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Family Activities at Grand Ely Lodge

Experience the Best of Ely, Minnesota

Grand Ely Lodge is a spectacular family resort, thanks to the wide range of activities on offer. Of course, many of the most popular attractions here involve beautiful Shagawa Lake, where you’ll find plenty to do besides just admiring the scenery. Read on to find out more about our favorite area activities, whether you plan to hang out around the lodge or explore the rest of Ely, Minnesota.

Fishing

Fishing is extremely popular around here, and you’ll find plenty of fishing lodges in Ely, Minnesota. Our resort provides everything you need to get started, with rods, reels, and life jackets, as well as an inviting dock to cast off.

Boating

If you want to get a bit closer to the water, you’re in luck. We offer kayak, paddle boat, paddle board, hydro-bike, and canoe rentals so that you can make the most of beautiful Lake Shagawa.

Swimming

In the heat of the summer, nothing beats jumping straight into the water. Shagawa Lake is great for swimming, and Semer’s Beach Park, just minutes away, provides a lovely setting on the shore. Alternatively, stay at the property and cool off in the indoor hotel pool or kiddie pool.

Hiking

With all the beautiful natural scenery around Grand Ely Lodge, it’s definitely worth exploring the area. You’ll find a wide range of hiking trails ranging from mountain strolls to strenuous climbs. We recommend hitting Trezona Trail for the views or hiking to the impressive Kawishiwi Falls.

Biking

If you like the scenery but prefer to go a bit faster, than we recommend exploring on two wheels. Fernberg Tower, Nickel Lake, and Fenske Lake are all popular destinations with scenic biking trails.

Education

One of the best ways to appreciate the gorgeous nature around us is to learn more about it. Thankfully, Ely offers plenty of opportunities to do just that. Visit the North American Bear Center or the International Wolf Center to learn more about the local wildlife. We also recommend visiting the Dorothy Molter Museum to learn how to make root beer!