Nancy and I had fallen in love with the Ely area several years ago, and we were looking for our perfect place. As we were heading out of town to Lake Superior one summer, she spotted a sign pointing into the forest that read "River Point Resort 1.5 miles". I'm so glad that we turned down that road because we found that perferct place at the end of it.
Nestled in the deep woods on the shores of Birch Lake is a resport that has been operated by the same familty for half a century. It is so well kept that it looks like it was built yesterday.
Any type of accomadation that you could wish for is there. We chose a beautiful one bedroom cabin with its own dock on a flat piece of ground beautifully secluded in the trees. There is a nice screened in porch, complete with wicker furniture, a table, even a lamp to read by at night.
The owners are wonderful. They leave you to yourselves while at the same time provide excellent service. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you wish in activities.
Miles of hiking trails and an undeveloped 800 acre lake are there for you to explore.
I've never slept better and I told Jane that Nancy and I will come back every year.
One night, a full moon rose over that dark lake. As we watched it rise from our deck, I knew that life was perfect.
Out of five stars, we give River Point all of thoes in the endless Northern sky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. is located on a magnificent private peninsula on the South Kawishwi River and Birch Lake with direct paddle access to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area for canoe trip adventures. Two hours from Duluth, MN and 10 minutes from the quaint town of Ely, MN makes River Point the perfect place to enjoy lodging and activities while staying at the resort, or the best location to begin a BWCA canoe trip at entry point #32. At the resort enjoy full marina service, rental boats, motors, and pontoon boats, complimentary fish cleaning, Bait and Tackle Shop, guide service, and friendly staff knowledgeable in all things fishing and more. New sauna, private Trail of Reflections hiking trail, sand beaches, free kayaks, rafts. River Point Outfitting Co. offers canoe outfitting for complete trips into the wilderness, or if you need only a canoe, we can help! Trip Routing with expert routers, maps, fishing advice, fine food, bunkhouses, and safe van transport. ... more less