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Great Family Cabin! Fall is Beautiful in Ely!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 BR, 2 Bath Family centered lake home, lovely in all seasons.

Welcome to Brother Bear Lodge located on White Iron Lake outside Ely, MN. Our home features 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, air conditioning, 2 fireplaces, a sauna and wireless internet service. Brother Bear can comfortably accommodate two families and we have sleeping spaces for 12. Bedroom set up is as follows: master (1 queen); bedroom 2 with bunk bed (full and twin) and additional twin; bedroom 3 with bunk bed (full and twin) with additional twin; and bedroom 4 full and twin beds.

Our cabin is the original outfitting building used by White Iron Beach Resort. The resort was founded in 1917 making it one of the earliest resorts in the wilderness area. As a guest at our cabin you have full use of the resort and all of the amenities it has to offer (more on that later!).

While the resort is almost 100 years old our cabin is virtually brand new. The original outfitters building has been transformed into a year round lake home. It is fully furnished with all new everything! We have a gas fireplace, air conditioning, wireless service, a very large deck, great room with large dining table and an additional family room with HD TV, satellite service and an additional fireplace. We have also recently added a three season porch for bug free relaxation overlooking the lake. We have a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave. The wood paneling that surrounds you was harvested from the blow down of the great storm of 2001. All on a single level for those who don't like steps (you will need to climb some steps to get into the cabin).

While staying at Brother Bear Lodge you'll have the peacefulness and beauty of the woods and lake while having access to the amenities of White Iron Beach Resort. There is a sandy and shallow beach, sauna, canoes and kayaks for use, boats for rent, and a family resort lodge packed with games, books and good company to enjoy. The resort has a busy volleyball court, playground, and all you'll need to feel at home yet on vacation. The main office is located on the main road into the lake during ice fishing season with snowmobile trails close by. The resort also offers guide services for those who take their fishing seriously.

Speaking of fishing...White Iron Lake is spectacular! We sit in a bay with a quaint island offshore, while the lake itself is 7 miles long and part of a chain of five lakes. We have access to the Boundary Waters right from our shore. White Iron Lake is known for its large Northern Pike and Walleye as well as Bass and Crappies.

For the more adventuresome we offer easy access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), one of the wildest places in the USA. Overnight access to the BWCA is closely monitored by the US Park Service and we strongly recommend you make plans ahead of time if you plan to camp in the BWCA.

Our neighbors include deer, wolves (largest population in the lower 48), black bears, fox, bald eagles, and the occasional moose.

While we are located in the Great Northwoods we are only a short drive to town. Ely has been called the 'coolest small town in America'. It features many quaint shops and restaurants. If you run out of supplies there are 2 full service grocery stores in town as well as several places for sporting equipment, bait and the like. The area offers many places to boat, hike and fish as well as interesting attractions like the Soudan Mine. The North American Bear Center and International Wolf Center are both located right outside opposite ends of town. These provide a chance to learn about and see up close our most famous residents (hopefully you will see them while at the cabin, but not as close). Several world class golf courses and a casino are located within a reasonable drive, Giant's Ridge and Fortune Bay among them.

We know you will find this to be an easy going, restful and fun place to gather for your next vacation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

More Details

Property Manager
Anne and Jim Gattman
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2018

About Anne and Jim Gattman

We are a busy family with three active and adventurous boys and a dog. We were first introduced to Ely and White Iron Lake years ago by dear friends. We live in St. Paul and are thrilled to have a place in the woods for our children to explore and for us to escape to. We love the unique beauty of the Ely area and the way coming here takes us completely away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We welcome you and hope you, too, will enjoy our home.

Anne and Jim Gattman purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Anne and Jim Gattman chose Ely

Our cabin was originally the canoe outfitters building for a family resort. We loved its size and openness, and with help from friends we were able to create a vision to turn it into a great lake home. We are grateful to be part of the White Iron Beach Resort community. Our children love to roam around, meet up with other children and enjoy all that the resort has to offer. We appreciate the nearness to Ely while still being able to get away to a beautiful spot in the woods. The Ely area and the BWCA are wild and free and full of great opportunities to explore nature and make great memories.

What makes this cabin unique

We welcome you to enjoy the privacy and convenience and comfort of a new cabin (with historic roots) while taking advantage of the benefits of the White Iron Beach Resort. The beach is a quick walk down the hill from our cabin. You can be right in the mix or enjoy more privacy on the deck.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for the opportunity to spend our honeymoon here. This is a beautiful location and the house is simply stunning.
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Ely

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please remember to bring bath towels.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathroom 1 tub and shower, sink, toilet Bathroom 2 Large walk-in shower, sink, toilet and sauna
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (1) In its own room-master bedroom., Double Beds (3) 2 full beds are bottom beds of bunk beds, Twin or Single Beds (5) 2 twins are top beds of bunk beds, Bunk Beds (2) Two bedrooms have a set of bunkbeds. The bunk has a full on the bottom and a twin on the top.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
In addition to the amenities of our cabin you can enjoy those of White Iron Beach Resort.


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Great Family Cabin! Fall is Beautiful in Ely!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Amazing cabin. Wonderful resort

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin and lake was so beautiful. The only complaint was having to leave so soon. We would come break again. Amazing owners and cabin

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. I am happy it all worked out for you. Hopefully you'll find your way to Ely and Brother Bear Lodge again. Happy summer! Anne
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Perfect cabin to enjoy a family vacation at!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about this cabin! Being able to enjoy the resort amenities was a bonus and the kids had a ton of fun! We cannot wait to book our next vacation here!

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We spent Thanksgiving weekend here. What an absolute perfect get away!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this home for large families. We have five children, four are married, and we have one grandchild. There are lovely bedrooms and a large gathering space. We celebrated Thanksgiving in the winter wonderland! What a memorable experience.

  • Review Submitted: 26/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Janet, for your review of our cabin. I am very happy that you and your family had a fun stay. Happy Holidays to you all!
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clean and nice

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean and very nice when we arrived. Can hold a lot of people. Grounds were clean. Fire pit is shared. A short walk to lake. Lots of canoes and kayaks to use.

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Bear Lake, MN

A gem of a cabin in Ely!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Brother Bear Lodge and had such a good time. The cabin is laid out and furnished beautifully, and with four bedrooms and two full baths, it would be great for extended families, women’s weekends, reunions, or guys’ retreat. While offering plenty of room for everybody, it has a warm, cozy feeling, not to mention a very nice sauna. We felt “at home” the second we walked in.

Fishing and hiking are just outside the door, and shopping and eating spots are only 10 minutes away in Ely (although you’d never know you’re that close). There’s all sorts of activities for kids on the beach and in the main lodge of the White Iron Resort. It was so nice to sit on the deck and gaze at the lake and the stars at night. We even tried to see who could find the most satellites.

We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return, but we’ll definitely plan on staying longer. There are so many places to explore and it was so nice coming back to such a comfortable cabin and cooking dinner together in the huge, open kitchen. Thank you for letting us share the beauty and comfort of your retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 21/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this cabin and the owners are awesome.

  • 5 of 5

We came to Ely from Portland, Oregon for a wedding, and booked this cabin to share with three families. The owners live near Minneapolis/St Paul, so it is managed through a little resort nearby. We arrived and fell in love with the cabin immediately. It has so much space, was tastefully and charmingly decorated, and the layout is perfect. We kept cozy with the fireplace in the main area, and the boys watched football in the four season porch (there's a little fireplace in there too.) It rained for our entire stay, and our girls (1.5 and 3.5) had lots of space to play and stretch out. The kitchen is well stocked, and my mother even baked all of the pies for the wedding in the oven. We loved everything about this place and are looking for an excuse to come back. Thanks for the great hospitality, Jim and Anne! We love Brother Bear Lodge!

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Ely Golf Course
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Giants Ridge

Ely is a charming town that serves as an entry point for the amazing Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Ely has something for everyone...outfitters, great shops and restaurants and it is home to the International Wolf Center and the American Bear Center. Ely has a strong history as a forestry and mining town and shares the beautiful forests and rock of the Iron Range.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin around the Ely

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Additional adult AU$137.22 + Tax
Pet Fee AU$96.05

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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