Ely Travel Guide

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,460 at the 2010 census. It is located on the Vermilion Iron Range, and is historically home to several iron ore mines.

Today the city of Ely is best known as a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; the International Wolf Center, and the North American Bear Center.

The main street of Ely is lined with outfitters, outdoor clothing stores, and restaurants. State Highway 1 (MN 1), State Highway 169 (MN 169) and County Road 21 (Central Avenue) are the main routes in Ely.


Spend some time in beautiful Ely, Minnesota and discover what a great place it is to visit, work, and live.

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City of Ely

The City of Ely provides unique opportunities for recreation, culture, and work not often seen in a city of its size. Ely continues to offer an excellent quality of life to residents of the region.

Chamber of Commerce

The City of Ely is committed to be a community that welcomes and values diversity. We will work to be place where all people, citizens and visitors alike, will feel safe and confident that the City of Ely respects the rights and dignity of all people.