Ely Resorts and Ely Outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness welcome you to Ely and to ElyMinnesota.com, your virtual gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCAW. Our Outfitters and Resorts are fully committed to Spring. Yes, you can still see a rare patch of snow, the remnant of a 10 foot pile this winter. But, with 50-70 degree days the lakes are all open and GREEN is beginning to happen in Ely and the Boundary Waters.
This time of year we begin to think of canoeing into the Boundary Waters, setting up camp, and immersing ourselves in Nature’s comforts & beauty surrounded by lakes, pines, clouds and camp life. For those of you who have had the pleasure of this BWCA experience you know exactly what I mean. If you have not, do yourself a favor and put a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on your bucket list. To prime yourself (if new) or to reminisce (if you’re an ‘old’ paddler), pick up one of Sigurd Olsen’s books in our Products area. Very few writers can elicit those fond BWCAW memories or help a soon to be visitor connect to the essence of the BWCAW experience better than Sigurd Olsen.
Low snowfall this winter and a lack of the normal amount of rain are making water levels in the region lower than normal and keeping the emergency fire crews busy.
The songbirds are arriving in abundance as evidenced by this beautiful Swamp Sparrow photographed by Steve Voiles on Burntside Lake. Northern Flickers and Pileated Woodpeckers are fighting for territory in the woods near Boundary Street. The beautiful Pileated Woodpecker featured above was photographed by Judy Krish. Both Judy and Steve are members of the Ely Field Naturalists. They and the other Naturalists keep us informed of the comings and goings and activities of the local flora and fauna, while educating those of us less informed on those matters and sharing what they know and observe. Thanks to all the Ely Field Naturalists for sharing their wealth of information.
This time of year we begin to think of canoeing into the Boundary Waters, setting up camp immersing ourselves in Nature’s comforts and beauty surrounded by lakes, pines, clouds and camp life. For those of you who have had the pleasure of this BWCA experience you know exactly what I mean. If you have not, do yourself a favor and put a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on your bucket list. To prime yourself–if new–or to reminisce (if you’re an ‘old’ paddler), pick up one of Sigurd Olsen’s books in our Products area. No one connects the BWCAW experience with the written word better than he.
Yes fishing opener is just around the corner, May 09, 2015. The low water level should not affect the walleye’s natural hunger for bait at that time of year, but it may effect where their natural food is and therefore where you will need to fish for them. So they may not be in the hot spot where you located them last year, but as usual we will all still try those past valued hot spots just in case. Some locations are so darned good that it seems you will always catch at least ONE in that exact same spot year after year. I guess that is why you call it your Walleye hotspot.
For those of you who have been following www.elyminnesota.com and our Threatened Waters Blog, you know that many of your friends here in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota have been very concerned about the threat of Copper Mining proposed for this area. If you’ve read any of the highly tainted bully pulpits of pro-mining advocates you might believe this nasty bad habit just might overrun the area and with their blessing. However there is some very good news to share. More and more people and professional groups basing their point of view on science, history, and a balanced view of risks and benefits are beginning to win over third generation miners and community leaders who classified themselves as “on the fence” eight years ago. They are now saying they have learned enough to get off the fence and they do not believe that Copper Mining is a good idea here in Northeastern Minnesota. I am personally so pleased that these good people have taken the time to weigh the pro and cons. They have come to the same conclusion I believe any person would who looks carefully at all the facts. The tide has turned.