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Your Guide to Ely, Canoe Country & the BWCAW – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Downy Woodpecker, Ely MNEly Resorts and Ely Outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness welcome you to Ely and to, your virtual gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCAW. This fall is shaping up to be one of the best for fall colors in the Northwoods. Conditions are ideal for brilliant colors to emerge and the process has already begun. Ely narrowly escaped the early frost and freezing conditions predicted by the weatherman. But parts of the Boundary Waters and Embarrass, MN which is always one of, if not the, coldest spot in Minnesota have experienced below freezing weather. Those cold nights are what we need for maximizing Fall Colors.

This Minnesota DNR fall colors map shows you where we are currently (Ely area 10-25% of peak color as of Sept. 21, 2014) and this map is updated nearly daily. Peak fall colors are usually between now and the second week in October. So there is plenty of time to contact Ely, Minnesota Resorts and Outfitters for canoeing, camping, fishing, nature photography, and other Northwoods and BWCA activities. Fishermen have been reporting good catches as evident by this photo of fish taken on an un-disclosed lake near Ely. Fishing holes, blueberry patches, and choice mushroom spots are rarely reveled, as you might know.

Also at this time of year all of nature, including the Downy Woodpecker featured above begin to stock up for the winter. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have all left our backyard, there were 13-15 here at the peak mid-summer. The honeybees that were so rare for the last few years have returned in large numbers due to more people in the area tending bees. Last year we counted 7 honey bees all year in the gardens and that was up from no bees for many years prior to that. This year we had thousands of bees and two large swarms that left the neighbors hive to make a new home elsewhere. Lots of pollination going on in Ely. Fall has been a time of increased activities for the bees also.

As we all watch the ever changing weather patterns, you wonder what’s next? Deluge, draught, increasingly erratic weather patterns.  I cannot imagine a better place to enjoy nature’s response to all this change than from the vantage point of Ely, Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  It has been and continues to be spectacular.  Maybe that is one of the reasons so many interesting people retire here.  Maybe that is one of the reasons for the increasing interest in Ely Tuesday Group and the Ely Field Naturalists.  Just saying! Ely is a great place to be.  Come join us.

New and encouraging polls show that the mad dash to mine copper in this region is slowing and more people are NOT in favor of this type of mining in our water rich area than ever before. As one learns the facts it is a major leap of faith or blindness that would lead anyone to think copper sulfide mining would be a good idea here. Visit the Threatened Waters Blog to learn the facts about the Copper Nickel mining proposed for our wetland and lakes areas. You will learn that despite the odds we are beginning to make progress against the amazingly deep pockets of the multinational mining interests who seem to have captured the fancy of Minnesota politicians and those, so far, only influenced by the up-side-potential for Copper mining. As people learn of the very significant and certain downside of this type of mining, especially in this great fresh water reservoir and watershed from Canada to Lake Superior–MINDS ARE A CHANGING! Over 50% polled recently are AGAINST Copper Nickel Sulfide Mining. Maybe there is HOPE for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior. We certainly hope so.