We've waited all year for this!

While Minnesota is famous for its summer vacations at the lake, we must confess that we love winter best! Here at Camp Northern Lights we take advantage of everything that winter has to offer. We think that our northwoods location is the perfect setting for anyone who wants to experience a Minnesota winter at its best. The Ely area averages 80" of snow per year making it possible to pursue each and every one of your outdoor winter passions!

Camp Northern Lights location is centrally located to anything that you could want to do here in the Ely and that's if you even want to leave camp once you've arrived! Easy access to ski and snowmobile trails, plus the lake is at your front door.

Do you FEAR the winter blues? Action is the BEST reaction and the ONLY way to beat the winter blues! Camp Northern Lights's specialty is that our unique location and passion for winter enables us to provide an outlet for your Winter Reaction! With only 7 winter lodging accommodations the peace and quiet here will refresh and uplift you!

What's Your Favorite Winter Remedy? We Prescribe Them All! We invite you to Camp Northern Lights to experience our magnificent winter wonderland-here you can pursue nearly every winter outdoor activity! One visit and we believe you'll understand why this is absolutely our most favorite time of the year. Some of us are drawn to playing in the snow while others are content to relax in a cozy cabin surrounded by the glistening beauty of winter.

Each of our seven (7) winter cabin and suite accommodations are located on a private point overlooking Bear Island Lake. Nestled amongst white paper birch trees and pines, the cabins and suites offer an atmosphere designed for complete relaxation amidst the snow and beauty of a Minnesota Northwoods winter. Enjoy traditional winter sports and take in the area's winter wildlife and attractions.

Our suites offer one the newest lodging choices in the Ely area. With just four suites, guests are still able to experience cabin-style accommodations and comfort that exceeds any in-town hotel, inn or motel property with your view of the lake and brillant night skies! Each spacious suite offers a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, jetted bath, and bedrooms with a king, queen or twin size beds. PLUS the suites have a view of the lake, our sauna is just steps away from your front door and there is access to every winter activity.

Our newest cabin (Virta) is a deluxe two-bedroom cabin which features a wood burning fireplace, luxurious whirlpool bath and full kitchen WITH a dishwasher. Relax in peaceful comfort and style in. This cabin offers absolute privacy and a stunning sunset view of Bear Island Lake.  It is exceptionally private in the winter as all of the other cabins nearby are closed for the winter--guests often comment that staying in Virta feels like having the entire resort to themselves.

Karhu and Otava are perfect for any winter getaway! These identical two-story, three-bedroom cabins feature a full kitchen, comfortable dining area, wood burning fireplace, a full bath (with tub and shower) upstairs plus a 1/2 bath downstairs so there is plenty of room entertaining during your winter northwoods gathering. Each cabin will accommodate up to 10 guests-be sure to inquire about our great group rate.

All of our cabins and suites are housekeeping units. We provide fresh bed linens and all of your kitchen utensils-you supply your own bath, kitchen towels and personal soaps. Please bring your own towels.

Guests are also invited to take advantage of all of our complimentary amenities during their stay with us: try out our collection of adult and children's snowshoes, kites and toboggans!

Be sure to take a moment to review the packing list that we have put together for our guests.

Winter Activities

Winter Fun at its Finest!

  • Dog Sledding (2 hour, half or full day trips)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding
  • Kite Flying
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Winter Sauna Experience
  • Ice Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Down Hill Skiing (Near By)


For one of the BEST dog sledding experiences for your family we recommend
Chilly Dogs

For a winter fishing excursion we recommend
Kelly Murphy

All other excursions we recommend
White Wolf Trips
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge
White Wilderness Dog Sledding

Wolves and Bears

The International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center are open Friday and Saturdays only during the winter season