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Why choose Timber Trail Lodge & Resort?

Ely, Minnesota is blessed with many fine resorts and lodges. Each is unique in many ways offering different experiences and amenities. We recognize that not every resort is ideal for each visitor to Ely, depending on wants and needs. We want all Ely travelers to experience a wonderful vacation, and choose the Minnesota resort that best meets their expectations.

What we offer visitors to Ely, Minnesota

Location - Only 7 miles from town... Timber Trail Resort is located on a chain of four lakes offering many miles of water to explore and fish. In addition to the four lakes, you also have direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where you can paddle a canoe for many miles into the Boundary Waters directly from our resort.

Our closeness to Ely means you will be able to have a northern Minnesota wilderness experience, yet be close enough to town that you can enjoy the many attractions Ely has to offer

White Iron Chain of Lakes - The chain's four interconnected lakes include White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, Garden Lake and South Farm Lake. Farm, White iron and Garden Lakes have no motor restrictions. (any size boat and motor is allowed). South Farm Lake is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and is a restricted lake to 25hp and below. We are also the closest resort to the N. Kawishiwi River and this paddle only portion of the Boundary Waters. From our resort you have nearly 11,000 acres of water to explore. View our webcam overlooking Farm Lake

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - We have direct access to the BWCA by water. Our guests can experience the BWCA right from their doorstep with excellent day and overnight canoe trips. We provide a shuttle service to the BWCA for fishing; self-guided and guided canoe trips.

Our full service canoe trip outfitting company "Boundary Waters Outfitters" can service all of your outfitting needs. While staying at Timber Trail Lodge we invite you to visit our outfitting facility and hear about all the opportunities you have for entering the Boundary Waters, either while you visiting Timber Trail or on a later trip to Ely.

Fishing - Our chain of lakes contains an abundance of Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Crappie. Our veteran guide, Rob Nelson, spends over 100 days each summer guiding Timber Trail customers. He is available for advice to our guests by marking maps and answering all your fishing questions. The Boundary Waters offers some of the best fishing you will find in the US. For additional information, please visit our fishing information page.

Accommodations - Our cabins range from 1 to 6 bedrooms in size. They are both deluxe and modern housekeeping cabins and have fully equipped kitchens - many have dishwashers! All have decks, grills, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, fans, campfire rings, adequate parking, boat docking, and more. We are open all year. Winter, spring, summer and fall. See our Cabins & Accommodations

Timber Trail also offers motel rooms/ Kitchenettes. These are moderately priced modern motel rooms with fully supplied kitchens. They are ideal for 2 to 3 people. They provide the same access to all our resort vacation activities and amenities.

Canoe Trip Outfitting - Timber Trail Outfitters is a full service canoe outfitter. We offer full and partial outfitting services for canoeing the BWCA. We service all Ely area entry points. See our outfitting website

Resort Amenities

Resort Amenities Amenties Not Offered
Beautiful Lake Location Resturant/Bar - 7 miles away
Natural Sand Beach Rustic Cabins
Lodge & Store Laundry Facilities- 7 miles away
Boat, Motor, Canoe & Kayak rental
Free WiFi in our Lodge
Boat Launch & Docking
Naturalist Activities
Guide Service & Advice
BWCA Shuttle Service
Fish Licenses & Bait
Game Room / Library
Fish Cleaning Facilities
Direct Access to the BWCA
Four Interconnected Lakes
No Motor Restrictions
Remote Lake Guided Trips
Canoe Outfitting Services
BWCA Permit Station
Bunkhouse Facilities
Pets Allowed in most Cabins
Cabins, Motels, Camping & Outfitting

We at Timber Trail Lodge are committed to making your vacation an enjoyable one. We offer services such as shuttle services, canoe, boat & motor rentals, guided fishing trips and more. We will be as thorough as we can in explaining our accommodations. When making a reservation, it is best to insure we are aware of any special needs and wants. Our summer office hours are 8am to 8pm but will vary during the winter months. Our toll free number is 800-777-7348. Please let us know if we can help you in any way with your vacation plans.

About Us

The Forsberg family moved to Northern Minnesota in 1994. Our son Bill Jr. was just graduating from the University of Cincinnati and soon joined his brother (Brian, a 7th grader) in the management of the family’s new adventure Timber Trail Lodge. Daughter Lynne spent her summers helping the family at the resort until she graduated from the University of Illinois. After graduation, she remained in Illinois and eventually married and settled in the Chicago area.

Bill Sr. is a graduate of Ithaca College. Our summers were often spent visiting the Adirondacks and enjoying the wilderness activities found there as well as many summers in the Finger Lakes region.

After college Bill served one year overseas as a Lieutenant in the Army Security Agency in Korea. Upon completion of his military commitment with the U.S. Army, Bill pursued various career opportunities while Marge concentrated on raising the family and on her career in primary education. Bill spent the majority of his career in retail, and ultimately retired from the corporate world as the V.P of Stores for a national retail chain of specialty stores.

In the year 2005, Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and joined his parents and brother in the management of Timber Trail Lodge.

Son Bill ultimately founded and developed his own business, Boundary Waters Outfitters, which has become an integral part of the family’s pursuit of offering a wide range of vacation opportunities for guests visiting Ely, Minnesota and Timber Trail Lodge.

The family has developed roots in Minnesota as we have come to love and enjoy Ely, Minnesota and the wonderful life this spectacular wilderness area offers ourselves and those who come to visit our Lodge, Ely and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area.

It is the many returning guests we have had the wonderful opportunity to meet that have ultimately provided the greatest enjoyment for the family here at Timber Trail Lodge and Boundary Waters Outfitters. We hope you will join us for a wonderful wilderness vacation.
Timber Trail Lodge, LLC 629 Kawishiwi Trail - Ely, Minnesota 55731Tel: 218-365-4879 or 800-777-7348
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