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2015 Calendar

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

Ely, MNEly 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. This rare photo of a Lynx family (or so the Naturalists theorize) was shared with the Ely Field Naturalist. It was taken by Robert Anderson who was lucky enough to see such an event and talented enough to capture it in a number of exceptional photos. These were taken recently near Isabela, MN. You can see the other photos HERE.

The Outfitters and Resorts in Ely are fairly well convinced now that Spring is on the way. In two days last week we went from a foot and a half of snow on the woodshed roof to none, and the snow banks are rapidly receding. The song birds are returning and the Morning Doves are cooing morning to night. Our Northern Delicious CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm has plants coming up that were just seeds a couple of weeks ago. So, YES, Spring is on the way in the North Land and we are happy to see it.

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.

As we begin to think of Spring and Summer, we can also look at what we are leaving behind. It was only a few weeks ago that Joey Zupancich and friends were fishing, quite successfully as you can see, through the ice on Basswood.

jzicefishbasswood2015a-200x173Joey is a master carver, having won numerous awards for his fish carving and fish decoys. The white and red decoy you see in this picture was one he made for the Discovery show “How Things are Made.” The shows producers saw and filmed the process and the testing of the decoy for “swimmability” but they did not get to see really how good the decoy was. Now we all know, it works!  You can see the rest of Joey’s pictures HERE.

Soon we may be able to have a live cam that is streaming video, not just still images every 30 seconds, as we currently do. If this is something you would be interested in seeing let us know. Also, if you would be willing to help support this please let us know. We will be explaining the system and requirements in more detail on the Ely Buzz blog.