Wilderness Wind is a camp nestled beside the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely, Minnesota.

Vacationing in our lakeside log cabins on Armstrong Lake or canoeing overnight in the wilderness will introduce you to the same outdoor experience that has existed for thousands of years. First Nation People, French Voyagers, 19th Century Iron-Ore miners, and our guests have found this to be a life changer. Your front yard opens to where bald eagles nest, black bears roam, and waterfowl raise their young.

Our staff will orient you to the many activities that are available: fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, and hiking.

Most of our guests have enjoyed visiting popular museums nearby such as the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center, and the Soudan Underground Mine. While at camp, all are welcome to make S’mores around a campfire, watch the northern lights, barbecue, paddle with loons, and watch the sun set quietly over Lake Armstrong.

Wilderness Wind also offers support for canoe trips that take you deeper into the wilderness. We provide you and your group with  canoes, camping gear, and maps/route support. Our 30 years of introducing folks to wilderness canoeing have produced thousands of lifetime memories. Paddling from lake to lake without signs of human development is one of our nation’s most unique wilderness experiences that has been enjoyed by folks from toddlers to those well into their nineties.

Your trip on the water can be as short as a few hours or as long as 14 days. Our trained staff will be happy to help you plan a wilderness experience that best fits your needs. A variety of groups have discovered Wilderness Wind, such as families, youth, colleges and schools, men’s and women’s groups, and therapeutic retreats. It is a joy for us to introduce others to the peacefulness of the wilderness. For more information on the camp, click here


"Wish List"

Your generous support will allow us to tackle
these improvements for the 2018 Season

Inside each cabin:       

  • Refresh supply of sheets & towels                  
  • Remove & replace damaged furniture
  • Provide potable water
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint or varnish where needed
  • Find a way to drain water from sinks to the outside
    (rather than use 5 gal buckets under sinks)

Outside and around the property:

  • Replace or repair screen doors or windows as needed
    (some have patches on patches)!
  • Provide anorak chairs outside each cabin
  • Put a new roof on a couple of the cabins
  • Refresh chinking between logs
  • Improve lighting around bath house (motion sensing)
  • Make the ramp to Gathering Place less slippery when wet
  • Improve and refresh signage throughout the Camp

Any other feedback (related or unrelated to specific improvements) you would like to provide would be gratefully accepted!  Just click on the “contact us” tab!