The Jasper Bay House

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Last updated: 06/04/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Jasper Bay House is now taking reservations for the 2016 season.

This beautifully hand crafted Bay House was built from mature red and white pine logs that were harvested just 1/4 mile away down the Canadian Border Road. The trees were hauled the few hundred yards to our Jasper Lake homestead where they were cut with a portable sawmill into various sized lumber and then stacked, ricked and air dried for two years. Starting in 1993, Don raised the walls and rafters, and for three long and cold winters, he milled, molded, and planed the rough cut boards into ship lapped lumber that now grace the interior walls and also all the exterior siding for the Bay House. The kitchen cabinets were hand made, and the interior walls were sanded and varnished to a golden sheen.

The Bay House easily sleeps 6 guests (8 max) and there are dishes, bed linens, towels and washcloths provided for 8 guests. There are three upstairs bedrooms, the master bedroom has a queen bed and a single bed, and a private bathroom that has a large shower, lavatory, and toilet. The two other bedrooms each have one queen bed. The downstairs bathroom has a large tub/shower, lavatory, and toilet; plus a front loading washer and dryer.

There is a large, fully equipped kitchen with an outside L.P. gas grill. The Bay House kitchen has a full size 36 inch two door refrigerator with a bottom freezer, a 30 inch electric 5 burner range/ oven, a microwave,and a 12 cup drip coffee maker. The water supply is from a drilled well and inspected as safe by Lake County. We have a charcoal grill and smoker available upon request. (Charcoal and wood chips not incl.)

The 16 foot X 24 foot sitting area has a natural wood heating stove with plenty of firewood, and has comfortable lounging, plus a table for board games and cards for rainy days. There is a beautifully done three season window porch through a set of french doors to find peaceful seating and fantastic views of Jasper Lake. A comfy twin size day bed is located there as well.

The large dining area is located next to the kitchen and is overlooking the lake as well through a sliding glass door. The rough hewn table easily seats 8 guests.

The front deck, just off the dining room through the sliding glass door; overlooks Jasper Lake. It is 160 square feet in size with outside seating. Off the kitchen door is another 'L' shaped deck that is 192 square feet in size that faces south, west, and north.

An outside fire pit with bench seating is also available for guests to enjoy an evening campfire, roast marshmallows with the children, and enjoy a cocktail and/or a cold one. A great place to relax to try to stay awake and get a glimpse of possible northern lights.

An open air outside fish cleaning table is available as well. Three aluminum canoes with paddles, seat cushions, and life jackets come with the Bay House for guest use.

A very highly regarded fishing and canoe guide service, Jasper Creek Guide Service, Inc. (2016 marks Don Beans' 33rd. year serving the lake country vacationer) is available on premises along with additional outdoor oriented services: fishing and day trip packages; additional canoes, kevlar canoe upgrade, towboat service to remote BWCA and Quetico Park wilderness access points including the Canada border, shuttling of gear and canoes to area landings, camping equipment rentals, and complete outfitting services.

We can also arrange fresh bakery products from our Jasper Company Bake Shop along with picnic lunches to be delivered to your door daily. Ask about our delicious and famous Guide's Shorelunch! Don, Jasper Creek's founding guide has prepared over 1,400 of these delicious meals for his guests in the past 32 years.
Consider 'Packaging' your stay that includes a variety of these popular services. You will not be disappointed.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The group must have at least one member 21 years or older and that adult's credit card is active and on file with us. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The Northwoods is an educational adventure. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pet fee applied, 2 pets maximum. Must bring pet bedding or portable kennel. This is wild country so we advise that pets be under control at all times and are not allowed to roam free in the surrounding woods....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    located upstairs, sleeps 3 and has a master bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    sleeps two, located upstairs...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    located upstairs and sleeps two...moreless

  • All bedrooms are located upstairs.

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower


  • Master Bathroom off the Master Bedroom, has a large shower, lavatory sink, toilet. Extra towels, washcloths, and hand towels. The downstairs bathroom has a shower/ tub combo, a lavatory sink, and toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our handcrafted Jasper Lake Bay House is just one facet of our outdoor adventure based operation. Guide Services, Equipment Rentals, Outfitted Canoe Trips, Canoe Rentals, and Tow Boat Service are also available to guests. A wide range of package trips are available. The Jasper Company specializes in providing superb angling for smallmouth bass in the BWCA wilderness and Ontario's Quetico park. Jasper Company guides are licensed with the US Forest Service and also through the Canadian Customs & Immigration Service. We offer the finest wilderness day trips, complete with authentic Northwoods guide shorelunches. It is ideally located to provide you with so many options to canoe, fish, swim, and explore. It is also located close enough to town for easy drive in visits, yet remote enough to give you that lonely feeling....moreless



  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Both our Bay House #654212 and Guest House #446338 have spectacular north and west views overlooking Jasper Lake....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    We own 716 feet of frontage on Jasper Lake. There is small sand beach and a dock towards the east side. The majority of our lakeshore is undeveloped with native Northwoods forest growth....moreless

  • Rural:

    Yes we are very rural, easy to access with a vehicle(s), but northward from our Jasper Lake property is pure wilderness for many miles. Approx. 3 million acres of national forest to go and play in....moreless

  • Water View:

    Jasper Lake is a quiet sky blue gem tucked in the vast Northwoods. The pine, spruce, aspen, and birch forest along with the rock ridges frame the water's edge. Great viewing of northern lights. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    We've 716 ft. of waterfront and the rental has 3 canoes. A dock, a swim raft, and small sand beach available. No life guard on duty. The boat landing is minimal at best, for small 12-16ft. boats....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large round oak table that seats 8 guests. Overlooks the lake. Easy access to/ from kitchen....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Heating:

    LP Gas 'fire view' heating stove...moreless

  • Internet:

    free wi-fi, no passwords but remoteness may make access spotty....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Mattress protectors, Fitted sheets, Cover sheets, Pillow cases, and Comforters, plus extra blankets for cool nights....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large with sofa, stuffed chairs, TV, game table, LP gas 'fire view' stove....moreless

  • Parking:

    Next to the Bay House with vehicles only, but trailers must be left on the hill by Jasper Company base. The driveway to the Bay House is steep....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phone may or may not work. Hard line to Bay House is business line so call should be short and infrequent. We keep the ringer turned off....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Wash Cloths, Hand Towels, Bath Towels...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup drip...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    enough dishes, silverware, cups, glasses for 7 guests. Well supplied with pots and pans and skillets...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped, 30 inch electric range, full size 32 inch fridge with top freezer, one bowl SS sink, dishwasher, microwave, drip coffee pot. Ample counter space, cupboards and shelves....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    30 inch electric below stove top...moreless


  • Boat:

    14 foot Alumacraft Skiff on Jasper Lake is offered. Bring your own motor. 6hp- 9.9 hp is ideal, 15 hp is maximum on this boat....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    North Deck of 160 ft. sq. 'L' shape Deck on west and south side of 192 ft. sq. East porch of 64 ft. sq. for quiet mornings...moreless

  • Golf:

    Several courses within 80 miles. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 canoes, paddles and life jackets come with the Bay House...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Fire pit outside with bench seats...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    LP Gas grill with LP provided Charcoal grill available but charcoal not included Smoker available but wood chips not included...moreless



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Autumn Season
Sep 6 - Nov 30, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 10.375%


Rates are subject to change at any time. Well behaved dogs only, bring appropriat bedding and/or portable kennel for your dog(s).

50% non refundable deposit (Visa/ MC/ Discover) at time of reservation booking, balance due 30 days prior to trip start date.

Note:Your reservation will not be confirmed with Personal Check (PC) for approx. 2 weeks for bank clearance and

balance paid with Personal Check must be paid in full 6 weeks before trip start date - FIRM!

Limit of two pets (dogs) and $25.00 extra for each pet

Owner's cancellation policy:

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80 Miles
Nearest Airport
16.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ely Golf Course
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
HWY 169
16.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many great dining options

Car: Necessary

This Jasper Lake Bay House is located on the very edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). This is a hand crafted home and was built from trees harvested from the surrounding forests by the owners of Jasper Company.

The Bay House has been designed with your comfort in mind and our staff can also provide you with a variety of all the little things that will make your vacation memorable. It is fully equipped for a family or group of 6 (8 max.) individuals.

Looking directly north from the front deck; the next road is approx. 75 miles away- and that's Canada's Highway 11. There's not a structure that lies between, just remote Northwoods wilderness and gorgeous views of Jasper Lake. Bring a camera and be prepared for breathtaking sunsets, possible northern lights; and the ever present family of loons, and the bald eagle that uses one of our few large white pines as a roost.

By using our Jasper Lake Bay House as a base, there are over three dozen easily accessible water bodies where guests can enjoy superb fishing, great canoeing, and fun exploring- all with a day trip. Hundreds of other pristine clear water lakes are available in the wilderness area where guests can paddle their canoe(s) on more extensive day trips or even go camping. While you are here, we can design day trips that test your physical skills with some of our 'Paddle Power Trips'.

This area is an outdoor recreation mecca. You'll enjoy swimming in these pristine lakes, and you'll find many nearby US Forest Service maintained hiking trails, and some great bicycling routes. This area is one of the finest in the country for bird watching as well.

There are a few naturalists in the Ely area that would enjoy taking you out on a nature hike, a paddle, or a drive to show you Northwoods sights and wildlife. Many of these educational outings can be arranged as a half day or full day venture. Jasper Company can help you arrange these fun and informative trips. Some offer photography ideas and classes.

Did you know that Ely is coined 'Canoetown, USA', and that it is; but Ely is also a wonderful, quaint small town with a grand reputation for the arts. Museums, studios and galleries abound and arts and craft stores are found everywhere. Just find a place to park your car and start walking, Ely isn't big in size, just big in things to do! On any summer Tuesday night, the air is serenaded by the sound of 'Ely's Tuesday Night Live'; as local musicians take to the sidewalks and perform their talents. There is also a Farmers Market at Whiteside Park, the town center where you can purchase fresh locally grown produce. There are many local plays that perform regularly that you can attend. When you're hungry, there is no shortage of great places to dine; from breakfasts to lunches to dinners; and a few bakeries and coffee shops to quench that sweet tooth and Java fix in between. You'll find local pubs and even a microbrewery where you can enjoy a cold one, visit with friends, or catch that ball game on the tube.

Just some activities to add to your Bucket List- visit the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center, the Dorothy Molter Museum, the Soudan Underground Mine, Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum, Ely Arts and Heritage Center, Sisu Heritage Homestead Tours, etc...

Gambling? Consider a fun filled evening at the Fortune Bay Casino located just 22 miles south of Ely on beautiful Lake Vermilion. Enjoy great food, lots of drinks, and the scent of money is strong in the air.

Golf? Bring your clubs, there are plenty of courses within 80 miles of our Bay House. Check out WildNorthGolf on the internet.

Autumn Fishing Fun! It is found right here. Numerous lakes abound with gamefish and tempt you to try your luck. With a bucket of minnows, slip bobbers and jigs; you can explore area waters for some superb smallmouth bass angling, tangle with huge northern pike, stringer some great tasting walleyes and scrappy black crappies.

Enjoy Upland Hunting? Northeast Minnesota was rated #1 in the nation for ruffed grouse drumming counts in 2014 and we are experiencing an upswing in the cyclic grouse population. We have some great wingshooting for the thunderous Mr. Grey. Bring your pointer(s), and setter(s) and try your luck within the thousands of acres of public lands surrounding our two guest houses. Lots of ski trails, hiking trails and logging roads to walk, plus logging clearcuts and beaver slough edges that abound in beaked hazel, both green and speckled alder, young aspen, wild rose and balsam thickets.

All in all, the Ely area and surrounding Northwoods is a great place to visit and we hope you choose to hang your hat at our seasonal Jasper Lake Bay House or even our year round Jasper Lake Guest House VRBO #446338.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: Growing up in Ohio, Don Beans was fascinated by stories written of the vast Northwoods by various authors. In particular were those stories written by author 'Jackpine' Bob Cary. Soon after high school, Don packed his belongings and headed 'Up North' to make his living as a guide and woodsman and 'livin' off the land'. He arrived in Ely during the April '83 thaw, where he started right away working at a local outfitting company preparing for the summer season. 'When I first arrived here in April '83, the moment I saw this place called the Northwoods; the place I read so much about growing up- I knew I was home'' Through the following years he worked at various resorts and outfitters until opening his own freelance guide business in 1988. In 1990, Don purchased the Jasper Lake homestead. That same year, he married Joan Kjorsvig. Both their dreams were turned into plans and thus the work began to achieve their goals which included the building of and outdoor adventure business.

Why the Owner Chose Ely, MN, USA:
We've all heard of 'Location, Location, and Location', and how important that is in marketing. The Jasper Lake Bay House and our Jasper Lake Guest House are situated within some of the very finest angling found in the state of Minnesota; if not the country and are nestled within the finest canoe area (BWCA/ Quetico) in the country. Day trip options abound with over three dozen area lakes easily accessible, plus countless more for extended trips. Don, along with Joan and their family have relentlessly pursued their original dream and have since added various packages to their Jasper Company business, such as outfitting, equipment rental, canoe rentals, and their high quality lodging. Our homes overlook beautiful Jasper Lake but we sell and promote our services to the dozens of other lakes surrounding us that will provide hours of canoeing fun and the multitude of angling opportunities. We here at Jasper Company specialize in the finest of smallmouth bass fishing, but have incredible walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, black crappie, bluegill, and even have access to designated stream trout lakes where there is angling for rainbow trout, brook trout, and splake. We have access to the Canadian border at Prairie Portage which allows even more upscale fishing adventures into Ontario's Quetico Park.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Early on in his guide years, Don recalls an old man approaching him one morning on a busy resort dock. The old timer eyed him as he readied a 19 square stern guide canoe for a day trip into Canadian waters; and he commenced some small talk. Don learned that he too was once a guide; a woodsman from yesteryear; and Don remembers well his advice given, 'It's best to keep your guests warm and dry, keep them full of expectations, provide good honest advice, and make sure they are well fed. That's your only job. These woods and the waters will do the rest, ...the area will sell itself.' That was ...and still is good advice. When you're here, you'll find that this area is not just about the superb angling; but that it's really all about itself- the Northwoods. And it is impressive- the scenic views, the wildlife sightings, and it's about that relaxing feeling of experiencing pure remoteness. The Northwoods will become a part of you. Jasper Lake shares in that feeling; it is a small quiet lake, a blue gem in the pine woods. Don and Joan raised their family here; they garden and grow vegetables here, they've raised chickens, have enjoyed and still enjoy the companionship of several sporting dogs, they hunt and fish the woods and waters that surround them, they hike, ski and snowshoe the winter woods. They have literally built their home and lifestyle from the forests. They thoroughly enjoy the Northwoods life here and now they want to share it with you through their hand crafted Jasper Bay House, the Jasper Guest House (VRBO # 446338), and their Jasper Company.

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  • entering the dining room

    entering the dining room

  • the three season sun room facing Jasper Lake

    the three season sun room facing Jasper Lake

  • large 'fridge and bottom freezer

    large 'fridge and bottom freezer

  • outstanding wood work using local red, white, and jack pine, and white cedar

    outstanding wood work using local red, white, and jack pine, and white cedar

  • A fun filled BWCA wilderness day trip from the Bay House yielded these walleyes.

    A fun filled BWCA wilderness day trip from the Bay House yielded these walleyes.

  • A September or October visit for some Fall'EYE action. Great time to come visit!

    A September or October visit for some Fall'EYE action. Great time to come visit!

  • from the living room to the sun room and beautiful views.

    from the living room to the sun room and beautiful views.

  • the first floor bathroom has a front loading washer and dryer

    the first floor bathroom has a front loading washer and dryer

  • the dining room with easy deck access and wonderful views

    the dining room with easy deck access and wonderful views

  • a fully equipped kitchen with a view

    a fully equipped kitchen with a view

  • 5 burner lp gas range with large microwave above

    5 burner lp gas range with large microwave above

  • relaxing living room

    relaxing living room

  • Jasper Company Guide, Don Beans' shorelunch on a day trip to a nearby BWCA lake.

    Jasper Company Guide, Don Beans' shorelunch on a day trip to a nearby BWCA lake.

  • The fantastic view of Jasper Lake from the Bay House deck.

    The fantastic view of Jasper Lake from the Bay House deck.

  • The Bay House closes mid October, but still enough time for sporty wingshooting

    The Bay House closes mid October, but still enough time for sporty wingshooting

  • Evening card games and board games

    Evening card games and board games

  • another view from the front deck off the dining room.

    another view from the front deck off the dining room.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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