Ely MN Area Summer Activities and Attractions

Ely is surrounded by the Superior National Forest and is the main departure point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Hiking trails encompass hundreds of miles and fishing dreams come true with over 1,900 different lakes and over 300,000 acres of water. Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye and Sunfish are some of the species found in the nearby lakes and streams. Photography opportunities are unlimited as wildlife such as deer, moose and wolves make the Superior National Forest their home. The Blueberry Arts Festival makes a great change of pace with food and crafts galore. Outfitters are available for those who would like a guided adventure. They will help you plan an expedition into the largest wilderness this side of the Rockies. They can outfit you with all you'll need to enjoy this pristine wilderness.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

More than one million acres of wilderness and waterways in the heart of the Superior National Forest have been set aside as the federally managed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Located along the Canadian border adjacent to Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, the BWCAW is the largest wilderness preserve east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Blueberry Arts Festival (July)
This three-day event is held in Ely's Whiteside Park, featuring 225 exhibitors of original art, handcrafts and ethnic foods. There is no admission fee for this three-day event. Each year there is a variety of musical entertainment and a petting zoo and pony rides for the youngsters.

Dorothy Molter Museum
2002 E. Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731. The Dorothy Molter Museum preserves and interprets Northwoods wilderness heritage through learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). As a private, non-profit organization representing part of the unique and rich history of northeastern Minnesota, the Dorothy Molter Museum strives to not only honor the legacy of its namesake but also, be an active and positive member of the Ely Area community and family of Minnesota museums. (218) 365-4451

International Wolf Center
1396 Hwy 169 Ely, MN, 55731. The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. (218) 365-4695

North American Bear Center
1926 Hwy 169, Ely, MN 55731. The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans. (218) 365-7879

Vermilion Interpretive Center
900 E. Camp St., Ely, MN 55731. Located in the Fine Arts Building at Vermilion Community College, the center offers exhibits dating from 12,000 years ago and focusing on the Ojibwe Indians, fur trading, mining, logging, innovations and a North Pole expedition. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. (218) 365-3226

Ely Golf Club
Ely has a 9-hole, 3,245 yard, par 36 course that is open to the public. The course is open (weather permitting) from late April until late October. Rental equipment is available. Babbitt, located 15 miles from Ely, also has a 9-hole, 3,316 yard, par 35 course which is also open to the public. Rental equipment is available.

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