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Minnesota Vacations for Active Travelers...and for Active Observers!

River Point Chalets…

No list of the best in secluded getaways would be complete without the region's crown jewel, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Named one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler, this remote wilderness area stretches some 1.1 million acres across the border of northern Minnesota and Canada.

Charles Kuralt noted, "If it is absolute solitude
you want, you have only to paddle far enough

KitchenIt is only fitting that River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. would offer Ely, Minnesota vacation motel and hotel lodging to complement the active lifestyle of those who enjoy the great Boundary Waters…

River Point offers four unique one-bedroom accommodations called Chalets, each with a private sundeck and private entrance housed in a huge cedar-sided lakeside buillding. Located on the vast, mile-long wilderness peninsula of River Point bordered by the South Kawishiwi River and Birch Lake with direct paddle access to the BWCA, the Chalets offer lake, river, and forest views.

View River Point's Mile-Long Private Wilderness Peninsula 

Resort Layout Map

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The new Chalets-Ely, Minnesota Motels-offer yet another dimension of lodging options at River Point. The active traveler who desires more of an "Eddie Bauer lifestyle" can be outfitted by River Point Outfitting Co. and venture off on a rustic, all-natural Boundary Waters canoe trip for an overnight or several day adventure, and then return to a warm bed along with many other amenities in one of the comfortable Chalets. Or, select the Chalet lodging for several days prior to the canoe trip adventure…the choice is's your Minnesota vacation.

KitchenSerenity echoes throughout the entire wilderness facility of River Point Resort. The Chalets are also an outstanding choice for those who desire something more than the bed, bath and parking lot of the typical "motel" in downtown Ely.

Hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and boating are intriguing for active travelers. And for the "active observer" type of traveler... listening to the call of the loon, watching an eagle soar, and relaxing by a peaceful evening bonfire are thoughtful substitutes for phones, video games, and television found in a typical motel setting.





From the sundecks of the four Chalets, guests can catch either the sun rising or setting over the lake, and every now-and-then in the night sky, Mother Nature’s other brilliant light show – the aurora borealis! (No way to determine when this could happen.)





LakeviewLakeview. The Chalet building is set back approximately 140 feet from the lakeshore with a gradual incline to the east shoreline. This affords a relatively easy access to the lovely east lakefront area which has a 60' sundeck, flowered terrace, and panoramic lakeveiw. Great place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, too, in addition to your private Chalet sundeck.


All four Chalets are located on the second or upper level of the Chalet Building. And each Chalet is located on one of the four corners of the Chalet Building. Each has a private sundeck and private gas grill.

The Marina, docking facility, new fire pit area, north beach and playground are in the same general area as the Chalet Building. The west shoreline of Birch Lake, is adjacent, further enhancing this lodging option. Just refer to Resort Layout Map for all the location details.

"The chalet was great. . .the outdoor feeling was carried into the chalet. Great view from the deck. We hate to leave!"

                      -Dan & Marsha W., Mukwonago, WI staying in Windsong Chalet


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BedroomThe one-bedroom comfortably designed Chalets are log-furnished.

Windsong Chalet and Sunrise Chalet each have a queen bed in the bedroom plus a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

Ledgerock Chalet has a queen and twin bed in the bedroom.

Evergreen Chalet has a double bed and a set of bunk-beds gracing the carpeted bedroom, plus double sleeper sofa in the living room.

The pleasant, light-filled living room walls are a combination of woodsy knotty pine combined with a rich "earth-tone" color palette on adjacent walls, making for a perfect Up North atmosphere. An abundance of upscale log furnishings, decorative touches, ceiling fan, and gas fireplace make each Chalet inviting.

EntranceEach Chalet has a full, efficient kitchen with refrigerator, range/oven, microwave, small electric appliances such as toaster, hand-mixer, and blender, and coffeepot, dishwasher, and much more. 

Beautifully appointed bathroom with large custom ceramic shower, and a private sundeck with gas grill and relaxing lounge chairs rounds out the offerings of each Chalet.

Air-Conditioning relaxes and refreshes.

"We enjoyed our visit more than I can express. The chalet was immaculate! It appeared as if it had never been used and that we were the first. Love the decor! The kitchen is stocked wonderfully and the entire chalet was so comfortable; I haven't slept that well in a long time."

     -Tony & Deb F., Cloquet, MN staying in Sunrise Chalet


Click here for Chalet Floor Plans
Accommodates: up to 4; except for Ledgerock Chalet which accommodates up to 3
Deposit: 50%


 2017 Chalet Rates


5/12 thru 5/26     
1-2 persons     
Week: $615     
Day: $110    
5/27 thru 6/9 1-2 persons Week: $755 Day: $135
6/10 thru 6/23
1-2 persons Week: $895 Day: $160
6/24 thru 7/7 1-2 persons Week: 1035 Day: $185 
7/8 thru 8/4 1-2 persons Week: 1145 Day: $205 
8/5 thru 8/11 1-2 person Week: $1035 Day: $185
8/12 thru 8/25
1-2 persons Week: $865 
Day: $155 
8/26 thru 10/1 1-2 persons Week: $780 
Day: $140  


Additional Person Rates

Persons 11 & up: $165.00/Week $30.00/Day
Children Under age 10: $115.00/Week $20.00/Day
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All rates subject to MN 6.875 sales tax. Lodging and package rates subject to MN sales tax, 3% local tax, and 6% resort fee. Motorized boat rentals subject to MN sales tax and 6% resort fee.

FYI: The resort fee supports complimentary wireless internet service in accommodations, incoming faxes, abundant supplies of split and stacked firewood for wood-burning fireplaces and the three outside fire pits, twice weeekly "Courtesy Call" to replenish items, such as TP, coffee filters, trash bags, light bulbs, etc., and in-room welcome basket gift.

Resort fee also supports marina and waterfront assistance including complimentary fish cleaning, maps, stringers, landing nets and minnow buckets in additional to use of sit-on-top kayaks/playaks, paddleboats, paddleboards, and instructional canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. New guest sauna, hiking trail, two swim rafts, and more are provided for further enjoyment.

Gratuities for resort service personnel including housekeepers, marina and guide service, and Wildwood Lodge staff are at your discretion.

Check Availability 

  • Rates subject to change without notice.
  • We are happy to fulfill specific lodging requests, but also attempt to best satisfy specific accommodations occupancy capabilities

  • Chalet reservation assignments may be modified

  • Reservations made during Holidays and Events (ie: Labor Day Weekend, Blueberry Arts Festival time, including the night prior to the festival of 7/27 (Festival Dates: July 28, 29, 30, 2017) are subject to a 10% surcharge. A three-night minimum rental is required for reservations made during holidays and events.(Some exceptions to the 3-nite minimum rental may occur. Inquire)

Ashley C. and friend from Lonsdale, MN

Ashley C. and friend from Lonsdale, MN had a great time
fishing Birch Lake in May while staying in Sunrise Chalet.

River Point does not offer a full service restaurant. However, snacks and beverages, including pizza, ice cream, beer, sodas, and more are available in the Wildwood Lodge.  Local grocery stores and Ely's wholefood shop offer great food options for preparing and enjoying your meals at River Point's gorgeous lake facility in the comfort of your Chalet with full kitchen and outside gas grill. Or, drive into Ely, roughly 10-12 minutes away, for many dining choices, from simple and inexpensive to gourmet fare.

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Elissa and Justin G. from Waconia, MN

Active guests Elissa and Justin G. from Waconia, MN spent
carefree spring days canoeing and hiking while staying in Sunrise Chalet. 

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ChaletWant a combination Resort Holiday and a completely outfitted Boundary Waters Canoe Trip? Inquire about this wonderful option. Available are BWCA canoe trips consisting of three or more days on the water. 

You may also want to try the special 2-day, 1-night, "Taste of the North Woods" package with River Point Outfitting Co. as featured in Midwest Living Magazine---great for gift-giving, too!




"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Everything and everyone was exceptional! What a memorable and terrific 25th anniversary we had. Bless you all and your establishment."

-Mary & David T., Boston, MA staying in Ledgerock Chalet

Eric and Laura G. from Gardener, KS

Repeat guests Eric and Laura G. from Gardener, KS spent lazy
September days canoeing while staying in Ledgerock Chalet.

Small complimentary beach watercraft provide for a fun-seeker’s paradise!  Adult and youth enjoy one and two person kayaks, paddleboats, and more. Refer to Amenities for information about waterfront rentals and a complete list of what else is included in your stay at River Point Resort….a premier wilderness lodge!


Pets:  To ensure that all guests have a pleasurable experience, we ask that you find other accommodations for your pet. Please call for nearby kennel information. We're happy to help.


For greater safety and in consideration of all guests, River Point accommodations are SMOKE FREE. 

Smoking is optional on patios or sundecks.

 Refer to the FAQ'S link (Frequently Asked Questions) for more information.

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Open May 12 - October 1, 2017

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