This lovely yurt is a fabric tent with wood ray ceiling structure and folding lattice wall structure that give the very enclosure a calming restful effect. Situated up the hill in the woods from Lake Armstrong, the yurt offers privacy and seclusion with full lake access. There are two fully separate bedrooms with queen beds and a sleeping loft with a full and a twin mattress. A sofa folds out into another queen bed. A huge dining table offers space for wonderful means and card and board games and projects and crafts. A wood stove can provide ample heat for those cold spring or fall evenings or the dead of winter. A wonderful site for a quilting gathering or a yoga retreat. The full kitchen has a sink with cold running water, a refrigerator, a stove with oven, a microwave oven, a toaster and a coffeemaker. Hot water showers, lavatory sinks, and latrine toilets are down the hill in the bathhouse. Like our other cabins at Wilderness Wind, the Eagle Yurt does NOT have a toilet. The living area has three full size sofas to accommodate meetings and gatherings and there is a wood stove for heat or atmosphere. A deck offers a view of the lake and slivers of sunset light thru the trees. Yurt guests have full lake privileges including use of canoes, kayaks, the lakeshore swimming and seating area, the lakeshore firepit for bonfires. There is a Chickadee gathering space down by the lake for meetings, sing alongs, exercise classes, sewing groups, group gatherings that can be rented additionally (or used freely if not already in use by a group). It has tables and chairs and awesome views in all directions of the lake and the surrounding woods. The yurt is large enough to sleep nine on beds and more on sleeping bags on the floor of the loft but it is also warm and intimate enough to be comfortable for a couple of couples, as a romantic luxury but rustic getaway for a honeymoon or anniversary couple, or even for a single person who wants to experience the respite and unearthly glow of a canvas yurt and its geometric structure as the light changes with the time of day and the weather. The Eagle Yurt is like nowhere you have ever stayed before!
3 bedrooms, Sleeps 9
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 10, 2019
About Randy Pfeifer
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 yurt helps support these programs for Chicago Voyagers kids! Thanks!
Randy Pfeifer purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Randy Pfeifer chose Ely
Staying at our rustic yurt 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, a composting toilet, and nearby hot showers 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. The canvas walls of the yurt and the radial roof supports and crisscross lath support of the walls are beautiful both night and day. The ivory canvas seems to glow on a sunny day, and whatever the conditions, the mood inside changes as the light outside changes. You'll want to get out into nature, but staying inside this fantastic structure is pretty wonderful too!
What makes this Cabin unique
Rustic log cabins, this beautiful yurt, secluded site, Lake Armstrong shoreline, lake access for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, proximity to BWCAW and Mesabi Trail, sunset views, naturalistic landscaping, quiet respite to connect with nature.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great place to stay for kids and adults!
Charming, rustic resort to swim, boat, relax and fish. Many hikes, restaurants, and things to do. We visited the bear center and wolf center while we visited. We also did a short hike to a waterfall. We enjoyed evenings at the lake kayaking, making s’mores and visiting with other guests and their dogs. We plan to come back next year.
One-stop family camping
The yurt experienced a freak-of-nature accident with a fallen tree this summer and the poor owners were really trying to pull together to get it back up and running. It is a beautiful building and well accommodated our young family of 6 + dog. They did call us ahead and warn that things were not quite there, yet, however, we were given about 12 hours notice that there was no running water and no restroom in the facility and we had committed to coming. Facilities were both in the bath house down the hill, closer than I anticipated. And they did offer a partial refund because it was not as described which did impact our trip: midnight toddler bathroom walks in the woods.
There is TONS to do at the location: kayaks, canoes, fishing, swimming (beware there is aquatic life and leeches), nightly bonfires and more in the Ely area. Much is provided, but you may want to bring your own because the upkeep of so many options is struggling. It is out of town but not out of the way, a good balance for us. There were lots of blankets and sheets and towels and firewood. The fridge really helped us because 10 camping meals with 7, 5, 3 & 1 is hard to swing.
Overall, a bit rustic, but fit our purposes marvelously. More "gl-amping" than actual tent camping, but closer to nature (and with more space) than a hotel. We would recommend it to others and had a great trip! Thank you for hosting us.
Yurt at a rustic, old style cabin campground outside Ely
Our family of three stayed for two nights when we needed to check in with another family member in Ely. The site is pleasantly situated on a small lake with lots of neighboring properties at a small, old style, rustic cabin campground. Well-loved canoes and kayaks available to launch at ease were our favorite aspect of our stay. Kind people running the site; doing their best to transition successfully to a new management model.
There were several surprises about this property that came up just before and during our stay. The yurt was damaged in a storm back in early June. We got a call a week ahead of our mid-August stay to let us know it was safe, but not up to the pictures. During that call we also learned that the property is actually run by a non-profit that serves youth from Chicago, who come to stay for some of the summer. We wondered on our drive there if it would be a very busy place after all? yet, it was quiet as only a few families were there when we stayed. Upon arrival, we learned that there was no running water nor was the toilet in the yurt any longer. We received a partial refund in light of these various compromises to the property. We appreciated the call and the adjustment to the fees, but it would have been good to hear sooner, so we could have made other plans. We were not looking for a summer campground vibe, but instead intended to have a quiet, spacious place to stay for a short time without much fuss.
We had two families that stayed in the Yurt, but the Yurt had experienced storm damage the week prior to our arrival. The property manager, Dan, and his crew made sure our accommodations were safe and appropriate for our group. They were completely accommodating so that our kids could enjoy this "wilderness" experience. You may find fancier lodging in the Ely area, but I doubt you will find a staff more eager to make your stay enjoyable. The nightly campfires and neighborhood cook-outs are truly "Minnesota Nice." They also provided kayaks, canoes, row boats, and fishing equipment to be used on this pristine Armstrong Lake. This was a great vacation for both of our families. We will be returning !
Incredibly beautiful, peaceful, full of activities, and welcoming hosts
Going in to this place and this part of the country for the first time blind was a bit unnerving, but from the first phone call to the first view, this place exceeded out expectations. 7 of us men stayed in the yurt, each with plenty of space and our own bed, and fully enjoyed the big deck, the wooded seclusion and the short trail to the gorgeous and seemingly empty lake. The kayaks, the boats, and the dock were full access and we took full advantage of all of those spaces with plenty of swimming, exploring, and fishing. Several fire pits illuminated most evenings, and we had a few people around constantly servicing water, towels and other items. The yurt was beautiful, and worth every penny. Showers were clean and warm, toilets worked just fine, and in short: this place is a slice of magic.
We endured two enormous storms, one that brought down several trees on the property! While this was terrifying, Dan, our host, was helpful, quick, and gracious. We certainly hope to return and make this part of an annual get together.
I highly recommend you make this a getaway.
If you want to camp in style!
This yurt is the place for you! The yurt is a very spacious and clean cabin with rustic convenience. The composting toilet was an experience but very easy to use. The gravity flow water was limited but better than having no water and full pressure sinks were available with hot and cold water just a short walk at the bathhouse.
There were box fans available in each bedroom and the central roof vent kept the temperature very pleasant for our whole stay. The kitchen was fully equipped with all of the tools we needed to cook four meals during our stay.
Know there is a short walk up to the yurt from parking but there is a very convenient hand cart to help with larger items like coolers or suitcases.
We stayed here as a multi-family group and found it to be an ideal balance of convenience all the while getting a full north woods experience. Plus the conversation at the larger group campfire was an unexpected bonus! We had a campfire the first night at our fire pit right outside the yurt but recommend going down to the big ring right by the lake to meet others staying at the resort.
The access to lake Armstrong was perfect and so beautiful! Fish were plentiful and kept the kids entertained for hours right on the dock! The available canoes and kayaks (and paddle boat) were in good repair and easy to launch. Wildlife was varied and beautiful with loons and bald eagles to watch.
Thank you for the lovely memories!