What We Offer Families Visiting Ely, MN


Location – Only 7 miles from town, Timber Trail Resort is located on a chain of four lakes offering miles of water to explore and fish. In addition to the four lakes, you have direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, where you can paddle a canoe for miles into the wilderness.

White Iron Chain of Lakes – The chain’s four interconnected lakes include White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, Garden Lake and South Farm Lake. Farm, White iron and Garden Lakes have no motor restrictions – any size boat and motor is allowed. South Farm Lake is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and is a restricted lake. We are also the closest resort to the N. Kawishiwi River and this paddle only portion of the Boundary Waters.

BWCA – We have direct access to the BWCA by water. Our guests can experience the BWCA right from their doorstep with excellent day and overnight canoe trips. We provide a shuttle service to the BWCA for fishing, self guided and guided canoe trips.

Fishing – Our chain of lakes contains an abundance of Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Crappie. Our veteran guide, Rob Nelson, spends over 100 days each summer guiding customers. He is available for advice to our guests by marking maps and answering your fishing questions. Fishing information.

Accommodations – our cabins range from 1 to 6 bedrooms in size. They are modern housekeeping cabins and have fully equipped kitchens – many have dishwashers! All have decks, grills, picnic tables, Adirondak chairs, fans, campfire rings, adequate parking, boat docking, and more. We are open all year. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. See our Cabins and Accommodations.

Motel rooms with Kitchenettes are also available. These are modern rooms with fully supplied kitchens and are ideal for 2 to 3 people. They are moderately priced and provide the same access to all our resort vacation activities and amenities.