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Campground spotlight: Fall lake campground, Ely, Mn

Fall Lake Campground
Fall Lake Campground
M Hilber

Well If you are Beginning to plan your trips for this upcoming year like I always start to do, let me suggest Fall Lake Campground in Ely, Minnesota.This is by far one of my favorite campgrounds I have come across. It was voted one of the top 100 campgrounds in the United States both in 2003 and 2006.

My family ventured up 5 hours north of the Twin Cities to Ely last summer to check out this jewel of a campground. We were delighted as we pulled into the campground with our pop up camper in tow. The buildings are just beautiful for a state forest campground. The campground is located not to far off of the Fernberg trail, one of the main Gateways to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Its located on the shores of Fall Lake, also a main entry point into the B.W.C.A.

The campground boasts a number of amenities including; A boat launch, camp store with ice, pop,snacks and even books you can check out while you enjoy your stay. They have Canoe and boat rental, bike trails, a fishing dock and a beautiful beach. My kids enjoyed both the beach and the playground located nearby.

The best part of the campground that my wife enjoyed is the hot shower facilities and restrooms conveniently located through out the camping loops. They even have a family shower room that is private. Having the choice of over 60 campsites was awesome. You could check in when you arrive with the campground hosts in the store. They will let you drive, pick out a site, comeback, and let them know which one you chose. Each site was huge, wooded, mostly private and the campground was pretty quiet. Perfect for a relaxing night by the fire. The fire rings are massive and very nice to cook on, with their grate and deep basin design. We recommend site # 39 located on the lake, but above the water, for a nice breeze to help keep the bug population down.

There is so much to do in the Ely area its crazy. You have a choice of numerous activities including; The International Wolf Center, where you can observe a live wolf pack and programs; The North American Bear Center, where you can observe how the bears in the area live; The Dorothy Molter root beer lady museum; and every Tuesday night in town they have a thing called Tuesday night live with live bands in the streets, artisans, food and more. Not to mention all the great fishing, hiking and canoeing. Those are just a few things to do in the area and there are so many more to chose from.

If you get a chance please get Fall Lake campground on your to do list this year. You will not regret it.


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