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Beautiful, Quiet, Relaxing and Very Secluded

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,080 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-9)

Just 8 and a half miles east of Ely, Minnesota and a mile and a half off the Fernberg Road on Garden Lake. It is a year around cabin that is beautifully built, quiet, relaxing, secluded place to enjoy your vacation, honeymoon or escape from the hustle and bustle. Solitude is what you'll experience. Open beam ceiling. No need to bring bottled water as a result of a 300+ foot well. BWCA is accessible by water, Read the reviews.

WiFi - free

Air Conditioned

One bedroom with 1 double bed

Loft with 1 double and 1 twin bed and double futon

Living room has double futon

Beautiful lake view with large sundeck on two sides

Smoke and pet free environment

Linens included

Kitchen fully equipped -

Drinking Water Certified by Health Dept.

DVD, Satellite HD TV, VCR and surround sound

Wood stove with glass door

Unlimited wood supply

Outdoor fire pit with benches

95' dock with bench (private)

Full bathroom with tub/shower

16' SSV Lund with 25 hp electric start/power tilt E-tec

17' aluminum Grumman canoe with paddles

life jackets

Cedar pontoon swim raft w/ladder anchored in bay

Extremely private

Boat launch available for private boat

Gas grill

Fish Cleaning Station

Fishing map of the lakes

Keywords: beautiful, quiet, relaxing, secluded place to enjoy your vacation, honeymoon or escape,

Garden Lake

More Details

John Kleive
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About John Kleive

Retired Vocational teacher / Welder / Welding Inspector / Peace Corps Volunteer / disabled veteran. The property (40 acres) was bought in '88 and the road (1 1/2 miles) was put in the following year. Two years later my boys and I had the cabin basically completed and its been my home ever since.

John Kleive purchased this cabin in 1988

Why John Kleive chose Ely

With 6 children in our family, we found the BWCAW to be a terrific family vacation area that we could afford. I couldn't imagine a better area to retire to than a cabin on a lake in the Ely area.

What makes this cabin unique

I think I enjoy the solitude, privacy and beauty of my small part of the lake most of all. It's a great place to relax, enjoy nature and simply enjoy and appreciate being alive.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Ely

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub / Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Other (See Description) - 1 double bed
    Loft - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , 2 sofa bed/futon
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ski
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Treadmill Binoculars


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful, Quiet, Relaxing and Very Secluded
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
North Branch, Minnesota

Well-appointed private lake-front cabin

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked this cabin after our daughter's wedding, needing a little R &R for ourselves. It was a beautiful piece of heaven! The owner, John, went out of his way to greet us beforehand and show use around. The cabin was very private, accommodating and well-stocked. My husband saw a bear in the morning through the window out by the deck. The Northern Lights were spectacular. The fishing was the best we ever had and the neighboring lakes were accessible via Garden Lake. I brought in a large Walleye- a lifetime catch! My husband, a large Northern. The owner offered to have them mounted and displayed in his cabin. So very touching but because this was our first big catch and the weekend was so beautiful, we decided to have them mounted and keep them at our home as a memory. The fish were so big that we could not find a cooler big enough to keep them on ice. It turns out the owner texted us, realizing our dilemma and offered for us to borrow his ginormous cooler. I cannot get over his hospitality and really have no desire to stay anywhere else again but his cabin. Nothing can come close to what we experienced here and we frequent Ely and Grand Marias quite often.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Rental, you will NOT be disappointed

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 2 children (8 and 6) and I spent a wonderful fun filled week at Trail's End. The cabin was very clean and perfectly situated in a private cove of Garden Lake. The cabin has every amenity you could want for an enjoyable lake vacation. There are limitless opportunities to enjoy the surrounding wilderness and the Boundary Waters are accesible by boat or if you want to use the guide services available in Ely. I used the fishing boat each morning and caught many Walleye and Northern Pike the largest of which was caught in the cove by the cabin. We found Ely to be a great place to have dinners after a day of fun and sun as the restaurants were excellent. The owner, John, is obviously a very quality person and he went out of his way to make sure we had everything we may have needed for an unforgettable stay at his fantastic property.

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Duluth, MN.

Trail's End vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two weeks at Trails End on Garden Lake. Lots of boating, swimming and fun at this very private and secluded cabin! Owner John was very attentive to any needs and the cabin was clean and well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

Trail’s Edge was the ideal place to vacation in the beautiful, serene North Woods. Sitting on a secluded spot on quiet Garden Lake, it was just a short drive to Ely for groceries, window shopping, dining at a unique restaurant, or enjoying a treat of ice cream or coffee. So many lakes and trails, too - perfect for outdoor enthusiasts!

We loved relaxing in the P&Q of the cabin, paddling/fishing on the lake, leaving behind all the busyness of life. We rented the owner’s boat (take your own trolling motor/battery), and I took my kayak. We were pleasantly surprised by the lack of traffic on the lake. Most of the time it was only us and the occasional loon, bald eagle, beaver, or deer on/near the water. We also enjoyed swimming to/lazing on the floating dock (bring your own beach towels and floaties).

The cabin was perfect for our family of five. Tucked back down a long gravel road, with the closest neighbor being across the bay, it was exactly the amount of seclusion we wanted. We were very comfortable and pleased with just about everything. It was clean with no signs of mice/insect problems. Our mattresses/bedding were quite comfortable. The water quality was fantastic and accommodated all of us…no running out of hot water, no rust, excellent water pressure. We didn’t get to use the wood burning stove, but there was lots of wood for it (and for the fire pit), and we did take advantage of the AC. There were plenty of linens, bath towels, kitchen textiles to get us thru the week, and the kitchen was well equipped with just about everything we needed to prepare/eat meals (bring things like aluminum foil, parchment paper, Ziploc baggies, tissues). There was plenty of room to spread out at the dining room table to eat or play games, lounge and read on one of the comfy futon sofas in the living area, sit and sip coffee on the big wraparound deck. The kids befriended a chipmunk who would gladly take nuts and grapes right out of their hands. We even had a black bear lumber through the yard one evening!

John was such a gracious host, communicating well with us and meeting with us at the cabin upon our arrival to show us the ropes of the place. He told us it was our home for the week and that he was just a phone call away if we needed anything, which was a comfort. We were sad that we had to leave this wonderful place and area. It was such a rejuvenating and restorative week for us, and we hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicole, Thanks much for a great review. I'm glad your vacation went well. Give my best to all and hope you'll consider Trails End again in the future. Take care....................john
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Awesome family summer lake vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Like other reviews have said it was a great property , great amenities , and John was great to work with. Took my two kids ages 4 and 7 and we all had a vacation we'll remember forever. Lots to see and do around the Ely area as well.

  • Review Submitted: 25/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much Barret for the five stars. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and I hope you'll consider Trails End again in the future. Thanks again........................john
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Rogers, AR


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Trails End for two weeks. We could not have picked a better place to relax. Just 15 minutes from town, but very quiet and only saw three boats the whole stay. The cabin is opened just as if you were the owners which make the stay feel like home. If you need anything, John is very helpful. Fishing was a little light but we caught fish for dinner every night we wanted fish. Wild life everywhere, even had the eagles pay a visit or two. Lots of lake to explore by boat or kayak. Lots of walking trails around. The wood stove was great and if not careful will run you out of cabin, lots of firewood. Best place we have stayed in Ely area, this is our 5th year of vacations in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 27/09/2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Car: necessary

Iron Ore Mine (underground) in Sudan, MN (about 30 miles)

North American Bear Center

Dorthy Molter Museum (Root Beer Lady)

International Wolf Center

Vince Shute Bear Preserve (1 1/2 hour drive)

Access to BWCA

Ely/Winton Historical Museum

155 types of birds


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Ely

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June Special Week 2
16 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$28 per night, per additional guest
April 2018 split
24 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$28 per night, per additional guest
July Special
14 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Boat/Motor Per Week Opt AU$470.36 + Tax

Summer: May/October - $1600/wk (4 guests). $150 extra per person over 4 guests
unless under 10 years old. Boat/motor $350 per week
Saturday through Saturday only. Check-in Sat. 12:00pm, check-out Sat. 9:00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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