Ely Cabin Rental Photos and Description
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, Not Specified Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)
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
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
Tom and Sharon Arendshorst have owned the Gabbro Cabin peninsula on Birch Lake since 2000. Residents of Holland, Michigan, Tom is a retired ophthalmic surgeon and Sharon a retired pastor. Tom was introduced to the Ely area as a Camp Voyageur youth in 1960; he and Sharon are longtime Boundary Waters/Quetico canoeists, and love the remote peace, Northwoods beauty, sense of retreat and abundant opportunities for wilderness fun that rise around Gabbro Cabin.
Gabbro Cabin has unique assets: it is remote and blessedly private because it is surrounded by National Forest, but it also gives access to many miles of waterway, shoreline, fishing, and exploring. The peninsula's size provides hiking trails and varied habitat for wildlife. Being at Gabbro is accessible 'wilderness with beds.'
The Ely area offers unique access to boreal wilderness via the maze of lakes and connecting waterways of the Boundary Waters region. We purchased this remote cabin to give our family a 'home' from which we have been able to annually retreat from 'civilization,' refresh our spirits, and taste the compelling draw of wilderness. We are pleased others can share this bounty!