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Burns Lake: Year-Round North Woods Lakeside Elegance

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Gorgeous Lake & Ultimate Privacy!

Burns Lake Cabin is a luxurious gorgeous, lakeshore, executive log home on 70 acres of private woodland surrounded by Chippewa National Forest! Relax and de-stress in absolute privacy and north woods beauty. Burns is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area (about 350 acres). This hand-scribed log home was built by executives who loved the woods and is meticulously maintained. You will never find a lovelier setting for your ultimate relaxation in the wilderness. Listen to the lake, paddle in the kayaks, fish, ski, snowshoe, hike, hunt, or mountain bike on logging roads and private paths. We're open all year!

All bathrooms are tiled and luxurious. Relax in the 24 foot tall great room with the full-height fireplace. Gourmet cooks will love the kitchen - with calphalon professional cookwear. The house has been completely refurnished, with oriental rugs and luxurious leather furniture, a home gym, lounge area with wet bar, and rustic log beds by a local artist, with a new chimney, roof and log staining in 2015. Burns Lake Cabin even has an automatic back-up generator system, so no power failures will mar your vacation!

Year round, this beautiful cabin at the center of Minnesota sports and recreation country is available for your vacation of a lifetime. There is something for everyone! Sports enthusiasts will love the boating, fishing, hunting, golf, kayaking, sailing, swimming, running, hiking, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, just outside your door. The more restrained will have a wonderful time strolling on logging roads, canoeing, gently cycling and walking along miles of national forest paths and roads. Then come home for a picnic by the water.

The Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota covers a huge proportion of Itasca County. We live among hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and very little private land. The Forest itself consists of 1.6 million acres, and hosts the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states. During your stay, you may see osprey, eagles, pileated woodpeckers, hawks, red foxes and of course lovely white tail deer. winter evenings think about the great day outdoors and curl up in front of your own huge stone fireplace with hot gingerbread and coffee, a mystery novel or the love of your life!

Keywords: North Woods, Lake, Fishing, Cabin, Lodge, Peace, Quiet, Woods, Forest, Seclusion, Executive, snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, fitness room, hot tub, kayaks, all seasons, fishing

More Details

Gay Reese & Russ White
Member since: 2005
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Gay Reese & Russ White

I'm a researcher and an author (Martha Grace Reese), my husband is a consultant for not-for-profit boards of directors. We love our land and the lakes in the north woods! We kayak as many of the 1000 lakes in our county as we can. Please come north to join us in the most gorgeous place on earth!

Gay Reese & Russ White purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Gay Reese & Russ White chose Marcell

Burns Lake Cabin is 'next door' to the cabin we built and live in - 'next door' is 1/2 mile down our private road and a mile through woods from the public road! We have 70 acres of prime woodland and over 3000 feet of shoreline. Burns Lake Cabin is at the end of the property, in the oldest, most beautiful woods, and right next to Chippewa National Forest. So you, as our guest, share our home woods and the place we love best in the world. Burns Lake is gorgeous (and great fishing!), the woods are so quiet and peaceful - the house is one of the most beautiful and elegant in the area. Unlimited long distance calls, Wifi and cable TV included.

What makes this cabin unique

Fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, long walks in the woods, over private roads. We love hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing! We have a terrific restaurant in the area, and one of the most exciting live theaters and art galleries in Minnesota (go figure!) Come join us!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Marcell

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Must have a conversation with us before or within 24 hours of booking to be sure the cabin fits your needs. If no call, violation of house rules.
  • Non-refundable $300 deposit. Balance due two weeks before arrival. Guests will be liable for any extraordinary cleaning or damage to property.
  • Guests assume all risk of liability and must comply with all safety and use provisions of our Rental Agmt (Burns Lake Cabin Memo).
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 full baths, one on each floor, with additional lavatory (½ bath) on man floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sitting room area with queen sized futon
    Loft + Den - 1 sofa bed/futon , Comfortable queen sized futon in library/wet bar area
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom with en suite bathroom & private screened in porch, Queen size Beds (2) Two different queen-bed bedrooms, one on ground floor, one on 2nd floor, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 hand-crafted log beds by local artist in one twin - bedded room with gorgeous view of Burns Lake, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Two queen-sized futons
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • conservatory
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Kayaks, dock, fireplace, picnic/firepit area, inside gym/fitness equipment, Clavinova (very high end digital piano). Owner speaks English, French, Spanish.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
La Crosse, WI 54601

Great Get Away and Relaxing Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My brothers and I have been camping in the area for years and decided to upgrade to a cabin as we are getting older and the camping became more work than fun. The Burns Lake cabin was just the ticket. The cabin is very cozy and has just enough extra touches without losing the country feel and atmosphere. We all agreed to reserve the cabin for next year and hope this has started another long term commitment for us to get together for some fishing each Spring. Thank you Gay and Russ for providing a quality home and location for us to enjoy!!

  • Review Submitted: 22/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fowler Indiana

Best family vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5

This vacation was the best ever! The cabin is beautiful, modern but still has that On Golden Pond feel. Private, secluded but not so much that you feel completely alone. There isn't a lot of activity on the lake so you pretty much feel like the whole lake is yours. The fishing was excellent. My husband and I would go out and spend hours just sitting and fishing, enjoying the peace and quiet while occasionally hearing the loons. Our children enjoyed the vacation as well, they got to relax, they pretty much stay busy all summer with sports! We definitely want to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The One!

  • 5 of 5

We have been trying to find a cabin that would fulfill the needs of our two families and I believe we have found the one! In fact, after the first day we all agreed, we want to come back next year!

LOCATION - The cabin is located near the National Chippewa Forest with smaller towns near if you need anything. The area surrounding the cabin is secluded, peaceful and beautiful.

LAKE - The lake is so quiet and peaceful that when we were out on the boat in the early mornings, we could hear the sound the loon's wings as they flew above! It's not a big lake, but the perfect size for us and the five loon we shared it with :)

FISHING - Each day plenty of fish were caught for our traditional shore lunch meal. (mostly crappie, sunfish and bass) The dock had plenty of room for two boats and the fish cleaning area by the lake worked out great!

SWIMMING - Knowing there wasn't a beach area for the little ones down by the lake to play and swim, we brought along a small pool which we set up on the back patio. This worked out great since where there was plenty of room for them to play and splash and for us to sit and watch them.

OUTSIDE SPACE - The spacious yard worked out great for our traditional corn hole and ladder golf tournaments! The kids enjoyed racing around the circular driveway and playing ball in the yard. One cooler rainy day, a few of the adults enjoyed the warmth of the hot tub.

FIRE PIT - The fire pit area was perfect! Plenty of areas to sit, wood to burn and the view of the lake with the sounds of the loon couldn't get any better!

CABIN- Clean, spacious and beautiful!! With 13 people total, it can be a challenge to find enough room for everyone to sleep and to have a little time for themselves. This was not an issue at Burns Lake Cabin!! Everyone had a bed and a comfortable one at that! The three different levels worked out great, especially when it was nap time for the little ones. The upstairs wet bar/reading area was a perfect spot for a little R n R and the front porch overlooking the lake with the rocking chairs was wonderful! The kitchen had a nice pantry area, plenty of counter space and almost everything we needed! We did lose power one night, but within seconds, the generator took over - great resource to have available!

GAY & RUSS - Fantastic to work with!! We didn't see them during the week, but knew if we needed anything, they were not far away.

We all had a great time and looking forward to our return next year!!!

  • Review Submitted: 08/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, Pictureseque Lake Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The lake and its surrounding were gorgeous! Coming from NYC, we were seeking a peaceful, bucolic experience and we were not disappointed! The cabin was spacious enough for two families to share comfortably. It was very clean and well-appointed. We would definitely come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN


  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at this cabin last summer. There were 15 of us and we were all able to stay comfortably with an additional air mattress downstairs. The cabin is spacious, clean, and beautiful inside and out. We have started a family tradition at Burns lake and we all look forward to returning in a couple weeks.

Burns Lake cabin is great for kids! They can swim and fish off the dock, run in the yard, go on family hikes (sporting fancy and very exciting compass whistles provided by the cabin owners ), kayak, and see all kinds of wild life.

All you need is bug spray, sunscreen, food, and family to have a great time. The lake is also big enough to tube and ski.

Fall asleep to the sound of loons instead of other campers at this private and quiet oasis. A great price for the space!

NOTE: There are stairs down to the lake so this could be an obstacle for those with disabilities.

  • Review Submitted: 30/06/2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Drexel Hill, PA

Respite in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The cabin met every expectation for our family adventure based on the listing and was the blank canvas for our extended family vacation for 18 people--including toddlers to teens. The kayaks gave our kids easy access to the lake to fish and swim at a moments whim. The kitchen, deck and fire pit gave us the perfect venue for simple family dinners and snack times together. We played board and lawn games throughout our stay and spent many hours drinking coffee, talking and "unlaxing" on the porch swing and rocking chairs.

The rooms were very comfortable and the hot tub provided an extra bit of luxury that we all enjoyed. My in-laws, who have mobility challenges, were comfortable in the master bedroom/bath on the main level. We had plenty of room to spread around the cabin and do various activities.

I would highly recommend this place for this place for anybody looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time with much loved family and friends!

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Hibbing, MN
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Timberwolf Restaurant
Car: necessary

Owner speaks English, French, Spanish


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Marcell

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018 - Just Reduced!
18 Aug 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2018-2019
29 Sep 2018 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
Early season 2019
25 May 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2019-20
17 Aug 2019 - 1 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Please call us before booking so you and we are sure the cabin is a good fit for your group. See Burns Lake Cabin memo for information about the cabin and area, and important use and safety information, as well as our contact information.
Three superior kayaks are available (seating 4, with paddles and ife vests) for an additional $200. Firewood is provided.
No pets or smoking - we want to safeguard the space for our guests with allergies. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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