Ely 'Name Your Lake' Makes Splash in Ely

Everyone can stake out a Northern Minnesota lake with new tourism promotion

Jun 28, 2010, 12:06 ET from Ely Chamber of Commerce

ELY, Minn., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sick of uncreative Minnesota lake names? Round Lake? Square Lake? Lake One? Lake Two? Please. It's time for the traveling public to taking naming rights into its own clever hands. The good people of Ely, Minn. have decided it's time to generate some new names for the northern Minnesotan region's pristine collection of lakes.

Ely created a stir this spring when they announced this past April 1 that Dairy Queen had purchased the naming rights to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Now everyone's officially invited to get naming. And with more than a thousand lakes in and around Ely and the BWCAW, there are plenty to go around. Visit http://ely.org/nameyourlake to get started.

"Name a lake after yourself, a friend, your family, a family friend, whoever or whatever you want," says Linda Fryer, director, Ely Chamber of Commerce. "But make sure to stake your claim before someone else beats you to it. And don't worry if you can't find a lake to name right away — a claim is only good for two weeks, so you can check back again and again."

Early names registered at http://ely.org/nameyourlake include "My Pretty Horsie Lake," "Gochumpina Lake" and "Grandpa Art's Fishing Spot."

After re-naming a lake, you can download a map of the Ely area with your new lake called out, and have it reprinted on a poster, t-shirt or other items when you click on the provided links.

Once you've named your lake at www.ely.org, there's plenty to do in and around the water this summer when you travel to Ely to visit in person. National travel magazine Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel recently named Ely, Minn. as its 2010 "Coolest Small Town in America." For more information on Ely, and to book a vacation that's less than four hours from the Twin Cities, please visit ely.org or call 1-800-777-7281. Friend us on Facebook at ely and follow us @WeLoveEly.

SOURCE Ely Chamber of Commerce