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“A Blessing In Disguise”

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Moose Track Adventures
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
South Metro, Twin Cities, MN
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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“A Blessing In Disguise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2007

When the Ham Lake BWCAW fire caused the closure of all western entry points to the Boundary Waters, we were forced to cancel our canoe trip just three days before it was scheduled to begin. My buddy and I scrambled to find the perfect place to spend a long weekend chasing walleyes and breathing the crisp Northern air. Luckily, we were referred to Moose Track Adventures, and didn't have one regret from the moment we arrived.

Jim and Joan, the owners, were gracious enough to accomodate an extremely late arrival for us, and Joan even pointed out the "hot spot" to catch walleyes right off the end of the dock. The next morning Jim, one of the most knowledgable fisherman and all-around interesting guys one could ever meet, familiarized us with a map of the lakes and marked up countless hot spots and told us what baits and techniques to use in each location. He also gave us a thorough overview of the boat and motor, and marked out the potentially dangerous deadheads and jutting rocks, common to these northern lakes, on the map. Even though it was only forty degrees and windy, we had the best day of fishing ever -- we boated over 50 walleyes, and several jumbo perch, crappies, sunfish, and a nice smallmouth bass. It was unbelievable!

The cabin was wonderful, clean, and cozy. I overslept every single morning, even though we had planned to rise early and get out on the lake. Even after a great day in the boat, the highlight of each day was the evening dock fishing. Everyone would gather down on the docks, and drop a bobber in search of walleyes for dinner -- even Gavin, the couple's young son.

Moose Track Adventures was only a five or six minute drive from town, and what a town it is! There are outfitters on every block, and tons of great places to eat. It was my first trip to Ely, even though I've lived in MN for all of my adult life, and I never knew just how much I was missing out on; an outdoorsman's heaven.

Our unexpected change of plans turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I can't wait to plan my next trip up to Ely, and more incredible fishing on Farm Lake at Moose Track Adventures!

  • Liked — The owners -- just extremely friendly and interesting people.
  • Disliked — The cabins didn't have TVs; I didn't want one, but it's the only downfall I could think of.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2006

This place is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to a world class experience with world class service. This place is good for your soul. Excape from stress and re-connect with nature in simplistic luxury. Jim and Joan have created an excape for everyone. They are setting the trend for what vacation is all about. They make everything so easy and are eager to make this a Northwoods experience of a lifetime.

  • Stayed September 2005
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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2005

Our family just came back from a five day stay at Moose Track Adventures Resort and Outfitter – a homey little place down the road from Ely perched on the welcoming shores of Farm Lake. It is, as their advertising says, a little piece of paradise...

Before we even arrived, we were treated with kindness and honesty by owners Joan and Jim. They were extremely helpful, as we explained that we had been dealing with a neighboring resort (Silver Rapids) and were feeling very uneasy and frustrated with our experience. It is our good fortune that we canceled at that resort, because Moose Tracks was a wonderful place to stay. We are grateful that we found them and they could fit us in!

We stayed in both the campground and a cabin, and both were delightful. The cabins are cozy, clean and equipped. The campground is private and wooded with roomy camp sites. We spent several memorable days loving the Ely area - breathing in the beauty of the north woods, swimming, canoeing, fishing, playing around the sandy beach area, and exploring the nearby sites.

The atmosphere of the resort is peaceful and relaxing. It has its share of lovable quirks that our kids especially enjoyed - such as a friendly group of ducks (happy to take a snack), and the resident dog wandering from cabin to campsite like contentment herself.

Moose Tracks is everything it’s website describes, and more. We would recommend it to anyone, all ages - families, couples or groups. What a good memory!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2005

We ended up at Moose Track after being lied to and ripped-off at another place in Ely (see my review on Silver Rapids Lodge).

Jim (the owner) and his wife were very understanding of our situation and did everything they could to accomodate us.

We only ended up camping for 1 night (we had to meet up with our group) but my husband and I will definitely be back at Moose Track. The resort is very clean, very friendly, very intimate, beautiful location and scenery, and most of all it is run but honest people.

I definitely recommend this resort! You will love it there.

  • Stayed July 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2005

This was our second trip to Moosetrack Resort. Once again we enjoyed warm hospitality, clean, cozy cabins, and out of this world homemade Valentine sugar cookies from Joan (and their young son Gavin). We enjoyed incredible activity at the bird feeder outside our window and got to watch the deer mill about in the yard.
Jim and Joan accomodated us at very short notice and Jim even set up a great day trip of dog sledding and fishing for the whole family. We had a wonderful trip and Jim once again spent a day teaching the kids all kinds of fun stuff about being in the woods. We highly recommend Moosetracks as a great place to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods, have some great family time - be it at a campfire in the summer or in the cozy cabin at night playing games. Jim's knowledge of the area combined with his previous studies on the flora and fauna of the area make him an incredible guide for canoe trips and winter trips and he is so patient and good with kids. We will be back again!

  • Stayed January 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2005

If you are a person who would like to enjoy:

-a well-run, comfortable, family oriented resort located on a beautiful
lake in the bush country of northern Minnesota.

-a resort whose two resident owners willingly go above and beyond
your expectations to provide you with an enjoyable and relaxed stay in neat, well equipped two and three bedroom cabins with panoramic views of the lake.

-a resort that has a seasoned professional guide as one of the two owners and thus is able to offer you a wide range of outfitting services
ranging from canoe trips to dogsledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trips to boat rentals and guided winter and summer fishing trips.

-the opportunity to utilize the extensive knowledge has in all the activities available at Moose Track Adventures as well as the geography of the area.

If these possibilities sound interesting, then we feel you would enjoy
the experience of being guests at Moose Track Adventures as much as we did. Over time, we have done most of our trips solo but we now appreciate having a knowledgeable person help in the planning and execution of a wilderness adventure. We heartily recommend Jim and Joan Blauch and their Moose Track Adventures to you.

Bill and Karen Burks
Alabama

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New Hope, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2004

My brother, a good friend and I had a terrific week of fishing and relaxation at Moose Track Adventures. The guided trip to Basswood was beautiful and exciting! The scenery was as good as it gets and the fishing was great! The chain of lakes that the resort is on are just as beautiful and the fishing just as good. Our cabin exceeded my expectations and felt great after a long day of fishing. Jim and Joan are the kind of people you want to have over for supper and make it an easy decision to make a return visit!

  • Stayed October 2004
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Property: Moose Track Adventures
Address: 593 Kawishiwi Trl, Ely, MN 55731-8195
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ely
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Moose Track Adventures 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moose Track Adventures Resort, Outfitter & Guide Service is located near Ely, Minnesota and has direct access to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCAW). We offer newly remodeled 2 & 3 bedroom cabins only 25 feet from the lake. Each cabin is fully equipped (except kitchen & bath towels). We also offer complete & partial BWCA canoe outfitting and full & 1/2 day guided fishing & fly-fishing trips with professional & experienced guides. Opened May - September. ... more   less 
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