Big Lake Wilderness Lodge Ely MN
Big Lake Wilderness Lodge Ely MN


Relax, Reconnect, Play!

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.

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.


Big Lake Wilderness Lodge
Big Lake Wilderness Lodge Fishing


At Big Lake Wilderness Lodge, you will find a vast array of outdoor activities and wildlife.  From fishing, hiking, canoeing, day trips into the BWCAW, paddle boarding, picking blueberries to bird watching.  The sounds of nature are all around.   Here at Big Lake, you will find the peace and serentity you have looked for.  Come and enjoy that break you so deserve and let us help make your time here a special one.

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge Fishing


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 Camping


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

For fishing, hiking, canoe trip adventures, family-oriented summer getaways and more, Big Lake Wilderness Lodge invites you to be our guest.

Dates of operation are May 17, 2024 – October 5, 2024.

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

FREE 14’/9.9hp when you rent the Greenstone cabin for a week.  (Sat-Sat)

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

10% Veterans Discount when you rent theVoyageur  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.

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge