3.9 million acres. 4,000 lakes and rivers. 2,800 miles of trails and portages. That's what you'll find in Ely, Minnesota, the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In Ely, we've got room for your next vacation.
Ely in the summer is paddling a canoe or kayak on an unspoiled lake where all you can hear is your paddle slicing through the water, the call of loons and the slap of a beaver's tail. It's hiking through the boreal forest for unparalleled views. It's feasting on trout or walleye you've just caught, cooked over a campfire. It's sleeping under a sky filled with more stars than you've ever seen in your life. And one of the best things about summer in Ely? People do flock here, but it's unlikely you'll ever see any of them. It's like you have the wilderness all to yourself.
Winter is magical in Ely. A blanket of pure white snow on the ground, pines as far as the eye can see. Deer, moose, wolves, foxes and other animals making their way through the drifts. Even the air feels different. Dash through the snow on the back of a dog sled, or quietly explore the wilderness on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Adventure lovers will find some of the best snowmobiling trails in the Midwest. At night, as you sit around the campfire or fire pit with a cocktail or hot chocolate, the Northern Lights will take your breath away.
Fall is spectacular with dazzling autumn colors, brisk hikes, scenic drives where you're likely to see moose. And spring is a quiet season as winter fades, perfect for sitting outside in the warm sun as the snow melts, spotting tracks, and curling up in front of a crackling fire. (Many resorts have specials during this time of year, too!)