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The Perfect Place to Explore Northern Minnesota!

Make the most of your vacation at the Northern Lights Lodge and 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!


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 is an angler's dream. Snag your next trophy fish or host a fresh fish fry at Northern Lights Lodge & Resort.


Bear Island Lake is teeming with aquatic adventures! After catching a boatload of fish, explore the shimmering waters on a boat, canoe, kayak, or just dive in for a refreshing swim. Northern Lights Lodge & Resort is the quintessential northern Minnesota lakes retreat -- no matter the time of year!

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!

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.

  • 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

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

Additional Information

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Pack N Play
  • Sauna
  • Beach
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Wildlife & Nature
Room Amenities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Sundeck
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Photography
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Shopping
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center
  • Concierge
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
Languages Spoken
  • English
9089 Highway 21 Ely, Minnesota 55731 United States  
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