Ely, MN Resort - Big Lake Wilderness Lodge

Welcome To Big Lake Wilderness Lodge


Welcome to Big Lake Wilderness Lodge. Surrounded by the Superior National Forest and easy walking or paddling distance to the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, we are the most remote drive-in resort in northern Minnesota.

Here you're sure to enjoy the near-by hiking trails, kayaking, paddle boating, canoing, FISHING, or just sitting lakeside and taking in the view. We welcome your 4-legged friends as well.

In the Lodge, you will find free Wifi, TV, coffee, books, games, weather and fishing reports, along with our friendly staff. We have an on site laundry facility for your convenience. Stop by our store and find the 'essentials' you may have missed and bring home that special souvenir. We carry a full line of tackle and live bait. Satellite TV in all cabins except Rookery, Aurora and Reflections.

At Big Lake Wilderness Lodge, you'll find life's most rewarding pleasures. Freshly caught fish ready for the fry pan. Dense pine and birch forests with impressive vistas that have remained virtually unchanged for generations. Nighttime skies sparkling with a heaven full of stars and, sometimes, a vivid display of Northern Lights. Our clean air and pure waters invite you, your family, and friends to enjoy the Northwoods out-of-doors.

For fishing, hiking, canoe trip adventures, family-oriented summer getaways and more...

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge is locally owned and operated. We source from local vedors and buy American made products whenever possible. We are also a veteran friendly resort.

Dates of operation are May 13, 2022 to Oct 1, 2022.

FREE PONTOON when you rent the Horizon or Call of the Loon cabins for a week. (Sat-Sat).

FREE boat/motor package when you rent our Greenstone or Voyageur cabin for a week. (Sat-Sat)

10% Veterans Discount when you rent the Voyageur cabin for a week. (Sat-Sat).

FREE 14'/9.9hp boat/motor package when you rent the Vermilion cabin for a week. (Sat-Sat)

Any discounts, pontoons or boat/motor packages, are cabin specific and cannot be transferred to a different cabin. Any upgrades on watercraft will not be prorated or discounted and will be charged the regular watercraft rental rate.

With 1,800 acres of water, 14 islands, and numerous inlets and bays, Big Lake is a place of rugged beauty. This northern MN lake is one of the DNR's top-rated walleye lakes and also holds northern pike, smallmouth bass, and perch. No motor-size restrictions. Public boat ramp access nearby.

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge invites you to be our guest.