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.


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 - Boundary Waters 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