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Big Pine Shorty's - Cozy Cabin In Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 BR, 1 Bath - 1 Canoe & Firewood - 2 Night Min - Best for 4 guests - 6 max

Big Pine Shorty's is a clean, cozy cabin with access to a small quiet lake in the wild heart of the Superior National Forest. It's only about 8 miles from the southern boundary of the B.W.C.A. The lakefront is just a short walk down the hill. A perfect place to commune with nature, reconnect with family and restore your spirit. 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 simple, clean, cozy cabin has a genuine 'northwoods' feel. We even throw in a CANOE and FIREWOOD. Silent recreation for all seasons at our simple little cottage in the woods.

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 area's 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:
20 May, 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...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Isabella

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Shower, toilet and sink. Guests provide their own towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 single bed , 2 twin bunkbeds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) Guests must provide their own sheets, pillows, blankets. Twin Bunk Beds (2) Guests must provide their own sheets, pillows, blankets. Sleeping bags work well too.
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
Lake front is just a short walk down the hill. Exclusive use of 1 canoe. 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, pillows, blankets and towels. - Cell Phone Service: Verizon & AT&T (weak signals)


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Big Pine Shorty's - Cozy Cabin In Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest
average rating of 4.4210525 based on 19 reviews

Super Cozy cabin and gorgeous surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The cabin and property were fantastic. We stayed during the week and didn't see any other people the entire time. Andy was amazing and totally saved our butts with one issue we caused with the cabin. Would stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 20/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to share your enjoyable stay. It was nice to meet you and be able to help out with the "issue." Looking forward to hosting you guys for another quiet stay. Thanks again, Andy
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Great! Really relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

Clean cabin, easy to get to, right on the road, but had a great feel of being remote. Beautiful woods & trails, even with storm damage there was plenty to ski. Great sauna.

  • Review Submitted: 03/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review Shorty's. Your right, it is on the road less traveled. Not much traffic to listen to. Thanks for braving the "chilly" temps and glad you had some time to relax. Best, Andy
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Nice cozy place. WiFi didn't work very well. Otherwise as expected

  • 5 of 5

Nice. Could use more of a fire pit.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive review Joseph! Wish you would have called us about the WiFi. We recently installed a new repeater antenna and were getting 25Mb download speeds. We'll check into that though and thanks for bringing it up. -Andy & Lura
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Small cabin in the woods

  • 4 of 5

Skylight in the cabin is awesome to view stars. Bring your own stuff for the most part. Affordable price & serene location.

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ebenezer for taking the time to share your experience. Glad you got to enjoy the dark nights and starry skies. -Andy
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An authentic MN cabin

  • 5 of 5

Big Pine Shorty's is like staying in the BWCA with indoor plumbing and a kitchen. We absolutely loved it! We were able to be off the grid, fire up the sauna, fish late in the evening from the canoe and lie all afternoon on the dock. It brought me back to the summers of my youth except we didn't have to use an outhouse and we could stream the baseball games on our phone. It is a great launching spot for fishing the trout stocked lakes in the area too. It's a short walk to the lake and the cabin is close to the road but neither were an issue. Andy was very accommodating and personable when we had questions. If you grew up going to the lake, you will love this place; it's an authentic MN cabin.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mari. Glad Shorty's and mother nature took you back to a simpler time and special memories. That's what we love about it. Nothing fancy, just a peaceful setting to escape from whatever. Thanks again. It was a pleasure to meet your family. -Andy
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If you are looking for a good, basic stay with all the amenities. This is it.

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our time here. It fullfiled our needs. My only complaint is the map to the location. It would have been better to know the exact miles to the destination once we got to Isabella as well as signage information. We drove right past it because the map we were given had no street names. But, we were able to figure it out and it was a good cabin for the price.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dean. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Direction links in our email usually work pretty well. I'll take a look at the maps and get the roads labled. Sincerely, Andy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Duluth, Mn
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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance AU$78.57
Damage Deposit AU$266.34

MINIMUM 2 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.