Planning a sporting or outdoor event? Ely has a variety of facilities to accommodate both small and large events. Ely is home to well organized Annual Baseball and Hockey Tournaments, ATV Trail Rides, Fishing Contests and of course, the Ely Marathon. And in Ely, there is always room for more!
In addition to privately owned venues, the City of Ely maintains wonderfully conducive multi-functional spaces. In the winter months, a recreation center and ice rink are maintained for the enjoyment of the community and our visitors. Under special circumstances, use of Ely Memorial High School & Community College facilities may be considered.
The following are just a sampling, please contact the Visitor’s Center with your plans and we can assist with locating the perfect spot.
A favorite swimming area located on Shagawa Lake, several islands for exploring are accessible by an iconic wooden foot bridge. The beach area offers restrooms, playground, picnic area, docks, sand volleyball courts and a rentable pavilion.
Centered in the heart of Ely, acres of green space are available, along with a rentable pavilion. Public restrooms, playground, and picnic areas available. Multiple Festivals and the regular summer Farmers & Artists Market utilize this beautiful location with great success.
Ely Arts & Heritage Center
Located at the Pioneer Mine Complex, the Miner's Dry building is a popular venue for receptions and fundraisers. Located across the street from the Grand Ely Lodge and along the Trezona Trail, a 6.5 km loop around the perimeter of Miner’s Lake within Ely city limits. Groomed for skiing in the winter, it also connects to the Mesabi Trail and Hidden Valley.
Hidden Valley Trails & Chalet
The Ely Nordic Ski Club maintains over 15 km of ski trails in the winter and bike trails in the summer. The Chalet is available for events and overlooks the historic Ski Jump which is no longer in operation but makes for a stunning backdrop with plenty of parking.