Wildloon is the featured log home at Loon's Echo Wilderness Retreat. In Wildloon, you will enjoy all the amenities of home while being surrounded by a mature pine forest. The hand-scribed log home, Wildloon, is placed on a rock outcropping that overlooks eight-mile lake with miles of undeveloped shoreline; miles of canoeing, hiking, biking, and snowshoeing trails right outside your door. Wildloon is part of a true wilderness retreat that only has 3 cabins available for rent. You will have your own private dock, and access to miles of wilderness. It is located in Northern Minnesota a few miles west of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It is like having a cabin on your campsite in the wilderness. Read a book, work a puzzle, watch TV, or listen to your favorite CD while sitting in front of one of the two classic stone fireplaces. Perfect for a get-away weekend, family vacation, or a girls get-together.
Wildloon Log Home: The featured log home is Wildloon, a 2 bedroom luxury log home. Originally Wildloon was a 1920's hand-hewn log lodge, built in the Boundary waters. In 1993, it was strategically placed on a rock outcropping facing the lake surrounded by red and white pines. The view from the front porch is spectacular--a great place to have morning coffee, watch the hummingbirds, or enjoy a glass of wine with the sunset in the evening. While maintaining the natural character of the lodge, Wildloon has become your luxury vacation home. The unique gourmet kitchen includes many conveniences: microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, kitchen-aide mixer, electric griddle, and an antique style 6-burner gas stove. The gas grill out back is ready for your freshly caught walleye. The upstairs of this tri-level log home features a full bathroom and two bedrooms--one with a queen log bed, the other with a full log bed. The back stone porch includes a full-sized futon along with a second bath with shower. Sleeps 6
Wilderness Setting: Wildloon is set in a wilderness location, 20 miles from even a gas station. We have 20 acres of mature pine forest and 1300 feet of water. Loon's Echo Wilderness Retreat is located just 3 miles West of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. It is about 50 miles WEST of Ely and 40 miles EAST of Orr, Minnesota. It is like you have a cabin at your wilderness campsite. Forget your worries as you relax on our porch, gaze at the sunset, or listen to the loons. We have paddled the four miles up to Table Rock falls and never saw another canoe or boat. We are very secluded. It is like having a luxury log home on your campsite in the wilderness. Come and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the BWCAW from the comfort of our log home! Canoes and mountain bikes are included with your rental of our Wildloon Log Home.
Area attractions: Loon's Echo Wilderness Retreat has 20 acres and 1300 feet of waterfront is available for your use. We are located on the chain of lakes of the wild and scenic Vermilion River (Vermilion River Lake) and only a few miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness and Voyageur National Park. There are numerous waterfalls and rapids within a few hours paddle of the retreat. You can hike or snoeshoe our 20 miles of trails. There are over 100 miles of abandoned logging roads that offer additional hiking and excellent mountain biking opportunities. Points of interest include: Table Rock Falls, Vermilion Falls, Vermilion River Gorge, Astrid Lake Trails, and Devils' Cascade Trail. Majestic bluffs, hidden lakes, waterfalls, berry patches and a canoe paddle to ancient Indian pictographs will lure you onto the water and into the wilderness.
Pete and Maggie Jung have been canoeing and vacationing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since they were in college in 1972. At first it was just the two of us, then our two sons, and now daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren. When we first purchased the property in 1998, Maggie took care of Loon's Echo Wilderness Retreat in the summers. During the year she taught high school in science in Illinois until 2010 when she retired. Pete continues to work for Morgan Stanley doing investments for his clients. In 2010, they built thier dream log home on the property and continue to enjoy sharing Wildloon and Mallard with their guests.
We first visited Loon's Echo wilderness retreat in 1998 when both of our boys were in college. It was an empty nest fall trip (in response to an ad in the Chicago Tribune), that has turned into an adventure of a lifetime. We found this piece of wilderness that reminded us of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. It is like having a cabin on your capsite in the wilderness. Since Maggie retired in 2010, the Jungs built 'Sunset Ridge' where they stay while they rent out Wildloon and Mallard to others. Come enjoy the quiet of the wilderness from the comfort of our log cabin.
This cabin was originally part of a resort on Moose Lake north of Ely. It was moved to this beautiful pine forest overlooking the Vermilion River in 1993. It is a comfortable 1400 sq ft log home. Four of the rooms have large windows that overlook the water. It is great to sit on the front deck reading, drinking a glass of wine, or watching the hummingbirds. Come to relax, fish, canoe, or hike. This is a true wilderness experience with all the comforts of home.