Location

Located in the heart of the Superior National Forest, the “Naturally Superior™” location of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. is on an private wilderness peninsula with a mile of secluded shoreline. This amazing location deep within the wooded beauty and tranquil waters of Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River is only 8.5 miles, or 10-15 minutes from downtown Ely. River Point Road is a meandering, private drive into River Point Resort off of state highway #1, providing a wonderful “buffer” from all things “unnatural”. You may even be “greeted” by resident deer.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area: River Point is the only Ely, Minnesota resort and canoe outfitter located on the northern, most private half of beautiful Birch Lake with direct water access to the Boundary Waters and is surrounded by over a million acres of wilderness. Guests can experience the Boundary Waters right from their doorstep for fantastic day and overnight canoe trips. River Point provides daily shuttle service to various entry points into the BWCA for guided or self-guided fishing excursions, photography, wildlife viewing, and just plain enjoyment! Refer to: River Point Outfitting Co.

Birch Lake is approximately 6000+ acres and 20 miles long. Birch is the largest Ely-area lake, and 90% of its wilderness shoreline is remarkably undeveloped and “natural.” There is no other lake in the Ely area outside of the protected Boundary Waters Canoe Area with this amount of true wilderness shoreline, yet any size boat with motor is allowed on stunning Birch Lake.

Less shoreline development means more wilderness seclusion for you at this Ely resort. Boaters and fisher people will enjoy the privacy of a fish fry on an island, or “time to explore” anywhere on the lake. Canoeists who desire to camp overnight will find the same quiet and solitude as they would in the BWCA.

Fishing doesn’t get any better. Birch Lake was ranked the #2 walleye lake in Minnesota in a recent survey by the DNR. An average of 14.2 walleyes were caught per gill net in the most recent population survey. Other predominant species are northern pike, slab crappies, tasty bluegills, and feisty smallmouth bass. Check out: Spring Expedition Fishing Package.

Clean, fresh air, shining stars and dancing northern lights. Natural beauty: glacial cliffs, pines, birch, rapids, and abundant wildlife — moose, deer, eagles, loons, many species of birds and more.

Waterfront and beaches easily accessible. With the vast wilderness area of River Point’s private peninsula, all cabins and villas are lakefront, and all chalets are lakeview with no high hills to climb. Two safe sandy beaches for lots of fun and relaxation. Families love the ease of walking to the beaches from their accommodation. Kids love playing and floating in the water, and making sand castles.

Crystal clean lake for all kinds of recreation. No worries about the “dog days” of August. Birch stays clean and swimmable all season long.

Kayaking and canoeing adventures are simply awesome as one can paddle along the many bays and inlets to view plantlife, the incredible pine trees, nesting loons, and other wildlife. Two person kayaks suit Mom or Dad and a child perfectly. The ideal choice for a Minnesota family resort vacation.

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