Loon Cabin, a rustic log cabin at Wilderness Wind near Ely, MN
Owner / Property Manager
About Owner / Property Manager
Wilderness Wind is owned and operated by Chicago Voyagers, a nonprofit that provides outdoor active experiences to urban youth that would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Youth participate in biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and river and lake canoe paddling trips. Included are trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that include wilderness canoeing, portaging, outdoor meal preparation, camping, navigation, and appreciation of the unique habitats of the BWCAW. Kids develop self confidence and are specifically taught leadership and teamwork skills. Your stay at our beautiful cabin helps support these programs for Chicago Voyagers kids! Thanks!
Owner / Property Manager purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Owner / Property Manager chose Ely
Staying at our rustic cabins offers guests a chance to experience the same flora and fauna of the Boundary Waters that the youth participants experience but with the comfort of comfortable beds, kitchens, and nearby hot showers and toilets in the bath house. Guests can paddle canoes on the lake and enjoy a campfire, hear the call of loons, enjoy sunsets over the water, and in doing so, feel a little closer to our natural world.
What makes this Cabin unique
One of the greatest things about Wilderness Wind is the peace and quiet of the local environment. People come to Wilderness Wind to get away from the noise of the city and to be close to nature. From a recently published book by our neighbor to the north of us, David Okerlund: “What makes our refuge so special is its solitude. At night the sky is crystal clear, and the only sounds you may hear is the crackle of your fire, an occasional forlorn call from a loon to its mate, and an even more entrancing high pitched wail of a grey wolf. Each sound we consider to be a priceless experience”. We agree completely with David and others who have worked hard to build a quiet community here on Lake Armstrong. We would like everyone who visits us to experience this slice of solitude too. Therefore, we ask that you do your part to keep Wilderness Wind quiet. Don’t bring your jetski or your bass boat with 300 hp engine. A small engine on your fishing boat is of course fine. Kids should make noise (or they wouldn’t be kids!) so we’re not trying to stifle fun but we do want everyone to respect the quiet that emerges at the end of every day for all to enjoy.
Max guests: 4
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Very well run. The cabin was adequate. The beds were clean and very comfortable. We used the water pump outside as the running water inside had no pressure. The bath house was a bit run down but worked fine for our purposes. The dock was in pretty good repair but could use some maintenance. We loved the fire pit by the lake and the well maintained one right by the cabin. The kitchen had everything we needed. The stove/oven worked great. There was lots of places to sit and places to hang jackets, etc. Jay came by a few times to check how things were and brought a puppy for us to play with :) It was the ideal place to spend outdoors as the weather is getting cooler esp. since we brought our 82 y.o. mom for her birthday. We'll be back.
Our stay was wonderful!
We had the most amazing time at wilderness winds. The cabin kitchen had many amenities such as toaster, oven, stove, microwave, pots/pan/plates ect. There was so many activities to do on the campground—motorboat, canoe, kayaks. There is a big campfire ring along with smaller pits by the cabins. The bathhouse was a bonus with hot showers! Jay was an amazing host, he checked in on us and made sure we had everything we needed in order to enjoy our stay. We felt very safe here! We would recommend this place to anyone—couples and family friendly!
Gorgeous location, calm and quiet!
This cabin was the perfect rustic getaway that we needed. Right on the lake, the stars at night were amazing.
Real North Woods camp experience
My son and I had a great time here. The place is very rustic but clean. The folks managing are super nice and accommodating.
The boats they supply could use some work but they are free. The place is 10 minutes from Ely and area attractions.
Bear Center is a few miles away and the Wolf Center is just on the other side of Ely, a few more miles away. Learn about these amazing local animals!