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Big Pines Getaway - Log Cabin In Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest

Bedrooms 4
Space 195 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 BR, 2 Bath - 2 Canoes & Firewood - 2-3 Night Min - Best for 8 guests - 10 max

The Big Pines Getaway is located on a small quiet lake in the wild heart of the Superior National Forest, only about 8 miles from the southern boundary of the B.W.C.A. A perfect place to commune with nature, reconnect with family and restore your spirit. The living area has a panoramic view of Lake Gegoka and the lake shore is just a short walk down the hill. If you are planning a wild party weekend, please seek different accommodations. Big red and white pines tower overhead, providing nesting habitat for eagles, osprey, owls and kestrels. This hand scribed full log house has a genuine 'Northwoods' feel. A fully vaulted main room overlooks Lake Gegoka, bringing the outdoors right in through a full wall of glass. The loft offers a special place for kids or adults to have their own space up in the treetops. Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed from the living room, the deck or better yet a canoe. The Log Home is simply and comfortably furnished, with a modern kitchen and 2 bathrooms. A gas fireplace completes the rustic, relaxed atmosphere. We even throw in 2 CANOES and FIREWOOD. Silent recreation for all seasons at our gem in the forest.

If you are looking for a quiet, secluded wilderness escape, you have found it. Even with a very adequate public boat launch less than a minute away, there is no such thing as 'rush hour' on pristine Lake Gegoka. Speedboats, tubing and jet skis are definitely out of character here. This sparkling clean little 150 acre lake offers fishing, canoeing, swimming and just plain gazing out at. Our complimentary canoe provides a perfect way to explore the lake. The dock down at the shoreline is available to cast your line from or could accommodate your own small fishing boat launched from the public landing just around the corner. Lake Gegoka is a shallow sandy bottomed lake and warms up early in the summer. Just a few minutes away is a little used public swimming area on Flathorn Lake (connects to Gegoka). There is a very scenic hiking trail around it and a picnic area with water pump, grills, tables and a brand new vault toilet.

Lake Superior's North Shore is only about 30 minutes away and provides many opportunities for day trips, including Split Rock Lighthouse tours, the Superior Hiking Trail and some of Minnesota's most popular State Parks. It's a great place to cool down on a warm day inland and grab a bite to eat or a special souvenir. Ely is a 45 minute drive and has a variety of good restaurants and unique gift shops. This lively little town is the jumping off point for Boundary Waters Canoe Area trips and has some great attractions for rainy or sunny days. Both the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center are great places to learn about 2 of the areas wild residents. The Soudan Mine tour is a fascinating look back in time to 'hard rock' underground mining on the Range in the early 1900's.

More Details

Property Manager
Andy Fisher
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 July, 2017

About Andy Fisher

Love my job as a lodging host. I wear many hats and pretty much enjoy most of them (especially the bomber!)

Andy Fisher purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Andy Fisher chose Minnesota

Location, location, location. The woods and lake are beautiful and pristine!

What makes this cabin unique

We're easy to get to but far from the noise and lights. Lots of Minnesota's rare and shy wildlife hangs out right in the surrounding Superior National Forest. You can even see the stars (all of them!). Peace & quiet...

Guestbook comments from the manager

Three generations stayed here over the last week. We were so impressed with the house and the management. We had a great time enjoying the lake, canoes and surrounding area. The firewood came in handy with our nightly s'mores. Thank you for a great week and some lasting memories! (From the Getaway Guest Book)
Sep 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Isabella

Property Type:
  • cabin
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 195 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Guests must provide their own towels, Shower, vanity and toilet in each
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , Bunkbed
    Loft - 2 single bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
  • Queen size Beds (3) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided., Twin or Single Beds (5) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided., Bunk Beds (1) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided.
  • Games
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
Lake front is just a short walk down the hill. Exclusive use of 2 canoes. Small paddle boat and rowboat available on first come first served basis (may need to share with 1 other cabin rented at this location). Paddles and life vests available. - Ski-In: 30 kilometers of groomed classic cross country ski trails in the pines. - Our commitment to a peaceful setting means ATVs and snowmobiles may not be operated on the property. You will need to trailer them to designated use areas. - Guests must provide their own sheets, pillow cases and towels. Pillows and comforters are provided. - Mobile - Verizon is weak and AT&T is almost non-existent.


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Big Pines Getaway - Log Cabin In Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 32 reviews

Relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation. The lake was quiet and perfect for canoeing. Cabin was beautiful with a great view of the lake.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much for your review. Glad you enjoyed pristine little Lake Gegoka. -Andy
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Great experience for a big group-- will return!

  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to book this review for a last minute excursion. This cabin was utilized as a Northwoods pre-wedding getaway for a group of friends. It was secluded, quiet, and exactly what we all wanted. The cabin felt luxurious yet homey. We enjoyed the sauna and the canoes thoroughly! It was nice to have the kitchen primarily stocked with staples and kitchen supplies as well. We even saw the northern lights on Friday night! Could not have asked for a better place for me to celebrate my upcoming wedding! Thank you Andy for also being quick to respond to my request. Will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Getaway. I'm so glad that it fit the bill for your celebration. Congrats on the upcoming wedding. Hope it all goes smoothly. Thanks again, Andy
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Great cabin with everything you could need

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this property. We liked it so much we would've been happy to not leave the site all weekend.

We loved the deck, grill and fire pit.

The rowing boat/canoes/life jackets etc were perfect for us first time canoe-ers. It's a short stroll down the track to the lake (my two year old managed it fine, at least twice a day)

Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the positive review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and some boating too. Sincerely, Andy
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Big Pines Getaway = Good time for all

  • 5 of 5

Our family just finished our three day stay at Big Pines. All listing information was correct and property was very clean and well maintained.

Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the space. The peace and quiet was great. Canoe's, paddleboat and row boat were all used and kept us busy. Ely is a quick trip west and the bear and/or wolf center are great places to visit. Back towards highway 61 there are the many state parks and beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. Views of Lake Superior are also fantastic.

Andy stopped by to be sure we were satisfied and that everything went well. He is more than accommodating.

Highly recommend you consider this property if you are headed up North.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying at our cabin and your enthusiastic review. Glad I got to meet your kind family and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet. Please come again some time. -Andy
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Peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a long weekend at Big Pines with another family. The cabin layout worked well with the size & ages of our group (young teenagers to adults), & the cabin description & photos were accurate. We enjoyed hiking near Lake Superior & also spent time at another nearby lake within the National Forest.

Andy was pleasant & great to work with, and he was quick to respond to any questions we had.

We have stayed at a number of VRBO rentals over the years, & we would recommend this property for a peaceful, "up north" getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, thanks so much for staying with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. Glad you and your friends had an enjoyable stay and the cabin configuration worked out for that. Thanks again, Andy
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Beautiful Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We just got done with a week say here at Big Pines and it was a beautiful experience. Our group had 8 people and two children and there was still plenty of room in the cabin, an entire empty bedroom actually - plus empty beds in each room. One of my favorite parts about this place was sitting out on the deck drinking coffee in the morning watching the fog dissipate and the sun rise over the lake.

While staying here, we spent a couple days in the BWCA and visited the towns along the North Shore. While closer to the BWCA than the shore, the location is still a great middle ground if you want an entire northern Minnesota experience (for reference, it's about 40 minutes from Ely and an hour and a half from Grand Marais).

While we didn't even use all of the available accommodations (we definitely would in the winter); having access to canoes, a row boat, sauna, and a hot tub is quite nice. The little lake is quite peaceful and beautiful in the morning and evening - like paddling out on glass. Being mid August and the lake being quite shallow, fishing was just ok, but there are plenty of other lakes around. Landed plenty of perch, bluegills, and a some pike just off the dock. Rumor has it there are some walleyes out there but they weren't biting.

I will say that you don't realize how close you are to other cabins until you pull in. Not that this is a bad thing, it was just a little shocking. While you're in the middle of the woods, you're in a little commune in the middle of the woods. The descriptions mentions other cabins, but it's hard to tell how close you actually are to others. Sometimes you'll go down to use the row boat and it will be out on the water already. With that being said, there are some perks to that like access to virtually unlimited cut firewood that is provided for all. That was definitely awesome. And if you like to meet people, all the better! During the week we only had one other family near us and then as the weekend approached more and more people rolled in.

Long story short, the cabin is spacious and beautiful. Andy is a great guy and a great host - he maintains the property beautifully and the accommodations are wonderful. I'd definitely come back here with a large group. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. You even noticed a few of the "perks" that often get lost in the description of what's provided. Thanks again for staying at our Getaway. We would love to have you back again some day. -Andy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Knotted Pine Tavern
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Our Place
Car: necessary

For those who enjoy nature and being close to it, this is the ideal getaway. In this remote corner of Superior National Forest, wildlife is abundant. Moose roam the area, and on occasion have been seen swimming in our lake. Timber wolves, pine martin, foxes, fishers and many other shy forest creatures are seen and heard. The surrounding area is very sparsely populated and offers many opportunities for exploring. The U.S. Forest Service maintains a number of hiking trails, picnic areas and public accesses to lakes large and small. Day trips to the B.W.C.A. wilderness are also an option.

Other Activities: shopping in Ely, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing

Ski: Direct access to 30K of groomed, single tracked classic cross country ski trails. Flathorn/Gegoka trail system. No skijoring. Also designated snowshoe trails.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, rock climbing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing

Ski: We offer direct access to and maintain 30K of groomed/tracked classic cross country ski trials. Flathorn/Gegoka trail system. No skijoring. Also designated snowshoe trails.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Isabella

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017 - 2 Night
6 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017-2018
1 Dec 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring Savings 2018
1 May 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$0.01
Property Damage Protection A$74.46
Tax Rate 7.38%

MINIMUM 2-3 NIGHT STAY - Check-in 4PM Check-out 11AM - No pets allowed - Ask us about weekly rate discounts

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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