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Cozy Log Cabin in Northern Minnesota Wilderness

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Mallard Log Cabin. Front view. Nestled in a mature pine forest; wood chip path.


Last updated: 07/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Mallard is a great log cabin for singles, one couple, or a small family. The beautiful screened-in back porch is a great place to relax, read or work a jig-saw puzzle. After using the gas grill, eat your dinner on the porch while viewing the deer and other wildlife in the Northwoods. When it is cool, the beautiful gas fireplace make this cabin very cozy. Mallard is an ideal cabin for those who want the convenience of a full kitchen and bath without sacrificing the tranquility of the wilderness experience. The sleeping loft is great for the kids; comfortable queen bed for mom and dad after enjoying the wilderness together. Mallard is available May-October.

Mallard Log Cabin:
Mallard is a self-contained three-room cabin complete with its own modern kitchen, full bath with tub and shower, screened in back porch and gas fireplace. Although this land is very rugged Mallard was designed with the handicapped in is all on one level with wide 3 foot doorways. The 12 x 16 foot screened in back porch is placed in its own corner of the woods. Have your moring coffee here, watch the hummingbirds or work a jig saw puzzle. Mallard is part of a wilderness retreat that has 2 cabins available for rent. You will have your own private dock, small beach and swing and miles of wilderness surrounding you! It is located in Northern Minnesota a few miles west of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It is like having a cabin on your campsite in the wilderness. Perfect for a get-away weekend, family vacation, or a girls get-together. Comfortable for 1-4. Mallard Log Cabin is available for rent May - October.

Wilderness Setting:
Mallard is set in a wilderness location, 20 miles from even a gas station. We have 20 acres of mature pine forest and 1300 feet of water frontage. We have several docks so each cabin has their own privacy. Mallard is located just 3 miles West of The Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. it is about 50 miles WEST of Ely down the Wilderness Echo Trail; it is about 40 miles EAST of Orr, Minnesota. Forget your worries as you relax on the back porch, gaze at the sunset, or listen to the loons. We have paddled the four miles up to Table Rock falls and never saw another canoe or boat. We are very secluded. It is like having a comfortable log cabin on your capsite in the wilderness. Come and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the BWCA Wilderness from the comfort of our log cabin! Canoes, rowboat, and life jackets are included with your rental of our log cabin.

Area attractions:
We have 20 acres of mature pine forest and 1300 feet of waterfront available for your use. Mallard is located on the Chain-of-Lakes part of the wild and scenic Vermilion River (Vermilion River Lake). The water is about a mile wide by us, and there is an 8 mile stretch for canoeing and boating. We are only a few miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and voyageur national Park. There are numerous waterfalls and rapids within a few hours paddle of the retreat. You can hike our 2 miles of trails. There is another 100 miles of abandoned logging roads that offer addititional hiking and excellent mountain biking opportunities. Points of interest include: Table Rock Falls, Vermilion Falls, Vermilion River Gorge, Astrid Lake Trails, Lake Jeanette Trails, Echo Lake Trails and beach, Majestic bluffs, hidden lakes, waterfalls, berry patches and a canoe paddle to ancient Indian pictographs will lure you onto the water and into the wilderness.

Keywords: Cabin, Northern Minnesota, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, BWCA, BWCAW, water, canoe, fish, Voyageur's National Park, Ely, Crane Lake, Echo Trail, 200 Road


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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Loft


  • Queen size Bed in Bedroom (1), Comfortable Futons in Screen Porch (1), Sleeping loft with 2 Queen size mattresses....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Full bathroom with tub/shower.

Other Amenities

  • Lakefront: Mallard has access to 1300 feet of water frontage, Limited Cell phone coverage...ATT works OK, small beach area, separate private dock, boat launch, canoes included, life jackets included, kayak available, row boats available, miles of hiking-biking-and-canoeing trails from the door...moreless


  • Games:

    Cards, puzzles and games in the cabin....moreless


  • Away From It All

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Dining area has nice table that seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Gas Fireplace:

    gas fireplace in living area...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas Fireplace has thermostat for controlled heat....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, towels, blankets and pillows provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living Area has loveseat, rocker and nice gas fireplace....moreless

  • Parking:

    Park right in front of your cabin...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided:

    limited towels provided...bring your own beach towels....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee with filters here...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    fully stocked kitchen with dishes, glassware, silverware, pots and pans, cooking sheets, griddle, and utensils....moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Pantry has oil, vinegar, some flour, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring your own food....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    canoes, paddles and life jackets included in your rental....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened in back porch...12 x 16 with table and reclining chairs provided...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill in screened in porch...moreless



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Last updated: 07/03/2015
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150 Miles
Nearest Airport
Duluth, MN
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sportsman, Buyck, MN
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
Three Brothers, Buyck, MN
150 Miles
Nearest Train
Duluth, MN
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Echo Trail...County Road 116
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sportsman or Trails End
90 Miles
Nearest Ski
Giant's Ridge, Virginia
Nearest Beach

Mallard (along with our Wildloon cabin) is 3 miles west of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota. Miles of hiking biking and canoeing trails right outside your door. We are right next to Superior National Forest with its mature white and red pines. Miles of undeveloped shoreline to explore. Table Rock Falls is a 4 mile paddle to the North (about a 2 hour paddle}. Everitt falls is 4 miles to the south of us. Ely is down the Echo Trail about 50 miles away. Enjoy the solitude of the wilderness from the comfort of our log cabin!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Pete and Maggie Jung have been canoeing and vacationing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since they were in college in 1972. At first it was just the two of us, then our two sons, and now daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren. When we first purchased the property in 1998, Maggie took care of Loon's Echo Wilderness Retreat in the summers. During the year she taught high school in science in Illinois until 2010 when she retired. Pete continues to work for Morgan Stanley doing investments for his clients. In 2010, they built thier dream log home on the property and continue to enjoy sharing Wildloon and Mallard with their guests.

Why the Owner Chose Ely:
We first visited Loon's Echo wilderness retreat in 1998 when both of our boys were in college. It was an empty nest fall trip (in response to an ad in the Chicago Tribune), that has turned into an adventure of a lifetime. We found this piece of wilderness that reminded us of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. It is like having a cabin on your capsite in the wilderness. Since Maggie retired in 2010, the Jungs built 'Sunset Ridge' where they stay while they rent out Wildloon and Mallard to others. Come enjoy the quiet of the wilderness from the comfort of our log cabin.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
This cabin was originally part of a resort on Moose Lake north of Ely. It was moved to this beutiful pine forest overlooking the Vermilion River in 1993. The cabin was rebuilt then remodeled in 1999 to include the full kitchen and bath. We love this small is a great place to sit on the screen-in back porch and read, watch the hummingbirds, or work a puzzle. Fish, Canoe, or hike. This is a true wilderness experience with all the comforts of home.

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  • Mallard Log Cabin.  Front view.
Nestled in a mature pine forest; wood chip path.

    Mallard Log Cabin. Front view. Nestled in a mature pine forest; wood chip path.

  • Dining Area in Mallard

    Dining Area in Mallard

  • Kitchen with Stove, Refrig, micro,griddle, blender, toaster,coffee pot & dishes.

    Kitchen with Stove, Refrig, micro,griddle, blender, toaster,coffee pot & dishes.

  • Sleeping Loft in Mallard

    Sleeping Loft in Mallard

  • Screened in back porch overlooking the Northwoods and water.

    Screened in back porch overlooking the Northwoods and water.

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