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Listening Point, Ely

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
"Listening Point" is the name that renowned naturalist, author, and wilderness advocate Sigurd F. Olson (1899 - 1982) gave to a pine-clad, glaciated spit of rock in the Quetico-Superior country. He dedicated the point and the simple cabin he built there, "to recapturing an almost forgotten sense of wonder and learning from rocks and trees and all the life that is found there, truths that can encompass all." From this promontory, Sig wrote, "I have seen the immensity of space and at times the grandeur of creation ...I have explored on this rocky bit of shore the great concept that nothing stands alone and everything, no matter how small, is part of a greater whole."

Today the Listening Point Foundation is dedicated to preserving Sigurd Olson's Listening Point and advancing his legacy of wilderness education. The Foundation does this through Sig Olson's timeless books and new publications, videos, public programing, seminars and wilderness trips, outreach to educational institutions, our website: and this new Facebook page!

We hope you'll return here often to check in on the latest news from the lake, the woods, and the Foundation -- upcoming events and projects -- and to let us know your thoughts and comments. We look forward to staying in touch with our friends in this new way!

The Listening Point Foundation
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  • Very nostalgic Sig Olson cabin with spectacular views. The trail to the lake is a bit rocky to walk. Visit the Sig Olson center in town for info on a tour, you need a guide to go.  more »
  • I'd live there myself if I could. He's an amazing writer and chose an excellent spot to build his cabin.  more »

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