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Minnesota Destinations: Ely

Ely offers up a national park and Kabetogama Lake.

Kabetogama Lake, Voyageurs National Park is a very special place. Voyageurs National Park consists of preserved landscapes and scenic waterways that shaped the route of the North American fur traders and defined the border between the United States and Canada. The park and its diverse resources provide outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, scientific study, sport fishing, education and appreciation of the majestic, forested lake country setting.

Kabetogama Lake is dotted with more than 200 remote and scenic islands that maintain their beauty through harsh winter storms, and produce rich foliage and wild berries in summer. Situated along the U.S. Canadian border in Minnesota, Kabetogama Lake has miles of spectacular shoreline and 25,000 acres of clean water and is one of four major lakes that make up Voyageurs National Park.

Anglers who long for wide open spaces and fantastic fishing will revel in the cool, clean waters and solitude of Kabetogama. The lake is navigable by motorboat, pontoon, houseboats, canoes and kayaks.

If you want to experience the "great outdoors," canoes, kayaks and complete outfitting services are available for you to camp out under the stars and visit the wild.

Explore the hiking trails to witness the naturally beautiful plants, birds and wildlife. Some are even lucky enough to get a glimpse of many animals from wolves, black bears, deer and moose that call this home.

At certain times of the year, blueberries, raspberries and even wild strawberries can also be found on trails. Numerous bird species also make this area a birders paradise.

Visit the Kabetogama Visitor Center to learn more about the area, from tour boat rides, interpretive programs, camping and hiking information.

Small resorts or a variety of medium to large resorts are available to provide a choice of services. Some have play areas for children and others rent everything down to complete fishing equipment packages. You may choose to cook meals at your cottage or eat out at a variety of dining facilities. Supportive services are available in the area to supply your vacation needs.

Stay at a resort for a full day of fishing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling and so much more! All are offered at beautiful and scenic Lake Kabetogama.

Visit or call 1-800-524-9085 for more information.

ELY- Area Events for 2013

July 4, 2013

Independence Day Celebration in Ely

Activities in Whiteside Park for the entire family, parade at 1 pm and fireworks at dusk.

Janet Gensler Memorial Ely 4 on the 4th

Where: Miners Drive, Ely, MN 55731


Miners Lake 4 Mile Run and Walk at 8 am. Parking and registration before the event in the parking lot at the corner of Central Avenue and Miners Drive.

Jul 26-28, 2013

Blueberry Art Festival


300+ Booth of Original Arts, Handcrafted Items, Ethnic Foods and Entertainment, Friday, July 26 Noon to 7 pm, Saturday, July 27 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, July 28 10 am to 4 pm

July 26 & 27, 2013

13th Annual Ely Craft & Antique Show


At the Ely Ice Arena, behind the school on 4th & Harvey Street, Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27 from 9 am to 6 pm. $1.00 donation at the door (children 12 & under are free) "Miche" Bags, Chainsaw Carving, Soy Candles, Beewax Soaps, Personalized Storybooks & Embroidery Towels, Watkins, Quilts, Antiques & Antique Furniture, Folk Music CD's, Birdhouses, Magnetic Jewelry, Art Prints & Cards, Tupperware, Strudel & Potica, Homemade Rugs & dolls, Wind Spinners, Bamboo Plants, Scroll Saw Art, Custom Made Fishing Rods, Arbonne, Many Handmade Items and Much More! Ely Hockey "Bling" for Sale Food: Sloppy Joes, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Taco in a Boat & Snacks. Com enjoy indoor comfort of the Ely Ice Arena for Crafts, Food, Music, Prizes and Much More! Craft & Antique Show sponsored by the Ely Timberwolves Hockey Booster Club

July 27, 2013

Monsters of Mud Run

Racing begins at 4 pm at the Longbranch in Winton.

Driver Entry Fee $25

Open & Cut Tire $35

Racers Must Register by 2 pm!

Open Class Guaranteed Payout $1000

Admission: Adults: $10, Children 6-12: $5, Under 6: FREE

Food and Beverages Available - No Coolers Please

An NCMRA Sanctioned Race

August 9-10

Relay For Life

Whiteside Park in Ely

August 9-11, 2013

End of the Road Rendezvous

Where: Old Airport Road and Hwy 1


Take a trip back to the days of the fur traders...come to Ely August 9-11, 2013 and try your hand at the tomahawk throw, black powder shoot, frying pan toss for the ladies, knife throwing, fire lighting, and much more. There will be demonstations of blacksmithing, hide tanning, flint knapping, wood carving and more. If you're interested in partication, call Todd Denio, E.R.R. President at 218-248-5148 or Scott Denio -Booshway at 218-235-0601, email at:, or mail your information to: E.R.R., Box 692, Ely, MN 55731 End of the Road Rendezvous is a 501-C-3 Non Profit Organization founded on an educational basis, teaching the old ways in a hands-on interactive way.

September 6-8, 2013

20th Annual Fall Harvest Moon Festival


The Fall Harvest Moon Festival takes place on September 6-7, 2013 at Whiteside Park in Ely, MN. 125+ Booths of Handmade Crafts, Original Art, Ethnic Food, Entertainment, and a Voyageur Encampment. Friday, September 6 Noon to 6 pm, Saturday, September 7 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, September 8 10 am to 4 pm

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