Beautiful Secluded Islands on Lake Burntside
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
These two small secluded islands are a perfect place for couples and families who desire a peaceful wilderness-like retreat on Burntside Lake. Within view of the Crab Lake portage into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, it provides an opportunity for those who love the simplicity of camping, and the quietude of the wilderness, but may desire the comforts of a very cozy cabin. Private and intentionally simple, Moccasin island allows you to unplug, connect with family and the north woods environment. It is located four miles from a public landing. Burntside Lake is one of the 5 designated “Valuable Resource Waters” in Minnesota. It is wonderfully clear and well populated with Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, and Bass.
The cabin is located on the larger island and includes a kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms with two twin beds in each. The unfinished attic has two additional twin beds and makes a great hideout for kids. The cabin also has a large full width deck near the water’s edge, perfect for dining outside and watching loons, beaver, osprey and the occasional bald eagle.
A footbridge with a boathouse and deck connects the islands. Another deck is built out over the water and provides a great place for fishing and swimming and yoga. The smaller island has a screen house with a small deck that overlooks the water, a favorite sleeping spot for some visitors. The moonrise is magical and northern lights can be a bonus.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is within sight of the island. Two canoes are provided, and it is a short paddle to the BWCA if you wish to make a day trip.
The Island is rustic but comfortable. The lights, stove, oven, and refrigerator all operate on propane gas and there is no electricity or running water. The outhouse is tidy and a solar shower is available for washing. Narrow paved paths connect the cabin to the facilities and the boathouse.
You will likely settle in, unwind and prefer to stay put once you get there, however dining is available at Burntside Lodge – a scenic 15 minute trip by boat. The town of Ely is a lively community with many shops and restaurants. The Wolf Center, Bear Center and Ely Folk School are also worth visiting. Tower, located about 22 miles from Ely, offers tours of the old underground iron ore mines.
Rent is $1,150 per week from June through Labor Day. 50% at booking balance at arrival.
Bring your own boat and motor or call us for options.
*Sorry, but due to the islands’ fragile ecosystem, we are no longer taking pets.
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Member since: 2010
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Two additional twin beds in attic
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Wood Stove
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 3 - Oct 14
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
A boat is necessary to access the island and rentals are available in the area.
50% at booking, balance at arrival
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Year Purchased: 1972
About the owner: Moccasin Island has been in our family for three generations and is quite dear to us. Our family still makes frequent visits to the island as well as our property on the North Arm of Burntside.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Our family holds this property close to our hearts, as it provides such a unique opportunity to get away and connect with the north woods. As John Muir said, "Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
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Quiet, peaceful view or Burntside lake from cabin deck.
Walkway to smaller island
Boathouse with attached deck, view from smaller island.
Walkway from boathouse to cabin
View from cabin, towards Forest Service land and BWCA
Stairs to upper unfinished room, view into one of two downstairs bedrooms
Kitchen with gas refrigerator and stove. Cooking and dish water heated on stove.
Moccasin Island is a great place to be begin or end your wilderness trip.
Canoeing at sunrise
View from smaller island
Walkway connecting two islands, boathouse on the right.
Northwoods vegetation and landscapes
Cabin and walkway to smaller island
Kitchen and dining area
Unfinished upstairs sleeping area
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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