Retreats on White Iron Lake
An Ely Minnesota Resort

A family resort nestled in a calm bay of White Iron Lake. Choose from 11 deluxe, two- to four-bedroom, smoke-free lakeside or lakeview cabins under towering old-growth cedars and pines. The Retreats has everything for a memorable resort vacation in the North Woods.     Only minutes from dining and shopping in downtown Ely.

The Retreats resort is three miles from downtown Ely

The Retreats resort is three miles from downtown Ely


  • A sandy beach with shallow swimming area.

  • Magnificent of charge.

  • Soaring bald eagles, the rat-a-tat-tat of pilated woodpeckers (the real Woody Woodpecker) and the echoing calls from a family of loons.

  • The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is minutes from your dock.

  • Hiking (we're in the Superior National Forest with dozens of marked trails friendly to rugged).

  • Great fishing. White Iron is known for abundant walleye, smallmouth, crappie and pike. Resort guide available.

  • Boating and water sports on seven miles of clear, connected lakes and rivers.

  • Complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boats and canoes.

  • Rent a motor boat or pontoon or bring your own. Free dock space.

  • Warm days and crisp nights. All cabins are heated, some with fireplaces.

  • Campfire pits for hotdogs and s'mores.

  • All cabins are smoke free.

  • Pets are always welcome.

  • History of the Retreats