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Boundary Waters Log Home on McFarland Lake ~ Pontoon, Sauna, Canoes, Fire Ring

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,140 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Log home on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Pontoon is also available

This log home lies on the North Shore of McFarland Lake. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies right off your dock. Take a canoe out for a paddle into the wilderness, or cruise McFarland on the pontoon.

The pontoon is automatically included in your rental for a flat fee of $435 + tax regardless of the length of your stay. If you don’t want to rent the pontoon, just let us know and we’ll remove it from your quote.

If you need to decompress and get back to nature- this is it! In the evening, sit on the dock and listen to the loons. Be transported to another time. Other available activities include: hiking on The Border Route Trail, kayaking, canoeing, ATVing, and getting lost in yourself. The canoe and kayak are included for free with your stay.

There is also an authentic Finnish Sauna building- a great way to relax after a day of exploring!

At night you can sit around the fire pit and let the stars be your evening entertainment.

A true wilderness experience with all the modern comforts. Indoor plumbing, heat, fireplace, hot water shower, much more!

*NOTE: As of 6/3/18 we no longer have Satellite TV service at the cabin. There is still a TV and DVD player if you would like to bring some movies with you. WiFi is also available- Free!

More Details

Pete Passolt
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Pete Passolt

We built this home in 2008 for our own year-round use. If you want to relax and enjoy what the area has to offer- this is your best bet.

Pete Passolt purchased this house in 2004

Why Pete Passolt chose Grand Marais

If you want a remote location, but still want all the modern amenities, look no further.

Running hot & cold water, shower, flushing toilet, etc.

Power is supplied by a solar/generator system. Works just like your own home.

What makes this house unique

There are very few lakes which directly abut a federally protected wilderness- this is one of them. McFarland Lake borders the 1 million acre Boundary Waters Wilderness. From the dock you can literally paddle right into the wilderness via two access points: John Lake, and Pine Lake. There is also the famed Border Route Hiking Trail, which lies out the back door. Take a hike along the high bluffs that comprise this part of Minnesota. You can see for miles into the wilderness and beyond...


Grand Marais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1140 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not peel bark off birch trees.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Toilet, Shower, and Sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bedroom has shelves and armoire for clothing.
  • There is also a futon which will sleep one. Also have a cot available- request in advance.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Boundary Waters Log Home on McFarland Lake ~ Pontoon, Sauna, Canoes, Fire Ring
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Doesn’t get much better than this

  • 5 of 5

Postcard-esque lake with a beautiful cabin and the comforts of home to match. Your ideal wilderness getaway keeping all of the modern luxuries. The pictures don’t do this place justice

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin on the lake!!!

  • 5 of 5

Pete and Amy have a wonderful slice of heaven on Mcfarland Lake. Sunsets/night sky are second to none. Would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone looking to get away for some peace and quiet in a gorgeous setting. Hope to come back some day for another visit

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, Minnesota USA

Excellent Northwoods Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is very well situated with a view of the water through a few trees, but still private from other cabins along the lake, due to the large lot. Everything is well appointed indoors and out; we had a great time using the pontoon for fishing and a little bit of cruising, and the canoe for a day trip into the Boundary Waters. The living room seating is comfy for relaxing indoors but still enjoying nature through the wide-open screened windows. We never had mosquito issues during our week here. We'd definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxury on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was everything we hoped for and more. The cabin was deluxe, the sauna was wonderful, the pontoon was fun and the fishing was the best we have ever had on McFarland!

we would stay again for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Boundary Water's vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Pete was such a gracious host and the home was all that you could ever hope for. Our family was blown away by the location and the ease of settling into lake-life at the cabin because of what was offered there. Having the pontoon and the canoe and kayak just took it to the next level of fabulous. We are already talking about wanting to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Savage, MN

Relaxing, secluded get away

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time relaxing in this clean and cozy cabin. The stars at night are incredible, and there was easy access to many hiking trails. The pontoon rental was fun, and we enjoyed using the canoes and kayak.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Pontoon Rental $435 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Trash, Fuel,Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax

McFarland Lake lies at the end of the Arrowhead Trail. This is a semi-remote location! Your nearest shopping is 19 miles away in Hovland. Full Services are available in Grand Marais- 40 miles away. The last 17 miles to McFarland Lake are a county maintained gravel road. Passenger cars and low clearance vehicles are not recommended, an SUV would be better. Check conditions with owner.

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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