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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

This was our first times at Northern Lights and our second time in Ely. The cabin was a basic summer cabin - cute, cozy, clean and had everything we needed. We loved having a lake view and our own pier. The owners are great and provide fun activities, gnome hunting, lots of outdoor and indoor games which were well maintained...

1Thank Knavarro
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us! It was a pleasure having you all here with us. I'm glad that you enjoyed Cabin 1, I personally enjoy the creek that flows along side the cabin in the spring. I'm glad that the weather held off for your day trips! We hope that you will be able to visit us again. Marie...

Milan, Tennessee
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We tried this resort last spring for the first time after years at a different Ely camp. The walleye fishing was fantastic but don't tell anyone. It took me a day or two to get used to being on a new lake and Bear Island definitely has a lot of structure. We laid into a nice, nice afternoon of bass...

2Thank MikeLinc59
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Mike thank you for the review! The walleyes definitely treated you well--it was a great week. We'd love to have you back with the entire family.

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 26 March 2014

My family and I ventured to Northern Minnesota for the first time last summer and we chose Northern Lights Lodge for our July vacation. Complete success and what a gem! Our cabin was perfect. Our stay was amazing. The owners were great. What more could someone ask for on a vacation? We enjoyed the experience so much that our family...

1Thank Becki R
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Becki, thank you for the great review and high praise! We enjoyed having your family here with us.

Des Moines, Iowa
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Our family decided to put a vacation under the Christmas tree this year and we decided to surprise the family with a trip to Ely....in the winter. We had a blast! Our research and planning was made EASY by Marie (one of the owners) and we decided to follow her advice. The resort was great and definitely kid friendly but...

4Thank Marc R
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much! It was our pleasure having you here with us and I am so glad that you all enjoyed your stay. See you this summer.

Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 17 November 2013

In 2012 my family and I vacationed at Northern Lights Lodge in June. In 2013 it was my turn to plan our annual girlfriends reunion. Our entire group had a fantastic time in this cabin. We are a group of "old" high school classmates who get together every year and we take turns amongst the group choosing a new location....

1Thank Jessie H
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we're so happy that you enjoyed your cabin and stay with us.

Reviewed 7 August 2013

3rd year with NLL and we've doubled our stay for next year! Perfect for kids of all ages. Lots of places to explore and activities to keep thrm busy! Friendly hosts and fellow resort guests make our stay even more enjoyable. We love the flexibility of being close to town but not in town. Lots of walleye and sunnies and...

1Thank ERIN S
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! I know you are counting the days just like we are and we are ready for summer!

St. Paul, MN
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We had a very negative experience with a different resort adjacent to Northern Lights (a simple google maps search will help you figure that one out). We had planned our summer vacation in Ely months in advance and, having never been to this area before, relied on photos and online reviews. Well that place was a complete dump, the online...

1Thank Jen R
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Jennifer--thank you for the review. I'm glad that we were able to accommodate your family and that you were able to enjoy your Ely vacation. It was a pleasure having you here, Evan was such a fun little man to be around and I learned a few things about bugs from Billie too! Enjoy the rest of the summer and...

Reviewed 18 July 2013

Our family just visited and had a wonderful time. The activities that are available are wonderful and kept our 3 and 5 year old busy. Being able to rent a boat, take out a paddle boat or kayak and fish from the dock were great fun! Thanks for being such wonderful hosts and we will be back again!

1Thank coolazure
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the TripAdvisor review. We are glad that the family enjoyed their stay with us here on Bear Island Lake!

Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stayed at Northern Lights Lodge last summer and had a great time. My wife loved the cabin. It was a modern "classic" cabin and it was spotless. The kids were never bored once because there were so many things for them to do and they never missed having a TV. We all had a great time in and on...

2Thank Jessie H
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Jessie, thank you so much for the TripAdvisor review. We are looking forward to our 2014 summer season and your third stay here with us. Thank you!

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 29 January 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a long weekend in November. We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite and it was very nice. The room was perfect- nice bedroom and bathroom, with a living room and fire place, and full kitchen. We were really impressed with the room, the grounds, and Marie was wonderful.

1Thank emilyeddywhite
Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review--the holiday was so peaceful this year and it was lovely to have you here with us. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay.

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Maximize your vacation days all year long at Northern Lights Lodge for an experience of a purely unforgettable nature! Guests will share in the classic Minnesota resort experience on the shores of Bear Island Lake on the edge of BWCAW. Our charming cabins and suites are the perfect place to relax after experiencing every seasonal wilderness adventure your heart desires: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, hunting and more! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Northern Lights Lodge

Address: 9089 Highway 21, Ely, MN 55731
Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Price Range: ₹ 8,867 - ₹ 13,437 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Lights Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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“There are many cabin sizes to choose from, all close to the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles 533selmas, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The upper-level suites”
 of 5 bubbles Q8367QXtomt, 14 Jun 2016 | Read review
“cabins are our favorite, but the suites are very nice as well”
 of 5 bubbles USA2010_10, 1 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All of the suites and cabins have a water view, from inside and the decks. They are all modern, clean, and well supplied.”
 of 5 bubbles 573beckik, 4 Feb 2016 | Read review
“I can't imagine not have a nice stay at Northern Lights best tip would be to talk to Marie or JR and explain what you are looking for.”
 of 5 bubbles MikeLinc59, 8 Dec 2015 | Read review
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