Stone Fireplace - Stunning Views - Very Private

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Last updated: 09/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Property description

Why stay at a crowded resort when, for the same price, you can have true wilderness seclusion in this privately owned, beautifully furnished Lake Vermilion lake cabin?

Looking out our windows, you see no other cabins unless you use binoculars. We are at the 'more remote' east end of Lake Vermilion, on the mainland. (Many cabins on Vermilion are on islands, but when you come to our cabin you drive right up to the door.) If you're looking at a map of Lake Vermilion, the far eastern tip of Pine Island points like a finger right at our cabin. The beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is only a half mile away through the woods, one and a half miles away by boat or canoe. A canoe is provided, and a boat and motor can be rented nearby.

Enjoy your own private dock on a renowned fishing lake, 250 feet of private shoreline on a point, large shaded patio with gas grill, and a beautifully furnished wilderness lake cabin featuring all wood interior, fully equipped kitchen, stunning lake views, bathroom with shower, main level living and dining area with stone fireplace, lower level family room with franklin stove fireplace, and a beautiful romantic log master bedroom that features a Sleep Number (R) bed, lake views, and french doors that lead out into the separate lower level family room.

We would like to show you an online slide show of over 100 beautiful pictures of this property. If the link below doesn't work for you, please either call us or send us a VRBO email inquiry and we will send you the link in email.

The bedrooms are configured as follows: bedroom #1 (the master bedroom) has one queen size Sleep Number (R) bed. Bedroom #2 has one twin bed only. Bedroom #3 has one twin bed only. Bedroom #4 has one queen bed and one twin bed. Two additional sofa beds are available, linen included. The entire cabin was completely redone in 2000. Sorry, no dishwasher. No pets. No smoking.

This cabin has been lovingly cared for by the same family for 30 years, and has very seldom been rented out during that time. Understandably, we are interested in renting only to very respectful guests who will treat the property with the same loving care that we do. For this reason we do ask for multiple references and check them carefully. Preference is given to guests who book for two weeks or longer.


The National Geographic Society has described Lake Vermilion as one of the top ten most beautiful lakes in the United States. Today it's known not only for its natural, rustic beauty, but also for championship fishing that includes walleye pike, northern pike, muskellunge, small-mouth bass, crappies, and panfish. Lake Vermilion has 1,200 miles of shoreline (more than any other lake in Minnesota), has no motor restrictions, spans 40 miles, and includes 365 islands --and one of those islands is nine miles long.


-Groceries, ice, and your favorite bottled drinking water
-Your own fishing gear and life jackets
-A warm jacket; nights can be cool

Groceries can be ready for you when you arrive for a 15% gratuity over the food cost.

PAYING WITH A CREDIT CARD? We accept PayPal, for a 3% additional fee.

BRINGING CHILDREN? Children are welcome, but require careful supervision near a lake.

Keywords: Lake Cabin, cottage

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome, but require careful supervision near a lake....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Our main level is handicapped accessible to a person who can negotiate one step. The main level includes the kitchen, dining room, livingroom, two bedrooms that have one twin bed each, and the bathroom. Bathroom has just a normal width door and there are no grab bars in the shower or near the toilet. My 83 year old dad with Parkinson's Disease does just great in this environment, and so does my 100 year old grandmother....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 7-9

  • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single


  • Convertible bed(s): 2 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master bedroom has luxurious adjustable Sleep Number (R) bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofas (2)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom includes toilet, sink, shower, and lake view.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A few board games and puzzles are located in the cupboards downstairs....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    A small video library is included....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Stunning, up close lake view out 6 large lake facing windows...moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pier Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    The main dining room table seats 6-8, but there are two additional tables available on the lower level, and they seat four each....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Fireplace:

    Two high quality gas fireplaces, one upstairs and one downstairs....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) The property features two high quality gas fireplaces, one on each level. Each fireplace has in front of it a comfortable hide-a-bed that converts to a queen size bed....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Our heating is provided by our two high quality gas fireplaces....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless internet that you turn off when you are not in use. We have a generous data plan so you will have sufficient internet for your personal use, however excessive overages will be charged....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Upstairs living room features striking stone fireplace, stunning lake view, and easy chairs that rotate to face the lake or the fireplace....moreless

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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer:

    Freezer is the top compartment of the refrigerator....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    All dishes, silverware, pans, linens, microwave, pancake griddle, crockpot, waffle iron included...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    A world class golf course is located 45 minutes away, at Fortune Bay Casino....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    A canoe, paddles, and some life jackets are provided. Because we cannot guarantee that we have your life jacket size, for greatest safety bring your own....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Features a generous lawn overlooking the lake....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 3 traveler reviews
Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room 06/20/2013

VRBO Bear stayed here:

I felt right at home in this log cabin on Lake Vermilion. Natural light flows throughout this cabin because of the large windows that give a view of the lake at almost every turn. It’s very spacious, with plenty of room upstairs and downstairs. The large shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. There are four bedrooms so there was plenty of room for everyone. The upstairs living room in particular was a hit for my group because could relax and watch TV while looking at the amazing views of the lake. Outside there is a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner which we also used to cook the fresh fish we caught from the dock.

The property is just steps away from the amazing Lake Vermilion. We took a boat out and enjoyed a day on the lake, catching many fish. The cabin is very close to a town called Ely, which is a beautiful town to go shopping and has awesome restaurants. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home. We enjoyed visiting the Wolf Museum in Ely.

For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on Lake Vermilion for your next vacation!

The VRBO Bear

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
September and October
Sep 1 - Oct 31
7 night min stay

$1,596 $5,130
May 1 - May 31
7 night min stay

$1,596 $5,130
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,995 $6,390
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pets Not Allowed $0
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


You are renting the two-level brown log-sided cabin including patio, gas grill, yard, waterfront, and dock located at fire number 5293, end of Mud Creek Road, Tower, MN.

RELEASE FROM LIABILITY. Tenant agrees to hold property owner(s) blameless and free owner(s) from all liability for any accident, injury, or loss that might occur due to use of this vacation property, and to free owners from any and all claims and damages which may occur from use of this property.

PETS. Pets are not allowed.

SMOKING. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the cabin. Smoking outdoors? Please collect butts and dispose of them properly.

USE OF BOAT. The canoe beside the Crowsnest cabin is for your use. Floating sauna and fishing boat are NOT included in your rental. You may rent a boat from Billy at nearby Glenwood Lodge.

USE OF DOCK. You may use the right side of our right dock. More dock space is available upon request.

NO CLEANING FISH IN THE CABIN. A fold-down outdoor fish cleaning table with hose is provided. Dispose of guts on the shoreline at the far far left side of the property.

YOU AGREE TO CALL US PROMPTLY IF ANY REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, OR SUPPLY ISSUES DISTURB YOUR STAY. Call Jeannie between 7 am and 10 pm at 651-230-4240. We can address issues promptly. Sorry, no refunds or other compensation can be made for issues not promptly reported to the landlord.

WHAT WE PROVIDE. We supply all linens, towels, blow dryer, first aid kit, gas grill, dishes, pots, pans, silverware, utensils, crock pot, toaster, coffeemaker, pancake griddle, microwave, dishwashing soap, and your first five gallons of drinking water.

DIRECTIONS. When you’ve paid in full, we will email you directions and the lockbox code. The cabin is 30 minutes from both Ely and Tower, MN.

WHEN YOU LEAVE. Lock all doors and windows. Leave the key on the counter. Do not lock storm doors.

INTERNET. Wifi is provided. Router is near the kitchen recycling can. AT&T cell service works well. Have a great time!

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 09/02/2016
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A small island with one very secluded campsite for camping or picnics is a short (1/2 mile) paddle across the bay. It's a 40 minute drive to Bearhead State Park and its 17 miles of groomed hiking trails. It's a 45 minute drive to Fortune Bay Casino and its award winning golf course (ranked by Golf Digest as the 2004 best new public golf course in the U. S.). Boat launching, bait, pontoon boat rental, boat gas, bar, and rustic sauna (bring your own towels; reserve in advance) are available at an established resort 1/3 mile away from this property. Restaurants, art galleries, shopping, a full service spa, and wilderness outfitters are just 1/2 hour away in Ely. The scenic north shore of Lake Superior (and the world famous Superior Hiking Trail) is just 75 miles away, a gorgeous drive over breathtaking Highway 1 (watch for moose, deer, and bald eagles as you drive this road). Also enjoy kayaking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing if you can bring your own equipment.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1977

About the owner: My husband is a software product manager for a large software company, and I am a conference and seminar speaker for students, a consultant for medical school applicants, and the author of the book '6 Things You Absolutely Must Do to be Brilliant in College (And Get a Job You Love Afterward)' due out in 2013. I was raised on Harvey Street in Ely, and my father started bringing me out to this part of Lake Vermilion when I was tiny.

Why the Owner Chose Ely, MN, USA:
My grandfather came to this part of the lake in 1910, and then when I was ages 12-15 I worked at a small resort very near this property. When I was 15 years old my dear uncle bought this cabin and allowed me -- and later my husband and children -- to use it all we wanted to. When my uncle reached his late 70's and managing the day-to-day operations of the cabin became wearying, he signed the property over to me. My husband and I have been its owners since 2006. A spectacular, overwhelming, beautiful gift. One we'd like to share with you.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of the cabin from atop the hill

    View of the cabin from atop the hill

  • These chairs swivel to face the lake; an unbelievable view for morning coffee

    These chairs swivel to face the lake; an unbelievable view for morning coffee

  • Romantic master bedroom features luxurious Sleep Number (R) bed and lake views.

    Romantic master bedroom features luxurious Sleep Number (R) bed and lake views.

  • Living Room with hide-a-bed

    Living Room with hide-a-bed

  • Caught May 2015

    Caught May 2015

  • View from the dock, at sunset

    View from the dock, at sunset

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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