nature views at Ely Minnesota near Grand Ely Lodge
Shagawa Lake shore with boat tied to tree in MN
boat dock at Shagawa Lake near Grand Ely lodge resort
View of the Marina and Shagawa Lake
Children On the Peddle Pontoon


Summer Holiday Guide

What to Do in Ely, MN This Summer

Spend a relaxing summer in Minnesota basking in the sun, taking to the water, and enjoying time with family and friends. Be sure to check out our calendar of events to stay up to date with all the activities at Grand Ely Lodge, and take advantage of all the fun things to do in Ely, MN.

Memorial Day

Kick off your summer in Ely with a plethora of local activities to take part in. Immerse yourself in the comfort of the Grand Ely Lodge for the long weekend and embark on the adventure of your choice. Spend your time fishing for walleye, bass, and northern pike on the waters of Shagawa Lake, admire the lakes, trees, and wildlife on the Trezona Trail, or spend the day picking berries around the local area.

Independence Day

Being known for parades, festivities, fireworks, and more, the Fourth of July is a cornerstone of the summer season. Spend the day in Ely enjoying the summer sun and experiencing the local Fourth of July Parade, packed with floats, vehicles, music, and more! Stick around for the festive fireworks show over Miners Lake starting at 10pm.

Labor Day

Spend the long weekend enjoying the convenience of lakeside accommodations at the Grand Ely Lodge. Kick back by the waterfront and enjoy drinks from Antlers Lounge, canoe or kayak around the lake with one of our complimentary water rentals, or take a two-wheeled adventure biking around the backwoods. If you’re planning on sticking around a bit longer, stop by the Harvest Moon Festival in Whiteside Park. This three-day festival is filled with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, and activities for the entire family.