Ely, Minnesota is the gateway to the largest wilderness area east of the Rockies but it's not hard to get to. It's only 250 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul and 575 miles from Chicago. The BWCAW is within the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
For the GPS-equipped, Voyageur North is at 47°54.209'N and 91°50.340W.
Ely has a variety of stores, restaurants and resorts for you to enjoy before and after your expedition. If our bunkhouse is full, you're always welcome at the Budget Host/Motel Ely . The International Wolf Center is nearby. The Dorothy Molter Museum , just down the road from us, tells the story of the famous Root Beer Lady of Isle of Pines.
Ely also has a variety of activities during the winter months from snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sled dog trips, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. If your looking for a place to stay, two of our bunkhouse units are available year round.
Remember that summer is road construction time! So make sure you double check your route for any problems that may cause delays or confusion. Here is a link for Northern Minnesota.
Here's the best way to get to Ely.
From Chicago and points south...
From Minneapolis/St. Paul and Iowa...