Ely, MN

On the Trail at the eastern end of the Mesabi Trail, lies the city of Ely. Located approximately 112 miles northeast of Duluth, Ely is sometimes referred to as “the canoeing capital of the world”. It is surrounded by the Superior National Forest that encompasses 2,021 lakes. Ely offers excellent access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a well-known area that offers camping, hiking, fishing and more. Ely is known for all different types of outdoor activities. It is not uncommon to see moose, deer, and bears while visiting this area. Many adventures are waiting to be explored in Ely. The area is well-managed which makes it one of the most natural and pristine areas in the world. It is less than 15 miles to the Canadian border at Ely’s closest point.

Highlights

In recent years Ely has been known for tourism and outdoor activities. Many interesting museums, including the International Wolf Center are located in town. The Blueberry Festival in July and Harvest Moon Festival in September offer arts, crafts, music, and ethnic foods. The community is a popular vacation spot for nature lovers.

Access Point For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 169, turn north onto N. Central Ave/Pioneer Road and continue for three blocks. Trail access and parking is on the right.
Ely Access Point

For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 169, turn north onto N. Central Ave/Pioneer Road and continue for three blocks. Trail access and parking is on the right.

Ely Bike & Kicksled (Including Bike Rental) Ely Bike & Kicksled (Including Bike Rental)

125 North Central Avenue
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-2453

Website

A FULL service bike shop, offering bike rental & sales (fat tire, mountain, gravel and youth), bike repair, and a full line of accessories & parts. For the winter months, check out our Finnish made Esla kicksleds; rental and sales. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Range LP Gas Range LP Gas

1613 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-8888

Website

Range LP Gas is a full service / propane delivery company on the Iron Range. Offering a complete service department to repair or install your propane appliances with 24/7 emergency service! Stop by or call our Virginia or Ely store and find out how we can help with your propane needs.

The Pebble Spa Co. – Ely The Pebble Spa Co. – Ely

229 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-0809

Website

The Pebble Spa Company is currently made up of 2 cozy spas in the heart of northern Minnesota. Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of the small town! Offering massages, facial treatments, foot & hand treatments, spa parties, couples treatments, holistic healing and phenomenal clothing and gift boutiques. Visit our spas in both Ely and Virginia!

Ely Farmers Market Ely Farmers Market

721 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

Website

Tuesday 5pm – 7pm; Last Tuesday in May to September. At Whiteside Park. “Bringing you locally sourced and organic plants, produce, baked and canned goods from the finest producers, farmers and artisans in the Ely area.”

Motel Ely Motel Ely

1047 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-3237

Website

Locally owned & operated, this quaint environmentally conscious motel offers impeccably clean & comfortable rooms, offering some of the lowest rates in Ely…without sacrificing quality or service. Make a stay in Ely part of your Mesabi Trail adventure – in the heart of the Superior National Forest, main entry to the BWCAW.

Piragis Northwoods Company, Inc.

105 North Central Avenue
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-6745 or 800-223-6565

Website

Piragis Northwoods Company and the Boundary Waters Catalog have been supplying canoe paddlers and campers since 1979 with top-quality equipment that you can easily pack and carry. Our goal is to make your canoe trip as enjoyable and easy as possible. We are canoe trip outfitters in Ely, Minnesota. If you can't make it to the store - be sure to shop online!

Motel Ely

1047 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-3237

Website

Locally owned & operated, this quaint environmentally conscious motel offers impeccably clean & comfortable rooms, offering some of the lowest rates in Ely…without sacrificing quality or service. Make a stay in Ely part of your Mesabi Trail adventure – in the heart of the Superior National Forest, main entry to the BWCAW.

Motel Ely
Range LP Gas

1613 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-8888

Website

Range LP Gas is a full service / propane delivery company on the Iron Range. Offering a complete service department to repair or install your propane appliances with 24/7 emergency service! Stop by or call our Virginia or Ely store and find out how we can help with your propane needs.

Range LP Gas
Ely Bike & Kicksled (Including Bike Rental)

125 North Central Avenue
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-2453

Website

A FULL service bike shop, offering bike rental & sales (fat tire, mountain, gravel and youth), bike repair, and a full line of accessories & parts. For the winter months, check out our Finnish made Esla kicksleds; rental and sales. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Ely Bike & Kicksled (Including Bike Rental)
Ely Farmers Market

721 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

Website

Tuesday 5pm – 7pm; Last Tuesday in May to September. At Whiteside Park. “Bringing you locally sourced and organic plants, produce, baked and canned goods from the finest producers, farmers and artisans in the Ely area.”

Ely Farmers Market
The Pebble Spa Co. – Ely

229 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-0809

Website

The Pebble Spa Company is currently made up of 2 cozy spas in the heart of northern Minnesota. Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of the small town! Offering massages, facial treatments, foot & hand treatments, spa parties, couples treatments, holistic healing and phenomenal clothing and gift boutiques. Visit our spas in both Ely and Virginia!

The Pebble Spa Co. – Ely
Piragis Northwoods Company, Inc.

105 North Central Avenue
Ely, MN 55731

218-365-6745 or 800-223-6565

Website

Piragis Northwoods Company and the Boundary Waters Catalog have been supplying canoe paddlers and campers since 1979 with top-quality equipment that you can easily pack and carry. Our goal is to make your canoe trip as enjoyable and easy as possible. We are canoe trip outfitters in Ely, Minnesota. If you can't make it to the store - be sure to shop online!

Funding Source

The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.