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White Iron Beach Resort

Lodge or Resort
Kerry Davis

One-of-a-kind family vacations await at White Iron Beach Resort, where our cabins overlook beautiful White Iron Lake near Ely, Minnesota, making ours one of the finest northern Minnesota fishing resorts! Surrounded by the Superior National Forest and offering easy access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and outstanding fishing, White Iron Beach Resort is the ideal setting for an unforgettable Minnesota getaway!

Enjoy our comfortable Minnesota Lake cabins, a shallow swimming area for kids, sandy beaches and so much more at an outstanding northern Minnesota fishing resort! White Iron Beach Resort has everything you could want in a resort vacation, from a scenic lake and classic cabins to great Minnesota fishing and all kinds of family fun! If you’re not on the lake trolling for trophy walleye, planted near a crappie bed, casting for bass or hooking into a lunker of a northern pike, you may want to check out our sauna or game room. Volleyball, basketball and a playground round out on-site activities, but everyone gathers round the campfire for our weekly marshmallow roast!

Recreational Opportunities

White Iron Beach has an excellent beach for swimming and relaxing. Boat and motor rental along with pontoon rentals are always available. Horseshoes, volleyball and more right at the resort. Hiking trail close by

Driving Directions

East of Ely on hiway 169 to Kawishiwi Trail. Go 2 miles to White Iron Beach Road

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

White Iron Beach Resort was founded in 1917, making it one of the region’s earliest wilderness resorts. Even then, the small community of Ely was becoming a tourist destination. With a history rich in Ojibwe Indian culture, fur trading and iron ore mining, not to mention the natural beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, makes Ely a fun and fascinating community. Ninety-seven years later, White Iron Beach Resort is still in business, creating vacation memories for folks around the world. White Iron Lake, which is part of a five-lake chain that extends into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is known for its remarkable scenery, including dense forests, islands and rocky shorelines. We invite you to go back in time and discover the White Iron Lake of yesterday, little changed in nearly a century.

And Now…

White Iron Beach has been owned us, Kerry and Sandy Davis, for the last 20 years. We both are originally from Galesburg Illinois. Our jobs took us to Richton Park Illinois, Agoura Hills California, Frankfort Illinois and then to our home of Ely. Our interest in the resort business was spawned by several vacations to resorts with 8 other families. Kerry got the bug first and then Sandy got on board and loves the business and people we get to meet. Our boys Chad, John and Taylor have helped us all along the way to make WIBR a real family place.

Pet Friendly Notes

We allow pet in most of our cabins


Seasons Open

Mid May through Mid October


$100 to $350 per night


The Minnesota Lake cabins of White Iron Beach Resort are completely modern, with fully equipped housekeeping kitchens, bathrooms and gas furnace heat. Guests need only bring their bath and dish towels, and be ready to relax! Our cabins range from modern to rustic, with light housekeeping available, and room from 2 to 14 people. As your hosts, you’ll find us friendly and ready to help create your perfect Minnesota resort vacation! While you’re here, round up the family for volleyball, basketball or game night. Kids of all ages love our playground and beach, complete with lots of sand for building sand castles!

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