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Timber Wolf Lodge

9130 Escape Road, Ely, MN 55731
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Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty lodging in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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St. Paul, MN
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved the calm this place brought us. Everything was available, ready to go and in great condition. The waterfront area is perfect for families with small kids, gets afternoon sun and nice clean sand. Gorgeous place. The staff make it EASY to really relax and make memories.

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Fort Lauderdale
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming up to Ely and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) for many years with friends to do a week of wilderness canoe tripping. This summer I figured I would bring up my family instead (wife, 12 yr old daughter, 7 yr old son). Instead of a week canoe trip, which would be a bit much for... More

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented three cabins - one 5 bedroom, and two 2 bedroom cabins. Everyone was comfortable and the cabins were clean. Fishing wasn't the best, but the boats were in good shape. The beach was awesome and the chairs were a plus! The kitchens were stocked with most of the cooking equipment we needed, and we grilled every night. We... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nancy T - Thank you Nancy for your kind review of Timber Wolf Lodge on Trip Advisor. And thank you for selecting us for your large family get-together. We are glad to hear that the cabins served your needs and that you would recommend us. We wish you well and certainly welcome you back again. Kindest regards, The Owners... More

Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grandparents were the original owners/builders of this resort during the great depression and then into the 50's. My mom (age 82) and I came for a 4 day stay so she could share her memoir/book about growing up on this beautiful resort. We honestly did not know what to expect because mom had not been back for many years.... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Julie S - Wow - what a great event it was to have you and your mother at Timber Wolf Lodge hosting nighttime book readings down at the campfire! Her stories of growing-up at Timber Wolf Lodge in the 30s & 40s are so historic. It is amazing that we found each other. Thanks for the compliments on the... More

Thunder Bay, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful experience. Not only management but staff also were more than willing to help in any way they could. Service was immediate and given before we even asked. Staff took our canoe off of our car for us, later took it down to the water and when we were leaving brought it up to our car, put in on and... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear RosieJosie - We are really glad that you had a Wonderful Experience. Yes the entire staff is trained to be attentive to our guests and willing to assist with whatever you need. We're so glad you enjoyed Bear Island Lake during your stay! It sounds like you are avid paddlers. We really like the quiet paddle up Bear Island... More

Medina, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Timber Wolf Lodge. We've been visiting Ely for the past 22 years but always stayed at a different resort. We wanted a change of scenery and this place is where our good friends from Ely recommended. The staff was outstanding. Anything we needed or wanted they would deliver immediately. Bear Island Lake is beautiful.... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Hi CollegeMom - I'm so glad your transition to Timber Wolf Lodge was good for your family and that we were attentive to you during your stay! Yes Bear Island Lake is special. The water clarity, lake size, loons, bald eagles and gorgeous sunsets make this a very special place on the planet. We apologize for the after hours problems.... More

coon rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, 3rd time back. Excellent service, they stop by your cabin every day to see if you need anything and to stalk firewood great cabins, always improving the place,great fishing lake. We will be back next year for sure.

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you dawngraf - It is always great when you come and visit us up in the northwoods! And repeat guests are our highest compliment! Thank you for your kind review and your very high marks. We will keep on doing what we do and will keep getting a little better every year as long as our guests keep on... More

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After suffering a heart attack earlier this winter, I decided our family needed to spend some quality time together. I chose Timber Wolf Lodge because of its amenities and the excellent reviews. It was a 10 hour ride in a 29 ft RV for our family of 5, plus our dog, but well worth it! The service was the best,... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear bballma from Chicago - Firstly we are glad to know that you have recovered and we're so glad that you chose to spend some of your summer with us! Thank you for mentioning our staff and their attentiveness! We are instructed to drop whatever project we might be in the middle of if a guest has a need. We're... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Timber Wolf Lodge is the ideal get away! This was my first time to Northern Minnesota since I was a kid. Having cabin #6 for our family reunion was ideal! The cabin accommodates 14 people. The bedrooms are spacious with three master bedrooms and two bedrooms that have double bunks. We enjoyed the sleep number bed and our bedroom had... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear EnjoyLife - We so enjoyed hosting your wonderful family for your reunion! We're glad Cabin 6 turned out to be a good "base camp" for all of your family adventures. We enjoyed the pictures that you shared at Kawishiwi Falls and waterskiing and boating on Bear Island Lake! Thanks for mentioning the separate living areas in Cabin 6. We... More

Marshfield, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I just got home recently from TWL and already we are talking about next year..the staff was absolutely fantastic and truly worked hard to accommodate our trip..I myself am in the hospitality industry so I feel I have a keen eye for the little thing...well TWL dots the i's and crosses the t's..peaceful gorgeous lake and clean... More

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Todd from Marshfield - Thank you for your kind words and high rankings on Trip Advisor! We are glad to see that the staff was responsive to you and your family! We always love to hear the observations from those in the travel and hospitality industry. Your keen eye always helps us to think about how to improve what... More

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Address: 9130 Escape Road, Ely, MN 55731
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Ely
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Founded in 1937 - this marks our 77th year of hosting family vacations on beautiful Bear Island Lake near Ely, MN. Our guests give us a Top 5 Ranking on Trip Advisor because they love 1) our Sleep Number Beds (we're the only area resort that has them); 2) our remodeled cabins; 3) our new furnishings including new mattresses, pillows and linens and 4) our quick-to-serve staff. Each week our staff will host a free guided tour of Kawishiwi Falls, one of the most majestic waterfalls in the region. Bring your camera and make lasting memories this summer. Your family will also enjoy our private sandy beach and new water trampoline. Our marina offers you an Ebbtide Bass Boat, a 19' Larson ski/tube boats and a Northwood's pontoon. Each of our cabins feature the new Keurig single-cup coffee brewers - enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee every morning compliments of us. There is just something about that first cup of Starbucks or Caribou coffee from your lakeside deck overlooking the tranquility of Bear Island Lake. Relax & de-stress. We offer 12 cabins that can sleep from 1 to 14 guests. Next door is our Good Sam Accredited RV Park with 23 sites. Our resort covers 75 acres of woods and rests along the shores of 2,362 acre Bear Island Lake. Timber Wolf Lodge is a very special place! ... more   less 
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