Pickleball in Northern Minnesota
That’s right. The Canoe Capital of America is now the place to bring both your paddles—one for your canoe and one for pickleball. Three new outdoor courts next to Ely High School were converted from an old tennis court in the fall of 2012 exclusively for pickleball. So now you can enjoy the Midwest’s premier vacation destination without giving up pickleball for a week or a month.
Ely, Minnesota, is the gateway to the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, an enchanting region of pristine lakes and streams along the Canadian border—over a million acres in each country—that appeals to anglers, campers, canoeists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Canoe trip outfitters cater to overnight campers in the Wilderness, while resorts outside the BWCAW offer visitors the best of both worlds: wilderness by day, luxury at night.
You do not have to be a canoeist or angler, however, to enjoy Ely. There is something here for everyone, including world-class attractions like the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center, the Ely Arts and Heritage Center, and the Dorothy Molter Museum, as well as other fascinating sites nearby, like the Soudan Underground Mine (20 miles), the Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum (29 miles) and Sisu Heritage Homestead Tours in Embarrass. Let’s not forget shopping! Chances are you won’t have time to visit all of the fine shops in Ely that feature everything from quality clothing and camping supplies to locally handcrafted items not found anywhere else.
With nearly 40 resorts and motels in and around Ely, you’ll have no problem finding a choice that’s just right for you. Don’t wait too late to make a reservation! Ely is a popular place year-round, but especially in the summertime. During special weekends, like the Blueberry Arts Festival in July and the Fall Harvest Moon Festival in September, you’ll want to make that reservation as soon as possible.
Come join us for a day, a week, or all summer long. We normally play from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting, of course); but, if those times don’t work for you, we can surely find one or two of our local players to meet you at the courts when it works best for you.