The Best Camping in Ely

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Top camping spots in and near Ely

  • Ely, Minnesota

    BWCAW Paddle: Fall Lake Campground to Moose Lake

    45.92 mi / 942 ft gain
    BWCAW Paddle: Fall Lake Campground to Moose Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Ely, Minnesota.
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  • Ely, Minnesota

    Angleworm Lake Trail

    13.23 mi / 1155 ft gain
    Angleworm Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ely, Minnesota.
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  • Embarrass, Minnesota

    Norberg Lake Loop

    3.07 mi / 289 ft gain
    Norberg Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ely, Minnesota.
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  • Ely, Minnesota

    Camp on BWCA's Lake 2

    A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area requires some planning ahead. First, you'll need acquire a permit/reservation via recreation.gov . Specify how many people are in your group, the number of watercraft you plan to use and how many days you'll be in the BWCA. You'll also need to select a gro...
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  • Ely, Minnesota

    Canoe or Kayak the Ensign and Birch Lake Loop

    This is a great 24 mile loop if you are last minute planning or are only doing a weekend kayak/canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN. The starting point is at Moose Lake boat launch and parking lot, which is about a 30 minute drive north of Ely, MN on Co Hwy 18. You must obtain a permi...
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  • Tower, Minnesota

    Canoe to Loon Lake from Entry #14

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is located in the northern portion of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. What once used to be covered by glaciers is now home to approximately 1.1 million acres of land with 1,200 miles of canoe routes. Permits are required for access...
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  • Finland, Minnesota

    Hogback Lake Loop

    2.94 mi / 135 ft gain
    Hogback Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Finland, Minnesota.
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  • Virginia, Minnesota

    Lookout Mountain Loop Trail

    6.67 mi / 820 ft gain
    Lookout Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Wuori, Minnesota.
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  • Finland, Minnesota

    Sonju Lake via Superior Hiking Trail

    3.42 mi / 213 ft gain
    Sonju Lake via Superior Hiking Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Finland, Minnesota.
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  • Finland, Minnesota

    Drive Superior National Forest's Fall Color Route

    5.0
    Every Autumn, Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota designates some of it's best roads as official Fall Color Routes. These roads go deep into the forest, far from towns and cell phone reception to show off the best Minnesota has to offer. Peak season is short, only a week or two sometim...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Cliff Jump at Beth Lake in the BWCA

    Beth Lake is part of the "Lady Chain" of lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It's secluded, serene and worth the trip, especially if you're up for an afternoon of cliff jumping.You can reach Beth Lake in half of a day, assuming you set out in the morning and are efficient with your time. But...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Camp at Alton Lake in the BWCA

    5.0
    A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area requires some planning ahead. First, you'll need to book a permit/reservation via recreation.gov. Specify how many people are in your group, the number of watercraft you plan to use and how many days you'll be in the BWCA. You'll also need to select a grou...
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  • Silver Bay, Minnesota

    Humpback Loop

    2.61 mi / 302 ft gain
    Humpback Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near East Lake, Minnesota.
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  • Silver Bay, Minnesota

    Camp at George H. Manitou Crosby State Park

    5.0
    George H. Crosby Manitou State Park is a lesser known park along Minnesota's North Shore. There are only backcountry sites, and it's not conveniently along the scenic road, so you really have to plan on going here. This makes it quiet, peaceful, and absolutely perfect for someone looking for a li...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Canoe to the Palisades on Seagull Lake in the BWCA

    Begin your trip at the Seagull Lake boat launch at Trail's End Campground. The campground, located in Superior National Forest at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, is an hour and half drive from the nearest town of Grand Marais and is a great place to stay the night before. There are no motors ...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Camp at Trail's End Campground

    5.0
    Trail's End Campground is located at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, a remote highway that cuts into the heart of the Minnesota Northwoods. Catch the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais along Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior. From Grand Marais, you'll wind your way sixty miles along ...
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