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

-29 degrees, 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. After a long cold winter, Spring has finally come to Ely.  About 10 days ago the song birds returned in mass.  For a couple of days the Gold Finches, Grosbeaks, Warblers, Robins and Mourning Doves, (just to name a few) decended on us in larger numbers and in a shorter time period than I remember happening before.  It seemed as if they were on the edge of the cold weather waiting for the starting gun to go off and when it did they made a mad dash to Ely.  We welcome them all.  Also, the spring flowers are appearing and thanks to Judy Krish’s fine photo of her first Hepatica sighting, we can enjoy it with her.  Thank you, Judy.

Ely, Minnesota Resorts, Outfitters, and downtown businesses are making their usual preparations for open water, canoeing, camping, fishing, nature photography, and other Northwoods and BWCA activities.  As you might have seen from our webcams, there was ice on many of the lakes for the Minnesota Fishing Opener this year.  The weather report was not good for the opener, but it turned out to be one of the finest days so far this spring.  Those who ventured out were rewarded with fine catches, most getting their limits.

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.

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.