Bear Island Lake


Bear Island Land has a sand beach and 4 back country campsites. There are resorts on portions of the shoreline on the lake.

Nearby lakes include: Johnson Lake, One Pine Lake and Whisper Lake.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information


Bear Island Lake is located 10 miles southwest of Ely on Highway 21. Turn West on Escape Road.

General Notes:

There is a carry down access on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp on the southwest side.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

There are 4 back country campsites on this lake.

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines and pack out garbage. 

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served. 


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Water Activities

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