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It's About Doing....It's Also About Not Doing...


It's your vacation at River Point...Your place to discover, escape, create, share, and enjoy doing something, or simply relax and rejunvenate, get in touch with the natural world around you, nothing at all.

Northern Minnesota resort vacations for fishing, canoeing, boating, kayaking, swimming, birding, playing, hiking, mountain biking, shopping, reading, relaxing, and doing nothing...


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

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area ~ a million acre wilderness set aside for canoeing


Let River Point Outfitting Co., one of the premier Boundary Waters Outfitters, help you plan a self-guided day canoe trip to enhance your resort stay. Germany's Lufthansa Magazine says, "[River Point's] location on Birch Lake is a good place to set out on day trips." We have everything you'll need for a guaranteed outdoor canoing adventure, from canoes, paddles, and life jacets to tasty food and BWCA entry point transport. Plus we'll make sure you have the confidence to do it!

Boundary Waters Guided Day Canoe Trip Options


Guided Day Canoe Trip #1:

Nice day for a canoe ride

Guided Day Fishing Canoe Trips

Take a deep breath; this day is a day to be savored. One of our experienced in-house guides will take you into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a fabulous full day of fishing. If you are not sure of your canoeing skills, join our instructional canoeing group class, or we will arrange a "one on one" canoeing class just for you prior to the trip.



Fishing from the shore

Fighting the Traffic on Interstate 35W

Walleye, northern pike, crappies, smallmouth... catch and release, or catch them and the guide will "cook em' up." Whether you are a beginner fisherperson or a seasoned veteran you will savor this day. If you love canoeing and fishing, this is the trip for you!

Includes: canoe, life jackets, bait, transport to entry point, fresh shore lunch cooked over a campfire, and expert fishing guide.


Guided Day Canoe Trip #2:

Hegman Lake Pictographs Day Canoe Trips


Viewing Rock Formation from a canoe

The intrique and mystery of Native American rock paintings, known as pictographs, still cast a spell of wonder on today's traveler in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness. Hegman Lake is probably one of the finest examples of original Native American Pictographs to be found. The pictograph site at Hegman shows a clearly drawn moose flanked by a dog or wolf, a maymayguayshi figure (man-like) and several canoes. Unlike most other drawings these were probably done by someone sitting on a rock ledge, perhaps accounting for their sophisticated craftsmanship.

Take time to appreciate this display of a culture we know so little about that were painted within the last 500 to 1000 years. Plan to join your River Point experienced guide on a wonderful day trip to Hegman. Your northern Minnesota vacation can be enhanced by a day adventure like this one.

Includes: canoe, life jackets, transport to entry point, bait, if you will fish, typical BWCA style lunch, and expertise of a River Point guide

Rates for Guided Day Fishing or Hegman Lake Pictograph Day Canoe Trips:

  • 1-2 persons: $350/a day
  • Additional person: $55
  • Deposit: $100
  • Small van gas susrcharge, MN fishing license, rods/reels, tackle, tax, 6% service fee, and guide gratuity are extra.
  • BWCA rules must be followed: maximum group size with guide is 9 persons and 4 canoes. No cans or glass bottles allowed.
  • Rates subject to change without notice.  

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

Your day BWCA canoe trip need not be fishing or pictograph focused. The focus may be to paddle, take pictures, and simply for the enjoyment of the incredible scenery. Ask about planning a custom trip just for you.

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 Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips---several days


CBS Early Show and Outside Traveler Magazine Showcase "(CBS) If you're tired of theme parks every summer vacation, maybe it's time for a travel adventure. Mike Roberts, senior editor from Outside Traveler Magazine visited the Early Show to talk about the wild vacation ideas [with River Point Outfitting Co.] that are sure to excite everybody in your family."

River Point Outfitting Co., one of Ely's finest canoe trip outfitters, offers a perfect canoeing travel adventure, as featured on the CBS Early Show, for adult groups, and for families with children. Experience the Wolf Howling canoe trip, that Outside Traveler Magazine wrote about in the article, entitled, "Animal Magnetism", and, discussed on the CBS Early Show.

Men around a campfireOr, consider the 3-Day or 5-Day Voyageur Paddle, which traces a historical voyageur paddle route through the BWCA. Each of these Boundary Waters canoe trips is complete with all equipment, canoes, food, and congenial guide.

Kick off your Boundary Waters canoeing adventure with a few nights lodging at River Point Resort--perhaps selecting a villa with double whirlpool, or a new chalet accommodation. Think about lodging after the canoe trip, too--time to relax at the resort site, time to drive the short distance to enjoy the quaint downtown of Ely, maybe treating yourself to one of the many dining options. 

River Point Resort Layout Map


"Taste of the North Woods" Canoe Trip Package

Heading out on the lake

Boundary Waters Overnight Canoeing Trips (2-Days, 1-Night)
When renting a vacation home, villa, or chalet for a minimum of three or more nights, you have the option of further experiencing the wilderness at River Point's doorstep when going on an overnight canoe camping adventure. This is especially fun for families who want just a "taste" of wilderness camping and canoeing--and want to camp out for just one night. 


Two plans offered by River Point Outfitting Co are available.

  • Option #1: Overnight in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
    (US camping permit required)

  • Option #2: Overnight on the wilderness shoreline of the South Kawishiwi River and Birch Lake, which are adjacent to the BWCA, but require no US camping permit.

  •  Either Option can be guided or self-guided.  Learn More
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Wild Berries

Sweet and tangy freshly picked wild blueberries and raspberries. Best picking time:
mid-July through mid-August



The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, with island-studded lakes and pine-covered forests, is best suited to canoeing. You may sample this vast area even more extensively by camping for several nights within it, and also enjoy the comfort of lodging at River Point Resort for a few nights.

Complete BWCA outfitting includes the canoe and all other lightweight camping equipment, quality food, and routing. 

Check out River Point Outfitting Co. and discover how you can "Paddle the Quiet Side"®.  We offer canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The total focus of your vacation may be the canoe trip or you may combine it with a resort stay. 

Lake Superior Magazine

Lake Superior Travel Guide

"...the resort will also custom design a perfect BWCAW trip."


BWCA Resort

The choice is yours....

Note: Early reservations are encouraged for the best BWCA permit availability for the canoe trip portion. US permit fee of $6 for a group of up to 9 persons and the US User Fees of $16 per adult and $8 per youth, age 17 & under, are additional. These fees are payable to the US Forest Service. River Point charges an $8 permit handling fee.


Exhilerating beauty...Exciting scenery...

Enchanting experience

Good Housekeeping Magazine says: "Pack Your Bags, Best Vacation Bargains for Family Fun... Canoeing"


Other Things To Do


Take part in an Instructional Canoeing and Kayaking session, usually offered on each Monday.

Bonfire Time

Having a bonfire is a Minnesota tradition. Why not enjoy one with family and new-found friends right at River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. in one of the three brand new outdoor fire pits right at the water's edge. Watch as daylight turns to dusk with good conversation, marshmallows to roast, songs to sing, and friendly camaraderie. Complimentary firewood...all you want!

Wolf Howling

Go on your own Wolf Howling excursion on River Point's private peninsula. Wolves howl for many reasons within their tightly knit pack. They have special relationships with the members of their pack. Howls can be for a variety of reason caused by the social relationships within the pack. You can "howl" for wolves right on River Point's property on Birch Lake. Quietly, listen if they howl back at you. When they do, it is a true moment of silence in the woods, as you take in the experience of "just what happened."

Usually, evening is the best time to howl. Simply walk down River Point Road a short distance, and try giving out a big "howl" and see if the wolves "howl" back at you. You most definitely will feel a bit foolish at first, but after a few tries, you will get the knack of it and the reward could be in the wait to hear if you are offered a response. Patience is key!

Sea Kayaks

Try out the Sea Kayaks. These are upgraded kayaks that are different from the complimentary "sit-on-top kayaks. Sleek and fast, and fully skirted. A sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are basically seaworthy small boats with a covered deck and the ability to incorporate a spray deck. They trade off the maneuverability of whitewater kayaks for higher cruising speed, cargo capacity, ease of straight-line paddling, and comfort for long or short excursions, such as on Birch Lake. Pefect.

If you are a seasoned kayaker, then you will fully understand the nuances of these swift kayaks. If you need help, the helpful, capable River Point staff will show you how, and it's complimentary. Sea Kayaks rent for $30/day, or $8/hour. Look for rental specials when you are here.

Do some Shore Fishing. Two great places to choose...either the Birch Lake Dan, which is directly adjacent to River Point's west shoreline. Or, try your luck at the South Kawishiwi Bridge area...2 miles away. Some great fishing opportunities at both places, and so close to River Point!

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More Other "Doing"...and "Not Doing" Things...

Kid playing on Rings

Playing and Swimming

Children's Playground & Beaches
Rainbow Monster Climbing Playground System. Kids love the creativity, the activity, and meeting new friends. Two safe, natural sand beaches to take a dip in. Soak up the sun while spending time building sand castles with the kids or with the "kid in you!" 

Comfortable chairs and chaise loungers are provided for your complete relaxation at both beaches and on the sundecks and "relaxing areas" along the "Naturally Superior" shoreline of the resort property.


Water Biking and Kayaking


Complimentary Water Bikes let you ride the waves in comfort and style--great for families. World-class boats designed to provide fun for the whole family, as you explore River Point's "Naturally Superior"™ shoreline.

And, our catamaran Kayaks (sit-on-top) are attractive, rugged, open-bow boats providing safe fun in a wet environment.

The magnificent views of the lake blending into the horizon, the sound of the wind in the trees, the changing color palette of the water...those are magical elements that you can capture as you quietly kayak on the South Kawishwi River. Maybe watch mommy loon sit upon her nest on the shoreline as you pass by...she comes to the same area every year. Maybe see a busy beaver building his home, or catch a glimpse of an otter darting along the rocky shoreline. So much to see as you move gently throught the waters. Kayaking....great for the quiet observer, and great for upper body exercise.

Jumping Off the Rave 


River Point’s Northwoods Aqua Jump Swim Raft provides summer fun by leaps and bounds. This fun new water raft made from thick PVC has high quality springs that surround the entire jumping surface that will provide your family with hours of creative play and new recreational challenges.

Jumping Off the Rave

The 25 foot Aqua Jump is amazing stable and can hold adults and several children on it all at the same time. There is also a slide attachment that is a superb toy for the younger set, and even fun for older kids.

This raft is extremely comfortable for sunning and relaxing, too, and is no doubt the coolest place on the water to "chill" out. Play hard or hang out. Something to Rave about! 


New at River Point….Stand-Up Paddleboarding


Stand-up paddleboards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. And, what a great playground offered at River Point’s bay area on the South Kawishiwi River and Birch Lake, with many days of placid waters to paddleboard on. Expect a full-body workout and because of just that, paddle boarding has become a most popular activity for people of all ages and abilities. Since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything around you in the amazing North Country’s wilderness, right out to the horizon.

River Point staff is here to help you learn how to use the SUP, if this is your first time out. All that is needed is the board, which has an ankle strap, your paddle, a life jacket, and you. The SUP is like standing on a large floatation device, and a leash tethers the SUP to you, keeping it close by if you fall off. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt or a bathing suit…something that moves with you and can get wet is the way to go. The main thing, it is a great work-out on water, and simply tons of FUN! So, give it a try when you vacation at River Point.

Something Else to Rave About at River Point....A New Sauna


Everyone needs a break from the normal stress, tensions and noise of every day life. A perfect retreat to escape to anytime when on vacation at River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. is to the warm enveloping heat of a Sauna. Combine that warm heat by gently sprinkling water on the rocks of the sauna's electric stove and that provides the ultimate way to reduce stress and ease aching muscles.

Minnesota resorts equals sauna time.Of all the countries that come to mind when a sauna bath is mentioned, Finland, is the most familiar. Finnish history, and taking a sauna are so intertwined, one automatically assoicates every sauna as being a Finnish sauna. The sauna was not considered a luxury to the Finnish people, as after toiling in the fields all day, it was a necessity to take in a sauna in the early evening. The glowing heat of the savusauna would relax the muscles and soothe the soul of the weary worker. History tells us that Finnish people left rejuvenated, hungry for a large meal and maybe a dance at a neighboring farm.

Authentic Finnish Style Sauna at River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. ElyIn villages, it was common for farmers to take turns preparing thesaunas. When it was ready, the farmer with cowl staff in hand, wouldknockon his neighbors' doors and shout, ``Come, the bath is ready!" Besides its social value, the sauna was the only place warm, germ-free and with plenty of water. The old Finnish proverb, "Saun on koha apteet" says "The sauna is the poor man's apothecary."

And, so the history and tradition carries on in the Finnish culture and has spread into many other cultures, as a sauna bath truly is most relaxing and beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit.

River Point's Sauna will have a dressing room, separate bathroom, and the cedar paneled sauna room with a ceramic tile shower. Overall the sauna will be a dry sauna with just a small amount of steam, if water is poured over the hot rocks. Temperature in a sauna typically ranges from 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit with a low level of humidity, ranging from 5-30% or so. The sweating opens pores and can temporarily cleanse the outer skin, but sweating in a sauna does not necessarily remove toxins from within the body as some people believe. A sauna will make you sweat and relax, lower your pulse and blood pressure by causing blood vessels to dilate, and remove salt from your system.

Ely Minnesota Resort with new sauna…River Point Resort.

It is most important to stay hydrated when in the sauna and drink plenty of water before and after using a sauna. Limiting the bathing time to 15-20 minutes the first few times helps to get use to the experience.

The Sauna at River Point will also feature a Garden Shower with a sweet path to access it, which is adjacent to the actual sauna building. So, two places to shower! In addition, a lovely path has been created from the Sauna to the east shoreline of River Point' peninsula where a new dock awaits those who want to do the extra step to finalize their the Finns always do....a jump in the lake is the crowning touch to a good Sauna bath!

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North Woods VacationsMountain Biking


The great wilderness area of the Superior National Forest surrounding River Point is perfect for exploring the back trails by mountain bike.The 1.3 mile gravel drive leading into River Point is great for biking, too. The drive leads to highway #1...from there, just a very short distance connects the avid mountain biker to a round-trip 8 miles into the deeper forest with bumps, ruts, brambles and branches, along the way, as well as total peace and solitude.

Plan to use your muscles and work up a sweat--good exercise for those who want it. Pack a lunch, grab your swimsuit for a dip in one of the lakes along the way, before the bike trip back to River Point. And, don't forget your camera for a great day biking the North Woods. Bring your own bike, or rent one from the local bike shop in Ely, and enjoy.


New Floating Swim Raft at River Point.New Floating Swim Raft at River Point


Long a standard at swim beaches, this hard surface swim raft with pontoon type floats and sturdy climb up ladder is an amazing fun water platform for adults and children.

This new raft is located at River Point's south beach adjacent to the Log Cabin and offers a fantastic destination for avid swimmers who may want to swim all the way from the north beach. It is also just perfect for casual swimmers who want a place to rest and sun themselves before hitting the water again. There is no better place on the water to try a good old fashioned "cannon ball." Kids love the easy climb up ladder and the firm, robust deck beneath their feet. Give this one a try, you will love it!


Floating Lounging ChairsFloating Lounging Chairs


These incredibly comfortable water lounge chairs are perfect for anyone who loves being in the water with the opportunity to enjoy carefree floating. Pre-formed high density materials provide a pleasing shape to rest your body in and give you the confidence that you surely will not fall off, unless you want to!

River Point's floating lounge chairs are fun and carefree for families with young children who need supervision in the water, and absolutely perfect for adults who want to float with utter relaxation. Once you are in one, you will not want to give it up…summer fun with a new twist of relaxation!


Hiking TrailsHiking the "Trail of Reflections"


Hike this beautiful trail, located on River Point's peninsula, which takes you to glorious picture perfect vistas overlooking the Kawishiwi River as well as to private spots deep within the forest. The trail is completely signed and has a trail reference guide for those wanting to learn more about the North Woods of Ely Minnesota.

The "tall timbers" section of the trail is particularily interesting, with its white pine trees gracing the rocky cliffs that are hundreds of years old. Amazing beauty.

It is not unusual to spot soaring bald eagles and catch sight of the many deer that abound on this "little bit of heaven."

Picnicking…on Land and on Water

Picnics are absolutely lovely. We highly recommend them here at River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. Impromptu cheese-and-cracker-affairs, roasted hot dogs and chips, or wine, and fruit with cheese; but, it’s not really about the food you bring, it’s the fun of eating in our beautiful wilderness.

Whether you pack “no-fire” food for a picnic on a trek on River Point’s “Trail of Reflections”, or one of the local trails surrounding Ely, or if you boat on Birch Lake, it is all about the “coolness” of being outdoors. The “Trail of Reflections” follows the shoreline of the South Kawishiwi River taking you to fantastic cliffs to gaze upon the water below…perfect spot to rest and have a picnic, too. Or, select a cool, shady place deeper in the wooded part of the trail making for an especially good choice on a hot summer day.

A picnic on the shore of Birch Lake is especially delightful, as there are some 13 different spots conveniently equipped with a fire grate for cooking. Hot dogs on a stick would be great. Or, fresh caught walleye could also be a wonderful way to enjoy a lakeside picnic, with the satisfaction that you caught them, and cooked them…simply cannot get any fresher than that!

Griddles, spatulas, and other small equipment items to make your picnic a success are readily available at River Point…just ask. And, good advice as to where trails are in Ely to picnic at, or information on the campsites are on the lake, along with a map, is yours for the asking.  With local grocery and convenience stores nearby, there is no reason not to experience a wonderful picnic, North Woods style.

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Birding at River Point

Nesting Mother Loon

Don't forget your binoculars! Birding in the Northern Minnesota wilderness provides an excellent vacation.

The Superior National Forest is located in the transition zone between the boreal forest and the northern temperate forest, and has one of the greatest, if not the greatest diversity of breeding birds of any national forest.

An ever-growing number of River Point guests are coming for the wonderful bird-watching. In the summer, the forests of Lake County are literally alive with over 100 species of birds. Of the 800 species of birds living in North America, 422 have been spotted in Minnesota. And, northern Minnesota surely has its share. Birders really need only a good resource book, binoculars, and walking shoes--so birding is not only loads of fun, but a relatively inexpensive outdoor activity to do.

The area around River Point is a stop along the migratory path for many species. Cape May warblers, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, American bittern, Bohemians Waxwings, and northern parula are just a few of the species that people can encounter in this region.

The region's unique geography, from peat bogs, Birch Lake and the South Kawiishiwi River, to boreal forests, helps attract a variety of birds, various species of ducks, as well as loons, and bald eagles. Birdwatching is a natural fit with hiking and biking and other sports at River Point.


Dad Feeding Momma

Ely's Vermillion Community College ornithologist, Bill Tefft has birded across the region for more than 25 years and he offers this top pick of places to go if you're hoping to view (and hear) birds:

The Birch Lake Dam
The Birch Lake Dam is located on the South Kawishiwi River, which is the west border of River Point Resort. The dam is a hop, skip and a jump from River Point by either boat (1 mile) or by foot or vehicle (1.5 miles).

Birch Lake Dam is Tefft's all time favorite location for birding. The area which was first mentioned in one of the oldest guides to birding in Minnesota, has been a hot spot for literally decades. Teft says it is still one of the most dependable birding spots in the area. Lots of morning sun attracts the warblers, flycatches and other birds. Water is right there, so waterfowl can be counted on. You can even walk along the dike that extends on either side of the dam for a better look at the surrounding treetops. Adjacent is a gravel road which is also a birder's fun spot to check out.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Liz and Maurice S., came all the way from Newburyport, MA to stay at River Point and bird in the area. They list birds seen on the resort property and at the dam, plus at the bridge on the South Kawishiwi River (River Point's east border).

The amazing Boreal habitat breeders, Mourning Warblers and Cape May Warblers were spotted in addition to Yellow-shafted flickers, Pileated and Downy woodpeckers, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Red-breasted nuthatch, Easter phoebe, American kestrel, Bluejay, Turkey vulture, American goldfinch, Black-capped chickadee, Ruby-throuated hummingbird, Herring gull, and a ton of Warbler: Nashville, Blackburnian, Northern parula, Ovenbird, Black and white, Canada, Magnolia, American redstart, Black-throated green, and Yellow-rumped.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo by: John Harrison

Bobby S. from Clifton, VA came for both a fishing and a birding focused vacation at River Point in late May/early June. He reported many of the same species, including the Mourning Warblers and the Cape May Warblers, and also observed additional species: European starling, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Broad-winged hawk, Eastern Meadowlark, Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-eyed Vireo, and Tree Swallow. 

So, think birding at River Point for your next northern Minnesota resorts vacation. Much fun to be had!




Anyone can enjoy stargazing, and all that is needed is a superb spot to do it, some warmer evening clothes, and your interest to do so! River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. has a huge peninsula of land with a mile of shoreline, so finding your private spot to marvel at the brilliant night skies is easy. Take a lawn chair, your favorite cup of coffee, or beverage and head out to spend time with Mother Nature for an hour or two. Sunset varies with the month, but by 10:00 pm it is dark and perfect for stargazing. Finding the various constellations is a fun and relatively easy thing to do. Having a book or your phone or IPad to reference can be helpful. There are Apps that make stargazing even more fun, such as Sky Walk, and others.

One of the most wondrous things to observe in the night sky is the incredible Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The Northern Lights, one of several astronomical phenomena called polar lights are shafts or curtains of colored light visible on occasion in the night sky. They are caused by a complicated set of interactions between the solar wind and Earth's magnetic field.

Can I see them anywhere?

Yes you can, although more frequently at higher latitudes, closer to the poles (such as in Canada, Alaska, Antarctica…and northern Minnesota), they have been seen closer to the equator as far south as Mexico. To search for them, look in the direction of the closest pole (the northern horizon in the northern hemisphere).

What causes the colors and patterns?

Colors and patterns are from the types of ions or atoms being energized as they collide with the atmosphere and are affected by lines of magnetic force. The Northern Light display may take different forms, including rippling curtains, pulsating globs, traveling pulses, or steady glows. The various colors that may show are affected by altitude. Blue violet/reds occur below 60 miles (100 km), with bright green strongest between 60-150 miles (100-240 km). Above 150 miles (240 km) ruby reds appear.

With recent developments in satellite and ground observations, it is now possible to forecast "space weather" near Earth resulting from disturbances on the sun, but, just like with weather forecasts, nothing is for sure. Without a guarantee that they will appear as predicted, most often, one must just be out star gazing at the right time to catch the truly remarkable phenomenon of the Northern Lights show.


Shopping at Wolf Den Gifts

Gift Shop

Northern Minnesota Gift Shops


Superb shopping right at River Point. Offering specialty North Woods apparel, including versatile plush sweatshirts, comfy t-shirts, rainwear, hats, and other clothing. Also available are specialty items such as cozy fleece throws, handcrafted collectible figurines, and many other gifts and souvenirs, plus a fine line of small home accents that lets you "Bring Home the Woods."

Wolf Den Gifts gives you the convenience of a relaxed, pleasant shopping experience right at River Point for those special gifts that provide lasting memories of your wilderness holiday.

Gifts and Clothing

Resort shopping opportunities for special North Country treasures at the Wolf Den Gift Shop for the houe sitter, the baby sitter, the up-coming wedding gift, and so much more.


Snacking, Sipping a Soda, and Meeting Others


River Point's, Wildwood Lodge, finished in knotty pine with a beamed and vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, and comfortable furnishings is a great place to meet others. The Lodge houses a snack/beverage bar offering: soda, beer, pizza, ice-cream and homemade goodies, relaxing TV-watching area, video and book libraries, and educational information about the environment and the North Woods.

Hang out and play a game of checkers, meet other guests, and enjoy conversation about nothing in particular. Linger a while and enjoy! 

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

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Leaf Peeping…in Spring and Autumn

Time to get your Peeps on! Northern Minnesota is home to four stunning seasons.

Spring can surprise. Northern Minnesota's spring time gets a bit overlooked for a different type of leaf peeping. Spring brings forth a burst of new buds on the aspen, paper birch, and maple trees. Buds burst open, and fresh new chartreuse-green foliage appears. The amazing transformation of the woods starting with the delicate shades of green, turn to the more intense greens amidst the fresh pine scented conifers quenching ones thirst for spring after the white of winter.

From mid-May through early June, the newness of the forest is alive with vivid greens of the new foliage on the trees, and a multitude of wildflowers that are in bloom. This is a perfect time to enjoy nature at River Point when strolling through the property and hiking on its “Trail of Reflections.” Flowers, such as the Northern Blue flag, Violets, Wild Roses, Rose Twisted-stalk, Pitcher Plants, Columbine, Yellow Lady-slipper, Wintergreen, Wild Strawberry, Naked Miterwort, bloom in late May-June, and are great fun to seek out.  

Put on your hiking boots and take off for an adventurous hike on one of the many trails in the Ely area for other spots to seek out the newness of spring and the many wildflowers that are in bloom. Hiking trail information and wildflower guides are readily available in the Wildwood Lodge at River Point.

Talk about “living color.” Autumn at River Point presents a palette of incredible color. To take it all in, you’ll need all five senses—and then some. The Superior National Forest is filled with trees all trying to out color their neighbors at this time of year. Nestled in the woods, is River Point Resort, an ideal spot to immerse yourself in the blaze of autumn foliage.

On warm days, the water still invites you to take off your shoes and roll up your pants, and step in. On chilly days, you just feel like putting on a cozy sweater and heading out into the woods. When you return to your comfortable accommodation, you can find a warm spot in front of the fireplace to enjoy a book, a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a snuggle.

Generally, the first part of the yearly transistion begins in very late August as the ferns and lower bushers turn to soft hues of yellow. Shortly, thereafter, the leaves begin to fade from their greens as September comes. There can be superb color by the second and third week of September…sometimes even peak time then. Everything depends upon the weather…how much wind, how much rain, both of which will bring down a shower of leaves. But, then you have the bonus of walking through the crunch of fallen leaves.  You will find River Point Road cradled in color, and the 3.2 mile-long hike, round trip, is considered to be at the top of the short list of  “must do” when on vacation.   

Take a leaf peeping drive. Grab your picnic lunch and leisurely make you way up and down scenic highway #1, taking the little dirt roads to the left or to the right, as you discover them….they will amaze you. This area is one of the best kept secrets for color galore. The magnificence of autumn is yours for the taking right at the doorstep of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co.


Relax, Sit, and ReadRelaxing...Rejuvenating, and "Not Doing"'s about getting away, and it's also about your space and your decide the decide if you will "do something" or "do nothing". The biggest decision of the day might be how long to stay inside or when to give in to the lake's calling. When you will cook if you feel like, or just graze your way through the day.

Welcome to River Point Resort....where the pace here is nothing more, and nothing less than what you choose for it to be. Welcome solo travlers, families, couples and multi-generation groups. Relax, refresh, read a book, gaze into space, watch grass grow, take a lovely nap, and think and contemplate about absolutely NOTHING...if that is what you choose.  

Immerse yourself in the relaxing, natural ambience of River Point Resort. These and other magical moments await you!


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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Rated one of the Top 4 Resorts in Minnesota
by Midwest Living Magazine
Open May 12 - October 1, 2017

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