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Tom Arendshorst

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

Remote Wilderness Cabin, Ely, Mn, Birch Lake, 12 Mi Se of Ely

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay nights


Photos and Description of the Ely vacation cabin rental

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Sauna, No Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Rustic, cozy Gabbro Cabin stands on its own large private peninsula, facing its own intimate, picturesque bay, and its privacy is guaranteed by surrounding National Forest land. Gabbro is accessible only across two miles of Birch Lake.

Gabbro is a remote cabin, providing what owner Sharon calls “wilderness with a bed.” A crucial value of Gabbro Cabin is its break from technological dependency: no telephones, TVs, internet, or other plug-ins to compete with family fun and adventure. Gabbro's variety of fun activities, remote location, and isolation from electronic distractions have made it a terrific family vacation spot for annual returnees. The same gifts make Gabbro a marvelous getaway for couples.

The cabin has two bedrooms, each with a double bed and overhead single bunk. The cabin’s propane-powered refrigerator, oven/ stove, and inside lamps provide comfort and efficiency without infringing on the experiential wildness. The wood-fired Finnish steam sauna provides bathing luxury, and the cutting-edge outhouse provides private necessity.

Gabbro guests enjoy swimming, saunas, fishing, canoeing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, and wilderness relaxation. Wildlife abounds: eagles, loons and other waterbirds, warblers and other songbirds, otters, beavers, and brazen chipmunks can all be seen around the cabin area. Moose, deer, wolves, mink and martens all reside in the surrounding forest. Rental kayaks and boat motors can be arranged.

The pristine waters of Birch Lake offer excellent walleye and smallmouth fishing, many miles of unbroken natural shoreline, and direct access to the Boundary Waters.

Come and celebrate Boundary Waters magnificence at Gabbro Cabin!

Keywords: Remote, Water-access, Sauna, Boundary Waters, Wilderness

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Tom Arendshorst (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Small Ely airport; Nearest major airport is Duluth
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
9-H Public Ely; 18-H Fortune Bay (42 mi)
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Minn Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Numerous choices in Ely
Nearest Point of Interest
Birch Lake NF Campground
Nearest Point of Interest
Birch Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
South Kawishiwi Campground
Car: necessary

Canoeing, Finnish steam sauna, swimming, saunas, terrific walleye & smallmouth fishing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, wilderness relaxation, abundant wildlife, kayaks and boat motors available as rentals


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Ely, Minnesota

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$93
Tax Rate 9.88%

Each renting party will be met at Birch Lake National Forest Campground landing Sunday mid-day (by arrangement) and transported with all gear to the cabin; the party will be picked up again the following Sunday morning and returned to the Birch Lake Campground and their vehicle(s).

50% of Total to secure Reservation. Remaining 50% due two weeks before arrival. Cancellation policy: Refund less $50 if 90+ days’ notice. After that, if the cabin week is re-rented, deposit minus $50 will be refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Ely

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Double Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2)
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Rustic cabin, crucial freedom from tech dependency, large private peninsula, intimate picturesque bay, privacy guaranteed by surrounding National Forest Land, direct access to the Boundary Waters, Transport provided to and from cabin