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.

Dorothy Moulter Museum

Dorothy Moulter MuseumThe Dorothy Molter Museum was formed to preserve her legacy. The cabin was moved from the chamber of commerce site to the museum, and a second cabin of hers was also erected and restored at the museum. The museum is located on the south side of Route 169 (Sheridan St.) at the east end of Ely, Minnesota.

Mesabi Trail

IMG_0666-768x1024(from wiki) The Mesabi Trail is a 132-mile paved bicycle trail running from Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Ely, Minnesota. As of 2008, the trail is still under construction with approximately 97 miles of trail complete. The trail goes through the many small towns along it, such as Marble, Keewatin, Hibbing, Mountain Iron, Virginia, and Gilbert. Much of the trail runs along abandoned railroad grade.

Bear Head State Park

Bear Head State Park(from site) Secluded in the Northwoods, this park contains pristine lakes; it is home to black bears, nesting eagles, wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees.

Bear Head State ParkLocated just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the park shares a similar wilderness quality. Explore miles of shoreline by canoe. Swim at the beach, picnic in the shelter building, or fish for walleye, bass, crappies or trout. Trails in the park link-up with the Taconite State Trail and offer snowmobilers, skiers and hikers plenty to enjoy. Rent a three-bedroom guest house or camper cabin any season of the year.

Bass Lake Trail (Superior National Forest)

Bass Lake Trail(From Ely.com)

Bass Lake Trail:

Features: 5.6 miles around Bass Lake. Backpacking campsites. Historically and ecologically unique. Requires at least 4-6 hours. Location: On the Echo Trail – six miles north of Ely, Minnesota.

Description: Bass and Low Lakes are located in a basin gouged out of pre-Cambrian rock. Prior to 1925 the two lakes were separated by a ridge of glacial gravel which acted as a natural dam. Logging operation led to the construction of a sluiceway to move logs through the gravel ridge – a drop of 60 feet. Seepage soon weakened the sluiceway as water moved through the gravel adjacent to the structure. The sluiceway and glacial ridge washed out in the spring of 1925 leaving a gorge over 250 feet wide. Bass Lake was lowered 55 feet in 10 hours, reduced to 1/2 its original size and two small lakes, Dry and Little Dry, became isolated in the old lake bed. Approximate 250 acres of land was then exposed and available to the establishment of pioneer plant species.