“River Point is most peaceful and best run resort we have ever stayed at. Please enjoy this picture of a bird I took just to the side of our cabin and some words I added to let you know how much our stay meant to us! It’s a fraction of the repayment for the satisfaction we received from the resort. Even though we don’t live there this land has become a part of our soul and we hope the Boundary Waters will continue to be preserved for everyone to enjoy. It is wonderful that it is right next to your lovely property.”
- Randy and Annie T., Lincoln, NE
“We enjoyed our stay at River Point Resort. Great friendly staff and gorgeous lake. These pictures were from Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River, entry #32.”
- Hank C., Minneapolis, MN
We have stayed at River Point Resort in Ely 3 times and have truly enjoyed each of our stays. The cabins are clean, well designed, very well appointed, and comfortable. We have stayed in a Chalet, the Secluded Shores, and most recent the Riverview. The grounds are beautiful and staff very friendly and helpful. Birch Lake is huge and offers great fishing.
In 2018 we treated our daughter and her boys to that “quintessential” lake vacation at RPR that I enjoyed in Ely as a boy in the 1960’s. They loved it, and still talk about their time up in the Northwoods and are anxious to return. The boys especially enjoyed the floating island/slide.
The fishing on Birch during our week in September 2020 was very good and we caught the fall color changing daily! With the close proximity to the the BWCAW we enjoy renting a canoe and taking day trips on Snowbank, Lake One, Fall Lake and others, allowing us to fish the “nooks and crannies” and enjoy the BWCA in comfort. Ely will always have a special place in my heart, and now River Point Resort as well, as it allows us to have the lake vacation we still enjoy in our senior years; and to do so in comfort.
I highly recommend River Point Resort for a great Northwoods experience. The best testimony we can give is that we drive 1600 miles from New Mexico each year to enjoy River Point Resort!
- Phil and Sandy W., Albuquerque, NM….staying in Riverview Vacation Home Cabin
“Having worked in the business banking world for more than three decades, I was privileged to partner with many small and not-so-small business owners. Consequently, in new situations, I find that certain presentations and personalities continue to jump out at me.
Possibly my experiences have offered me a little more sensitivity for the need of critical components properly coming together to meet with success. The aesthetics of your property make it “a little piece of heaven on earth.” This is true only because of the many things behind the scenery. Your dedication and knowledge given to providing the very best through sacrifice, hard work, and attention to detail, is surpassed only by the genuine displays of your warm hearts.”
- Dave. W., Plymouth, MN…staying in Riverview Cabin
The day we arrived it rained just a bit and then a beautiful double full rainbow was out. We took a few pictures but they never can capture the intensity of the brilliance we viewed. Just awesome! We so enjoyed our stay…the resort was perfect. Thank you!
- Sandy S., Audubon, MN
“I’m back in the saddle at work and I’m wanting to close my eyes, click my heels and be back at the resort/Boundary Waters! What a journey it was, made some wonderful memories and more to come. Thank you so much for your hospitality, and smiles everyday—feels like we’ve known you forever. Where you live is called ‘God’s Country,’ the beauty says it all. Until the next adventure!”
- Amy C., Red Wing, MN…staying in Aspenwood Villa
“Just a note to let you know again how much we enjoyed our stay at River Point Resort. I’ve found in the past, that many resort owners have a tendency to exaggerate the quality of the accommodations and amenities of their facility. I believe that, if anything, you have understated yours. You are both gracious hosts and Nada and I found you a delight to socialize with! We look forward to seeing you again next year!
- Daniel H., Downers Grove, IL…staying in Aspenwood Villa and Bayport Cabin
“A beautiful am here at riverpointresot.com. The reality of how nice this is exceeds what was depicted on the website The boat’s cleaned and gassed. Think I’ll go catch a few walleye. Tough life!”
- Brad E., Miami, FL
“I enjoyed a wonderful few days in August at your resort with the Notaro/Llewellyn/Swanson clan. Having grown up, just up the road from you, there was a lot of sweet nostalgia for me. I was particularly pleased to see the resurgence of the bald eagles which we observed along the shores of the lake.
I have your webcam on my desktop and check it mornings when I get up at 0600-0700 my time here in Australia, being 1400-1500 your time. Not the greatest time for watching deer but I have seen a couple and saved them to my picture file. I had forgotten how bloody early the sun sets up there and have recorded some beauts. Looks like the ice is beginning to get pretty soft out there now and it won’t be long till we see the loons and boats out there again.
Wishing you all a very successful tourist season.”
- Roger D., Australia
In early August a friend and myself stayed at your resort. Quick note to thank you for a great break. Very relaxing – we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
- David R., Melbourne Australia
“Thank you for the perfect vacation we had in the Log Cabin in September. Can’t wait to come back in June next year. You guys are amazing! You’ve made a wonderful contribution to Minnesota life!”
- Becky and Tony S., Pryor, OK
A+. Wonderful resort. Perfect Accommodation. We will be back!
- Matthew G., Chicago, IL
Dear Jane, Steve, and our friends at River Point Resort: Thank you so much for welcoming our trail weary bones this past week for just one night. What a perfect way to end what had been a fun, wonderfully connecting trip with dear friends. We will certainly be back! Thank you for your flexibility and hospitality; we love everything about River Point!
- Katie, Alice, and Leah, Minneapolis, MN
We had a wonderful time here on our honeymoon and we want to bring our kids back next season for two weeks. It has been a pleasure working with you these last two years and getting all the help needed in our planning. And, then when we were here you all offered so many tips that it made our honeymoon so much more memorable. Thank you!
- Ryan and Tanya H., St. Cloud, MN
“Thank you for your warm and welcoming hospitality!
We visited September 26-29th for our honeymoon. Your resort was clean, peaceful and relaxing, just what we needed. The pontoon, the trail of reflections, and sunsets from the dock were just some of our great memories. We hope your of season goes by quickly, so we can come visit again next year! Warm regards.”
- Mike and Brandi S, St. Francis, MN…staying in Birchcliff Villa
“Staff was friendly and very helpful. Enjoyed our guided fishing trip with our guide, Mitch, and especially the shore lunch. Yum!! And, we were very happy with our Aspenwood Villa and the cleanliness. Thank you!”
- Vickie and Ray H, Florissant, MN
“River Point Resort is a wonderful place to stay for a vacation, honeymoon or just a getaway. Our family enjoyed all the hard work and friendly service from the staff to make our stay relaxing, for it was the first time we took our 3 month old little girl on vacation as a family. Thank you River Point Resort, Steve, Jane, and James Koschak and Staff”
- Craig, Tina, and Hannah H., Isanti, MN…staying in Hideaway Cabin
“Hi Jane, I just wanted to let you know that my borther and I had a great time at your resort this past week. You and your husband have a great place and we truly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks again for the great time we had in MN while staying in the Summerbreeze Lakefront Cabin. Wishing you future success in a great resort!!!”
- Tom B., Tabuco Canyon, CA…staying in Summerbreeze Cabin
“Thanks again for your hospitality! Our family truly enjoyed your beautiful area and plan on making it an annual event!
- Karen M., Eden Prairie, MN…staying in Aspenwood Villa
“….we just wanted to drip you a note before we launch ourselves back into the restraints of civilization, to express again our pleasure with our stay with your and thanks for the gifts you have bestowed upon us.
….we have just returned from our old family place in Michigan. It has a different kind of beauty from River Point, more like that of a cherished old shoe. But of both place have we fond memories, solidified by their excellence. Thanks again, we shall, as old Uncle Doug once said, return. Peace.”
- Arthur. M. M., Kenosha, WI
We look forward to returning next year! It’s the best week of the year and always goes by way too fast! Next year, we might try to stay a few days longer. Thanks again to everyone that makes this beautiful place possible!
- Mike and Sara F., Minnetonka, MN
Our second time at River Point! Mitch gave us awesome fishing and canoeing tips. Everyone was very hospitable and friendly. Housekeeping cleanliness was a 10 out of 10! Thank you!
- Pam and Dell H., Parker, CO….staying in Log Cabin
“We had a wonderful time here. Loved the Evergreen Chalet, the resort, the beautiful Birch Lake. Thank you so much!”
- Todd and Kari F., Rockford, IL
“This week was all about life changing moments for us. From exchanging forever vows to taking the first steps into our new lives as Mr. & Mrs. You gave us a beautiful backdrop to our new beginning and we are grateful. Thank you all for your generosity and thoughtfulness!”
- Bill & Jill K., East Bethel, MN
“My wife and I had a wonderful honeymoon at River Point Resort in Ely! We hope to come back with our family some day to enjoy your beautiful resort and Birch Lake. Thank you!
- David and Marie F., Grand Marais, MN…staying in Birchcliff Villa
Our cabin was super clean. Thank you! And, thanks so much to all of you for the relaxing, clean, welcoming getaway. Jane, you were especially helpful and everybody was friendly. Thanks to the housekeepers for cleaning up after us. Your resort is wonderful, modern, and spacious. Your staff are extraordinary people. Thanks again…and here, are some pictures of the fish we caught.
- Deb and Michael K, Morris, Il
“Our first real stacation in Minnesota was extraordinary from beginning to end! River Point Resort offered us the most refreshing week of our nearly four decades of marriage. We loved our accommodations and there are so many choices to bless each day in the midst of incredible beauty. We absolutely have a new favorite resort! Like us, you will find the wonderful host family to be the perfect icing and cherry garnish for this award winning resort.”
- Carol W., Plymouth, MN…staying in Riverview Cabin
“Lovely place. Top quality cabin. Beautiful property. Every detail immaculate. 5 Star Resort! Thank you.”
- Michael O., Libertyville, IL
Beautiful place and great service! Thank you!
- Anne and Eric B., Chicago, IL
We can’t stop talking about the wonderful, relaxing time we spent at your beautiful resort. The attention to detain in building and decorating The Point Cabin was inspiring. You nailed it in every aspect! Looking forward to next year with a whole week on the pontoon. We’re thinking about a fishing guide. Love to fish but not very good at it! I want to put the fish filleting tips from Matt to work. He was an awesome teacher.
- Lynn and Steve V., Mount Pleasant, WI
Thank you for keeping your property so beautiful and thinking of all the small things to make it extra nice and fun for your guests. We made memories with our family that will last a lifetime!
- Kevin C., and Family, Louisville, KY
Thank you so much for having us at the Log Cabin in September. We enjoyed it so much and we were very lucky with the weather! I’ll send you a lovely picture of you, Jane and Steve for your website. If we plan to go one more time to Ely, we will certainly book your place! Great memories of our holiday!
- Bobette and Bob S., Soest, Holland
Jane & Steve, Thank you for sharing your life’s work with us. We had a great time!
- Doug and Shelly S., Fargo, SD, staying in Summerbreeze Cabin
We loved our stay! Andrea was so friendly and helpful. The kids loved her. Matt did a fantastic job getting us ready for our trip to the BWCAW. Thanks!
- Shawn and Carrie P., Fergus Falls, MN
We just want to say, “thank you” again for helping make our family’s stay last week so special! We loved the Shifting Pine Cabin and all the wonderful water toys at your beautiful resort. We made many wonderful memories there! Please pass along our “thanks” to your entire staff! With grateful hearts…
- Doug & Penny H. , Chanhassen, MN
“Thank you for providing an oasis of serenity in our lives. You are wonderful hosts even more than that; wonderful friends and pleasurable company. We so enjoyed our visits with you. We look forward to next year staying here and wishing nothing but the best….love.”
- Deb and Len B., Chicago, IL
“Matt was a great fishing guide for our Birch Lake boat and motor excursion. We had a lot of fun getting to know him and he shared lots of great information regarding fishing and camping in the BWCA, where we were heading after our resort stay in August.”
- Tim and Judy G., Trinidad, CA
“You’re attention to detain and the guests every need is superb and much appreciated right down to the mid-stay check of cabin supplies. Thanks for a delightful and relaxing stay.”
- Kathy K., Pine City, MN…staying in Reflections Cabin
“Ely, Minnesota and the BWCA have always been a magical place to visit; our family has many fond memories associated with this pristine wilderness area. Much like the changing seasons, so have our needs changed over the years in terms of selecting the perfect vacation spot. We have tried several resorts in the Ely area and are thankful for eventually landing at River Point Resort.
This summer will mark our fifth year at River Point Resort and we look forward to making the 900 mile drive because we know what awaits us. The excitement sets in as we drive through the tiny town of Ely, marveling at her quaint shops and familiar Main Street. As we drive through town and turn up the road, we anticipate reaching the entrance to River Point. The mile long drive along a wooded roadway leads to what can only be described as one of the most splendid resort areas in the Midwest.
The staff, especially owners Jane and Steve Koschak, are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and most caring. I can honestly say they treat all their guests like members of their own family. There is something for everybody – you can join in on many fun & interesting planned activities which are provided for guests, take advantage of the fine outfitting service if you’re so inclined to really rough it or you can go off on your own adventures without ever interacting with another soul if that is your desire!
The accommodations are top-notch – I often joke with my friends that the “cabin” we stay in (Shifting Pine) is nicer than the house my husband and I lived in when we were first married! Every comfort of home abounds and if you need anything – all you have to do is ask. It’s like they’ve transported upscale suburban dwellings and nestled them neatly into the forest. Even the pickiest of guests would agree that everything on the grounds exceeds expectations.
My husband would go fishing the entire time if he could, but there are so many other things to do! We also canoe, hike, and just relax with a good book on the deck which overlooks the water. It is a relaxing, peaceful and simply stunning place to spend a vacation. Unlike other resorts or vacation spots, you actually feel rested and renewed when you leave. There are so many reasons we keep coming back to River Point Resort – I highly recommend you see for yourself.’
- Cathy G., Fishers, IN…staying in Shifting Pine Cabin
We have been coming to River Point for over 25 years because of the stunning location, the luxurious accommodations (we’ve stayed in several of them, each nicer than the one before), the courteous and helpful staff and because of the owners, Steve and Jane, who really go out of their way to make each visit memorable.”
- Charlie and Jeanne P., Bloomington, MN…staying in Stoneridge Villa
We enjoyed our stay so much. Wonderful! Beautiful place, kind people, lots of relaxation…We are happy!
- Laura M., Madison, WI…staying in Summerbreeze Cabin
We sure did enjoy our stay. We had everything we needed in the Aspenwood Villa…Thank you! The resort is beautiful and we can’t wait to come back!
- Britt and Adam G., Apple Valley, MN
“This summer will mark our 9th summer at River Point – our kids have grown up looking forward to coming back to the same cabin year after year, rekindling memories of summers past and creating new ones. It is like our home away from home for one week each summer.
We love the Ely area and set out on a search for a resort that was quiet, family friendly, and embodied the Ely wilderness feel. After visiting many resorts, we found exactly what we were looking for at River Point Resort.
We began coming to River Point when our children were two and four years old. We were impressed with the beautiful grounds, the lake side view of each and every cabin, and most importantly children of all ages are welcomed here. There are organized daily activities led by college students with a passion for the outdoors. Favorite memories for our children include making dream catchers & pine cone bird feeders, catching butterflies, howling to wolves, looking for animal tracks, and playing games at the beach.
Steve, Jane and James have created an atmosphere where you can get away from it all. No phones, no TV, no distractions to having family time together in the great outdoors with cozy accommodations. They are gracious hosts, giving you your privacy, yet always available to help should you need anything.
The lake is quiet with little boat traffic, which makes it perfect for quiet paddles in the canoe. We all love the hiking, boating and fishing, and days just hanging out at the beach relaxing, swimming and playing tether ball. The star gazing is fabulous – one year we saw the northern lights right from our boat dock. Looking forward to another summer vacation at River Point!”
- Bryan & Cathy B., White Bear Lake, MN…staying in the Log Cabin
“Jane and Steve…Thanks again for supplying such a wonderful vacation spot for us. The chalet was first rate, and the lake surroundings are so beautiful. We have developed a special spot in our hearts for this place. We look forward to coming to your resort again.”
- Jamie and Jim M., Des Moines, IA…staying in Ledgerock Chalet
“There is a part of me that is convince I am a displaced “Ely-ite” or “Ely-an”. Each time we see the Ely water tower heading to River Point, we feel that we’re home again. Perhaps, one day, we’ll just decide to stay. There is much to be said for spending the day on the lake…fishing, boating, listening to loons, watching the beavers working on their lodges, and gazing at the Eagles.
I wanted to say thanks again for your hospitality. We look forward to our week at River Point all year long and your family always makes our stay a wonderful experience. It seems that it comes and goes much too quickly. The updates you’ve made to the resort are fantastic. Hopefully other guests let you know as well what a great thing you have going at River Point! We look forward to seeing all of you again next summer.”
- Kyle and Cathy G., Fishers, IN
“We are back home safe and sound wishing we were still in Minnesota! This is just a note to tell you once again how much we enjoyed our holiday at River Point. Everything was perfect1 It’s nice to see the owners be so involved in the day to day running at a resort with lots of contact with visitors. We always felt that if there was a need, you were there to answer it. It’s hard to get that type of service now in this crazy world. We will highly tout your place to everyone we see interested in a great family summer vacation. We will be sending up our preference for a cabin with deposit and week very soon for next season.”
- Greg and Liz L., Mazzio’s, Tulsa, OK
“I looked for a place perfect to bring my family, my kids that are visiting , and my friends from Portland and England. It was easy, this is the best! We think the best of Jane, Steve, and James. We were so happy to have Matt take us out for the last time guiding for the season. We made great memories and we will absolutely be back! Bless you all!”
- Becky B., Blaine, MN
“Peace be with you both. River Point is a gift. I am not a fisherman. I came to Ely for the spiritual contemplative time. your place is a perfect retreat for human beings who want to celebrate this Creation. Your family and Steve’s family would be very happy with what you have created. We have been blessed by loons and beavers and muskrats, and wolves, and people. And, your staff is wonderful! Thank you.”
- Noreen, Jack, Kevin, and Bryan, C., Atlanta, GE
“Spotless. No bugs; comfortable beds in the Sunrise Chalet; lovely decor; beautiful views and too many other wonderful amenities to mention! We were in heaven. Thank you and see you next year.”
- Peg and Scott U., Hennepin, IL
“Thanks so much for a wonderful week! Our honeymoon at River Point in The Point Cabin is a memory we’ll never forget. The friendliness of the staff and quality of our cabin exceeded our expectations!”
- Nick and Megan V.,
Jane, Steve, and Staff, Thank you for a wonderful first-class time in this unsurpassed setting. We had a wonderful, restorative time. Thank you.
- Tim and Suzanne S., Flower Mound, TX…staying in Riverview Cabin
“We had a great time vacationing at River Point. You have a beautiful place to call home and we felt so welcome during our stay. Our time spent at your resort was beyond anything we could have imagined. From the lake/river…the walks on the Trail of Reflections…to the comforts and privacy of our Villa [Aspenwood Villa]…we have many great memories. Our four nights went so quickly and we wish we would have spent the entire week. We have no doubt that our next visit will be longer. We are so happy that we chose River Point for our vacation! We spent many hours/days searching online for a place that we would want to come back to year after year and we found it in River Point!”
- Don and Laurie, S, Siren, WI…staying in Aspenwood Villa
“The polite conversations, the offerings to help, taking our picture, etc. made us feel very welcomed. Thank you!”
- Jeff and Beth K. and family, Schofield, WI
” Enjoyed our time at River Point! The swim dock at the beach in front of the Log Cabin where were stayed is so cool, and so is the bedroom in the porch of this historic cabin! Thank you for everything.”
- Michael and Morgan H., Pleasantville, IA
“Thank you to all for giving us a wonderful home [The Point Vacation Home Cabin] to build our memories in when on vacation. We had a great time!”
- Kim and Susan S., Apple Valley, MN
Exceeded Our Expectations! Beautiful, quiet, comfortable. We are hoping to come back again in the future. We enjoyed it tremendously!
- Matina W., Plano, TX
“We love that old fashioned lake experience – swimming only in the lake, preparing our own food, and without the large crowds.”
“This coming July will be the 5th year I have taken my three children and their families (a total of 13) to River Point Resort for 3 to 4 days of reconnecting one with the other. We have children ranging from 2 to 13 years in our group. We have always reserved all three of the Villas and one of the close-by cabins. It works beautifully for sharing meals and board games while still having privacy and quiet time for each family.
Because we have the Villas to ourselves, we are able to have two long picnic tables outside where we gather at lunch, and sometimes dinner. The grills make it easy. We can also share dinners at the cabin, each family responsible for one. Following we gather around the campfire by the water, sometimes with a face painting station, lots of running about with flashlights, maybe a skit, and always s’mores. The sunsets are spectacular, as are the calls of the loon.
Of course, during the day enormous energy is expended jumping off of the aqua-jump swim raft and climbing back on while the little ones build elaborate structures in the sand. The kayaking is great, a little hiking path close by to discover blueberries and other mysterious growing things, and islands to explore when we have the pontoon or boat.
A one day excursion into town usually finds us at the Wolf Center or, if it coincides, the Blueberry Festival. We have also found it is nice to enjoy a meal at one of several family friendly restaurants.
Jane, Steve, and James run a superbly well organized and friendly resort. Everything inside and out is meticulously cared for, clean, and attractive. The resort is small enough that at times we feel we are the only people there. We love that old fashioned lake experience – swimming only in the lake, preparing our own food, and without the lare crowds. I might mention that an afternoon side trip was taken last year by 4 of the adults, led by one of the staff, to see petroglyphs. They loved it.
I guess I’m trying to say I think it is a fabulous place to go, whatever your purpose. You will be impressed. However, I must also say I am a bit reluctant to encourage more people to discover this treasure of a place, since it might become difficult to schedule our trips!!!”
- Betty B., Redwing, MN…staying in Birchcliff, Aspenwood, & Stoneridge Villa, and Log Cabin
“You have a serene, restful, friendly resort that provides an ideal mix of activity, exploration, relaxation, and renewal. Thank you for all your help and hospitality, and to our guide, as well, for providing excellent guide service and instruction on our day in the BWCAW.
It’s been a long time since we had a complete get-away-from it-all vacation and RPR proved to be an outstanding choice for that much needed time away from our routines. I want to come back right now, but alas, it will have to be in the future. I definitely want to come for a full week the next time. We’ll also be considering how many others in our family might want to join us at RPR.
Boundary Waters canoeing
Until then, the image of the moon reflecting off the peaceful waters of Birch Lake at dusk while the loons call to one another in the distance will be firmly embedded in our minds whenever we need a quick mental break from the daily tasks at hand. All our best to you, Steve, James, Jane and the rest of the crew at RPR!”
- James and Janice U., Maryville, TN…staying in Summerbreeze Cabin
Randy was so kind and thorough in his explanations. Randy got us going on our day canoe trip to Hegman Lake and gave us tips and trick to make it a wonderful day! Randy is clearly very knowledgeable and loves the BWCA. And, so did we and we also loved our Sunrise Chalet.
- Chris and Alex T., Mpls, MN
“Absolutely incredible! Above expectations! We were very impressed with how clean everything is in the cabin. You guys do a great job. This has been a fantastic honeymoon. What a beautiful wilderness setting. Being able to take out the boat at our leisure sure made thinks really convenient. Everyone’s been so friendly and helpful. We be sure to come back, no doubt about it next year.”
- Toni and Jason E., Fargo, ND…staying in Aspenwood Villa
“When we go to River Point Resort, it is the benchmark start of our year—we relax, rejuvenate, and regroup. We make long-lasting friendships with people and animals! The accommodations are so pleasant and we feel as if it is truly our home away from home!”
- Jane J. and Jerry G., Orland Park, IL…staying in Windsong Chalet
“Birchcliff Villa was very clean and fresh smelling. We had all we needed for our week stay. Wish we could stay longer.”
- Joe and Carolyn S., New Palestine, IN
Had a fabulous time at River Point. Thanks for such a team effort to make for a superb place to getaway….clean, beautiful, well managed, and great people to talk with. All very helpful and caring!
- Michael Mills, Glenwood, MN
Thank you for a very relaxing and refreshing stay. As always, it’s been wonderful!
- Bob and Julie P., Polk City, IA
“My husband and I stayed at your lovely resort from July 1-8 in The Point Vacation Home Cabin. Thank you for providing a sanctuary so that we could truly unwind and relax. The Point is 1st Class-A#1 craftsmanship. What a delight to stay there!!”
- Todd and Linda B., Austin, TX
” Can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed your beautiful cabin and the surrounding grounds. The care you and your staff put into your work can be seen everywhere. We took many pictures to show our family and friends. Take care and God Bless you and all and your little bit of heaven here on earth.”
- Wayne and JoAnn M., Grand Junction, CO
Thanks to the whoever takes such good care of River Point so we could enjoy it! Mary, we enjoyed meeting you in the Lodge; thax for the great tips. Mitch, the guys really enjoyed fishing with you and we all are enjoying a very tasty fish fry!
- Roy and Alisha G., Hudson, WI
“Great Resort and Outfitter!” 5 of 5 Stars
“We recently used River Point Resort as our outfitter for 5 days in the Boundary Waters. We spent the night prior to and immediately after our trip at the resort as well, so this covers both the resort facilities and outfitting service.
As an outfitter, River Point supplied us with high end equipment, great food choices, and their personal knowledge about the best lakes for us to go to given our desires for our Boundary Waters vacation. We appreciated their input and tips on what lakes were best for fishing as well as some of the history and characteristics of different lakes. Thanks to River Point, we enjoyed an amazing five days in the Boundary Waters.
After the 5 days in the woods, it was really nice to come back sto the very clean and comfortable Villa we rented for welcome showers, air conditioning, and lots of clean towels. The resort itself is beautiufl, with nice landscaping, two great swimming beaches with floating docks and nice sand which we enjoyed.
In our many interactions with the staff both before our trip and during our time at the resort, we found everyone to be incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Every interaction we had was positive and genuine, from the friendly welcome and beer with check in (despite the fact that it was just 5 minutes before they closed for the day), to the outfitters who explained our gear and helped us choose a route. Both of our drivers to/from our entrance point were fantaastic – when we were picked up from our time on the lakes – we were hot, sweaty, and desperate for a stop at Dairy Queen for something cold. Not only did the driver happily oblige, he also stopped for us to get a few cold beers to enjoy back at the resort. Awesome service was VERY much appreciated. A big thanks fo Jane, who welcomed us back to civilization by ensuring our Villa was nice and cold with lots of towels upon our return.
I would happily choose River Point again, for outfitting services or for a stay at the beautiful resort, and can’t thank then enough for their knowledge and hospitality while traveling with my family.”
- Lou G., Driggs, ID…staying in Stoneridge Villa and on a BWCA canoe trip
“River Point is very special to me after all the years and now I can share it with someone I love very much and has also discovered the same passion for River Point and Ely as me. It is so hard to leave and then wait an entire year to go back, but I guess the good thing is I know the season only lasts a short while. Our hearts are up there with you!”
- Ed and Debi C., Orland Park, IL
“It simply was magic on your lovely rock overlooking Birch Lake. We knew we liked Ely but the truth is we simple fell head over heels for your magnificent resort; it exceeded our highest expectations.
The photo box you gave us occupied a place of honor on our reception table set up to great our small gathering of family when we returned to Scandia and it is now on display in our home. We admire all that you both created at River Point and admire your life’s work.”
- Kristel and George W., Scandia, MN
“Amazing Honeymoon! First of all, I just happened to come across your website while searching for a place for our honeymoon. We both like the outdoors and love to fish and camp! I fell instantly in love with your place. I just thought for sure it was one of those things that would end up being too food to be true! It was better in person! trust me, I had my doubts and hesitations simply because of past experience. We hated to leave your corner of paradise and come back to the suburbs of Central Indiana. The week we were there simply wasn’t long enough. We cried when we left! Your place is the place that you only see in pictures.
Jane and her crew are the best and her place is truly the outdoor paradise. It you have that tiny urge to go to the beach and therefore have hesitations to stay here, have no worries, they have two sandy beaches, too. The staff doesn’t bother you. They leave you along with your privacy and to enjoy your stay. You let them know when you want or need something and consider it done. I just cannot say enough GREAT things about this place and the people there!. I promise you will not want to leave. Ahhh, the memories are still so very vivid.”
- Misti and Brian R., Central IN…staying in Bayport Cabin
“My wife and I decided to do a quick little 5 day vacation to the Ely area. Having never been there before we knew we wanted a place to go and turn off our cell phones and computers and relax and enjoy each other’s company and nature’s beauty. When we arrived at River Point Resort we knew we had found the perfect spot. The accommodations were top notch, the staff was very friendly, and the location and scenery were unforgettable! We commented many times to each other at just how peaceful it was to be there and how we rarely saw anyone, unless we went into town. At the resort, we rented a canoe one day and paddled down the Kawishiwi River. It was so relaxing and beautiful. Other days we went hiking, visited the International Bear Center and International Wolf Center, visited the Soudan Underground Iron Ore Mine and also took a look at the fun shops and places to eat in town. It was the perfect getaway weekend and relaxation trip. Thanks for the wonderful time!”
- Justin and Alissa G. Waconia MN
We so enjoyed our vacation at River Point! Very clean! Great variety of kitchen supplies offered! Thank you.
- Courtney A., Ashland, OH
“We enjoyed our stay immensely and look forward to our next return, hopefully sooner than later. We found the accommodations exceeded our expectations, and the hospitality of your crew was exceptional. It would be hard to imagine it to be any better! I’m sure I enjoyed myself much more than a stay on a beach somewhere like Kauai. When I was leaving, i felt like I was almost leaving “home” and have told several people I was in my element there.
I have told many already of our wonderful experience and won’t hestitate to recommend your resort. Our tough decision may be as to whom we may bring with us next time, as our options are already lining up! Denise’s father of few words, Gene, said he thought it was “great”. Have a great summer and thank you again for making it such a special experience…it was also great seeing Denise catch her first fish!”
- Randy and Denise G. and family, Breckenridge, CO…staying in Bayport Cabin
The Evergreen Chalet was very clean and nice and the property with outdoor fire pits and kayak/canoe options was wonderful. We loved being here and the people were very friendly!
- Bryan G., Mooresville, IN
“We enjoyed our stay immensely and look forward to our next return, hopefully sooner than later. We found the accommodations exceeded our expectations and the hospitality of your crew was exceptional. It would be hard to imagine it to be any better! I’m sure I enjoyed myself much more than a stay on a beach somewhere like Kauai. when I was leaving, I felt like I was almost leaving “home” and have told several people I was in my element there. I have told many already of our wonderful experience and won’t hesitate to recommend your resort. People are lining up wanting us to bring them with next time! Thanks again for making it such a special experience. And, it was also great seeing Denise catch her first fish!”
- Randy and Denise G., Breckenridge, CO
“Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at River Point, everything was perfect! The setting was beautiful and peaceful; the accommodation [Birchcliff Villa] was welcoming; and your staff is awesome. I don’t think we ever passed by one who didn’t acknowledge us, and most even asked how our canoe trip was, such nice feeling. Hoping to get back one day!”
- Richard and Shelly C., Valley View, TX
Here are some photos! Our daughter caught a crappie and a large blue gill. Our son caught on the second day of our trip a 17″ small mouth bass! That really started the trip out before Matt took us on our guided day fishing trip to explore the waters for more fish. Our other son caught numerous beautiful sized crappies the remainder of our trip. They all had their fare share of great fish catching. Memories that will never be forgotten for sure! Having Matt as our guide really helped us to learn the strategies of correct bait and depth and tactics of how to get a feel for the fish catching. Immediately on Monday morning we were in flint. The entire trip was a success and we enjoyed all the fish we caught. The size of the blue gills were enormous we couldn’t believe our eyes. We even caught walleyes that were between 15 to 18 inches! We caught plenty of perch but we released those cause the length was fairly smaller.
Thank you for sharing the beauty and skills of the time we had on the water. It was greatly appreciated!
- Rebecca and Peter L., Darien, WI
“Well, we made it home without incident. John and I really enjoyed the fishing and the resort. Hope you enjoyed the Missouri wine. Not ready to book a trip just yet, but hope to return some day. May your holidays be blessed and filled with family, love and good will.”
- Humbly Yours, Dave W., Wright City, MO
“Thanks ever so for our two-week sojourn north. It was wonderful to get away…I was thinking how grand it is for you to have such a positive impact on the lives of so many people. It’s really cool. The setting is delightful; the staff has always been friendly and courteous and there’s no better location to actually “get away” from the rat race in such wonderful surroundings. Sure, you might experience cell phone connectivity issues…but, that’s one of the reasons we go; to get away from the constant bombardment of electronics! You can fish, swim, canoe, kayak, hike, shop in Wolf Den ( I swear we own half of everything they sell) or venture into town Ely for a few hours.
Time is yours to do whatever…no one pushes you to get up/out and do anything (unless it’s a family member). We read, we read A LOT…on the deck, on the pier, on the beach; in the boat…we snooze and relax…and basically spend our time decompressing from the craziness of our “real” lives. You can sit and see/hear the loons, the eagles flying overhead, the laughter of young kids at the swimming beach, watch the rabbits nibbling the clover, see the chipmunks foraging for whatever they can, and the deer…oh the deer. This year, a doe and her fawn and the buck were evident (and visible) almost everyday. (Apparently, there was a moose on site, but I personally missed seeing it—drat.) In the evening, bon fires and s’mores are pretty much standard every night.
The River Point experience is yours to make it what you will. This year, we added the significant other of one daughter…next year we’re also bringing a best friend from Oregon…and look forward to the year we’ll be bringing grandchildren, as well. Clearly, we don’t think you can go wrong at River Point. It’s an annual sojourn to reconnect, with nature, your family and your soul. A wonderful location to find inner peace.”
- Pam H., Park Ridge, IL …staying in Shifting Pine Cabin
“Thanks again for supplying such a wonderful vacation spot for us. The Chalet was first rate, and the lake surroundings are SO beautiful. We have developed a special spot in our hearts for this place. We look forward to coming to your resort again.”
- Jamie and Jim M., Des Moines, IA..staying in Sunrise Chalet
“Thank you for making our stay here amazing, relaxing, and enjoyable!
Your guys and gals all went above and beyond every time we needed something or just wanted to visit.”
- Brett and Tammy S., Hutchinson, MN…staying in Hideaway Cabin