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Pine Point Lodge

Lodge or Resort
Pine Point's lake-front cabins – Pine Point Lodge

An Ely resort in the heart of lakes and woods!

Laying within the Superior National Forest, the six cabins of Pine Point Lodge is located six miles east of Ely, Minnesota, and only 14 miles from the Canadian border. It is a special place, blessed with beautiful vistas and a prevailing fresh, on-shore breeze.

Our close proximity to Ely affords our guests quick access to stores, grocery shopping, churches, and several restaurants.

Recreational Opportunities

Here on the fringe of the world famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), our guests enjoy varied opportunities for quality water recreation. Being on the northeastern shore of White Iron Lake, and adjacent to the Silver Rapids Bridge, our location puts us in the middle of our beautiful, 19-mile long, chain of lakes. There are no outboard motor restrictions on the three main lakes of the chain: White Iron, Farm, and Garden. Neither is there a need to incur the governmental charges to secure daily use permits from US Forest Service as on some area lakes.

Day-long canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Wilderness can be easily arranged through North Country Canoe Outfitters:

Driving Directions

To get to Ely via Superior, Wisconsin / Duluth, Minnesota:

As you cross the big harbor bridge, look for the ocean freighters loading with wheat, iron ore, paper, and lumber. Take US Highway 53 north to the city of Virginia, Minnesota.

To get to Ely via Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Take Interstate 35 north to the exit for Cloquet, Minnesota (about 15 miles short of Duluth). This will be Highway 33. Once on 33, continue to the end of this highway which is the ramp entrance onto Highway 53 North. Take US Highway 53 north to the city of Virginia, Minnesota.

To get to Ely from Virginia, Minnesota:

A few miles north of Virginia will be the turn off (right) for Highway 169 North; "Ely" is noted on the highway sign. You are now 49 miles from Ely.

You will be entering Ely on the west side. Highway 169 is called Sheridan Street in Ely. Continue heading east on 169/Sheridan through Ely and out the east side.

To get to Pine Point Lodge from Ely:

Take Sheridan Street (169) all the way through town. Three miles east of Ely, you will see signs for the Kawishiwi Trail, Co Hwy 58, and Co Hwy 16. You will need to turn right (only way possible) on to this road. Travel 2.9 miles to the Silver Rapids Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right into our driveway; we adjoin the bridge ... just follow the guard rail Keep an eye out for "Sundance", our very friendly Golden Retriever.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Established by Gus Seliskar in the 1930's, Pine Point Lodge has served the Ely, Minnesota resort vacationer through nine decades. Demonstrating the skills of a true northwoods craftsman, Gus built his cabins on a select point of land covered by towering Norway and white pines. He then landscaped his new resort shoreline bluffs with rock walls of hand split native black slate.

The resort stayed in the Seliskar family as his son and daughter-in-law, Augie & Berna, took over and continued to maintain the high standards of lodging accommodations and friendly service his father had pioneered in the Ely area. Through the late 70's and early 80's the Bergland family added their touch as Charles guided many walleye fishermen and Bonnie looked after the housekeeping.

In 1984 the current owners, John & Kathy Schiefelbein, moved to Ely, Minnesota, purchased the resort, and started a phased major upgrade of the entire facility. Completed for the 2001 season, a modernized Pine Point Lodge now welcomes visitors with fresh cabin interiors featuring new kitchens and bathrooms, beautiful exteriors with decks and bar-b-ques, and new boats for enjoying our spectacular chain of lakes.

Tiring of corporate life with the marketing arm of IBM and relying on his proven outdoor experience and one-on-one people skills, John was ready to make an entrepreneurial leap.

John has been elected several times to the position of President of the Ely Chamber of Commerce, as well as Vice President of the Ely Outfitter Association. He has served in several advisory positions to the United States Forest Service concerning wilderness use and ethics, and has been honored by them for his professionally superior efforts. Information about Pine Point Lodge and its owners have appeared on multiple TV programs as well as in books, newspapers, and magazines.

Eco-Friendly Notes

All of our cabins are "non-smoking". Our private well supplies the entire resort (no lake water systems). We require trash to be separated for re-cycling.

Pet Friendly Notes

Non-barking dogs are welcome with prior arrangement (up to two maximum per cabin).


Seasons Open

Pine Point Lodge operates from mid-May through Mid-September


Locally or Family-Owned Business


Pine Point Lodge Resort consists of six housekeeping cabinson the northeastern shore of White Iron Lake. Each cabin includes shower-equipped bathrooms, gas heat and hot water. A gas range, full-sized refrigerator, coffee maker and a complete array of cooking and eating utensils are provided, along with a microwave oven in each modern kitchen. Each cabin has its own Weber Kettle bar-b-que grill adjacent to its lakefront deck. Bed linens and blankets are included for your convenience. (Guests furnish their own kitchen and bath towels.)

A Lund SSV aluminum boat and its dockspace comes with each cabin rental. (Guests may bring their own outboard motor or rent on of the resort's 15HP Johnsons.)

There is a parking space for one car by each cabin and additional parking is available elsewhere on the resort.

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