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The Ultimate Family Lake Experience which includes 18' pontoon boat

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,006 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Sunroom + Family Room + 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8) on Leader Lake.

Our lake home is what you are looking for. Level, sandy beach on a crystal clear, deep lake. Open, sunny floorplan with large windows overlooking the lake. The kitchen, with custom maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances, encourages family and friend gatherings. Informal dining area offers a versatile space for an intimate dinner or a larger family get together. Watch the lake and wildlife in the comfortable livingroom or on the wrap around deck or in the three season porch. The knotty pine interior conveys a warm, inviting feeling.

There's plenty of sleeping room in this home with 2006 sq ft of living space. There are three bedrooms plus additional space in the three season porch or family room on the lower, walk-out level.

Surrounded by tall red and white pines, maple and oak trees, the natural setting ensures privacy and plenty of wildlife viewing. Sit around a crackling fire on a summer evening and listen to the bull frogs and loons.

The beach and dock are just a short walk down a gentle slope from the cabin. After a swim, paddle or a crusie on the pontoon boat you can relax in the three season porch or on the wrap around deck. The fishing is excellent in this clear lake and the only public boat landing allows only non-motorized boats. Our 18' Northwood Pontoon Boat to fish, to swim off of and to cruise is included in the price.

Leader Lake is a 160-acre lake that has a maximum depth of 56 feet and has a hard sand shoreline. According to the DNR, the primary game fish present include northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, and panfish. Because of the limited public access, fishing pressure from non-residents is light.


The lake home is a 5 miles from Hwy 53. You'll find the basics in nearby Minong or Solon Springs; Superior and Duluth are 45 minutes away. Hayward is 35 miles away. From Minneapolis/St. Paul it's a 2.5 hour drive.

Keywords: Lake Home, Lake Cabin, Lower Level Walkout, Pontoon Boat

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Judy McGinnis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Judy McGinnis

We are retired and are enjoying our many hobbies which include dancing, walking, pickleball, biking, any water sport and all sorts of social events.

Judy McGinnis purchased this house in 1995

Why Judy McGinnis chose Gordon

We chose Leader Lake because of the pristine lake and the wonderful fishing.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy our boats: pontoon, canoe and kayak along with swimming, snorkerling and hiking. The family also enjoys water skiing and tubing. We watch the wildlife which includes loons and eagles. We also have turkeys in the area that are fun to see. The views from anywhere on our land or in our house are beautiful. Main reason is family time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you. I'm glad you loved our place just like we do thanks again
Jul 2016
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Gordon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2006 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Main floor bathroom has a tub and a shower. Walk out level bathroom has a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The 3 bedrooms all have queen size beds. The sunroom has 2 twin beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Oak, Birch, Red and White Pine Trees, Crystal Clear Lake, Great Swimming Beach. On site canoes and kayak , river access to Bond Lake. Private lake so not much boat tragic and plenty of fish. We do have an 18 foot Northwoods Pontoon boat that is included in the rental amount.


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The Ultimate Family Lake Experience which includes 18' pontoon boat
average rating of 4.6875 based on 17 reviews

Such a wonderful vacation! We'd do it all over again!

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect. Leader Lake is a generous size, but not too big. The pontoon boat was fun to cruise around the lake. We caught fish off the dock and off the boat. The house was well appointed and the layout was perfect for 2 families of four. Judy and John were very responsive and friendly. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation. Day trips were easy and groceries were just 20 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and comfortable. This home was the perfect family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the lake. The view from the deck was peaceful every morning. The upper level of the house was spacious with plenty of room for us to relax on the couch, cook in the kitchen, and play cards or games at the table. My two neices watched one Disney movie, other than that, the T.V. was never on. We even played charades! We grilled, sat around the fire at night, took the canoes and kayaks across the bay to the channel, and even fished from the pontoon after a cruise around the lake. We felt so at home and didn't want to leave. Thank you John and Judy for a wonderful time! We love Leader Lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We enjoy having you and hope the call of the loons have you coming back Again thank you John and Judy.
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Great lakeside cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin/house has a great layout for family gathering. The canoes and kayaks included gave us a chance to go to the other lake, while enjoying the peaceful area. The sandy beach was great entertainment for the kids. The owners were very accommodating and pleasant to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great week at the cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at John and Judy's cabin! It was clean and well maintained. There was lots to do! We used the pontoon to go fishing and tool around the lake. The lake was clean and the kids (ages 14, 5 and 3) really enjoyed swimming and playing in the sand near the shore (there was even sand toys for the kids to use). We also went canoeing and kayaking. We had fires at night and enjoyed grilling on the two Webers that were there. We really appreciated the sunroom (has 2 twin beds), which is connected to the master bedroom. It was a nice, quiet place for our 3 year old to rest in the afternoons.

For a day trip, we went to Amnicon Falls State Park (which is about 30 minutes north). It was beautiful! We really enjoyed hiking and exploring along the river.

Thanks so much for allowing us to relax and make lots of memories at your cabin! We appreciate it very much!

Nick and Jenny

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great "up north" experience.

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 from Colorado. My husband and I are in our 40's and our two daughters are 8 and 10 years old. We grew up in Wisconsin and we were looking to give our girls the Wisconsin lake house experience. This was a great place to do it. The pontoon boat was very nice as well as two canoes and a kayak. We brought two stand up paddle boards as well. The lake was perfect size and temperature for swimming. Great fishing as well. The portage to Bond Lake was fun. Amazing wild life. A bald eagle flew right over our canoes on day out on the lake. Our daughters loved swimming in the lake and fishing. We rented a speed boat for tubing as well. Very fun.

The sun room was perfect for our two daughters to sleep as it had two twin beds. The master upstairs is also very nice. The front bedroom downstairs is very nice as it has nice carpet and a view of lake. The back bedroom downstairs was just basic. When we had extended family come and visit we used all the bedrooms as well as a blow up mattress in the basement walkout room. Lots of great sleeping space.

The family room has a wonderful sectional couch that fits lots of people and is very very comfortable. It is nice having the kitchen, family room and dining space all open so everyone can be together. We watched movies, played games, and puzzles.

The fire pit is nice as well as big outdoor space for ladder ball and badmitten games. The grill is charcoal so bring a lot of charcoal bags. I also recommend coolers with ice on the deck for drinks as the fridge fills up with food quickly. The stove is electric. Nice stainless appliances. Even has satellite TV and wifi.

Overall, this is a beautiful lake and economical accomadations. I loved the close proximity from lake to house. Beautiful sunsets, swimming, and fishing!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, Minnesota

Spacious, fun, relaxing, nice beach, family cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cabin in Aug 2015 and loved it. We had 4 adults & 2 kids, age 3 & 6- they really enjoyed the beach, built sand castles, jumping off the dock, playing in the clear water, sand bottom, shallow enough for them. The house was very well stocked, kitchen, towels, games, toys. The kitchen, living room and bedrooms were a very nice size. Plenty of room in the kitchen and lots of comfy couches & chairs in the living room. Views were great and Pontoon was nice and worked well. Judy was great to work with, very accommodating and nice. We would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

There is a channel between Leader and Bond Lake. Take a small boat, kayak, canoe and explore not only the channel but the beach, swimming and fishing at Bond Lake.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.5%

Our rate of $2,200.00 includes an 18' Northland Pontoon Boat, 2 canoes and 1 kayak.
Our lake home rents from Saturday to Saturday from June through September.

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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