Kawishiwi Falls

Kawashi Falls (From Ely.com)

Kawishiwi Falls Trail:

Features:  A popular 1.5 mile round-trip hiking trail offers stunning views of the 70ft. drop Kawishiwi Falls/Fall Lake Dam.

Location:  Approximately 5 miles from Ely, Minnesota off the Fernberg Road (Lake County #18).

Description:  The name Kawishiwi  in Ojibwe language means “river full of beaver or muskrat houses”.  Native Americans, explorers and voyageurs portaged around the falls.  The watershed drains from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and flows 2,000 miles north to Hudson Bay.  This wooded and winding trail down to the falls offers beautiful photo opportunities.  The path is relatively easy and can be extended to include the portage trail between Garden and Fall Lakes.

Historic Ely

Town of Ely Historic Main Street (Ely)

(from Wiki) Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,460 at the 2010 census.[6] It is located on the Vermilion Iron Range, and is historically home to several iron ore mines.

Today the city of Ely is best known as a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; the International Wolf Center, and the North American Bear Center.

The main street of Ely is lined with outfitters, outdoor clothing stores, and restaurants. State Highway 1 (MN 1), State Highway 169 (MN 169) and County Road 21 (Central Avenue) are the main routes in Ely.

Echo Trail (Superior National Forest)

Echo TrailEcho Trail(from USDA) The Echo Lake Hunter Walking Trail is 13 miles total and is part of an area managed for ruffed grouse habitat. Ruffed grouse reach their highest densities in areas with a variety of aspen age classes. White-tailed deer, woodcock and nongame wildlife that require young forests also benefit. Timber sales were used to cut small patches (10 to 20 acres) of aspen and the timber haul roads are now used for the trails.

Superior National Forest

Superior National Forest(from site) Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. The concept of “all lands” management maintains strong partnerships and collaboration across the landscape. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, and skiing.