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Northwind Lodge on Jasper Lake - Ely MN

Lodge or Resort
Jasper Creek Falls – Paul Sundberg

Northwind Lodge is a wilderness family vacation resort with housekeeping cabins on a pretty lake called Jasper. We are entering out 70th year of continuous operation under the same family ownership and now third generation operators. Unique to the resort setting is beautiful Jasper Creek as if flows through the lodge property serving as gem of a sound barrier. Northwind Lodge has remained a simple ma & pa resort with comfortable cabins and a laid back atmosphere in wilderness setting. We offer full amenities, easy access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness plus excellent fishing in Jasper and surrounding waters.

Northwind Lodge has a yearly guest return rate of 90% so it can be difficult getting into cabins at some times in the summer. We recommend you consider earlier and later seasons for excellent fishing, cooler weather, and even fewer people to the area.

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing, canoeing, boating, hiking, swimming. Visit neighboring lakes for fishing/sightseeing opportunities, visit our store Red Rock, or take a drive into Ely only 20 minutes away. Watch for wildlife because we have bears, wolves, deer and moose who pass through the lodge grounds. Also, depending on the season, listen to the loons calling on Jasper and many of our guests have watched them feeding their baby (s) over the years.

Driving Directions

We are located 15 miles northeast of Ely on the Fernberg Road. Please use these GPS coordinates to locate us. 47.962241, -91.558230 If you click on these coordinates, you will go to Google Maps to our exact location. Note that we are 12.1 miles beyond Winton, MN on the Fernberg Road (CTY 18). All other forms of GPS will lead you to Brandau Plumbing in Winton. We can assure you that that is not our location. If you overshoot us, you will have passed a large yellow banner giving our present inventory of some 25,000 or so lures in stock. That was us. Please turn around and come back.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

In 1939, grandfather Frank Baltich built a trapping shack on the southern shore of Jasper Lake and from there the resort grew being licensed in 1944 with Joe Baltich, Sr. operating it while Frank was out guiding. Cabins were added over the following years by Frank and his sons. Joe, Sr. and wife Paula operated the resort for many years. Now the operation is run by Joe Baltich, Jr. and wife Annette with the addition of Red Rock Wilderness Store, the retail division of the business.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Northwind Lodge is an eco-friendly resort. We recycle glass, metal and cardboard, we reuse what we can, we don't burn piles of old tires, nor do we dump used motor oil in the water. We don't compost because bears like that. We encourage our cabin guests to shut off lights when not using them and to not heat the outside with the cabin's heat on and the windows wide open. We do not cut down all the brush as the resort for an unfettered view of the lake. Unlike many others who come to the northwoods and build large homes with a big manicured lawn in front so they can see and be seen, we prefer to NOT stick out on the lake. Passing by on the water, one would be hard pressed to know there is a resort here. This is not so much from an "eco" standpoint as it is from our strong hunting/fishing/outdoors background having lived here all of our lives.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed for an additional charge. Must be nice pets and good pet owners. Limited to one dog per party.


Seasons Open

May 9-5 closed on Sundays, June-August 8-7 daily, September 9-5 daily


Per week - $895 to $1200 base rates. Rates can vary and we sometimes offer specials for new guests.


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business


Cabins are are all housekeeping with basic cooking and eating utensils, all linens provided. Cabins vary in size and can accommodate up to 8 people. We also have two rustic remote cabins available for 2 people each. One is on our beautiful island the other just down the shore. Two of our units are apartment-style abodes with private entrances and quiet, comfortable settings.

Sit down and enjoy the view in our hand made Adirondack chairs or go swimming in Jasper's clear, clean water at our beach.

Lodge guests are provided numerous beach toys such as kayaks, paddle boards, water bikes and paddle boats. All are available at a first-come basis and are no additional charge. Aluminum fishing boats are available as are motors for rent. Lightweight kevlar canoes as well as maps, transportation gear is available for rentals as well. Northwind Lodge has been outfitting day and overnight trips to the BWCa for over 30 years. Trip routing information and day-trip planning suggestions are available for no charge to our lodge guests.

Northwind Lodge is on the same property as Red Rock Wilderness Store which offers the absolute largest selection of fishing tackle in a 100 mile radius. Our selection is huge and our prices are fair and competitive. We also stock Canadian jewelry, books on many rustic subjects, camping gear, clothing and paddle sports gear. It's a large store in a wilderness setting and we offer things you've not seen before in many different items.

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