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Hideaway: Private, Secluded Retreat On Pristine Wasson Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,776 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3+ BR, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8, Spacious, Refurbished, On a Private Lake

Refurbished year-round lake home with knotty pine interior on 25 acres of Minnesota woodland, 600 feet of lake frontage with 100 feet of solid sand bottom at the dock area. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, or families on vacation.

Spacious main level with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large kitchen/living area with wood-burning stove, and screened porch with table/chairs for outdoor dining; on lower-level, 1 additional bath and large rec room/bedroom that opens on to outdoor patio; rec room includes satellite TV and Internet access (e-mail or text only; no streaming video).

Central heating, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. Bedrooms: 1 with king bed, 1 with 2 twin beds, 1 with a double bed, 1 pullout queen sofa in lower level.

Private dock and screened gazebo; fish cleaning table, life jackets, 14' Lund fishing boat, Honda 9HP motor, 1 tank of gas, and Grumman 17' Standard Aluminum canoe provided. There is no public access to Wasson Lake; guests may NOT launch their own boats or other water craft.

Fishing: Wasson Lake is approximately 500-acres in size and spring fed. It has 17 feet of clarity with a maximum depth of 67 feet. With 4 islands and numerous bays, boggy shore areas, and submerged trees, it provides an idea fish habitat. The lake has northern pike, large- and small mouth bass, crappies, and recently a few Walleyes have been taken from the lake; however, they are not native to the lake. We have always used lures, minnows, or worms as bait. The near-by Scenic Pines Store sells bait and can give you specific advice.

Hunting: We are not hunters ourselves so I can only tell you what our cabin neighbors have told us. In season, you'll find White Tail Deer and we've been told that the Grouse hunting is good. Although we are located in the George Washington State Forest, we do not allow hunting on our land and most of the lake owners do not as well--it's just too populated. However, there is ample public land in the state forest as well as nearby county and federal forests.

Here are some links to additional hunting/fishing information in Itasca County.

Minnesota is strict about moving boats from one body of water to another as a way of preventing invasion of damaging species. So far Wasson Lake is free of any such species!

**NOTE: All bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) is provided; however, guests must bring their own kitchen and bath towels, other personal items, and fishing gear. Guests provide their own meals.

Much of the forest around Wasson Lake is second and third growth and is currently dying. Thus, in 2013, we began an overdue project of forest stewardship by selectively harvesting overgrown poplars and aspen, and planting over 4500 new red pine, white pine and hardwood seedlings. Within a very short time, we will see a beautiful new forest begin to emerge. This summer we spotted Red Pine that are now almost as tall as I am (slightly over 5 feet!). The new forest is coming!

More Details

Property Manager
Jessika & Casey, Local Managers
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Jessika & Casey, Local Managers

We are retired university professors with deep connections to the beauty of northern Minnesota. When we moved to Rochester, NY from Minneapolis (in 1989), we kept this cabin because we knew we could never replace it with anything better. We build the original cabin in 1977, remodeled it extensively around 2008, added new appliances around 2013, and have tried to make it an enjoyable place to relax, commune with nature, and restore our "souls."

Our local managers are Casey and Jessika, who will be available for your questions and needs during your stay at The Hideaway.

Jessika & Casey, Local Managers purchased this cabin in 1975

Why Jessika & Casey, Local Managers chose Bigfork

25 acres of private woodlands on a beautiful lake with no public access. Heaven in the woods!

What makes this cabin unique

Private, secluded, quiet, beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, just enough connection with the noisy world! Fully equipped for gourmet cooking and dining, comfortable sleeping, and relaxing days at our lakefront.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Bigfork

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1776 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet Times: 10 pm to 8 AM; be considerate of the neighbors--noise carries across the lake.
  • Fish Cleaning: clean any fish at the shore using the fish cleaning station in the Gazebo. Wrap and dispose of trimmings in the trash not the woods.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Single sink with vanity storage.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Single sink with vanity cabinet.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Single sink with vanity cabinet.
  • Toilet tissue, shower curtains, and bath mats provided. **NOTE: Guests are required to bring their own towels and other personal items. **NOTE: Do not flush feminine hygiene products in the toilets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Each furnished with all bed linens.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Hideaway: Private, Secluded Retreat On Pristine Wasson Lake
average rating of 4.5652175 based on 23 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

The Hideaway was a great fit for us! The online pics were nice,but even more impressed upon arrival

  • 4 of 5

We hope to return to Hideaway next summer with family/friends and stay longer. It was very clean and supplied about everything you'd need. We enjoyed touring around the lake, and even pulled in northern and some small perch.

  • Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great cabin in a beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the best! Secluded. Clean. Comfortable, with all the comforts of home. Fully equipped kitchen. Nice bedrooms and bathrooms. Our dog loved being with us; thank you for allowing that. Games and puzzles. I forgot my book, but not a problem as I read one from their shelves. This was great for our family of 6. We don't have little kids, but they had equipment for families of all ages. We never left to venture out as we just enjoyed the water, yard and cabin, but there are state parks and restaurants nearby.

We hope to go back in the near future. Loved it!

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It definitely felt like and was a drive far into the North Woods coming from the Twin Cities. Arrival at the Hideaway was such a welcome sight when we finally got there. There couldn't have been a better place selected! Our family loved how secluded it was yet it had all that we needed for the weekend. The pictures do not do this place justice! It felt so comfy and cozy it felt like a home away from home, of course with the up north cabin look and feel. Two thumbs up in our book. We took the canoe and boat out everyday to fish and enjoy the lake. We caught some smaller panfish and a couple smaller pike but it is no fault of the Hideaway at all. We enjoyed the visits from the hummingbirds, the majestic sounds of the loons, and the eagles flying around the lake. This place definitely has a place in our family's heart. We took an afternoon driving the Edge of the Wilderness Byway from Bigfork to Marcell and enjoyed MN's northern wilderness. We definitely recommend the Hideaway if you are looking for a place to relax and get away from it all. Thank you for the memories!

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic 50th Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I brought in my 50th birthday at the Hideway and couldn't have asked for a better place to do so. In the first 10 minutes of arrival a Eagle swooped in and landed on a nearby tree and we continued to see Eagles/Loons and other birds all weekend. We used the canoe and motor boat which is included with the rental. We cooked breakfast/lunch and dinner each day in the well supplied kitchen which had all cookware needed. The house was spotless and very comfortable. The 3 full bathrooms are wonderful and the bedrooms are very comfortable. We used the grill on Memorial Day. We all enjoyed the peaceful setting and made a few quick trips to Bigfork and Hibbing but the vast majority of time was spent at the cabin, eating, drinking and laughing and spending time by the lake. Thanks for the great bottle of wine left for me for my 50th as well. I will be back and make the Hideway a family tradition. I highly recommend the Hideway for anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim: A BIG thank you to you and your fellow birthday celebrants for such a nice review. So very glad you enjoyed our place. Last July, we were also treated to low flying eagles and it is a wonder to watch them. We joked that the baby eaglets were conducting flying practice. Also want to thank you for the comments about the kitchen. I've tried to equip it such that anyone who enjoys cooking will find most everything he/she needs. During our stays, we've done homemade pizza in the oven and on the grill, roasted porchetta from the Four Seasons Market in Coleraine, made my own pasta sauce, done pulled pork, baked enchiladas, and on and on. Seems like we always have a crowd of family and friends to feed. Finally, I must give credit to Jess & Casey, our local managers. They are the ones who open it for us in the spring and do all the cleaning and maintenance. Wonderful young couple!! Do hope to "see" you next year--and you're always welcome sooner if your schedule permits. Best regards, Mary Boyd, Owner
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Loved It

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hideaway. The cabin was beautiful and had everything we needed. One of the main reasons we picked this property was that the cabin also included the use of a boat and motor. We spent most of our time on the water fishing with great results. We really lucked out , the fall colors were spectacular and the weather was perfect. We would highly recommend a stay at the hideaway and we plan to do the same again next year.

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John: So glad you enjoyed your stay at our place, the Hideaway on Wasson Lake. Since we no longer live in Minnesota we are unable to enjoy the beauty and quiet of September and the fall season but very glad you were able to. During our summer stay, we always get out in the fishing boat, taking a cruise around the lake to see what's happening: baby loons, the young eaglets, a deer or two along the shore line, and sometimes a few beaver. Hopefully you were able to enjoy the canoe, which lets you go places on the lake where the fishing boat cannot go. Thank you for your positive review--but most of all we're glad you had a good visit to the Hideaway. Hope you make it next year. Mary Boyd, Owner
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Quiet, spacious retreat

  • 5 of 5

My significant other and I had a lovely time at the Hideaway. We arrived late on Labor Day so the lake was quiet that evening and throughout the week. We took the boat out on the lake most days to fish and enjoy the sunsets. We enjoyed cooking and grilling every night. Be sure to bring charcoal and lighter fluid with you! The local Scenic Pines Store does have charcoal and a few other essentials if you forget anything and don't feel like driving too far. We made campfires most nights, too. The house is spacious but still cozy. We used the kitchen table for doing puzzles and the table on the screen porch for meals. We had family visit for a night and the kids loved having their own twin beds. The amount of land was astonishing to me as a city dweller. My dogs were in heaven.

We brought our bikes and were able to do some bike riding. I was limited with my cruiser bike on the gravel roads around Wasson Lake but my significant other had a lot of fun with his mountain bike. We also biked once to the Scenic Pines Bar & Grill, which is next door to the store. I had the advantage in that bike ride!

We also enjoyed going to Scenic State Park just about 20 minutes away and hiking the beautiful and unique Chase Point Trail. There is much more to do at the park, including a beach, free loaner fishing poles, and kayak/paddle board rentals. We went on from the state park to Bigfork and had a delicious pizza delivered across the parking lot to the local bar. The bartender there makes a very good Moscow Mule. The grocery store in Bigfork is a decent size and has anything you'd need to restock or supplement what you bring up with you. We were very happy that we brought groceries and alcohol with us and then just got a few things mid-week at the store in Bigfork.

It was a nice experience and we highly recommend this property to folks who want some quiet time in nature with modern conveniences.

  • Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Hideaway. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable, relaxing time. September--and October--can be a simply gorgeous time in northern Minnesota and you were able to experience it. We bike when we spend time there and plan to utilize the Mesabi Trail next year. It starts in Grand Rapids and goes to Ely. Your comments about bringing groceries, beverages, and charcoal makes me think I need to make it clearer in the web site that the Hideaway is a housekeeping cabin, thus guests will need to bring those items. Thank you for your comments.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Grand Rapids, MN; Hibbing, MN; Duluth, MN
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Scenic Pines Restaurant and Bar; Antler Lake Bar
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Grand Rapids; Bigfork
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Duluth, MN
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Itasca County 52
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Scenic Pines, DJ's; Antler Lake
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
McCarthy Beach State Park, Hibbing, MN
Car: necessary

o Grand Rapids: Forest History Logging Camp

o Grand Rapids: Reif Performing Arts Center, MacRostie Art Center, Children's Discovery Museum, Judy Garland Home, Itasca Heritage Center and Judy Garland Museum, Blandin Paper Company Tours, Nordic Ridge Gardens, Antique Shops

o Grand Rapids--Ely: Mesabi Bike Trail

o Hibbing: Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Museum of Mining.

o Bigfork: Scenic State Park

o Grand Rapids--Effie, MN: Edge of the Wilderness Highway

o BlackDuck: Rabideau CCC Camp National Historic Landmark

o Bigfork: Edge Center for the Arts

o Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Hibbing: Hospital

o Balsam Community Center: Urgent Care Facility


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Bigfork

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
May 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 7 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$192.56 + Tax
Property Damage Protection C$101.41

-Rates quoted are for up to 4 adults. $30/night for each additional person up to a maximum of 8 people.
-Minimum 3-night stay.
-The VRBO service fee added to your total quotation is collected by and for VRBO; the fee does not go to the owner.

-Check in is 4:00 pm on the day of arrival; check out is 9:00 am on the day of departure.
-Limit of two pets, dogs only. Must be house broken. Pet fees apply. Contact owner for approval.

Manager'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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