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

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq ft
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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

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 Isabella

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

If you are looking for a remote, quiet and relaxing experience in the north woods, this is the place for you.  Our family of 8 was quite comfortable.  The main log cabin is exceptional, and the homemade log dining table, shelves, end tables, and dressers were quite unique.  It comfortably fit 6 of us and another couple stayed in the cottage.  The sauna was also a highlight, and we used the outdoor grilling area every day.  Also the outhouse was definitely a bonus!  Our granddaughter especially liked the loft as a play area!   Having a stockpile of cut wood was also a plus for the fire pit and we enjoyed several camp fires throughout the week.  

There was a pair of loons on the lake and an osprey nesting in the trees.  Day trips were easily made to Lake Superior, Tettegouche and Split Rock.  We restocked supplies from the Finland Cooperative and our family had a good supper at Our Place. 

This was a great place to disconnect.  There is wifi available but we didn’t hardly use it.  Cell service is very limited but that was OK too.  That’s what vacation is all about!  We were so disconnected that we didn’t even know that Andy had called us.  He visited us onsite and it was nice to chat and get some of the history of the place.    

Fishing was just OK.  We caught one large bluegill (the biggest we’ve ever caught!) but only one.  We also caught a few large perch and a couple walleye, but never more than one per trip.  We’re not diehard fishermen either so we actually just enjoyed the lake and the quiet.  There is a nice dock at the water with a bench to sit and enjoy the lake. 

The only downfall for us is the lack of beach, which we were aware of going in.  We took our granddaughter to the Flathorn Lake beach to play in the water and sand.   

Thank you Andy and Lura
Jul 2017
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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:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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. - Cell Phone Service: Verizon & AT&T (weak signals)


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Big Pines Getaway - Log Cabin In Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest
average rating of 4.714286 based on 38 reviews

Great Place, Great Food, Great People!!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time! Was fun to sauna and then polar plunge! Was also fabulous skiing their 30+ miles of ski trails.

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review John! It's been a bit of a strange winter snow-wise, but glad you enjoyed your time here. Sincerely, Andy
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Spacious, Comfortable Cabin With Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

As always, Andy and Lura took good care of us and our guests. We have been coming to NFL since 2006 (and before that, in the early '80s) and plan to do so for many years to come!

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Vince! Thanks so much for taking the time to submit your review. It's been a pleasure to have your family here all these years. Your support and business means a lot to us. -Andy
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2017 - Men's Excursion

  • 5 of 5

Been staying with Andy at the National Forest Lodge for a number of years now as we gather the guys for another adventure into the north woods. Once again the cabin was clean, comfy, and roomy for the entire group. Thanks for another year of memories Andy and we will see you again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 02/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joe. So appreciative of you guys making the trek year after year! Always a pleasure to have you. Thanks for the positive feedback and here's hoping for many memories to come. -Andy
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Wished we could have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Big Pines Getaway. The cabin was clean and well stocked. Andy answered questions quickly prior to our stay and provided excellent directions for our stay. We emailed him on one occasion during our stay and he was quick to respond. One small drawback was the swimming option. It is a very nice lake but it is not ideal in my opinion for little children to play and swim. The canoes were awesome and we enjoyed using the paddle boat. THANK YOU. I would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Roseanne. We really appreciate you staying with us and taking the time to review the Getaway. Sorry the swimming area didn't work out for your young ones. Hope to see you again sometime. Next time check out the Flathorn Rec Area for a little more child friendly swimming area. It's less than 5 minutes away and has picnic tables, a nice vault toilet and a beautiful hike around Flathorn Lake. Thanks again, Andy
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and well-maintained lodge. Clean and comfortable, lovely deck for coffee in the mornings, canoes available for a paddle around the lake. Did not try the wood-fired sauna... next time, for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 11/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melanie. Thanks so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed the deck and canoeing. We'll try to hang onto the sauna for your next visit ;). -Andy
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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: 21/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 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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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
1 May 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 1 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2018-19
2 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2019
1 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$0.01
Property Damage Protection AU$76.92
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 cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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