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Historic Cabin on Big Elbow Lake. Private, close to Detriot Lakes +Park Rapids

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,840 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrm with large bunk room, 2 bathroom, stone fireplace, 50' enclosed porch.

The lodge sleeps 13 with 1 queen bed, 1 full size bed, 2 daybeds with trundles and 2 bunk bed sets. Beautiful stone fireplace in great room, deck with gorgeous lake and wooded property view. Twelve acres of woods to the back for privacy and seclusion. Gradual slope and very close to the lake. Sandy beach area, swimming area and a 40'' dock to enjoy There is a fire ring lakeside for enjoying those evening campfires. Big Elbow Lake is a very good fishing lake - rated as one of the top twelve walleye lakes in Minnesota. The lake is over 5 miles long with beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife to enjoy as you boat down the lake. We also have a pontoon for rent - what a perfect lake to cruise a pontoon around.

sheldon schiebe
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2018

About sheldon schiebe

We are Sheldon and Mary, the proud owners of Elbow Lake Lodge on beautiful Big Elbow Lake. Since 2007 we have owned and managed Knotty Pines Resort, a 11 cabin resort with a campground on Boulder Lake in the Park Rapids area (approx. 45 miles from the Lodge). We hope that families will come and enjoy Elbow Lake Lodge as much as they have our resort.

We would like to share this beautiful Lodge, and look forward to meeting new guests and making new friends. As the parents of five children and thirteen grand children, we can think of no better place to make those special family memories than at the lake.

sheldon schiebe purchased this cabin in 2014

Why sheldon schiebe chose Waubun

This property holds special memories for Sheldon as he started vacationing on Big Elbow with his family in the late 50's. Sheldon also has three cousins on the lake . Elbow Lake Lodge is a log sided cabin built in 1939 and is one of the first cabins on the lake. It was used as a cabin and hunting lodge over the years and has a historic, cozy stone fireplace. The peaceful north-woods ambiance as you drive on to the property. The lake view is very beautiful from the great room, deck and from the expansive wrap around enclosed porch. The setting is very private, surrounded by 11 acres and very little development. Big Elbow Lake is a gorgeous and scenic 1100 acre lake with good fishing, crystal clear water and many sets of loons to serenade you at night.

We are confident that you and your family will enjoy the peace and quiet at Elbow Lake Lodge situated on 250' of private lake shore set in the big pines.

What makes this cabin unique

The lodge's historic, stone fireplace and a large great room are perfect for family gatherings. The enclosed wrap-around porch, great room and fireplace area offer expansive views of beautiful Big Elbow Lake. Big Elbow Lake is a good fishing lake - rated as one of the twelve best walleye lakes in Minnesota. The lodge is located at the end of the road and offers wonderful seclusion, privacy and quiet.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Waubun

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1840 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • There is a bathroom between the two bedrooms and a bathroom next to the bunk room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 single bed , 2 bunk bed , this bedroom is a large bunkroom that sleeps eight
  • First bedroom has a queen bed; second bedroom has a full size bed; the third bedroom is a bunk room that has two sets of bunk beds and two day beds with trundles. There is two bathrooms with a separate bathroom for the bunk room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • ski
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We have available for guest use a paddleboat and a canoe. We also have available for rental a 22' pontoon with canopy and a small fishing boat with motor.


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Historic Cabin on Big Elbow Lake. Private, close to Detriot Lakes +Park Rapids
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Perfect summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific time! The cabin is great to cozy up in, even if it’s raining. There are enough separate spaces indoor and outdoors so that we could hang out and be apart when needed. We maxed out the cabin occupancy and were still comfy but it was cozy. Lots of fans are provided, but bringing a noise machine helped in the large bunk room.

Took a day-trip to Itasca and had a great time. We went in the park at the north entrance ($7 cash per car) and stopped at all the cool things to see on our way down to Douglas Lodge where we had dinner. Only saw a tiny part of the park, but we all enjoyed it.

Pontoon rental was great. Caught lots of crappies, sunnies, and perch, and even crayfish! Saw so many loons and even an otter on the dock at night!

Kids loved playing on the sandy beach, and we all made s’mores in the evenings.

One fridge and a bev fridge were good but we had lots of people, so only brought food for the first half of the week and got more groceries after visiting Itasca when we had more space in the fridge.

The washer and dryer were also awesome to have, especially with wet swimsuits and towels!

The owner (Sheldon) is very easy to work with.

It was a perfect week getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 01/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice comments and so happy your family had such a wonderful time. It is a special place and we are happy we can share it with you. Hope you can stay with us again. Thank you, Sheldon and Mary
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Exactly as pictured! All the basics you need for a great Up North cabin experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay at Sheldon and Mary’s beautiful lake home. The pictures provided represented exactly what we were expecting. All the basics, a no-frills, northern cabin home. Our group of 4 adults and 4 kids ages four and under had a fabulous time enjoying the sandy beach area, the open and hilly yard, awesome sunny fishing off the dock and around the lake, and picturesque sunsets and campfires right by the crystal clear water. There was ample seating for our group inside and out which made for enjoyable meals together. There was plenty of space for all of us to sleep well and the box fans provided helped to keep us nice and cool most nights. Sheldon was easy to contact and had both the basic pontoon and simple fishing boat available for us right away. We enjoyed a quick boat cruise over to Be Jolly resort on the lake for ice cream sandwiches and pizza as well. Itasca State Park was worth the 35ish minute drive to see the headwaters and explore the park on foot and by bike. Be sure to bring your own kitchen, bathroom, and beach towels and toiletries/dish soap/laundry soap, and charcoal for the grill as none are provided. Overall, it was a fantastic week we all enjoyed, and have memories together to last us a lifetime. Thank you, Sheldon and Mary, for sharing your wonderful place with us!

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Hosts, Peaceful atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

A group of 11 women traveled together to this location to volunteer at an animal spay and neuter clinic on the reservation. This cabin was conveniently located just a few miles from the Rediscovery Center in Waubun where we were centered. We drove up from the twin cities, and it was a solid 4 hour drive. Sheldon met me there to tour the cabin, and was a gracious host.

The cabin is NOT air conditioned, but ample room fans were provided (a few for each room) and although it was 85 degrees outside, it stayed cool inside the cabin until we cooked. :) The lake itself is gorgeous and clear, it was fun just sitting on the dock watching the fish. We used the little paddle boat provided, and enjoyed watching loons and eagles! It would be a great fishing lake because it's quiet, clear and there were abundant fish. The deer flies were quite thick throughout the day, but I actually never got bit. We had beds for everyone, and space for 2 large blow up beds on the porch as well. Everything was very clean even though it's an older cabin and has a kitchy, vintage feel to it.

Words to the wise: Bring your own towels (bath and hand), Verizon has decent coverage AT the home, AT&T has ok coverage, but go two miles away and have NONE. There is only ONE gas station/store/bait shop/restaurant in the area, and the owners are delightful, but if you're looking to eat out for dinner, you will be driving 20-30 miles. If you forget your beer, you'll be limited to coors light at the store, or driving 30 miles. Bring bug spray. Bring some board games. There are bears in the area. Actually.

We LOVED our time at this cabin, and hope to stay again for our next clinic.

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin great lake

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 rented this cabin for 3 days for a fishing trip. The lake was very quiet and beautiful. The property was well maintained. Don’t forget to bring towels. The horse flies were aggressive near shore but were not bad on the lake. We caught a lot of fish. We even caught a 30 inch walleye on the lake to the south that elbow lake connects to (Little Bemidji lake). You can drive a boat through the shallow channel to travel between the lakes. The resort on Little bemidji lake (rainbow resort) also sells bait if you just pull up to their dock and walk up to the office. We also happened to know the neighbors which was nice to catch up with them. Everything was great and all the guys agreed they would like to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 11/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and your nice review, hope you can return to enjoy our property.
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Turn key. Ready for fishing and water fun!

  • 5 of 5

The owner has thought of everything to make your stay convenient, comfortable, and fun. Water toys, fire pit, pontoon, fish cleaning station, relaxing sun room. Its on a quiet lake on a private lot. We so enjoyed our stay and sheldon is the best! Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great owner.

  • 5 of 5

The wife and I took our 6 & 1 year old girls to the cabin for four nights. We rented the pontoon boat that is available and loved every minute of it. We even decided to stay an extra night! We caught good panfish and used the fish cleaning table at the house. The girls absolutely loved the sandy beach area. We were treated to many birds of prey fishing in front of us and the haunting calls of the loons at night. Just an overall wonderful time. The cabin is also a short drive to the Mississippi headwaters which was a nice little trip as well. Highly recommend the cabin.

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bemidgi, Mn
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Elbow Lake Store
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Eagle's View Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Detriot Lakes
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
New Horizon Restaurant
Nearest Ski
40 Miles

We are located in the beautiful forested area with Itasca State Park and North Country Hiking trail within a short drive on scenic Highway 113. Enjoy the active wildlife in the wooded area. Great fishing on Big Elbow Lake and just a few miles from Bad Medicine Lake, known throughout Minnesota for it's lake trout.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin around the Waubun

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer/Fall
21 Aug 2018 - 16 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$80.96

. CHECK IN: 3:00pm CHECK OUT: 9:00 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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