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Remote Wilderness Cabin, Ely, Mn, Birch Lake, 12 Mi Se of Ely

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Last updated: 08/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Rustic, cozy Gabbro Cabin stands on its own large private peninsula, facing its own intimate, picturesque bay, and its privacy is guaranteed by surrounding National Forest land. Gabbro is accessible only across two miles of Birch Lake.

Gabbro is a remote cabin, providing what owner Sharon calls “wilderness with a bed.” A crucial value of Gabbro Cabin is its break from technological dependency: no telephones, TVs, internet, or other plug-ins to compete with family fun and adventure. Gabbro's variety of fun activities, remote location, and isolation from electronic distractions have made it a terrific family vacation spot for annual returnees. The same gifts make Gabbro a marvelous getaway for couples.

The cabin has two bedrooms, each with a double bed and overhead single bunk. The cabin’s propane-powered refrigerator, oven/ stove, and inside lamps provide comfort and efficiency without infringing on the experiential wildness. The wood-fired Finnish steam sauna provides bathing luxury, and the cutting-edge outhouse provides private necessity.

Gabbro guests enjoy swimming, saunas, fishing, canoeing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, and wilderness relaxation. Wildlife abounds: eagles, loons and other waterbirds, warblers and other songbirds, otters, beavers, and brazen chipmunks can all be seen around the cabin area. Moose, deer, wolves, mink and martens all reside in the surrounding forest. Rental kayaks and boat motors can be arranged.

The pristine waters of Birch Lake offer excellent walleye and smallmouth fishing, many miles of unbroken natural shoreline, and direct access to the Boundary Waters.

Come and celebrate Boundary Waters magnificence at Gabbro Cabin!


Keywords: Remote, Water-access, Sauna, Boundary Waters, Wilderness

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Rustic cabin, crucial freedom from tech dependency, large private peninsula, intimate picturesque bay, privacy guaranteed by surrounding National Forest Land, direct access to the Boundary Waters, Transport provided to and from cabin...moreless

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

  • Water View:

    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming

General

  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Large Finnish Steam Sauna, adjacent to lake ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
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Cabin Season
May 9 - Oct 17, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,260
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,260

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $70
  • Tax Rate 9.875%

Notes:

Each renting party will be met at Birch Lake National Forest Campground landing Sunday mid-day (by arrangement) and transported with all gear to the cabin; the party will be picked up again the following Sunday morning and returned to the Birch Lake Campground and their vehicle(s).

50% of Total to secure Reservation. Remaining 50% due two weeks before arrival. Cancellation policy: Refund less $50 if 90+ days’ notice. After that, if the cabin week is re-rented, deposit minus $50 will be refunded.


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Location

90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Small Ely airport; Nearest major airport is Duluth
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
9-H Public Ely; 18-H Fortune Bay (42 mi)
90 Miles
Nearest Train
Duluth
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Minn Route 1
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Numerous choices in Ely

Car: Necessary

Canoeing, Finnish steam sauna, swimming, saunas, terrific walleye & smallmouth fishing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, wilderness relaxation, abundant wildlife, kayaks and boat motors available as rentals

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Tom and Sharon Arendshorst have owned the Gabbro Cabin peninsula on Birch Lake since 2000. Residents of Holland, Michigan, Tom is a retired ophthalmic surgeon and Sharon a retired pastor. Tom was introduced to the Ely area as a Camp Voyageur youth in 1960; he and Sharon are longtime Boundary Waters/Quetico canoeists, and love the remote peace, Northwoods beauty, sense of retreat and abundant opportunities for wilderness fun that rise around Gabbro Cabin.

Why the Owner Chose Ely:
Gabbro Cabin has unique assets: it is remote and blessedly private because it is surrounded by National Forest, but it also gives access to many miles of waterway, shoreline, fishing, and exploring. The peninsula's size provides hiking trails and varied habitat for wildlife. Being at Gabbro is accessible 'wilderness with beds.'

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The Ely area offers unique access to boreal wilderness via the maze of lakes and connecting waterways of the Boundary Waters region. We purchased this remote cabin to give our family a 'home' from which we have been able to annually retreat from 'civilization,' refresh our spirits, and taste the compelling draw of wilderness. We are pleased others can share this bounty!


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Photos

  • Musing on the Dock of Gabbro Bay

    Musing on the Dock of Gabbro Bay

  • Gabbro Kitchen

    Gabbro Kitchen

  • Cabin Bedroom

    Cabin Bedroom

  • Gazebo Dining: Elegance in the Rough

    Gazebo Dining: Elegance in the Rough

  • West End of Gabbro Bay, Sunset

    West End of Gabbro Bay, Sunset

  • Peninsula Hiking Trail

    Peninsula Hiking Trail

  • Blue Water, Blue Sky

    Blue Water, Blue Sky

  • Fryin' the Catch

    Fryin' the Catch

  • View South from the Cabin

    View South from the Cabin

  • Our Glorious Finnish Steam Sauna, steps from the lake!

    Our Glorious Finnish Steam Sauna, steps from the lake!

  • Gazebo: Den and Patio

    Gazebo: Den and Patio

  • East End of Gabbro Bay

    East End of Gabbro Bay

  • Peninsula HIking Trail

    Peninsula HIking Trail

  • 'State of the Art' odorless Outhouse-with-a-View

    'State of the Art' odorless Outhouse-with-a-View

  • Rear View of Gabbro Cabin

    Rear View of Gabbro Cabin

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