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Ely, Minnesota Fishing Vacation:  Northern Minnesota Fishing Resorts Vacation

Minnesota Fishing Resorts...Minnesota Fishing Vacations...Minnesota Fishing Trip


Early June, the past three season were three of the best spring fishing seasons in recent years. Multitude of 20-24" walleyes, plus three walleyes coming in at 29-30 1/2" were caught and released. Pretty incredible. Many smallies in the 19-20" range.

Add in the great number of 24-29" northern pike, and we had some superb early season fishing. Think May and June for fresh green foliage, colder waters, bright sunny days, and historically, one of the best times for northern waters fishing.

The northern end of Birch Lake joined by the South Kawishiwi River is where you want to be....right at River Point, your Minnesota fishing resort.

Think late August and September for even more solitude on the waters, the beauty of the autumn colors, and cool evenings. Both Spring and late August-September are excellent Minnesota fishing seasons. 

Think the long, lazy days of July and early August for good Minnesota fishing action, too. You may have to work a bit harder during these warmer water weeks...but the tantalizing, fresh taste of "Up Noth" fish are worth the exta effort!

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 River Point Resort is a leading Minnesota Fishing Resort with pristine, fish-abundant waters for MN family fishing vacations and group fishing trips. An Ely, Minnesota fishing trip is why many fisherpersons choose to come Up North. Expect to fish for many species, including walleye pike, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappie and bluegills.

River Point's unique location on the northern, most private end of Birch Lake where the South Kawishiwi River joins Birch, provides access to fishing the extensive waters of both wilderness waterways, plus the opportunity to paddle into the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernss for a day of fishing by canoe.

For your Minnesota fishing vacation, there is no need to seek out a resort on a chain of lakes...where River Point is located you will experience a lake boasting mile after mile of fishable waters counting up to some 20 miles, with another 4 miles+ on the South Kawishiwi River...6,000 acres all total--one of the best Minnesota fishing resort locations.

Fishing At Its Finest! Minnesota Fishing Vacations! Northern Minnesota Fishing Resorts...that's River Point Resort.

There are plenty of bays, coves, islands and rocky points on Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River (entry #32 into the Boundary Waters) to provide you with a lifetime of angling memories.

Birch Lake is the largest Ely-area lake outside of the protected Boundary Waters lakes. Birch is 20 miles long, with 90% of its wilderness shoreline being undeveloped federal land. This kind of wilderness seclusion and lack of shoreline development does not exist on any other lake in the Ely area.

Long and narrow, Birch Lake is like a serpentine river-lake, and at all times you can see from one shoreline to the other-easy to navigate with confidence. When the winds kick up a bit, no need to head for shore like you might have to do when fishing on a "round-type" lake-just slide into a cove or inlet and keep on fishing. 

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30" Walleye

30" Birch Lake Walleye
Caught on an Orange Jig with Minnow



Lake #5: BIRCH LAKE 

Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspaper

"Look at northern Minnesota, and you'll find Birch Lake. It's not small-5,628 acres-but it has a bunch of 1- to 2- pounders, roughly three times the state average, according to DNR tests. Maximum depth is about 25 feet. . ." "a lesser-known honey hole that is brimming with walleyes just waiting to be caught someday."

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Birch produces trophy walleye averaging 9.27 pounds, according to on the latest DNR data reports.

Fishing Success!

Quite the fisherman…Adam B., from White Bear Lake, MN with his 19” small mouth bass. Great catch!

According Ely area DNR fisheries supervisors, "gill net testing is the barometer used by the DNR to see how the fish are doing in each lake."

Birch Lake continues to post high numbers of golden walleyes. Birch has produced good sized "eating fish" consistently each year. "In one of the latest assessments done, the walleye catch was 16.4 walleyes caught per gill net. That's the highest gill net count than any previous assessment done on Birch Lake," reported the DNR.

Anglers should find good numbers of walleyes in the 13 to 20 inch range. They will likely catch smaller walleyes from year classes not yet assessed. Anglers should also have the opoortunity to catch walleyes from the other year classes. Some of those should be some pretty decent sized fish, reports the DNR.

Walleyes are prevalent in all class sizes with the 1 to 2 pound range being very abundant. So, whether it is potential trophy walleye fishing you're after or a wonderful mess of fish for tasty eating, Birch and the South Kawishiwi River, and River Point is your number one choice for fishing resorts MN.

Best fishing time is spring-late May, all of June, and into the first week or so of July.

Spring Fishing Action

Northern Pike: Birch Lake also has a significant population of BIG northern pike. Prime fishing time for these "big ones" is mid-May to late June, mid August through September, although they can be caught at anytime throughout the season. Northerns weighing in and up to 20+ pounds are caught each season.

In addition to trophy walleye and northern pike, Birch is also known as an abundant producer of one pound slab crappies-some exceed two pounds, plus an ever-increasing population of the feisty smallmouth bass. Just a blast to catch these "fighters." Tasty bluegill and largemouth bass round out the species of fish to be caught and eaten, or "catch and release" on your Minnesota fishing vacation.

Great Crappie Action

Great Crappie Action

With neither commercial fishing or netting allowed, a vast shoreline that is 90% wilderness, and low fishing pressure makes Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River your number one choice for good fishing.

View River Point Resort's Private Mile-Long Wilderness Peninsula

Another nice catch at River Point Resort

10 Pounder

There are seven dock sites...

 ...and a concrete boat ramp to make your Minnesota fishing resort vacation at River Point more convenient, if you choose to bring your personal boat. However, most family fishing vacations and group fishing trips include the rental of watercraft equipment from River Point.

Waterfront rentals include pro-fishing and touring boats, pontoon boats, 16' boats, and 9.9, 15, and 25 hp motors, and trolling motors (refer to Amenities page for rates).

Fishing trips in Minnesota season begins in mid-May and extends through September. Spring wilderness fishing brings colder waters encouraging the larger fish to feed vigorously in the more shallow accessible fishing patterns. Fish for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. This is the best time for the serious fisherperson. So, think about securing your reservation at River Point Resort for your northern Minnesota fishing resorts vacation.

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Suggestions on Fishing Equipment...

Light to medium action rods equipped with 6-12 lb. test line are important to have for a successful Minnesota fishing trip. If you plan on going afterthe huge northern pike in Birch Lake, think about having a medium rod awith 10-15 lb. test line equipped with steel leaders. Lead head jigs, floating jigs, and hook and sinker type rigs work very well when using live bait, which is most productive in the wilderness waters of northern Minnesota. Artificial lures such as crank baits, spoons, spinners are also effective.

For your convenienve River Point's Bait and Tackle Shop carries both live bait and artificial lures. Rods and reels are available for sale if you choose not to bring your own. And, the very knowledgeable, courteous staff will offer firendly advice along with complimentary fish cleaning, maps, and more.

Why Choose Fishing in Ely?


Ely Ranks 12th on Field & Stream Magazines recent List Of "The Best Fishing Towns In America"

Why Choose Fishing On Birch Lake?  The Question Is:  Why Not?


Girls FishingTaylor's Catch





 Check our River Point's SPRING and SUMMER FISHING PACKAGES:

SPRING FISHING PACKAGE Available May 12 thru June 9, 2017

SUMMER FISHING PACKAGE  Available June 10 thru July 7, 2017

 Complimentary personal Minnesota fishing seminars...
...with in-house knowledgeable, congenial guides provide excellent advice on technique, bait, and presentation. Lots of one-on-one sound MN fishing trip advice is offered by River Point's knowledgeable staff. Just ask!




Birch Lake and South Kawishiwi River Guided Day Motorized Fishing Trips

Exceptional guided fishing trips with enthusiastic and friendly guides are offered on Birch and the South Kawishiwi River both on a full day and half-day basis when you reserve a northern Minnesota fishing resort vacation at River Point.

Half day guided trips (4 hours) are most popular since this type of excursion provides time to tour the lake and become acclimated to the specific inlets, bay, coves, and other areas to be fished during the rest of your stay, as well as to learn fishing techniques from the guide. 

Full day guided trips (8 hours) may be reserved without a shore lunch, meaning you either provide your own lunch and eat in the boat while fishing, or take a break along the scenic, undeveloped wilderness shoreline to enjoy your lunch. If you prefer, the guide will also bring you back to your resort accommodation where you may elect to have your lunch. Following lunch you continue fishing for the remainder of the day.  

24" Walleye... Catch and Release

24" Walleye... "Catch & Release"

A shore lunch of fresh-caught fish cooked to perfection over an open fire is also a wonderful treat for your Minnesota fishing vacations when combined with the full day fishing trip. This option is available for an additional fee when reserving full (8 hour) day trip.

Look no further than Birch Lake, the South Kawishiwi River, and River Point Resort for your next Minnesota fishing resort vacation----no motor restrictions, no day permits needed, and low fishing pressure! Reservations for your guided MN fishing trip may be made when your are at River Point, or when making your accommodation reservation. However, advance reservations are encouraged, as these day trips are sold out quickly!

Guided Day Motorized Fishing Trip Rates (1-2 persons):

  • 1/2 Day (4 hours): $265  Additional Person: $40; Child, age 10 & under: $25
  • Full Day (8 hours):  $350  Additional Person: $55: Child, age 10 & under: $40
  • Full Day Trip with Shore Lunch:  $35 for 1-2 persons; $15 each additional person
  • Deposit:  $100 per trip
  • Trip includes guide expertise, boat, motor, life jackets, bait and gas. Tax, fishing license, fishing rods/reels, tackle, 6% resort fee and guide gratuity are extra.

Note:  River Point has a Bait & Tackle Shop onsite for purchase of tackle and small tackle boxes. Rods and reels are available for purchase, or bring your own.

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Boundary Waters Guided Day Fishing Canoe Trip

Happy Bass Fisherman

Are you up for an adventure? Take a BWCA day canoe trip with a guide, just for fishing. One of our experienced in-house guides will take you into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a fabulous full day of Minnesota fishing. Want to expand yourself and try fishing from a canoe...then give up the boat and motor for a day, and get out there! You will love the new experience.


Canoe(s), life jackets, bait, transport to and from entry point, fresh shore lunch cooked over a campfire, and expert guide.

Minnesota walleye, northern pike, crappies, smallmouth... catch and release, or catch them and the guide will "cook em' up." Yummy...

  • 1-2 persons: $350/a day

  • Additional person: $55

  • Deposit:  $100
  • Fishing license, small van gas surcharge, tax, 6% resort fee, and guide gratuity extra.

  • Rates subject to change without notice.  

  • Advance reservation encouraged.

Note:  River Point has a Bait and Tackle Shop onsite for purchases of tackle and small tackle boxes. Rods and reesl may be purchased, or bring your own.

Fishing Is Just As Good As You Are A Fisherperson!

What is O.C.F.? 


Minnesota Fishing Resort~ Ely Minnesota Fishing Resort

Obsessive Compulsive Fishing (O.C.F.) is a common condition that affects millions of anglers each year. Fortunately, there's a safe haven that welcomes those with the complexities of O.C.F. It's called Ely, Minnesota. . . and River Point Resort-one of the Ely, Minnesota resorts for northern Minnesota fishing vacations- is the place to resort to. We will support you in dealing with your obsessio... whether it is a tiny obsession or a very large one!

"There are times when I talk to the fish after catching them. 'It's all right buddy,' I'll say, as I'm taking out the hook. But then there's times when I'm out fishing alone for hours, and the fish start talking back to me. That's kind of creepy"

-Jeff, O.C.F.-er since 1978

Enjoy great lodging choices, fantastic boating and canoe trips...prize walleye, smallmouth bass and northern fishing...first class family recreation...unparalleled wilderness setting

River Point Resort & Outfitting Co.  Ely, Minnesota

...your northern Minnesota fishing resort

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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

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Open May 12 - October 1, 2017

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