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BWCA Adj To National Forest! Nels Lake Lodge - 20 acre View Retreat 3+2 w loft

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 7 Sleeps in beds, 3 on air mattresses, 100% off the GRI

100% off the grid!!! 2200 sq ft 3+2 Cabin with a loft on 20 Acres, with 3 large view decks and 4 smaller decks. Cabin is off the grid and run by a new generator off of LP. The refrigerator the stove ready to use and the fire place has direction on how to ignite if you need it. If the generator is not running there's no electricity and the well pump isn't running so… There's only one flush after you shut the generator off. If this is not your thing, please do not inquire, there is no electricity (although there are 2 propane lights) and the generator should not run 24/7! Be reasonable and know if you are adventurous enough to stay in an off the grid cabin and the nuances that come along with it. The generator is easy to operate and the cabin is very comfortable. Be prepared to stay in a true off the grid cabin that is very high-end and nice but is not for the faint of heart although we have made many efforts such as battery operated lights at the entrance of the bathrooms and exits of the doors and motion sensor lights outside to help accommodate guests. This is it, catch Walley, and Northern Pike and crappie on Nels Lake just down the road less than 1/4 mile! There are no homes on this Federally owned lake... best kept secret. Our Home is on 20 acres that abuts Federal land, Ok to hunt with your permits, all guns must be registered with the county, easy car access. Come to fish, hunt, canoe, or just bird watch, practice yoga, read or write a book, hike, bike and meditate. Feels like you are secluded yet you are less than 13 mile from down town Ely. Our Home is equipped with a gun safe, fishing rods, and 2 canoes (paddles and life vests.) 10% discount for law and peace officers and REI members. Memory foam queen mattresses in master, and the same in a full down stairs, down blankets, down stuffed couch, Persian rugs, blow drier, spices, utensils, plates, pans, dinning table doubles as a bumper pool /card table! Full size BBQ grill on the Deck above the tree line to enjoy your daily catch. There's an additional high end queen and twin blow up mattress for the loft area enabling up to 9/10 guests (that includes children) to stay! Well behaved, crated, house broken dogs are welcome. Canoe on site as well as fishing poles (if you loose the jiggs or tackle provided, please replace it for the next guest). Come and enjoy the boundary waters there's also no additional cost to use the canoes.

This is our personal second home that we choose to share when not in use by us, our friends or family so it really feels like home.

We have a local Pine Marten that may peak in the window. He loves fish, nuts, organic hot dogs!

More Details

Anastasia Schmoll
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Anastasia Schmoll

Married 30 years, Husband is a MN native, Wife is a CA native- She fishes, he hunts- she loves fine arts, antiquities and treasures, he loves simplicity. She's an only child and never leaving California while he's one of many from MN so this is their slice of paradise.

It's a true asylum and reprieve from the fast pace of the city. A place to commune with nature and rekindle with your soul.

Anastasia Schmoll purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Anastasia Schmoll chose Ely

As a green Broker I valued being surrounded by National Forest and being off the grid. I wanted to be by a lake but didn't want a lake shore spotted with homes every few feet. This property is also elevated above the tree line and provides for excellent bird watching. The first time I saw a bald eagle in the wild and outside of a zoo it took my breath away.

What makes this cabin unique

There is satisfaction to living off the grid, even if its just for a few days. To know that you are not leaving a carbon foot print on the earth. Yet as such, staying in a home that feels so plush and comfortable that you almost forget you are off the grid. I french press my coffee in the morning as the stove works off the propane so there's no need for the generator with the best tasting well water I stored in containers upon arrival! It puts Avian to shame. Sometimes the pine Marten is on the patio rail looking for snacks, I hear he's viscous, I think he's cute! He loves fresh fish!


Ely Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , memory foam matress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin and a twin XL
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Two bedroom downstairs, a master and a loft upstairs. A queen and full high quality air mattress also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming


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BWCA Adj To National Forest! Nels Lake Lodge - 20 acre View Retreat 3+2 w loft
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Amazing stars and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit. Besides backpacking in the wilderness, this is quietest place I've spent a night. The stars were magnificent since there was no other light to be seen. I haven't viewed the Milky Way as well since moving from Montana. The views from the decks were expansive. Bird watching was fun. Bed in master was very comfortable. Generator was easy to turn on the few times we used it. My only suggestion... Having a couple of hot pads available would be helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Beautiful & Secluded

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful cabin, great for a large group, short walk/drive to secluded Nels Lake, fishing poles and canoes for use, so fun! This is the ideal place if you truly want to be out in the woods; we didn't see or hear any signs of human life the whole weekend, it was great! Owner is easy to talk to and responds promptly to emails/texts. It was fun being off the grid!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Ely town
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Ely Town
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Echo Trail is the place to be, this is the Cabin in the center of the BWCA and the entrance to it all. Nels Lake is the best kept secret for great fishing. You want to get more rural, you can camp off the shoreline of Nels Lake, The beauty of this lake is that there are no home on it so you can fish and canoe is serious serenity!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $160
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59

Law enforcement, and military (active, retired and honorably discharged veterans) will be refunded 10% as well as REI members.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.