Kawishiwi Ranger District

Area Status: Open
Kawishiwi building

Welcome to the Kawishiwi Ranger District! This office is located in the town of Ely. The building is a LEED (Leadership Environmental Energy Design) facility.What this means is the design of the building used practices such as: using local materials, using recycled materials or materials that can be recycled, use of energy efficient automatic lights that turn off when no one is in the room, low water flow in the toilets,  landscapeing around the building that filters the rainwater before entering into the streets or surrounding areas, use of low emisson carpet and paint.

This office also hosts a wonderful interpretive center. You'll enjoy first hand some the experiences that you'll find in our exciting Forest.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Office hours and information 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


Visitor center is accessible.


From the south, continue on Highway 169 and drive through the town of Ely. About 1/2 mile out of town look for the sign on the left hand side.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Kawishiwi Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Kawishiwi Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

Visitor Centers

While the Kawishiwi Ranger District office is not a Visitor Center, there are some interpretive displays and staff is on hand to supply information, issue BWCAW permits, and otherwise answer visitor questions.


Areas for Picnicking at Kawishiwi Ranger District

Group Picnicking

Areas for Group Picnicking at Kawishiwi Ranger District

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Kawishiwi Ranger District


Areas for Snowmobiling at Kawishiwi Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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