Bear Cabin Is A Rustic Log Cabin With 2 Bedrooms And A Nearby Bathhouse.
Owner / Property Manager
About Owner / Property Manager
Wilderness Wind is owned and operated by Chicago Voyagers, a nonprofit that provides outdoor active experiences to urban youth that would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Youth participate in biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and river and lake canoe paddling trips. Included are trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that include wilderness canoeing, portaging, outdoor meal preparation, camping, navigation, and appreciation of the unique habitats of the BWCAW. Kids develop self confidence and are specifically taught leadership and teamwork skills. Your stay at our beautiful cabin helps support these programs for Chicago Voyagers kids! Thanks!
Owner / Property Manager purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Owner / Property Manager chose Ely
Staying at our rustic cabins offers guests a chance to experience the same flora and fauna of the Boundary Waters that the youth participants experience but with the comfort of comfortable beds, kitchens, and nearby hot showers and toilets in the bath house. Guests can paddle canoes on the lake and enjoy a campfire, hear the call of loons, enjoy sunsets over the water, and in doing so, feel a little closer to our natural world.
What makes this Cabin unique
Rustic log cabins, secluded site, Lake Armstrong shoreline, lake access for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, proximity to BWCAW and Mesabi Trail, sunset views, naturalistic landscaping, quiet respite to connect with nature. One of the greatest things about Wilderness Wind is the peace and quiet of the local environment. People come to Wilderness Wind to get away from the noise of the city and to be close to nature. From a recently published book by our neighbor to the north of us, David Okerlund: “What makes our refuge so special is its solitude. At night the sky is crystal clear, and the only sounds you may hear is the crackle of your fire, an occasional forlorn call from a loon to its mate, and an even more entrancing high pitched wail of a grey wolf. Each sound we consider to be a priceless experience”. We agree completely with David and others who have worked hard to build a quiet community here on Lake Armstrong. We would like everyone who visits us to experience this slice of solitude too. Therefore, we ask that you do your part to keep Wilderness Wind quiet. Don’t bring your jetski or your bass boat with 300 hp engine. A small engine on your fishing boat is of course fine. Kids should make noise (or they wouldn’t be kids!) so we’re not trying to stifle fun but we do want everyone to respect the quiet that emerges at the end of every day for all to enjoy.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Cozy classic cabin stay
My wife and I enjoyed our early autumn stay at this 1920s resort cabin 10 miles from Ely. Took advantage of the small but full kitchen. Lovely lakeside setting. Watching the sun set over the lake while sitting next to a campfire was a joy. Jay, the manager, was very kind and helpful. We would happily return.
Great place to spend a weekend up north. There are a lot of community amenities like canoes and kayaks, a firepit, etc. The cabin was nice and right on the lake.
We were not aware that there was not a toilet in the cabin. There were many instructions about us cleaning the cabin before we left. We also had to make the beds when we arrived and strip them when we left. We do not think you should have charged us a cleaning fee if you expected us to do a big share of it. The lake and camp scenery were beautiful and we enjoyed that. The camp staff were very friendly and welcoming. Please respond to the cleaning fee comment. Thank you, Siverhus'
Hello Pam, sorry for the long delay in responding to your review. We tried to make it clear that there is a shared bath house with toilets in the description of our cabins. We have added floor plan drawings of our cabins for all our listings so every room is clearly visible. Hopefully this will help avoid future misunderstandings.
As for cleaning fees, we really appreciate any cleaning our guests do. We of course don't expect our guests to clean the bath house or other parts of the property. The cleaning fees we charge cover costs for cleaning the bath house, doing laundry, taking out garbage, picking up litter, and yes cleaning cabins as needed to ensure they are ready for our next guests.
We hope you enjoyed your stay at Wilderness Wind.
Lake Armstrong is beautiful, so be sure to take out a boat. There is so much to do in the area, including the Kawishiwi Falls and Wolf Center. The food in the local restaurants was outstanding.
Back to nature bliss
Beautiful setting for lake cabins on a great fishing lake. Bass and pike galore. If you want comfort try somewhere else. If you want nature at ur door, this is the place. The hosts are wonderful.
Perfect Trip with Little One
Generally, we do an annual trip to the Boundary Waters, but this year we had a two month old and didn't want to be that remote. Cabin was cozy with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a screened porch area. Loved having the ability to shower with hot water (not a luxury you get in the Boundary Waters). We had a beautiful view of the lake from Bear cabin an enjoyed the communal fire pit on a nightly basis. Located just outside of Ely, MN so we were able to pick up necessary groceries. It is also just 10 min or so from the National Bear Center which has 4 ambassador bears and is dedinitely worth visiting. The caretaker, Jay, was very friendly and checked in to make sure we had everything we needed on a daily basis. Would definitely recommend this location!!