Area Info

Current news and information about Ely and the surrounding region is available from local newspapers and radio stations. Subscribing to the newspapers brings you news, commentary, photos, and useful advertisements from local businesses and residents. Keep informed about issues facing the Burntside area, and our neighbors in Ely and the Arrowhead region!

Radio station WELY offers not only local FM broadcasting, but also streaming audio on the internet.

The Ely Echo News, Sports, Opinion/Editorial, Columnists, Obits, Calendar, Outdoors, and Classified ads are among the regular features in the Echo.

The Timberjay "The award-winning Timberjay newspapers (including the Ely Timberjay, Tower Timberjay and Orr/Cook Timberjay) are the most widely read weekly newspapers in the North Country, serving communities throughout our region with local and regional news, opinion, sports, outdoors reporting, and much more"

WELY "End Of The Road Radio! Broadcasting to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the communities of Northern Minnesota's Arrowhead region.94.5 WELY is home to Ely's only community radio station, providing news, information, community events, Personal and Emergency Messages, music and entertainment across the Boundary Waters and beyond."

Below are the files for the weekly WELY Wilderness Update program.  The Burntside Lake Association and the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association(WICOLA) are sponsoring the program with AIS funding from SLC and Lake Counties.  I've been told that you can get the programs on the WELY dropbox or WICOLA has shared their files below.

WELY's Weekly Wilderness Update program on Thursdays at 10 am is sponsored by the Burntside Lake Association and the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association with SLC/Lake County 2021 AIS funds. 

Jeff Forester, Author of The Forest through the Trees: How Humans Shaped the North Woods

Jim Orcutt, “Jim the Fish Guy” - Fishing Guide Extraordinaire Fishing Tips & Trends

Dr. Lee Frelich, Director, Univ MN - Forest Ecology

Megan Weber, Univ MN Extension - AIS Research Center & Reynold Mack, Burntside Lake Assn - Trained AIS

Minnesota WatersConservation Minnesota

In May of 2012, two non-profits devoted to protection of our state's lakes, rivers and natural resources, Minnesota Waters and Conservation Minnesota, reached agreement to continue their work as one organization.   This exciting merger has created a stronger foundation to continue the common work of these two organizations. That work is focused on engaging people in protecting the lakes and rivers that define life in Minnesota.

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (Formerly MSPRO)

MLRA is orgainized "To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers."

State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources

The DNR home web site has links for education, safety training, outdoor activities, natural resources regulations, licenses, and permits, state parks, and hunting and fishing. Especially interesting for Burntisde owners is the Lakefinder data base.

  • Lakefinder: Enter "Burntside" and find current statistical information on the quality of Burntisde Lake water, fishing, water levels, shoreline mapping, and more!
  • Minnesota Waters General information about water resources, projects, shoreline standards affecting all areas of the state.

Detailed regulations are adopted by the County to control development of lakeshore properties and set standards affecting public health.

The Saint Louis County Planning Department maintains an online collection of a wide variety of downloadable information for land use, zoning and standards here.

Health Department

Burntside residents and their visiting guests can find for information on the community, sport and wildlife, weather, events, shopping, scenery, web cams and area business opportunities.

Ely Minnesota contains topical and seasonal coverage including Visiting Ely, View Ely (Webcams!), Ely Events, About Ely, and Products created in the Ely area"

Ely Chamber of Commerce web site includes topics such as: "Discover Ely, Ely Events, Places to Stay, Places to Shop, Places to Eat, Canoe Trips, Winter in Ely, Things to Do, Ely Services, Business Directory"

There are interesting informative web sites that contain Burntside information (just use Google and search for "Burntside Lake", for example. Here are just a few web links:


Address Information

Burntside Lake Association
P.O. Box 81
Ely, MN 55731

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