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Camp Van Vac

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2714 Van Vac Lane
Ely, MN 55731

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Northeast > Wilderness & Lakes > Ely


The lively town of Ely is 6 miles away with bait and grocery stores and shopping for art, mukluks, pasties and canoes. Visit wildlife at the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center and drink root beer at the Dorothy Molter Museum.

At Camp, walk trails through spring wildflowers and brash red maple leaves. Enjoy the raw beauty of wind, sunshine and sunsets punctuated by loon call. Camp Van Vac is a niche in the natural world where you are invited to come and be yourself. If you enjoy simplicity of place and the authenticity of the northwoods, Camp offers log and stone housekeeping cabins built by our Finnish neighbors in 1917.

Your cabin may sleep 2-10, with summer rates from $440 to $1400 and a 20% discount in May, June and September, after Labor Day. Your kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, cookware and dishes. Wood stoves provide heat, and outside you'll find a grill and small campfire burner. Most cabins have a lake view.

You can rent a motorboat, canoe, kayak or pontoon to explore sky blue Burntside Lake with its 100 islands, where you'll find walleye, lake trout, northern, bass and pan fish.

Kids love swimming, tubing and playing on the swings. You can find a quiet spot to watch the Milky Way or join other campers for a sauna, summer nature programs and potlucks. Sunbathe, fish from the dock or curl up in front of the wood stove with a good book. Our new 30-foot yurt is a place to gather indoors for a big family meal, play cards on a rainy day or start a ping-pong match.

WiFi is available and the young folks have gotten us on Facebook, where you can see narratives and fabulous photos in the group, "Camp Van Vac is where it's at."


May 15, 2013 - Sep 30, 2013
Additional Details:
Located on a Lake or River
On-Site Facilities & Services
Located on a Lake or River
High Speed Internet Available
On-Site Recreation
Swimming Beach
Fishing Boats Available
Canoes or Kayaks Available
Hiking Trail
Lake/River Access (Boat Ramp)
Dock Space/Slips/Mooring Buoys
Fishing Boat Motors Available
Pontoon Boat(s) Available
Indoor Lodging Amenities
Pets allowed in Indoor Unit(s)
Open in Fall
Secluded Individual Cabin(s) or Unit(s)
Accommodations Policies
Open to the general public, no membership required
Unit(s) that accommodate groups of 10+ people
Other Date Information
Additional Date Information: Rental in July and August is by the week, Saturday to Saturday. In May, June and September, cabins are rented for a two-day minimum. Summer rates apply to dates from the first week of July through Labor Day weekend.
Resort Plans
Green Practices
Desc of Green Practices in Place: Camp guests are encouraged to recycle plastic, glass, tin and aluminum. The eco-friendly natural landscaping of the resort minimizes water use. We enjoy woods instead of lawns.
Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
Energy Efficiency/Conservation
Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices
Lodging Capacity
Number of cabins: 25
TOTAL number of indoor lodging units: 25
Length of Stay
Weekend Rental Available
Weekly Rental Available
Split Weeks Available


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