Minneapolis/Saint Paul to Ely 

  1. I-35 North for 110 miles (just past Black Bear Casino)
  2. Exit onto MN-33 to the North for 20 miles
  3. MN-33 becomes US-53
  4. Stay on US-53 until you pass through Virginia, MN
  5. Four miles after Virginia, take MN-169 North towards Ely
  6. Stop in Ely and make a call into camp (218-365-2221)

From Ely to Kowakan

  1. Go East out of Ely on Sheridan Street (169)
  2. Hwy 169 becomes Fernberg Road
  3. At mile mark 15 you will pass the Northwinds Lodge/Red Rock Store on left. Prepare to make right turn in ½ mile.
  4. Turn right onto Old County 18. A sign at the intersection reads Kowakan
  5. Follow Old County 18 as it turns left. You will go by a small lake in about a ¼ mile on your right side.
  6. Follow the directional signs for another ¼ mile to our pavilion and welcoming area.

Minneapolis/Saint Paul to Duluth to Ely
Northern Minnesota is a beautiful place! 

  1. I-35 North to Duluth for 154 miles
  2. When I-35 ends, there is a stoplight. Turn right at the light onto MN-61 “North Shore Drive”
  3. Stay on MN-61 for 57 miles
  4. Turn left onto MN-1 and drive 60 miles into Ely
  5. Stop in Ely and make a call into camp (218-365-2221)
  6. Follow above directions from Ely to KoWaKan


  • Tobies Restaurant and Bakery: In Hinckley Minnesota (seventy miles north of the Twin Cities). It has been the traveler’s tradition and rite of passage to the North Land since 1948. Stop in for a “world famous” caramel roll!
  • Duluth:
    • Great Lakes Aquarium
    • Glensheen Historic Estate
    • Aerial Lift Bridge
    • Canal Park 
    • The original Grandma’s Restaurant 
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park (past Two Harbors on the MN-61): Simply beautiful!(
  • Palisade Park: Two miles past Silver Bay there is a right turn (that is hard to see – lookfor a little sign) called Palisade Head. Drive up the road and you will find yourself on top of a 300-foot cliff that drops straight down into Lake Superior. It is a wonderful view of the lake and of Shovel Point. It is a quick stop, and well worth it!
  • Finland, Minnesota (MN-1), if you are low on gas – get it here. There are no other gas stations until Ely (60 miles away).