever thought about what is the quintessential Minnesota getaway? We nominate Ely. What makes Minnesota Minnesota, our zeitgeist and spirit, who we are as a state — all of it's right here in Ely. We think Ely captures the...

Tracks: The BWCAW's Instagram

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Sure, the city has its perks, like Instagram and Twitter. But in Ely, we get our messages from the animals around us by spotting their tracks. (BPT) - Waking up on a winter or spring morning in Ely, it's the perfect time to pull on...