Visit Ely – the Heart of Wolf Country…and Much, Much More!

The Center’s interpretive facility is located in the heart of wolf country near Ely, Minnesota. In the summertime, you can canoe the clean lakes, enjoy family camping trips and hike the wilderness of the Superior National Forest. In winter, come to explore the snow covered waterways of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on dogsleds, snowshoes and cross country skis.

Rugged and sophisticated, Ely offers relaxed dining, eclectic shops and dozens of resorts, outfitters, motels and campgrounds to enhance your comfortable stay.


Extend your trip to Ely, and explore Northeastern Minnesota’s ecological treasures and adventure outposts. Visit Voyageurs National Park, the scenic north shore of Lake Superior, state parks, historic sites, casinos and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame – all within a two-hour drive of Ely!



If you are traveling by car from Minneapolis to Ely, note that it is about 240 miles, taking approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Take Interstate 35 North to the Cloquet exit, Highway 33 (135 miles). You can choose to continue on Interstate 35 if you are interested in visiting Duluth and its attractions.
  • Take State Highway 33 North to Highway 53 (20 miles)
  • Take Highway 53 North to Virginia (40 miles)
  • Six miles north of Virginia take Highway 169 East to Ely (45 miles)
Most airline flights within Minnesota are provided by Delta Airlines. Delta Airlines provides a flight availability search engine for your convenience. Following is additional information.

  • Minneapolis (MSP), 240 miles to Ely. Rental cars available at airport.
  • Duluth (DLH), approximately 110 miles to Ely. Rental cars available at airport.
  • Hibbing/Chisholm (HIB), approximately 75 miles to Ely. Rental cars available at airport.
If you want to inquire about taxi service in Ely contact Ely Cab (218)365-7500.
Greyhound Lines Bus Service’s Web site provides a search mechanism for bus service to bigger cities, including Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth. If you want to inquire about service to other locations, email: fares and schedules.