Welcome to Brother Bear Lodge located on White Iron Lake outside Ely, MN. Our home features 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, air conditioning, 2 fireplaces, a sauna and wireless internet service. Brother Bear can comfortably accommodate two families and we have sleeping spaces for 12. Bedroom set up is as follows: master (1 queen); bedroom 2 with bunk bed (full and twin) and additional twin; bedroom 3 with bunk bed (full and twin) with additional twin; and bedroom 4 full and twin beds.
Our cabin is the original outfitting building used by White Iron Beach Resort. The resort was founded in 1917 making it one of the earliest resorts in the wilderness area. As a guest at our cabin you have full use of the resort and all of the amenities it has to offer (more on that later!).
While the resort is almost 100 years old our cabin is virtually brand new. The original outfitters building has been transformed into a year round lake home. It is fully furnished with all new everything! We have a gas fireplace, air conditioning, wireless service, a very large deck, great room with large dining table and an additional family room with HD TV, satellite service and an additional fireplace. We have also recently added a three season porch for bug free relaxation overlooking the lake. We have a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave. The wood paneling that surrounds you was harvested from the blow down of the great storm of 2001. All on a single level for those who don't like steps (you will need to climb some steps to get into the cabin).
While staying at Brother Bear Lodge you'll have the peacefulness and beauty of the woods and lake while having access to the amenities of White Iron Beach Resort. There is a sandy and shallow beach, sauna, canoes and kayaks for use, boats for rent, and a family resort lodge packed with games, books and good company to enjoy. The resort has a busy volleyball court, playground, and all you'll need to feel at home yet on vacation. The main office is located on the main road into the lake during ice fishing season with snowmobile trails close by. The resort also offers guide services for those who take their fishing seriously.
Speaking of fishing...White Iron Lake is spectacular! We sit in a bay with a quaint island offshore, while the lake itself is 7 miles long and part of a chain of five lakes. We have access to the Boundary Waters right from our shore. White Iron Lake is known for its large Northern Pike and Walleye as well as Bass and Crappies.
For the more adventuresome we offer easy access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), one of the wildest places in the USA. Overnight access to the BWCA is closely monitored by the US Park Service and we strongly recommend you make plans ahead of time if you plan to camp in the BWCA.
Our neighbors include deer, wolves (largest population in the lower 48), black bears, fox, bald eagles, and the occasional moose.
While we are located in the Great Northwoods we are only a short drive to town. Ely has been called the 'coolest small town in America'. It features many quaint shops and restaurants. If you run out of supplies there are 2 full service grocery stores in town as well as several places for sporting equipment, bait and the like. The area offers many places to boat, hike and fish as well as interesting attractions like the Soudan Mine. The North American Bear Center and International Wolf Center are both located right outside opposite ends of town. These provide a chance to learn about and see up close our most famous residents (hopefully you will see them while at the cabin, but not as close). Several world class golf courses and a casino are located within a reasonable drive, Giant's Ridge and Fortune Bay among them.
We know you will find this to be an easy going, restful and fun place to gather for your next vacation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!