DescriptionGateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely is a popular resort as well as a fishing, canoeing and camping center. The chain of lakes and rivers that forms the boundary between Canada and Minnesota was a primary artery for Canadian Northwest-bound fur traders some 2 centuries ago.
Rumors of a gold strike first lured fortune seekers to the region. The gold turned out to be iron, but its discovery led to the railroad that later put the town on the map.
Ely lends its name to a rare local rock formation known as Ely greenstone, which formed more than 2 billion years ago when lava flows solidified underwater. An outcropping of Ely greenstone known as Pillow Rocks can be seen at 12th and Main streets.
Visitor InfoEly Chamber of Commerce 1600 E. Sheridan St. ELY, MN 55731. Phone:(218)365-6123 or (800)777-7281
Things to SeeDorothy Molter Museum
CanoeingCanadian Border Outfitters