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PO Box 397
12007 River Point Road
Ely, Minnesota 55731


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Global Position

N 47°  47.996'
W 091°  46.596'

Elevation at River Point's Marina on Birch Lake:  1455' MSL

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Average Temperatures

  May June July Aug Sep
Avg High (F/C) 62 / 17 74 / 23 78 / 26 79 / 26 69 / 21
Avg Low (F/C) 40 / 4 47 / 8 56 / 13 52 / 11 42 / 5
Precip. (in./cm.) 2.4 / 6.1 5.6 / 14.2 0.5 / 1.2 5.3 / 13.5 3.7 / 9.4

Sunny and warm for your Boundary Waters wilderness canoe trip with River Point Outfitting Co. in Ely

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Approximate Driving Time From Minnesota Airports

To Ely and River Point Outfitting Co.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport: 4.5 hours  

Duluth International Airport: 2 hours                    

Hibbing International Airport: 1.5 hours                     

Delta provides services to Mpls./St.Paul, Duluth, and Hibbing. United Airlines provides service to Mpls./St. Paul and between Chicago and Duluth International Airport.

  • River Point Resort provides free shuttle service to and from the Ely Airport, 4 miles away, for canoeing guests
  • All roads leading to Ely and River Point are generally well maintained and easy to travel on.

Contact the Ely Municipal Airport at 218.365.5600 for additional flight information

Frost in early September turns the trees into wondrous magic in canoe country

Arrival Information

For groups requesting lodging at River Point the night before embarking on their canoe trip, please try to plan your arrival between 10am and 5pm, if at all possible. Your personalized Trip Routing and Orientation will be scheduled for you upon arrival, if you have reserved one. Staff will have sufficient time to review the equipment and/or food for your group's adventure and to properly plan and map out the route with you for your canoe trip...and, answer all of your questions.

If you cannot arrive at River Point between these times, the Trip Routing and Orientation session will generally occur at 7:30am on the morning that the canoe trip begins. The session usually takes about an hour dependent, upon your questions. Refer to your Reservation Confirmation for more information.

For later evening arrivals (later than 5-6 pm),directions to the lodging accommodation you have reserved will be sent with your Reservation Confirmation. You will register on the morning of the canoe trip in the Office, followed by the Trip Routing and Orientation session. (River Point Office is not open 24 hours a day.)

Driving Directions

Driving directions to River Point from Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth:
Follow US Highway 53 north to the city of Virginia, Minnesota, then follow the directions to arrive at River Point's facility from Virginia.

Driving directions to River Point from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area:
Follow 35W north to Hwy 33 through Cloquet. Hwy 33 turns into 53. Follow Hwy 53 to the outskirts of Virginia.

From Virginia, continue on 53 to the point where 169 joins it. Follow 169 to Ely. Travel east through Ely on Hwys 169 and 1. Turn right onto Hwy #1, at the location of the Shopco Store and the dark brown log-sided building housing Ely's Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Center. Continue for 8.5 miles. Cross over a large bridge (Birch Dam), and take the next right turn onto River Point Road. Travel in 1.3 miles farther on our dirt road and you have arrived!

Please park in the large parking lot on the right hand side of the road and walk down to the office to check-in and register. Thank you!

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Approx. Distance to River Point in Miles

Atlanta 1,376
Boston 1,515
Chicago   578
Cincinnati   900
Cleveland 972
Columbus 951
Dallas 1,204
Denver 1,175
Des Moines 500
Detroit 864
Duluth 112
Eau Claire 275
Fargo 295
Grand Forks 298
Indianapolis 790
International Falls 102
Kansas City 740
Lincoln 683
Los Angeles 2,112
Louisville 466
Madison 466
Miami 2,024
Milwaukee 547
Minneapolis 255
New Orleans 1,601
New York City 1,450
Omaha 640
St. Louis 794
San Francisco 2,234
Seattle 1,850
Sioux Falls 393
Thunder Bay 211
Tulsa 1,010
Winnipeg 383

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