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A Northern JEM not to be Missed!!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom + 2nd story loft (sleeps 7-9), 3/4 bath + electric for a 5th wheel.

Nestled in the woods along beautiful Trout Lake, the Northern JEM is truly a place to relax and unwind. It offers something for everyone -- abundant fishing (right off the dock - great for kids!), a great lake for water skiing and tubing, and lots of wildlife. You can watch bald eagles fish and feed their young in the pine tree next to the dock! Start or end your day with incredible sunrises and sunsets over pristine waters.... what more could you ask for?!

Trout Lake is a moderate sized lake (approx. 1900 acres with 13.5 miles of shoreline) and if you enjoy fishing, it is a good place to wet your line. The lake was stocked for many years with walleye and also offers northern pike, rock bass, sunfish, perch, and blue gills. The lake's topography provides for excellent fishing with a maximum depth of approx. 135 feet - lots of shelves and rolling terrain make the challenge of landing a trophy fish all the more fun! Water clarity and quality is very good.

Trout Lake is also a water skier's dream! The lake is 4.5 miles long, so you can ski and tube for hours without being interrupted by other boats and jet skis. The lake is not heavily populated so you will not encounter much boat traffic, other than those trolling along a shelf line hoping too to land a big one!

The lake has two public boat launches and beaches -- one on the north end off of Hwy 169 and the other is located immediately across the lake from our dock. Your rental includes the use of a canoe, 2 kayaks, life jackets, and paddles. You are welcome to tie your motor boat to the dock. There also is power available by the dock for live wells.

If fishing and swimming aren't your thing, you can spend hours reading in solitude or observing lots of wildlife, including eagles, hawks, osprey, a family of deer, hummingbirds, pileated woodpeckers, loons, an occasional raccoon or beaver, as well as the always curious chipmunks.

The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway begins in Grand Rapids and ends 47 miles north in Effie. Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features.

Outdoor recreation, including miles of marked hiking trails, and interpretive sites are waiting to be explored. During fall, the north woods is adorned with the brilliant colors of red sugar maples, bronze oak trees and glowing gold aspen and birch. Little outposts and antique shops exist along the way. The Chippewa National Forest and the Suomi Trails offer miles of paved trails for hiking, biking and rollerblading.

Learn about Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, at her birthplace and childhood home in Grand Rapids, including a very interesting exhibit at the Itasca County Museum. Step into pages from the past and discover the history of the logging era at the Minnesota Forest History Center. Here you can climb a 100' fire tower and see for miles! The Children's Discovery Museum offers great entertainment for younger children. You can also take tours of the Blandin Paper Mill (located on the Mississippi River) and the Hill Annex Mine & State Park. Hibbing, Minnesota, hometown of music legend Bob Dylan, is less than a 1/2 hour drive away and there you can visit the Bob Dylan Collection, found in the Hibbing Library.

If golf is your game, several well-maintained 18-hole golf courses provide championship play -- Eagle Ridge, Pokegama & Sugarbrooke. Four 9-hole courses are also in the area. Grand Rapids is home to the annual Grand Slam Amateur Golf Tournament, held each year on the 3rd weekend of August.

Several day trips can also be planned. The Mississippi River Headwaters are about a 90 minute drive to the west and Duluth and the North Shore are just over an hour to the south and east. The edge of the Mesabi Iron Range and the north woods has a lot to offer. Come and stay for a while -- you won't want to go home!

More Details

Linda-Rose or Nick Michel
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017


Bovey Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3/4 bath completely renovated and recently updated.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Located on first floor.
    Living Room - Large, very comfy leather sofa & a double air bed.
    2nd Story / Loft - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Porta-crib available.
  • First floor bedroom with a queen bed and ample room for a porta-crib or additional mattress on the floor for small children. The second story is a large loft and there is plenty of floor space for a porta-crib. A good quality double size air bed also available.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Rental also includes: -- a tripod fire pit grill -- life jackets in sizes from infant to elementary age child to adult -- full-size canoe, 2 kayaks & paddles -- various water toys: air mattresses, inflatable raft, water noodles, inner tubes, etc. -- 2 fishing poles & basic tackle -- fully stocked kitchen with everything you'll ever need Cabin has a small flat screen TV & DVD player. Reception is limited to channels in northern MN. A variety of DVDs for all ages are available. 3 Redboxes in town. Drinking water is from a very deep well and is filtered. Water has been tested and is safe. If you prefer, bottled water can be purchased at gas stations and grocery stores in Grand Rapids. Accessibility: A separate bedroom & the bath are on the first floor. There is a small step to get on to the wooden decking leading to the cabin door. Mid-rental housekeeping can be arranged. Please inquire.


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A Northern JEM not to be Missed!!
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 29 reviews
Anoka, MN

Peaceful and quiet

  • 4 of 5

Although the weather did not cooperate with us, we still enjoyed our time at Northern Gem. The property was beautiful and quiet. We did see a bald eagle in one of the pine trees and at one point, counted 11 young bald eagles circling above us - pretty cool to see! The cabin itself is amazing and my children loved sleeping in the loft. We tried to spend as much time outside as possible but when it was raining, there was plenty for us to do inside.

Based on previous reviews, we were aware of the amount of stairs involved in getting down to the lake. We counted over 66 of them but there are some landings in between so you can take breaks, I can see this being difficult for some people though. We packed a bag and cooler and spent a day down at the lake to avoid trekking up and down the stairs - our kids loved it.

I would say that the only thing we were kind of disappointed in was the dock. Where it currently is, it is extremely weedy and full of green algae. From the pictures, we weren't expecting that. You can still get into the water to swim/canoe/kayak/fish on the other side of the point on the property so it wasn't the end of the word, but kind of a bummer.

Overall we really enjoyed our time at the Northern Gem - thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful up north getaway place!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (3 young boys) stayed at The Northern Jem this past week and we had an incredible time. Some of the negatives from the other reviews were the shower size and the amount of stairs down to the lake. For us neither of those were negatives. It was nice with 3 little kids to be separated from the lake by an obstacle (kept them up with us when we were at the fire or grilling) and the stairs were not impossible especially if you thought of it as free fitness:) The cabin itself is very cute and set up wonderfully for sleeping and hanging out although we didn't spend too much time in it because we were kayaking and canoeing (provided) on beautiful Trout Lake. There is a firm bottom swim area in front and the water is crystal clear. The cabin was stocked with everything we needed (bring your own food/towels/and condiments). It is less than a 10 minute drive into Grand Rapids or Coleriane. We loved our stay and will be back! Thanks Nick for being so great to work with!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at Northern JEM EXCEPT I should have read the reviews. I have a lung disease and didn't realize I would not be able to go down to the dock and back up the 68 steps in between. The rest of the party were able to take advantage of the water but not me. The volume on the TV is very low -- when characters whispered, we couldn't hear what they said. And, we had to buy a plunger when the toilet stopped up. Otherwise it was great, comfortable, roomy and homely.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albert Lea, MN

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the Northern Gem! Great location for us! Not far out from Grand Rapids. The grandchildren loved the loft. I would go ahead & book it again for next year if I knew these same dates would work for the kids. Loved the view of the lake, tried & tried to get a picture of the moon over the lake - not much luck. Thank you, hopefully will work out to come back next year!! Janet & family

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookville, Indiana


  • 4 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay at Northern Gem. I would have given a 5 star rating, but the shower in the bathroom was way too small for my family. We seen the bald eagles every morning during our stay. A couple of loons were on the lake most days. We found out that we all love kayaking on the lake. The house had more room than I thought it would. It was clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Cabin. Lots of stairs to the lake

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I were at Trout lake for a fishing event, and we came early to scout out the lake. We overall had a good stay the Northern Jem. The cabin is very clean, well decorated, and has everything you might need in the kitchen. The owners were responsive with any questions that came up. The area around the cabin was quite beautiful and there were deer that walked through the paths every morning. There was enough parking for our boat trailer and probably 2 other vehicles. We brought our 19 ft Lund fishing boat and the dock was good. There are big walleye, small mouth, and northern in this lake. I also caught a lot of rock bass off of the dock.

Overall, this was a nice cabin on a decent fishing lake.

Some "words of advice" for summer travelers to this cabin (the following is no fault of the cabin, but I mention because it may provide some guidance with choosing this cabin for your vacation)

- We came during a very HOT week with temps in the 90s every day and high humidity (dew points in the upper 60s). The temps usually get down to 50s at night in northern MN, but when we were there they got down to 75ish. We had the windows open with all fans on ect and the coolest it got in the cabin was around 80 degrees most nights. There was one night were we there was a breeze which was SUPER helpful. For perspective, our towels would not dry inside or outside on the line over the night from the heat and humidity. The hot sun was able to dry them during the day though. We are fairly tolerant people, but we were pretty miserable as there was no real “escape” from the heat except to go places in the car for some air-conditioning. So, if you are planning a mid-summer vacation, keep this in mind.

-There are over 60+ stairs between the dock and the cabin. Some of the stairs are on a hill/incline so it is more than just stairs. I read on another review that there were stairs, but I didn't anticipate quite this many. We are young and healthy so didn't have any issues with them, but for someone that was older or has joint issues, getting up and down could definitely be an issue. My 70 yo father would not be able to make it up and down the stairs.

All of that being said, I would consider coming back in the fall or spring when the weather was cooler.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Itasca County Airport (Gordon Newstrom Field)
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Eagle Ridge, Pokegama & Sugarbrooke
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Hwys: MN 10 & Hwy 169
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Grand Rapids, Coleraine & Bovey
Car: necessary

Grand Rapids offers the amenities of a larger city without losing the small town charm. Festivals, live theater & music, swap meets, stock car races and a farmer's market are offered throughout the year.

Check out the local calendar of events at:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

All rental rates are based on 4 people. Additional adults $30/night & children are $15/night. We do not charge extra for children 0-24 months.

Check-in is 4 PM or LATER and check-out is 10 AM. A week-long rental is 6 nights / 7 days. We try to accommodate special requests for check-in / check-out times - please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.