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PO Box 397
12007 River Point Road
Ely, Minnesota 55731



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Global Position

N 47°  47.996'
W 091°  46.596'

Elevation at River Point's Marina on Birch Lake:  1455' MSL

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Contact Us

River Point Outfitting Co.

P. O. Box 397                                                                                               
12007 River Point Road
Ely, MN 55731

Reservations:     1-800-456-5580
Local Line:         1-218-365-6604
Guest Services:  1-218-365-6625
Fax:                  1-218-365-6139


Approximate Driving Time From Minnesota Airports

To Ely and River Point Outfitting Co.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport: 4.5 hours  

Duluth International Airport: 2 hours                    

Hibbing International Airport: 1.5 hours                     

Delta provides services to Mpls./St.Paul, Duluth, and Hibbing. United Airlines provides service to Mpls./St. Paul and between Chicago and Duluth International Airport.

  • River Point Outfitting Co. provides free shuttle service to and from the Ely Airport, 4 miles away, for canoeing guests
  • All roads leading to Ely and River Point are generally well maintained and easy to travel on.

Contact the Ely Municipal Airport at 218.365.5600 for additional flight information


Arrival Information

For groups requesting lodging at River Point the night before embarking on their canoe trip, please try to plan your arrival between 10am and 5pm, if at all possible. Your personalized Trip Routing and Orientation will be scheduled for you upon arrival, if you have reserved one. Staff will have sufficient time to review the equipment and/or food for your group's adventure and to properly plan and map out the route with you for your canoe trip...and, answer all of your questions.

If you cannot arrive at River Point between these times, the Trip Routing and Orientation session will generally occur at 7:30am on the morning that the canoe trip begins. The session usually takes about an hour dependent, upon your questions. Refer to your Reservation Confirmation for more information.

For later evening arrivals (later than 5-6 pm),directions to the lodging accommodation you have reserved will be sent with your Reservation Confirmation. You will register on the morning of the canoe trip in the Office, followed by the Trip Routing and Orientation session. (River Point Office is not open 24 hours a day.)

Driving Directions

Driving directions to River Point from Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth:
Follow US Highway 53 north to the city of Virginia, Minnesota, then follow the directions to arrive at River Point's facility from Virginia.

Driving directions to River Point from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area:
Follow 35W north to Hwy 33 through Cloquet. Hwy 33 turns into 53. Follow Hwy 53 to the outskirts of Virginia.

From Virginia, continue on 53 to the point where 169 joins it. Follow 169 to Ely. Travel east through Ely on Hwys 169 and 1. Turn right onto Hwy #1, at the location of the Shopco Store and the dark brown log-sided building housing Ely's Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Center. Continue for 8.5 miles. Cross over a large bridge (Birch Dam), and take the next right turn onto River Point Road. Travel in 1.3 miles farther on our dirt road and you have arrived!

Please park in the large parking lot on the right hand side of the road and walk down to the office to check-in and register. Thank you!


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 River Point Outfitting Co.     Ely Outfitters™

Ely, Minnesota

If you would like more information, or you are ready to make a reservation, please use our on-line form, send us an e-mail or call 1-800-456-5580  or 1-218-365-6604

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