|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Private Big Ole Cabin
If you are looking for a Holiday Inn or Hilton you are looking at the wrong place. I have my own ideas of beautiful when it comes to being outdoors. If you see beauty in narrow, gravel roads, surrounded by huge White Pine and a lake so clear you can actually see 12 feet down to those sunfish near the bottom, then you have found the right place!
I am located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, where you can enjoy both beauty and privacy. If you come to relax, fish or hunt, you have found the right spot! If you enjoy sitting around an actual campfire roasting marshmallows, watching an eagle fly over head and listening to the sounds of the loons, this is the place for you.
The cabin is in the pines along the shores of scenic Big Ole Lake. Lost in time, this property once served as a resort for fisherman, hunters and families from across the U.S. and Canada. Now it is a private home where guests can escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and experience the joy of relaxing in their own cabin.
Big Ole Lake is a 167 acre, 63 feet deep lake with no public access for launching your boat. If you want to bring your own boat it is carry in access only. The fishing is abundant, offering walleye, crappie, pan fish, northern & premier small & largemouth bass fishing. Your cabin comes with a fishing boat & your own private dock. You can bring your own motor or rent one from me. You also have use of a paddle boat to explore the lake.
There is a regulation horseshoe pit where you can practice on your game and unwind after a day of fishing, hunting or just enjoying the outdoors.
The cabin offers you a place to relax and watch the lake, play some cribbage or cook your own 'Catch of the Day'. If you prefer to grill and eat outside, your own Charcoal grill and picnic table sits right out the front door. The tongue and groove vaulted ceiling in the kitchen, dining area and living room are all custom made by me, including the cabinets.
The cabin has two bedrooms, each with a comfortable NEW Queen size bed. If you need more room, the couch makes into a full size bed. There is a composting toilet in the cabin and a Bath House with a hot shower just a couple steps from the cabin. Feel free to take a dip off your own private dock, and enjoy the swimming.
If you have more than 6 people in your group, I have another cabin, with a kitchenette, that sleeps 2 to 3 people. If rented with the Big Ole Cabin it is an additional $200.00 per week.
Only 5 miles down the road is Marcell, population 309, which is the hub of the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway. A township of 56 square miles, it contains all, or part, of 48 lakes. Tourism is Marcell's biggest industry, but has the look and feel of a small town, peace and quiet in the most natural of settings. Marcell offers a lot for a small town, a well equipped bait & sporting good store, Real Estate Office, antique store, lumber yard, gift shop, several restaurants & taverns, food and gas.
Mae and I wanted to thank you for your beautiful cabin and your hospitality (and the AC!) You have a special place here that we won't soon forget.
P.S.AND the fishing was great!
We LOVE your place
What you see in the pictures is what you'll find when you arrive, everything is just as described. Brian is a great host, concerned to make sure everything is as expected - and Hank (the dog) couldn't be any happier to see new friends. The lake is wonderfully peaceful, clear and beautiful - the most boats we ever saw on the lake when we were out other than our own was a grand total of 3. 80% of the shore-land looks like the BWCA or Canada, very remote & wild. The lake is small, but that means less time spent looking for new spots to fish and less gas to burn.
We saw bald eagles every day, the loons were there to serenade us, we saw beavers and deer as well. While we didn't set any records with our fishing, we always could catch something (bass and northern pike mostly) and the crappie bite was very dependable every evening. The locals that we met that had places on the lake were very friendly and helpful. Little kids would be able to catch panfish off the dock (little ones) all day long without any problem. There's no cell phone service, no TV, and that's all part of what makes this great. It's a short drive into Marcel for essentials, or an easy drive to Grand Rapids to visit a bigger town with the big box stores. The cabin is small, but it doesn't claim to be otherwise, and we found everything clean and orderly, and well stocked with the essentials. If you are looking for a low tech, relaxing vacation - then you'll certainly enjoy your stay. We would recommend this property to anyone looking for what Brian so accurately describes. If you want something fancy, look elsewhere - but if you are looking for an old fashioned retreat you will enjoy your stay.
Thank you, Brian for letting us stay at your cabin. Our stay at Big Ole was better than we could ever have imagined. It was exactly as advertised. Everything needed for a comfortable wilderness experience, nothing more, nothing less. The cabin takes you back to a time when vacations were about spending time with loved ones, not hectically running to and fro seeing how much stuff you can pack into the time you've got. The peacefulness of the place was by far the greatest selling point. We spent the week paying no regard to any clock. Cell phone reception was almost non-existent (which was fine by us; the owner was gracious and let us use his phone to check in with home). Paddle boat trips, evening cruises in the boat, (pay the extra to rent the motor...worth it!), sitting around the fire, hikes on the local trails, and greeting a new day drinking coffee on the dock. What an experience. Panfish, Bass, and Northern were waiting for you to throw a line. (The owner of the tackle shop in Marcell was extremely helpful with local knowledge of the fishing.)
The shower was adequate with ample supplies of hot water. The composting toilet works fine if you follow the instructions (no odor problems at all). The kitchen had everything we needed. The owner made sure to check in with us periodically, but was in no way intrusive. Hank, the lab, was sure to stop by and make sure we felt welcome. If you have more than four people (two couples) in your party, I'd highly suggest renting the adjacent small cabin. I'd think more than four would be crowded in the main cabin.
I researched a lot of possibilities for our Minnesota vacation. You're not going to find anything else comparable for the price. It really is a great value.
If you can't live without your technology, this place is not for you. If you want to experience the nature of Minnesota at it's finest or you want to step away from your world for a while, Big Ole is the place for you.
Three of us stayed for a week and found the cabin and facilities very accomodating. It is a peaceful place with a view of the lake. The fall colors were just getting going, so very beautiful. The outside shower was not a problem, nor the composting toilet. Very affordable, clean cabin with all the appliances one needs.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weeklong stay at the cabin on Big Ole Lake. Brian was extremely accommodating and the cabin had a rustic charm. He advertised it correctly, this was not a Holiday Inn but it was very comfortable and had everything we needed for a great fishing vacation. My wife was a little apprehensive about the composting toilet and the shower in an outbuilding but got used to it very quickly. The fishing was great and Brian was as gracious a host as we could have hoped for. We highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a Minnesota northwoods experience.
My wife and I stayed here in September 2009, and liked it so much we rented the small cabin next door as well and brought the entire family and a couple of friends. Both cabins, along with boat, motor, gas, canoe, paddle-boat and a fee for two dogs came to about $1000 for the week. There were six of us total, although my son joined us for a few days as well to make seven, with room to spare. The composting toilet in the main cabin functions very well and is a great environmental alternative to flushing waste underground or into a sewer. The outside shower also works very well. This was all the comfort we needed.
The lake is the main attraction. It's crystal clear, surrounded by forest and filled with bass, northerns and pan-fish. There are also lots of loons, who don't seem to mind humans at all. If you like to catch fish, swim, sit by a campfire, canoe or just relax and read a book, this place is perfect. It's beautiful and remote -- there are only a few cabins on one shore of the lake, while the rest is wild. The closest grocery store is in Bigfork, 11 miles away, but Marcell, five miles away, also has a gas station/convenience store/gift shop that has most things you'll want or need, including bait and tackle. The locals are all very friendly as well.
You'll also find the owner, who lives next door, to be very hospitable. He'll look in daily to see if you need anything, and doesn't mind if you knock on his door to ask a question. Overall, he's very helpful and glad to have you there. We feel he bends over backwards to give vacationers a great experience for their money. If you need something fancier, be prepared to pay a lot more somewhere else. If your priorities are for clean water, plenty of elbow room, a chance to catch some fish or just unspoiled natural beauty, you'll want to stay here.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|Notes||Full payment due 30 days before arrival. Call for details.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.