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White Pine Retreat - NEW - Wilderness Escape In The Superior National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,060 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 BR, 1 Bath - 2 Canoes, 2 Kayaks & Firewood - 2 Night Min - 4 persons max

White Pine Retreat is a cozy new log cabin on a small, quiet lake in the heart of Superior National Forest. It’s just 8 miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). If you’re looking for a quiet, intimate experience with nature, you’ve found your destination. Several century old white pines grace the property and wildflowers surround the open space around the cabin. Enjoy a campfire at night under a canopy of brilliant stars. Or how about a shower under the stars. We've got that covered too. Wander down the hillside path and over a rustic wetland boardwalk to access the canoes and kayaks on pristine Lake Gegoka. Enjoy a leisurely paddle or toss out a fishing line. Speedboats and jet skis are out of character here. You can also load a canoe on your car top (pads and tie downs provided) to explore other peaceful area lakes or do a day trip in the BWCAW. Drive, hike or bike the many nearby forest and old logging roads in search of scenic lakes, overlooks or maybe a rare glimpse of moose or wolves. In the winter, the Flathorn/Gegoka cross country ski trails and snowshoe trails are right out the door; no driving required. Flathorn Lake (connects to Gegoka) is just a couple of minutes away and features a very scenic hiking trail around it and a picnic area with water pump, grills, tables and a well-maintained vault toilet. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic or taking a dip at the swimming beach.

Inside, enjoy a cup of hot coffee and panoramic lake view from our unique dining turret. Relax with a book in the sun-room or screened porch. Spend an evening in the warm glow of the living room’s custom wood stove. The living, dining and well equipped kitchen area’s open design and high ceilings keep the cabin bright. The log walls and wood paneling keep it cozy and inviting. In the summer try an outdoor shower under the stars.

Want some more to explore? 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 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. We also have several guide books at the cabin, as well as secret tips for enjoying this area.

More Details

Property Manager
Andy Fisher
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Andy Fisher

The owners, Mike and Joan, live in St. Paul, the best small Big City in the U.S. Joan is a nurse and Mike is a hydrologist. We’ve raised boys and now dogs. We love the outdoors – biking, skiing, camping, hiking, and so on. But we love the city too – theater, music, fine food, and more. Our home and our cabin epitomize the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in us. -Mike & Joan, owners

Andy Fisher purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Andy Fisher chose Isabella

Minnesota’s Arrowhead region - the BWCAW, Lake Superior, the region’s history, wildlife, forests, geology, and so much more. We were lucky to find this property. Century old pine trees on a quiet lake within miles of all the Arrowhead has to offer. And great neighbors to boot. To not take advantage of that opportunity would have been foolish. -Mike & Joan, owners

What makes this cabin unique

You can’t build a structure in a wilderness area without impacting the area. But we hope this cabin minimizes that impact while allowing access to all the area has to offer. If you have been to this part of the state, you don’t need us to tell you what is unique about the area. If this is your first visit, you are in for the treat of your life. We think our cabin will enhance your experience. -Mike & Joan, owners


Isabella Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1060 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Outdoor shower is not available in winter
  • Stack laundry in bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Loft bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Sun Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sleeper sofa with comfy memory foam mattress
  • All bedding and sheets provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Lake access via path and rustic boardwalk. The shoreline is marshy and not ideal for swimming Ski-In: 30 kilometers of groomed classic cross country ski trails in the pines. Our commitment to a peaceful setting means ATVs and snowmobiles may not be operated on the property. You will need to trailer them to designated use areas. Cell Phone Service: Verizon & AT&T (weak signals)


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White Pine Retreat - NEW - Wilderness Escape In The Superior National Forest
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews
Palatine, IL

Amazing stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin and all the things it offered. The kids loved kayaking on the lake. And nothing is better when your goal is to relax than a great campfire in the evenings. Thanks for letting us stay at your place! I’m sure we’ll be back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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One of a kind getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cabin is welcoming, new, spacious, the views are stunning and there's so much to do. We built a fire, made pizza in the wood burning oven, sat on the dock overlooking the lake, and took scenic drives to Grand Marais, Two Harbors and Gooseberry Falls. We definitely plan on coming back. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Irene! Glad you enjoyed your stay and looking forward to a return visit. -Andy
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Cozy, cute cabin

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was very cute and full of wonderful amenities. I read the reviews and understood the lake access was a bit away and that was as expected but I wasn't anticipating he kayaks and canoe were so challenging to get in and out of the lake, mostly with the younger of my 2 kids (age 10). What a wonderful cabin, though!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alicia! Appreciate the positive review. The owners are aware of the accessibility issue by the lake and plan on making improvements in the near future. -Andy
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Fantastic place for peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is just as lovely as it appears online. The somewhat remote location means true solitude and quiet except for the birds and critters nearby. The cabin was very clean and exceptionally well outfitted. We had no problems with anything at all and it was helpful knowing that Andy and team were nearby if we needed anything. We did find the lake to be somewhat inaccessible due to the lack of a dock, so we went hiking on a nearby trail which was a loop around a lake. Perfect hike! I imagine it would be really amazing in the winter as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carrie! Glad you enjoyed your stay. You're right, it is a little difficult to access the lake. Hopefully we can remedy that in the future. The lake trail is awsome to ski in the winter. Come back and check it out sometime. Thanks again, Andy
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  • 5 of 5




  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much John. Glad you enjoyed our wilderness setting with all the modern frills. Look forward to seeing you again. Thanks again, Andy
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Beautiful property; beautiful home.

  • 4 of 5

The property was really beautiful and very well cared for! The home was breathtaking - it had every comfort a person could want, including in-floor heating, washer/dryer and fiber-optic internet with WiFi!

It was really fun to take the kayaks out on the lake, especially because there are so few homes around the lake and therefore few boats. We also did some awesome hiking in two state parks, which were a beautiful 45 minute drive away. (Temperance River & Tettegouche).

The only reason I'm not giving it a five is because we were expecting not to have neighbors nearby, but in fact there are several cabins within sight/ear shot. Not a big deal, just what we expected based on the owners description. Other than that, this property makes for a great upscale cabin getaway experience in a remote and relatively underdeveloped part of Minnesota. We enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your time there. Sorry you were disappointed with the neighbors. I looked at the White Pine description and didn't find anything that referred to complete privacy. I know there were some noisy guests on the lake your first night, but that is a very rare occurrence and I thought we had addressed it satisfactorily. Not many lakes in the land of 10,000 that don't have a few cabins around it. Thanks again for your almost 5 star review. -Andy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Duluth, Mn
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Knotted Pine Tavern
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Ely, Mn
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Our Place
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59

MINIMUM 2 NIGHT STAY - Check-in 4PM Check-out 11AM - Up to 2 Dogs allowed for $50/stay (not per dog) - Ask us about weekly rate discounts

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.