Nestled in the woods along beautiful Trout Lake, the Northern JEM is truly a place to relax and unwind. It offers something for everyone -- abundant fishing (right off the dock - great for kids!), a great lake for water skiing and tubing, and lots of wildlife. You can watch bald eagles fish and feed their young in the pine tree next to the dock! Start or end your day with incredible sunrises and sunsets over pristine waters.... what more could you ask for?!
Trout Lake is a moderate sized lake (approx. 1900 acres with 13.5 miles of shoreline) and if you enjoy fishing, it is a good place to wet your line. The lake was stocked for many years with walleye and also offers northern pike, rock bass, sunfish, perch, and blue gills. The lake's topography provides for excellent fishing with a maximum depth of approx. 135 feet - lots of shelves and rolling terrain make the challenge of landing a trophy fish all the more fun! Water clarity and quality is very good.
Trout Lake is also a water skier's dream! The lake is 4.5 miles long, so you can ski and tube for hours without being interrupted by other boats and jet skis. The lake is not heavily populated so you will not encounter much boat traffic, other than those trolling along a shelf line hoping too to land a big one!
The lake has two public boat launches and beaches -- one on the north end off of Hwy 169 and the other is located immediately across the lake from our dock. Your rental includes the use of a canoe, 2 kayaks, life jackets, and paddles. You are welcome to tie your motor boat to the dock. There also is power available by the dock for live wells.
If fishing and swimming aren't your thing, you can spend hours reading in solitude or observing lots of wildlife, including eagles, hawks, osprey, a family of deer, hummingbirds, pileated woodpeckers, loons, an occasional raccoon or beaver, as well as the always curious chipmunks.
The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway begins in Grand Rapids and ends 47 miles north in Effie. Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features.
Outdoor recreation, including miles of marked hiking trails, and interpretive sites are waiting to be explored. During fall, the north woods is adorned with the brilliant colors of red sugar maples, bronze oak trees and glowing gold aspen and birch. Little outposts and antique shops exist along the way. The Chippewa National Forest and the Suomi Trails offer miles of paved trails for hiking, biking and rollerblading.
Learn about Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, at her birthplace and childhood home in Grand Rapids, including a very interesting exhibit at the Itasca County Museum. Step into pages from the past and discover the history of the logging era at the Minnesota Forest History Center. Here you can climb a 100' fire tower and see for miles! The Children's Discovery Museum offers great entertainment for younger children. You can also take tours of the Blandin Paper Mill (located on the Mississippi River) and the Hill Annex Mine & State Park. Hibbing, Minnesota, hometown of music legend Bob Dylan, is less than a 1/2 hour drive away and there you can visit the Bob Dylan Collection, found in the Hibbing Library.
If golf is your game, several well-maintained 18-hole golf courses provide championship play -- Eagle Ridge, Pokegama & Sugarbrooke. Four 9-hole courses are also in the area. Grand Rapids is home to the annual Grand Slam Amateur Golf Tournament, held each year on the 3rd weekend of August.
Several day trips can also be planned. The Mississippi River Headwaters are about a 90 minute drive to the west and Duluth and the North Shore are just over an hour to the south and east. The edge of the Mesabi Iron Range and the north woods has a lot to offer. Come and stay for a while -- you won't want to go home!
My family and I enjoyed our stay at Northern Gem. I would have given a 5 star rating, but the shower in the bathroom was way too small for my family. We seen the bald eagles every morning during our stay. A couple of loons were on the lake most days. We found out that we all love kayaking on the lake. The house had more room than I thought it would. It was clean and comfortable.
My husband and I were at Trout lake for a fishing event, and we came early to scout out the lake. We overall had a good stay the Northern Jem. The cabin is very clean, well decorated, and has everything you might need in the kitchen. The owners were responsive with any questions that came up. The area around the cabin was quite beautiful and there were deer that walked through the paths every morning. There was enough parking for our boat trailer and probably 2 other vehicles. We brought our 19 ft Lund fishing boat and the dock was good. There are big walleye, small mouth, and northern in this lake. I also caught a lot of rock bass off of the dock.
Overall, this was a nice cabin on a decent fishing lake.
Some "words of advice" for summer travelers to this cabin (the following is no fault of the cabin, but I mention because it may provide some guidance with choosing this cabin for your vacation)
- We came during a very HOT week with temps in the 90s every day and high humidity (dew points in the upper 60s). The temps usually get down to 50s at night in northern MN, but when we were there they got down to 75ish. We had the windows open with all fans on ect and the coolest it got in the cabin was around 80 degrees most nights. There was one night were we there was a breeze which was SUPER helpful. For perspective, our towels would not dry inside or outside on the line over the night from the heat and humidity. The hot sun was able to dry them during the day though. We are fairly tolerant people, but we were pretty miserable as there was no real “escape” from the heat except to go places in the car for some air-conditioning. So, if you are planning a mid-summer vacation, keep this in mind.
-There are over 60+ stairs between the dock and the cabin. Some of the stairs are on a hill/incline so it is more than just stairs. I read on another review that there were stairs, but I didn't anticipate quite this many. We are young and healthy so didn't have any issues with them, but for someone that was older or has joint issues, getting up and down could definitely be an issue. My 70 yo father would not be able to make it up and down the stairs.
All of that being said, I would consider coming back in the fall or spring when the weather was cooler.
Judy and I so enjoyed the Northern Jem, the privacy, the clean, beautifully decorated cabin with thoughtful accomodations
and supplies, furnished so lovely....with thoughtfulness and taste. Everything worked well and we truly felt like
home. We also so enjoyed the dock and the canoe and the outside fire. With the loons and the beauty of the virgin
lake, clean and natural with deer to greet us in the morning on the property, we just cannot say enough how
we treasured this visit. We would like to return at some point. Thank you Nick and Linda Rose for making
our retreat everything we had hope for and more.
Sharon Ravenel and Judy Lampman
Wonderful location, private but close enough to Grand Rapids for convenience. The cabin is lovely, very clean and spacious, with almost everything you might need provided. Terrific owners. We would definitely stay again!!
Would definitely come back to stay at this property we were here on holiday weekend lake had very few boats.no mosquitoes either.thank you
We were extremely happy with the location and cabin itself. The view was unbeatable and trout lake provided. We caught off the dock and when we took the boat out. It was what a cabin experience should be. Wish we could've stayed longer.
Grand Rapids offers the amenities of a larger city without losing the small town charm. Festivals, live theater & music, swap meets, stock car races and a farmer's market are offered throughout the year.
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All rental rates are based on 4 people. Additional adults $30/night & children are $15/night. We do not charge extra for children 0-24 months.
Check-in is 4 PM or LATER and check-out is 10 AM. A week-long rental is 6 nights / 7 days. We try to accommodate special requests for check-in / check-out times - please ask!