Ely, Minnesota Campgrounds

Ely, Minnesota Campgrounds
With the Boundary Waters nearby, Ely, Minn., is a popular destination for outdoor activities. Canoeing and kayak-touring abound during the spring, summer and fall in the Ely area. There are hundreds of lakes and ponds for paddlers. Anglers can enjoy lake and fly-fishing. Hikers and mountain bikers will find trails for their respective sports. Bird-watchers can try spotting any number of the hundreds of birds in the region, and in winter, there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring and dog-sledding.

Silver Rapids Lodge

Both tent and RV campers can be accommodated at the Silver Rapids Lodge. Tent sites are level and come with picnic tables and fire rings. RV sites have 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer. The campground portion of the lodge has showers and bathrooms, a laundry room and picnic areas. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. There is a lake at the campground where guests can canoe or fish. Boat rentals are available. Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails can be found around the lodge and campgrounds.

Silver Rapids Lodge
459 Kawishiwi Trail
Ely, MN 55731
(800) 950-9425
silverrapidslodge.com

Timber Wolf Lodge

The Timber Wolf Lodge has sites for tents and RVs. Tent sites have standard picnic tables and fire rings. There is fresh water available for drinking and cooking. RV sites have the standard 30- and 50-amp electric, water and sewer connections. Guests can request lakeside sites and enjoy fishing or paddling from their tent or RV. Pets are allowed if leashed. Guests can use the showers and bathrooms. The Boundary Waters are in the region and visitors will find canoeing and kayak-touring opportunities, as well as fishing and bird-watching.

Timber Wolf Lodge
PO Box 147
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 827-3512
timberwolflodge.com

Fenske Lake Campground

Fenske Lake Campground is part of the Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest. The Boundary Waters flow through the forest and visitors staying at Fenske Lake Campground can canoe, kayak, hike, bird-watch, observe native wildlife and fish. The campgrounds have sites for tents and RVs. There are toilets and water sources for drinking and cooking. Pets are allowed but should be leashed while in the park. There are fire rings at sites, and firewood is available for purchase at the campgrounds. Due to insect infestation, rules and bans for outside firewood may be imposed. Guests should check with rangers prior to bringing outside wood into the park.

Fenske Lake Campground
2229 Echo Trail
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 235-1299
recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&facilityId=373748&agencyCode=131

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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