This beautifully hand crafted guest house was built from big red and white pine logs that we cut from the Lake One forests and had hauled the few miles to our Jasper Lake homestead. The Guest House easily sleeps 9 guests but there are dishes, bed linens, towels and washcloths provided for up to 12 guests. Two downstairs bedrooms, one with a Queen Bed, another with two Twin Beds. Upstairs three Full beds and two Twin beds along with a half bathroom. Downstairs bathroom has a washer and dryer. A fully equipped kitchen with an outside L.P. gas grill. We have a charcoal grill and smoker available as well upon request. (Charcoal and wood chips not incl.) The sitting area has a real wood heating fireplace, and the dining area is located in the sun room overlooking the lake. A small breakfast table is available directly off the kitchen area. The front deck overlooks Jasper Lake; is 400 square feet in size with a large picnic table. An outside fire pit with benches is also available with ample firewood. An open air outside fish cleaning facility is available as well. Three aluminum canoes with paddles seat cushions and life jackets come with the cabin for guest use.
A very highly regarded fishing and canoe guide service (2013 marks the 30th. year serving the lake country vacationer) is available on premises along with additional outdoor oriented services: fishing and day trip packages; additional canoes, kevlar canoe upgrade, towboat service to remote BWCA and Quetico Park wilderness access points including the Canada border, shuttling of gear and canoes to area landings, camping equipment rentals, and complete outfitting services. We can also arrange fresh bakery products and picnic lunches to be delivered to your door daily. Ask about our popular and famous Guide's Shorelunch! Consider 'Packaging' your stay that includes a variety of these popular services.
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Growing up in Ohio, Don Beans was fascinated by stories written of the vast Northwoods by various authors. One author in particular were those stories written by 'Jackpine' Bob Cary. Soon after high school, Don packed his belongings and headed 'Up North' to make his living as a guide and woodsman and 'livin' off the land'. He arrived in Ely during the April '83 thaw, where he started right away working at a local outfitting company preparing for the summer season.
'When I first arrived here in April '83, the moment I saw this place called the Northwoods; the place I read so much about growing up- I knew I was home.'
Through the following years he worked at various resorts and outfitters until opening his own freelance guide business in 1988. In 1990, Don purchased the Jasper Lake homestead. That same year, he married Joan Kjorsvig. Both their dreams were turned into plans and thus the work began to achieve their goals which included the building of and outdoor adventure business.
We've all heard of 'Location, Location, and Location', and how important that is in marketing. The Jasper Lake Guest House is situated within some of the very finest angling found in the state of Minnesota, and it does overlook the finest canoe area (BWCA/ Quetico) in the country. Day trip options abound with over three dozen area lakes easily accessible, plus countless more for extended trips.
Don, along with Joan and their family have relentlessly pursued their original dream and have since added various packages to their business ventures such as outfitting, equipment rental, and high quality lodging.
Early on in his guide years, Don recalls an old man approaching him one morning on a busy resort dock. The old timer eyed his as he readied a 19 square stern guide canoe for a day trip into Canada; and he commenced some small talk. Don learned that he was once a guide; a woodsman from yesteryear; and Don remember well his advice given, 'It's best to keep your guests warm and dry, keep them full of expectations, provide good honest advice, and make sure they are well fed. That's your only job. These woods and the waters will do the rest, ...the area will sell itself.'
That was and still is good advice. When you're here, you'll find that this area is not just about the superb angling; but that it's really all about itself- the Northwoods. And it is impressive- the scenic views, the wildlife sightings, and it's about that relaxing feeling of experiencing pure remoteness. Jasper Lake shares in that feeling, it is a small quiet lake, a blue gem in the pine woods. Don and Joan raised their family here; they garden and grow vegetables here, they've raised chickens, enjoyed the companionship of several dogs, hunt and fish the woods that surround them, they hike, ski and snowshoe the winter woods; they literally built their home from the forests, we thoroughly enjoy our Northwoods life here and now they want to share it with you through the Jasper Lake Guest House.
This cabin is located on the very edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Our hand hewn guest house was built from the surrounding forests by owner, Don Beans. It has been filled with all the little things that will make your vacation memorable from a family sized crock-pot to a variety of board games ready to entertain on rainy days.
Looking north from the large 400 sq. foot deck; the next road, other than the driveway, is 70 plus miles away- and that's Canada's Highway 11. There's not a structure that lies between, just remote Northwoods wilderness and gorgeous views of Jasper Lake. Be prepared for breathtaking sunsets.
From this Guest House base, there are over three dozen easily accessible water bodies where guests can enjoy superb fishing, great canoeing, and fun exploring- all in just a day trip. Hundreds of other pristine clear water lakes are available in the wilderness area where guests can paddle their canoe and go camping. Reserving our beautiful hand crafted guest house will offer you many outdoor adventure options to choose from.
This area is an outdoor recreation mecca. You'll enjoy swimming in these pristine lakes, and you'll find many nearby US Forest Service maintained hiking trails, and some great bicycling routes. This area is one of the finest in the country for bird watching as well.
Yes, Ely is a winter wonderland too. The town officially rings in the 'Winter Season' on Thanksgiving night. All the shops open their doors and turn on their Christmas lights- welcoming guests, visitors, and of course- Jack Frost. Soon afterwards the lakes freeze over and the forests get cloaked in a blanket of snow.
Take note- Well groomed snowmobile trails crisscross northern Minnesota, and Ely is a major hub. Come and visit, and you'll find that snowmobiles become the preferred choice of travel with many locals.
Do you like to Cross Country Ski? Add in the Northwoods. Both well groomed trails and back country skiing are available. Ely does have ski shops and winter apparel stores. Don't overlook the quality snowshoeing either.
Did you know- 'Ely is coined the Dog Sled Capital'. These are fun filled trips - by the day, overnight, camping. There are several high quality winter dog sled businesses ready to take you on that adventure. Put this on your Bucket List!
How about wetting a line through the ice? Ice fishermen have literally hundreds of lakes to drill holes and search for crappies, bluegills, yellow perch, walleyes, northern pike and lake trout. Local guides, eager and willing, are available along with comfy ice house rentals.
Ely is a wonderful, quaint small town with a reputation for the arts. Museums, studios and galleries abound and arts and craft stores are found everywhere. Just find a place to park your car and start walking, Ely isn't big in size, just big in things to do! On any summer Tuesday night; the air is serenaded by musicians performing on the sidewalks - coined 'Ely's Tuesday Night Live'. There are many local plays that perform regularly. You'll get hungry and there are great places to dine; from breakfasts to lunches to dinners; and a few bakeries and coffee shops to quench that sweet tooth and Java fix in between. You'll find local pubs and a microbrewery to enjoy a cold one, visit with friends, or catch that game on the tube.
All in all, the Ely area is a great place to visit and we hope you choose to hang your hat with us at the end of a fun filled day!
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