Experience Ely

The Grand Ely Lodge Experience

A visit to Ely and a stay at the Grand Ely Lodge gives you the chance to connect with nature in Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters (BWCAW), one of the country’s most pristine wilderness experiences. Enjoy the history, culture and fun that can only be found by visiting Minnesota’s north country. This is the Ely Experience.

Ely: Entry Point to the Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, or BWCAW, is one of the country’s largest expanses of untouched wilderness.

In the summer, thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Ely to embark on a unique canoeing and kayaking experience. Only minutes from the Boundary Waters, Grand Ely Lodge is a favorite home base for BWCAW visitors beginning or ending their trips. Visit our Boundary Waters page for tips and resources to help you embark.

Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge

Make Your Stay an Adventure!

Professional Photographer Eric Sherman has spent nearly his entire life exploring the backroads of Northern Minnesota.

Over the years, Eric Sherman has photographed moose, bear, wolves, owls and much more in their natural habitats. Now, as a licensed guide, he is giving you and your families a chance to travel along with him and have your own adventure in the Superior Natural Forest.

These day trips are about 10 hours in length and are suitable for all physical abilities. Eric Sherman Images Wildlife Adventures are more than just a trip through the forest. Participants will travel nearly 200 miles of the finest backroads Superior National Forest has to offer while searching for wildlife, viewing breathtaking landscapes, playing wildlife bingo, and learning about the history of the forest and the landmarks within it.

Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge

Adventure for Every Season

The premier four-season choice, Grand Ely Lodge sits on the shore of Shagawa Lake, less than a mile from Downtown Ely and within minutes of multiple Boundary Waters Canoe Area entry points. No matter if you’re traveling solo, with an adventurous group of friends, or with the whole family tagging along, Grand Ely Lodge offers adventure no matter the season.


As the snow thaws, the lakes open up, colorful flowers and blooming vegetation blooms, people start to gather again, and Ely comes alive. Head into town to visit a museum or two, or learn more about the wildlife that makes the area so special by visiting the nearby International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, canoe, and kayak (mid-May) to watch nature come back to life.

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Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge
Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge


Warm temperatures bring adventurers to northeast Minnesota in droves each summer. Head out on the water from our full-service marina on Shagawa Lake for a day of fishing, canoeing, kayaking or relaxation. Grab your camera, and venture out for a few miles of hiking. You’re sure to catch a glimpse of Northern Minnesota’s abundant wildlife! Hop on your bike for some backwoods exploration or for a ride into downtown Ely. The possibilities are endless during a summer stay at Grand Ely Lodge.


The best way to see the ever-changing landscape of leaves is to get up close and personal. A stunning autumn weekend in Ely offers plenty of fresh air; Hike the nearby Trezona Trail and become entranced with vibrant fall colors. Should the weather turn chilly, just take a scenic drive, then head back to the Grand Ely Lodge for a hot beverage and a bite to eat in the Evergreen Restaurant or Antlers Lounge. Be sure to visit in September for the Harvest Moon Festival, an annual favorite in Ely with music, shows, delicious local food, and more.

Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge
Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge


Ely is a snow lover’s paradise, averaging 63 inches of powder each year. After the lakes freeze and the terrain becomes covered with snow, the area surrounding our all-season resort turns into a winter paradise. Travel the area with ease with hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails that start right outside our door at Grand Ely Lodge. A popular winter activity unique to Ely for locals and travelers alike is dogsledding, with numerous outfitters ready to guide you for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Get the Most Out of Ely


Equipment Rentals

Grand Ely Lodge guests can enjoy outdoor equipment rentals like canoes, kayaks, skis, snowshoes and much more. Don’t miss out on the fun and memories.

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Events & Weddings

Let the natural beauty of the north woods serve as the backdrop for your wedding, family reunion or retreat. The event team at Grand Ely Lodge will be sure to make your event perfect.

Start Your Ely Experience

Spring, summer, fall, winter; any time of the year is the perfect time to visit Ely. And Grand Ely Lodge is at the center of it all. Book your stay with us today!

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