Start or End Your BWCAW Adventure at Grand Ely Lodge

The Grand Ely Lodge, located in Ely, Minnesota, boasts an ideal location for adventurists looking to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Rest up at the lodge before trekking from lake to lake and paddling through the Boundary Waters, or come relax after your excursion.

A family enjoys water sports on Shagawa Lake
A sunset overlooking Ely and Shagawa Lake

Located just minutes from Grand Ely Lodge, BWCAW is the perfect destination for travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind wilderness canoe trip. The Boundary Waters is made up of 1,500 miles of lakes, rivers and streams that flow together to create an idyllic setting perfect for travelers – both beginners and experts – who want to get away from civilization and just enjoy the great outdoors.

Make Grand Ely Lodge Your Put-In Point

Ely, MN is one of the most popular starting points for Boundary Waters excursions, and Ely itself is within close proximity to 19 BWCAW entry points. A BWCAW trip requires a permit for entry and is tied to specific dates and entry points. Permits can be purchased online or in person at a participating canoe outfitter.

Indoor pool with rustic feel at Grand Ely Lodge

Helpful Resources

From history to tips, to packing lists, here’s everything you need to help plan your BWCAW excursion.

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