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Beautiful Secluded Islands on Lake Burntside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, Not Specified Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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 $1,250 per week from June through Labor Day. $500 at booking balance at arrival.

Bring your own boat and motor or call us for local rental options.

*Sorry, but due to the islands’ fragile ecosystem, we do not allow pets.

More Details

Robert Hengelfelt
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Robert Hengelfelt

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 personal property on the North Arm of Burntside.

Robert Hengelfelt purchased this cabin in 1972

What makes this cabin unique

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."


Ely Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Outhouse and enclosure for a camping style solor shower
  • Outhouse
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two additional twin beds in attic
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Secluded Islands on Lake Burntside
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The property is accurately described. The boathouse was fantastic to have easy access to unload/load boat. Plus it protected it from the winds and the rain that came every night. The screen house, a person could sit and listen to the wind rustling the leaves and water lapping at the rocks. Only the noise of what nature intended for you to hear. The house allowed a person to step back in time before all the conveniences of modern electricity. It was unique and designed for it's purpose-cooking, sleeping and a place to hang if weather was less desirable to be outside. The canoes allowed a person to explore areas not accessible by motor boat. To sum it up, wonderful experience, gorgeous property, to relax, get away from life, and to drown senses in mother nature's glory.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Duluth, MN

Unique and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay - the cabin is comfortable and even without running water or electricity, we didn't feel inconvenienced at all. It is unique, peaceful and perfect for those who want to get away from the modern world. I loved the 70s decor and the outdoor spaces - we used the deck outside the cabin and the dock a lot. It is a great swimming spot and fishing is good too!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! We are always delighted to know that there are others who appreciate the simplicity, quiet, and solitude of the cabin as much as we do. It has been loved by four generations of our family -very little has changed since its construction in the 50's. Truly a place of memories!
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St. Paul, MN

Beautiful seclusion

  • 5 of 5

This was the most relaxing vacation we've ever had! We rented a small fishing boat to get to the island. While there we swam, paddled, hiked, picked blueberries, listened to wolves howling and loons calling. We read and talked and cooked and remained mesmerized by the movement of the water all around us. An experience we'll never forget. Also, the cabin is furnished with the most charming mid-century furniture and stocked with lots of books, magazines (some from the '30s and '60s, which really added to the feeling of being in another world for a week). Loved, loved, loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week on Mocassin island. The cabin was everything we had hoped for, cute and comfortable. We explored the island, swam off the dock, made blueberry pancakes, watched the loons, and canoed around the many islands in this corner of Burntside. This is a great cabin if you're looking for a place to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moccasin Island on Burntside Lake Ely

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very nice, clean, and well appointed. Very quiet in early June. Reasonably easy to find on the lake. Fishing was not very good, but the lake was very pretty. The cabin deck offers a nice view as does the deck on the boat house. This was a great week.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place on Lake Burntside. We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Close to remote wilderness, easy to get to town of needed provided you have a boat. WONDERFUL!!!!

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The people in Ely were very friendly.

My son and I spent 3 days here during the beginning of September. The cabin is clean and well appointed. The place is remote enough that, for the most part, we were alone. Very seldom saw another boat.

The loons sang their haunting song. We heard wolves howl from the northwest side of the lake. Their calls were answered from the west. Awsome. If you were inclined to do so, you could land the boat on the lakeshore and venture to where the wild things are. We saw 2 eagles while out fishing one afternoon. Caught pike and smallmouth. We got lucky with the weather and saw the brilliant milky way after the moon had set. Sometimes, the only sound to be heard was your own breathing. When the wind was blowing it made a wonderful low roar.

It was nice to have the boathouse. It made for easy preparation for fishing excursions.

We loved the place. Very nice.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Burntside Lodge

Moccasin Islands are located on a clear northern lake, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and are known and loved by many wilderness travelers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

A boat is necessary to access the island and rentals are available in the area.

50% at booking, balance at arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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