While you are at Burntside

When you stay at Burntside Lodge, you have at your disposal a wide variety of activities. You have the leisure to do as much or as little as you wish.

Without a doubt, one of the most attractive aspects of a vacation at Burntside Lodge is that we are located on the southern shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Minnesota. Spring-fed Burntside Lake is 12 miles from end to end, and holds 10,000 acres of clear blue water studded with over 120 islands of various size. The maximum depth is 126 ft. and water clarity averages around 22 ft. making it one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in the area.

The lake is home to a number of game fish including Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and Large Mouth Bass. Burntside is also a great lake for loon watching. A survey by the Minnesota DNR identified Burntside Lake as having the largest population of loons in the state.

A lake like this deserves to be enjoyed and our marina is here to help you do just that.

Whether you like to fish, explore, or just enjoy the scenery, we offer a variety of watercraft to suit your needs.

Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Hydrobikes, Lund & Crestliner boats, and Bennington Pontoons are available for rent.

Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Burntside Lake or heat up in our Finnish Sauna.

Have fun fishing for smallmouth bass or try to tempt one of the lake's legendary lake trout to take your bait. Guides can also be arranged at local outfitters for explorations of other lakes.

Fitness Center
Use our on-site fitness center to maintain your exercise routine.

Guest Library
Curl up with a book, or enjoy a puzzle or game from our library.

Naturalist Programs
Take part in one of our weekly naturalist programs that are a fun way to learn more about the area.

Listening Point Tours
Tour Sigurd Olsen's Listening Point, his "shack in the woods" that inspired much of his wilderness writing.

Things to do in & around Ely

Hike to the waterfall at Bass Lake or combine a little hiking and portaging and view the Hegman Lake pictographs.

Golf at Ely's challenging 9 hole course or try the 18 hole course at the Wilderness @ Fortune Bay, 30 minutes away or the Giant's Ridge Golf course, a 50 minute drive.

Visit the International Wolf Center in Ely with resident wolves, exhibits & displays.
The North American Bear center offers an educational opportunity with live bears.

Visit the Tower Soudan Mine, 22 miles away, for a journey beneath the earth.


Basic Marina Information

Hours of Operation

Daily rentals are to be returned at the close of the business day. This may vary depending on the time of year, but is typically an hour before sunset.


Marina rentals are reserved for guests of the Lodge. If you will be staying at the resort, you may reserve a craft for any portion of your stay.


We offer docking at the marina on a nightly basis, based on the size of your boat. Please contact us with your boat information and we'll let you know what the fees will be.


  • Fuel is not included in rental rates.
  • Life jackets are included with all rentals.
  • There are no motor restrictions on Burntside Lake. However, please note that we do not allow Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski's, Sea Doos, etc.) at the resort.

Fishing Licenses