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The Big Pines Getaway is located on a small quiet lake in the wild heart of the Superior National Forest, only about 8 miles from the southern boundary of the B.W.C.A. A perfect place to commune with nature, reconnect with family and restore your spirit. The living area has a panoramic view of Lake Gegoka and the lake shore is just a short walk down the hill. If you are planning a wild party weekend, please seek different accommodations. Big red and white pines tower overhead, providing nesting habitat for eagles, osprey, owls and kestrels. This hand scribed full log house has a genuine 'Northwoods' feel. A fully vaulted main room overlooks Lake Gegoka, bringing the outdoors right in through a full wall of glass. The loft offers a special place for kids or adults to have their own space up in the treetops. Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed from the living room, the deck or better yet a canoe. The Log Home is simply and comfortably furnished, with a modern kitchen and 2 bathrooms. A gas fireplace completes the rustic, relaxed atmosphere. We even throw in 2 CANOES and FIREWOOD. Silent recreation for all seasons at our gem in the forest.
If you are looking for a quiet, secluded wilderness escape, you have found it. Even with a very adequate public boat launch less than a minute away, there is no such thing as 'rush hour' on pristine Lake Gegoka. Speedboats, tubing and jet skis are definitely out of character here. This sparkling clean little 150 acre lake offers fishing, canoeing, swimming and just plain gazing out at. Our complimentary canoe provides a perfect way to explore the lake. The dock down at the shoreline is available to cast your line from or could accommodate your own small fishing boat launched from the public landing just around the corner. Lake Gegoka is a shallow sandy bottomed lake and warms up early in the summer. Just a few minutes away is a little used public swimming area on Flathorn Lake (connects to Gegoka). There is a very scenic hiking trail around it and a picnic area with water pump, grills, tables and a brand new vault toilet.
Lake Superior's North Shore is only about 30 minutes away and provides many opportunities for day trips, including Split Rock Lighthouse tours, the Superior Hiking Trail and some of Minnesota's most popular State Parks. It's a great place to cool down on a warm day inland and grab a bite to eat or a special souvenir. Ely is a 45 minute drive and has a variety of good restaurants and unique gift shops. This lively little town is the jumping off point for Boundary Waters Canoe Area trips and has some great attractions for rainy or sunny days. Both the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center are great places to learn about 2 of the areas wild residents. The Soudan Mine tour is a fascinating look back in time to 'hard rock' underground mining on the Range in the early 1900's.
Love my job as a lodging host. I wear many hats and pretty much enjoy most of them (especially the bomber!)
Andy Fisher purchased this cabin in 2008
Location, location, location. The woods and lake are beautiful and pristine!
We're easy to get to but far from the noise and lights. Lots of Minnesota's rare and shy wildlife hangs out right in the surrounding Superior National Forest. You can even see the stars (all of them!). Peace & quiet...
After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we wanted to get away from it all to enjoy the beauty of nature and some peace and quiet. The Big Pines Getaway was perfect! Nestled in the middle of the north woods, all we could see were snow covered trees as we sipped our morning coffee. We hiked a bit, played board games, and ventured down to the local tavern for a couple of beers. I would (and will) visit the Big Pines Getaway again!
We arrived right after the area's first significant snowfall of the season and loved our 3 days here. The cabin was spacious and very comfortable for 6 adults. The trails hadn't been groomed yet and the wet, heavy snow meant that they were going to need some clean-up so instead of skiing we hiked and snow-shoed outside.
We have a fairly large group of guys (6 to 8), and have really appreciated the very spacious/comfortable accommodations. Staying at the "Log Home" has become a major part of our annual excursion into the north woods.
Thanks for another year of memories Andy!
We gathered our family from many different directions to arrive at the Log Home, nine adults and two children. The place was plenty spacious for all of us, the kitchen was nicely equipped and we made some wonderful meals while we were there. We enjoyed taking out the boats and exploring the lake, had a campfire by the lake and even fired up the sauna. There isn't much of a beach by the cabin but just a short jaunt down the road at Flat Horn Lake there is a wonderful swimming beach. We found an abundant raspberry patch nearby and enjoyed raspberries by themselves and in our pancakes the next morning.
Andy was very prompt in getting back to me with a phone call and responsive to all of my questions.
If you're looking for a quiet get away this place is a gem.
This is a spacious well-appointed cabin nestled on a quiet lake. We were three generations traveling together and we really appreciated having space to spread out. The dishwasher and laundry make it easy to travel with a large party and not worry about constantly cleaning up. The lake is gorgeous and feels quite secluded because the few houses that are there are hidden from the shoreline. The use of the canoes and paddle boats was a very nice amenity, as were the life jackets. Outside the big pines cabin (the one we stayed at), there is a picnic table and a firepit. Andy was easy to deal with -- responsive and accommodating. I'd definitely recommend to a friend and hope to return! All told a wonderful vacation!
I thought this place was perfect and the cabin was HUGE. Did think we would have a better view of the lake from the deck but it was still very nice.
For those who enjoy nature and being close to it, this is the ideal getaway. In this remote corner of Superior National Forest, wildlife is abundant. Moose roam the area, and on occasion have been seen swimming in our lake. Timber wolves, pine martin, foxes, fishers and many other shy forest creatures are seen and heard. The surrounding area is very sparsely populated and offers many opportunities for exploring. The U.S. Forest Service maintains a number of hiking trails, picnic areas and public accesses to lakes large and small. Day trips to the B.W.C.A. wilderness are also an option.
Other Activities: shopping in Ely, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing
Ski: Direct access to 30K of groomed, single tracked classic cross country ski trails. Flathorn/Gegoka trail system. No skijoring. Also designated snowshoe trails.
Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, rock climbing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing
Ski: We offer direct access to and maintain 30K of groomed/tracked classic cross country ski trials. Flathorn/Gegoka trail system. No skijoring. Also designated snowshoe trails.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
MINIMUM 2-3 NIGHT STAY (unless availability prevents - NO single night stays) - 10% discount for reservations of 7 or more nights. .(HomeAway's Instant Quote doesn't calculate the weekly discounts accurately for partial weeks - email us for an accurate quote if staying more than 1 week) - Check-in 4PM Check-out 11AM - No pets
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