Bear Island Lake, It's Good For the Soul

Any time spent out on Bear Island Lake fishing is time well spent. Every seasoned fisherman (or woman) knows that the "fishing is always good but sometimes the catching is not so great" but Bear Island has been yielding plenty of bass and trophy size walleyes and northerns!

Bear Island Lake is approximately 2,400 acres and is about four miles long and two miles wide. This lake is dotted with 20+ islands plus the 110 acre Bear Island and the water near the island is just over 70' deep.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Bear Island Lake "one of the prettiest lakes in the North County." There are several island spots that are perfect for a shore lunch or picnic with the family!

There are NO motor size or fishing slot limits on Bear Island Lake.

Bear Island Lake contains good numbers of walleyes, northern, smallmouth bass and also its share of pan fish. Our clear water lake is a structure fisherman's dream.

The lake is full of bays and interesting shoreline opportunities to enhance your fishing and paddling experience as you seek out the walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies and a variety of pan fish.

Take an afternoon or day and paddle and/or fish the Bear Island River--it's not accessible by boat!

Everyone needs to have a FRESH fish fry and take some home but we do encourage Catch & Release and Leave No Trace.

Water Craft Rates
16' Boat w/Motor
(9.9hp or 15hp)
Includes Gas/Oil
$55/Half Day
16' Boat Only
Requires Short Shaft Motor
N/A Daily
20' Pontoon Boat
(11 Passenger)
30hp Motor
$155/Half Day
Solo Kayaks $50/Week
Canoes $90/Week
Guest Boat Docking/Launch No Charge
All Rentals Include Complimentary Life Jackets
We have a Variety of Adult and Youth Sizes
Water Craft Accessories
Trolling Motor $85/Rental
Fish Locator/Depth Finder $85/Rental
Dip Nets $10/Rental
Minnow Buckets, Battery Boxes $5/Rental
Fishing Pole and Tackle Box $25/Rental
Complimentary Lake Maps
Advance Notice for Weekly Reservations is Appreciated

A guided Fishing Excursion can be arranged for Bear Island Lake and just about any other Ely area lake. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as there is limited availability and permitting may be required for some Ely area waters.

Fishing licenses AND bait may be purchased at any Ely bait store or the Just Bite Me bait and tackle store in Babbitt.

Fishing licenses may also be conveniently purchased online with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Please Review MN's Lake Laws

Make the most of your vacation time and don't wait in line for your fishing license! A Minnesota fishing license can be purchased online via the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Buy a MN Fishing License
Minnesota Life Jacket Rules
Minnesota Boating Rules