ON THE SHORES OF FALL LAKE
We at Packsack absolutely adore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), as well as Ely and the surrounding area. This area is so rich in adventure, spectacular scenery, incredible fishing, geologic history, wildlife, and pristine wilderness. We make every attempt to impart our enthusiasm and passion for the Boundary Waters Minnesota to every guest, treating this place and each guest as a wonderful gift to be cherished – every day!
ABOUT THE BWCA (BOUNDARY WATERS MINNESOTA)
In 1978, the United States Congress set aside approximately one million acres of the Superior National Forest, calling it the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Specifically intended to be left pristine, undeveloped and a destination for Americans to experience a true, untouched wilderness – the way it has been for thousands of years. In the last ice age, the departing glaciers randomly carved this landscape with thousands of lake and exposed rock formations that are like few places anywhere on the planet. Over the centuries, plants and trees began to grow and the region became abundant with wildlife – which are still commonly seen today by our guests. Boundary Waters Minnesota campers regularly report sightings of whitetail deer, fisher, pine martin, bald eagles, moose, black bear, otters, loons, waterfowl, walleyes, northern pike and lake trout – to name a few. There are few places quite like this in the world, that are so very accessible to the wilderness enthusiast.
About Packsack Canoe Trips & Log Cabins
Let’s start with a proper introduction. We’re the Ott family – Gene, Jane, Nick (son) and Danielle, (daughter in law) and we acquired the property in 2000. Originally from Northeast Iowa, we had been scout leaders and Boundary Waters Minnesota camping enthusiasts for several years when the opportunity arose to make a lifestyle change that simply delighted us. Since that time, we have built an outfitting service that, we believe, is one of the best in the area. In addition to outfitting services, we have authentic log cabins, right on Fall Lake for non-campers to experience great fishing and conveniently explore the Ely area.
Our cabins and lodge (with bunkhouse) have an amazing history. The cabins were originally built and located up on Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake. When Congress declared “The Wilderness Act of 1964, all buildings needed to be either moved or burnt to the ground, restoring the natural wilderness. Shortly after, each log was labeled, deconstructed, floated up through Newton Lake to Fall Lake and put back together, like a complex jigsaw puzzle. Can you imagine the planning and the work to accomplish this?
We’re honored by every guest that chooses Packsack and promise to make every effort to build a wilderness experience that best matches your wishes.
PACKSACK'S 2020 END OF YEAR PHOTO CONTEST!
At the end of each season, we hold a photo contest on our Facebook page. We were hoping to provide a platform for our guests, and others to post their memories of the Ely area, Packsack, or the Boundary Waters Minnesota from this last summers adventure. This year, we had over 40 amazing photo submissions to choose from, and it was not easy. The 2020 winner is Ryan Hocken with this beautiful campfire scene, overlooking Gull Lake. We thank everyone who submitted and voted!
PackSack's Ice out Contest
PackSack's Photo Contest 2nd & 3rd place
Each spring as the Ice begins to melt off the lakes, we at Packsack have Gene drill down to measure the Ice. We then hold a Facebook competition where contestants try to guess the date and time the Ice will melt from our Bay. Head over to our Facebook page and enter your guess today!
We would like to give mention to our second and third place winners of our photo contest. Steve Berns receives second place with his sunrise photo on Magical Back Bay, and Mike Bjester's picture of his daughter Sandra cooking Fish Veracruse over an open fire receives third place.
PACKSACK'S LIVE WEB CAM
Click on the link below and press play, to check out Packsack's live streaming, Fall Lake webcam and the Boundary Waters Minnesota. Keep an eye on the action year round, and enjoy the beauty of our area!