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The Perfect Place to Explore Northern Minnesota!

Make the most of your vacation at the Northern Lights Lodge & Resort, located on the shores of Bear Island Lake! Known for great fishing, the lake is also ideal for swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The resort offers the best beach on the lake with a gentle, sandy slope, and over 2,000 feet of shoreline. During the winter months, snowshoes are available and a huge section of the lake is cleared for ice skating. Whatever the season, there’s an unforgettable northern Minnesota experience waiting for you!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 12 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Ely
  • Nearby Water Bear Island Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


For an unforgettable Minnesota lake retreat, look no further than the all-inclusive Northern Lights Lodge & Resort. Surrounded by the Superior National Forest and just steps from Bear Island Lake, this charming getaway offers you everything you need for a fun-filled vacation. With comfortable, private cabins, an assortment of activities, and more available, you're sure to have a great time!


Located on the shores of Bear Island Lake, Northern Lights Lodge & Resort offers easy access to the water for plenty of fun. Their sandy beach and swimming area is perfect for everyone, with no drop-offs or rocks, making it safe for kids of all ages. They offer a swimming raft, canoes and kayaks to take out onto the water for fun adventures! It's an ideal setting for your Minnesota lake vacation!


Spend quality time with your loved ones at this unforgettable Minnesota destination. Northern Lights Lodge & Resort offers you and your family a place to unwind and have fun in the refreshing outdoors! Located on Bear Island Lake, you're just steps away from some of the best swimming, canoeing and fishing you can find in the area. Teach the kids how to cast their first line, or enjoy fun activities such as scavenger hunts, movie nights and more!


Northern Lights Lodge & Resort's ideal setting beside beautiful Bear Island Lake makes it a great place to plan your next family reunion. Their four suites can accommodate up to 20 guests, while their eight cabins can host up to 51. With plenty of room to host everyone in the family, this is truly the perfect place for your Minnesota reunion. Reconnect with loved ones over campfires and scavenger hunts, or enjoy exciting fishing and canoeing adventures together! No matter what you decide to do, Northern Lights will help make your get-together one to remember!


With its prime setting just steps from Bear Island Lake and surrounded by the Superior National Forest, Northern Lights Lodge & Resort is a dream getaway for nature-lovers of all ages. Leave behind the hustle-bustle of the cities and explore this incredible natural getaway on a variety of adventures. Take a canoe ride through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, grab your binoculars for a day of bird watching, or simply cast your line for walleye, bass, northern pike and more at the lake. In the winter months, you can still enjoy the great outdoors with dog-sledding and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing excursions. Come experience Mother Nature at her finest at this Minnesota retreat!


The vast 2,400-acre Bear Island Lake is full of bays and interesting shoreline opportunities make for an abundance of walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies, and a variety of pan fish. The crystal clear water and great depth of the lake make this an angler's dream. Snag your next trophy fish or host a fresh fish fry at Northern Lights Lodge & Resort.


The charming lakeside setting of Northern Lights Lodge makes it an ideal destination for couples of all ages. Whether you're looking for a quiet escape from your everyday life, or celebrating a holiday, this Minnesota getaway offers cozy cabins and a multitude of activities that are sure to keep you busy no matter when you come to stay. From canoeing trips through Bear Island Lake to cross-country skiing around the area, there's something just right for the two of you!

Pet Friendly

Northern Lights Lodge & Resort offers pet-friendly accommodations and welcomes Fido with open arms! All pet guests must be approved prior to your arrival. Bringing your family pet is just just like bringing an extra guest to this Northwoods retreat!


Bear Island Lake is teeming with aquatic adventures! The resort offers over 2,000 feet of shoreline for relaxing and activities, along with opportunities for adventures such as canoeing and kayaking. Head out as a family for a fishing trip, or just splash around in the waters along the beach. Northern Lights Lodge & Resort is the quintessential northern Minnesota lakes retreat -- no matter the time of year!


There's nothing more satisfying than a relaxing, peaceful getaway with your spouse after the excitement of your big day. Celebrate the start of your new life together at Northern Lights Lodge & Resort where you can stay in your own private lakefront cabin and enjoy an abundance of outdoor adventures together. Explore the hiking trails in the area or take out a canoe for an afternoon on Bear Island Lake. Berry picking, bird watching, fishing and more are also available! Or, if you're planning a winter honeymoon, enjoy everything from snowshoeing to dog-sledding. This is the perfect destination for the adventurous honeymooner!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Accommodations at Northern Lights Lodge & Resort consist of a unique blend of eight cabins and four suites, ranging from one- to three-bedroom units. Each of the lodging options boast great views of Bear Island Lake. With no television available in any of the units, Northern Lights Lodge & Resort enables guests to truly unplug and connect to Minnesota's Northwoods.

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Pack N Play
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Sauna
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Sundeck
  • Whirlpool
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Kid's Activities
  • Photography
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Shopping
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Snowmobiling
  • Business Center
  • Concierge
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Hold
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Nearest Airports

  • Duluth International Airport (DLH) / 65.9 miles
  • Chisholm Hibbing Airport (HIB) / 50.1 miles
  • Atikokan Municipal Airport (YIB) / 70.1 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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