River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. Exceptional Ely MN resorts vacations …A Naturally Superior Destination™
Just a short 8.5 miles from the quaint town of Ely, Minnesota on scenic highway #1 lies River Point Resort & Outfitting Co., a secluded “sojourn at the lake”. A private, wooded drive on River Point Road, brings you to your destination. River Point, with its own mile of shoreline on Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River is situated directly adjacent to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, on the northern and most private end of Birch Lake. Uncover the wilderness beauty of Birch Lake and the South Kawisiwi River. Tumbling south out of the BWCA, the iconic and serene South Kawishiwi River, comprised of majestic cliffs and tall white pine trees, is home to abundant wildlife, eagles, loons, and many other species of birds and waterfowl.
The secluded peninsula of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. is Naturally Superior™ with lodging accommodations and service facilities sprinkled along the shoreline.
Google Earth view of Birch Lake
Google Earth view of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co.
Birch Lake Map-River Point Resort & Outfitting Co.
Spectacular Birch Lake
There are plenty of bays, coves, islands and rocky points on Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River to provide you with a lifetime of angling memories. Birch Lake is the largest Ely-area lake outside of the protected Boundary Waters lakes. Birch is 20 miles longand about 7,074 acres in size with 90% of its wilderness shoreline being undeveloped federal land. This kind of wilderness seclusion and lack of shoreline development does not exist on any other lake in the Ely area.
Long and narrow, Birch Lake is like a serpentine river-lake, and at all times you can see from one shoreline to the other-easy to navigate with confidence. When the winds kick up a bit, no need to head for shore like you might have to do when fishing on a “round-type” lake-just slide into a cove or inlet and keep on fishing. The water in this picturesque lake is so dark it looks like root beer.
The irregularly shaped flowage of Birch Lake is managed for walleyes and northern pike by the DNR, and fishing can be excellent for both species. Typical size of walleyes is a 1.5-2-pound eaters and fish up to 10 pounds are pulled out fairly regularly. There’s lots of gravel and rock, and rock piles and points are the best places to fish for walleye. In the east end of Birch Lake by River Point try the rocks along both shores and by the Birch Lake Dam. Try a minnow or leech on a Lindy rig, slip bobber, or jig. In the western half of the lake, the shallow rocks and islands south of Birch River Narrows are good for early season action. You’ll also want to try the rocks and reefs farther east. There are also some nice perch in Birch and a jumbo up to a foot long is possible for some very satisfying meals.”
Northern pike fishing can be tremendous. There is a protected slot limit on northern pike. This regulation has really increased average pike size, and Birch has developed quite a reputation for as a trophy pike lake. Fish in the 15-20-pound range are a real possibility. Early season, fish the bays with spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, or minnows. During summer, fish deeper points and drop-offs with a large jig tipped with a minnow or soft plastic.
This amazing flowage especially by the South Kawishiwi River bridge and the Birch Lake Dam right around River Point hold a lot of smallmouth bass. It’s a relatively shallow lake at just 25 feet average depth but there are “deep holes”, as well. These feisty fish really can offer up a good fight and make the catch all the better. Many guests do practice “catch and release” and River Point does encourage it.
Crappie fishing can be superb with catches up to 13″ which is huge for a northern Minnesota lake and makes for a very tasty meal. Finding a school of crappie can provide literally hours of fishing fun.
Amazing South Kawishiwi River
This river pathway is part of the Rainy River Watershed flowing southward out of the 1.1 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness towards River Point bringing a surge of fresh spring water into Birch Lake each and then its gently flowing current continues to flow throughout the season providing life-giving oxygen to plants and all species of fish. The South Kawishiwi River then joins Birch Lake at the southern most tip of River Point’s private peninsula and together these waters wrap around the west shoreline of River Point and continue their path back into the BWCA and onward to Hudson Bay, Canada. Renown for its prime fishery, the South Kawishiw River is another reason to select River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. as your vacation destination.
If you are not a fisherperson, know that this amazing waterway is a boater’s paradise. So much undeveloped shoreline to explore, to build a bonfire for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs on a stick, to swim, to berry pick, and so much more. The peacefulness, the lack dozens of other boaters, and simply that feeling of freedom “from all things constraining” is exhilarating!