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Pike Lake Log Home - Enjoy the Wilderness in Comfort

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two-Plus Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 Comfortably

Bella Lago is the kind of log cabin on a remote wilderness lake that we have all dreamed about visiting. It is the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern convenience. This 2+ bedroom, 2 bath log home accommodates adult couples and their families for fishing, hiking, swimming, and kayaking adventures. And within 20 miles, you can dine out, ski, golf, or shop Lutsen or Grand Marais.

There is a large screen porch to enjoy the outdoors while drinking your morning coffee and listening to the loons. There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen to create family meals and memories. The casual recreation room in the lower level offers an extensive movie library, games, and a great place for your kids to work on puzzles or play cards and board games.

The log home is located on the shoreline of the western end of Pike Lake. Access to Pike Lake is via the Caribou Trail/County Road 4 outside of Lutsen.

This is a comfortable and spacious log home with many modern conveniences suitable for creating wonderful family memories.

Pike Lake is a large clear water lake with excellent fishing and peaceful canoeing, boating and kayaking. For a really good time, bring your bikes and do some riding on the gravel roads and trails. Or head out on the lake to catch a few fish for your dinner.

Note To Potential Guests: Many of our past guests have commented on how neat, clean, and welcoming we keep Bella Lago. To prevent overuse, we don't rent the place intensively, e.g., we are not striving for full occupancy all year long. Hence we will only accept a limited number of bookings throughout the rental season and we only accept small groups (adult couples or families with young children) for weeklong stays during the summer and long weekends during the off-season (fall, winter and early spring). Normal check-in during peak season is on Sunday afternoons after 4p and check-out is on Saturday mornings before 12p/noon. I have more flexibility for check-in and check-out times during the off-season. Due to the snow, I recommend that winter-time visitors drive an all-wheel-drive or 4x4 vehicle.

While Bella Lago is spacious, this is not the right place for large groups or people who are looking for a place to party hardy.

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Lutsen Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests are responsible for safety on the water.
  • Guests need to remove their garbage and recycling. We do not have waste pickup services.
  • Owner advises winter guests to drive all-wheel drive or 4x4 vehicles. The roads are plowed, but snow storms can make access difficult.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Rumpus Room
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , lower level
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two bedrooms with queen beds. A futon in the living room. Two twin beds in the loft.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Two kayaks, a fishing boat (you provide the motor), and a canoe are on-site. Tenants are responsible for their own safety. Guests are to leave equipment ready for the next guests.


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Pike Lake Log Home - Enjoy the Wilderness in Comfort
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Beautiful lake, perfect cabin

  • 5 of 5

A spacious modern cabin in the middle of the wilderness on a beautiful lake. What can be better than that?

This house is very neat.

It has a convenient fully equipped kitchen, great bedrooms, board games, DVD player and a great collection of movies.

We enjoyed evenings on the porch, canoeing , kayaking, fishing.

Thank you, Greg!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin!

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay. The screened in porch is amazing to hang out, enjoy the outdoors without the bugs! Cabin is very spacious with perfect sized bedrooms. Our sons favorite part is the loft. Pike Lake is a beautiful clear lake. Only thing that would make the cabin better is a bigger dock to sit on.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded but comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 2 boys, ages 5 & 8. It was a perfect balance between a secluded cabin to experience nature, and a comfortable home to keep everyone content. The kids spent most of their time outside - feeding and petting the chipmunks. ...or by the fire pit. Mosquitoes were minimal, and we loved being away from it all. I was able to kayak each day, even catching a couple fish which we ate. The loft in the cabin was perfect for the boys, and we can't say enough how much we enjoyed our week.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review-glad you could enjoy the cabin and lake.
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Pretty close to perfect

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was comfortable and sparkling clean, remote but easy to get to. The lake was beautiful, with eagles and loons--noisy wonderful loons--and fish and gulls and ducks. We were lucky in that nobody else was around for almost the entire week, even though there are other cabins along the same road. The screen porch has a big table for eating, and a wonderful hammock for relaxing. Inside are big windows that look out on the lake, TWO bathrooms, a funny little sleeping loft that is probably for children but where I slept anyway, a couple of nights, because from the window I could hear the loons and owls. It's true that there was no gas grill (as advertised) and the wood stove had a note: DO NOT USE (without explaining why), but there was a charcoal grill, and a fire pit, and lots of firewood stacked under the porch, so the gas grill and the wood stove were not big losses. (But maybe the property description should be updated.)

We went hiking every day, and fished off the dock, and took the kayak out, and went into Grand Marais on the rainy day, and I just can't say enough good things about staying here. We have been staying at rental cabins up the Shore once and sometimes twice a year for 20 years. This one is one of the best.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful retreat!

  • 4 of 5

We honeymooned at Bella Lago and had a wonderful time at this cabin on the lake! The setting was incredibly beautiful and relaxing, the one suggestion we would make is that the managers give a little more attention to detail.

What we loved:

-The cabin really does feel secluded, nestled back in the woods

(there is another cabin pretty close to this one that you don't see in the photos, but no one was there when we were there)

-We loved the screened porch, great for eating and enjoying the fresh air!

-Wonderful recreation and dining opportunities in the area, you must check out World's Best Doughnuts and Sven and Ole's in Grand Marais!

-Caught a 21" Smallmouth in the Lake!

What We Didn't Particularly Love:

-There was not extra toilet paper in the cabin so we had to buy some (I called the managing company about this, expecting them to refund our purchase, but they did not offer to do that which seemed a little strange)

-The cabin is actually someone's vacation home? This is not included in the description of it, and it seemed a little strange the first day like a family was just going to walk in (Example: a bra was hanging up on a bathroom hook, personal toiletries like toothbrushes and razors were out, the dresser in one of the bedrooms is off limits because of their items inside)

-The gas grill wouldn't ignite

-The electricity going out is a normal occurrence (as stated by the managing company when I called them when we lost power)

-Roads were kinda crazy back there, we tried to take a different route one day and nearly got our car stuck. Stick to the main route to get there and you should be fine

All in all, we had a wonderful time and would definitely return! Our advice to the owners would be to keep up on your attention to detail, and people will continue to love their stays at this beautiful spot!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Greg Beckstrom
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Greg Beckstrom

Grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of St. Thomas. Trained as a geologist and have worked in technical services and industrial sales. I have two kids, both young adults. We live in South Minneapolis.

Greg Beckstrom purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Greg Beckstrom chose Lutsen

Decent distance from the Twin Cities, yet remote/secluded. Year-around access and relatively close to shopping, dining and services in Lutsen and Grand Marais.

What makes this cabin unique

Perfect blend of rustic charm, solitude, comfort, and modern conveniences.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As a frequent tripper (40+ trips) to the BWCAW and Quetico wilderness canoe areas, I have always wanted to take my mother (76) and my wife (who suffers from type 1 diabetes and doesn't want to rough it) to the area. We have visited National Forest campgrounds at Sawbill Lake and Two Island Lake, but tents are getting hard on my mother. My son (8) loves the BWCAW, but also enjoys motorboats and Minnesota cabin life. I remember first fishing Pike Lake back 1995 with a high school buddy. This was my first trip back to Pike Lake since then.

First off - everything was immaculate. My mother and wife LOVE a clean/tidy house and your cabin scored a perfect 10! Outside the grass was cut and the weeds/grass around the cabin, fire pit and trail to lake had obviously been recently trimmed. Both my wife and my mother also noticed that no corners were cut when it comes to guest comfort. One night my mother and my son slept downstairs in the bunk beds. My mother said the mattress was not cheap and was very comfortable. The pictures in the “Memories” photo album about the construction of BL are interesting. And we really enjoyed the sunsets from the boat on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

I think BL has touched many people in a very positive way with an introduction to the edge of the wilderness. In my humble opinion, you will not find much of anything resembling the BWCAW with the comforts of what Bella Lago has to offer. This is the best of both worlds!

Once again, thank you to you and your family for opening such a wonderful area for complete strangers to visit. That takes a lot of trust so we tried to treat Bella Lago as our own home.

J.B. and family

July 2014
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Duluth International
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Moguls at Lutsen Mountain
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Superior National at Lutsen
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Caribou Trail and Hwy 61
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Lutsen Resort
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Lutsen Mountain
Car: necessary

Private log home in a wilderness setting which feels very remote yet you are 30 minutes from Lutsen. Pike Lake is a large body of water with excellent fishing. The log home is comfortable and very accomodating with a library of movies, games and books for your enjoyment. You have access to two kayaks, a fishing boat (you provide the motor) and a canoe for water adventures and there's a outdoor firepit for telling campfire stories and roasting marshmallows.

Other Activities: Hiking and snowmobile trails within a mile.

Golf: Superior National Championship Golf Course is an experience for the avid golfer. This course has 27 holes and offers spectacular scenery as well as a great golfing experience.

Skiing: Lutsen Mouuntain is located in Lutsen about 30 minutes from the cabin and this is a true mountain experience within easy driving distance of the Twin Cities. If you're a cross country skier, there is skiing on the lake in front of the cabin and another 200 kilometers of groomed ski trails nearby.

Shopping & Dining: Grand Marais is a great destination for shopping and dining. Excellent restaurants (some are seasonal), a new brew pub, world famous doughnuts, arts & crafts, outdoor apparel, books and groceries. Plan to spend time in Grand Marais.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.88%

Summer rate of $1350/week (assumes six nights/arrive Sunday evening, depart Saturday morning) for 2 adults. Additional guests over 5 years old are $25/night. Pets welcome with a $50/pet fee.

Check-in on Sunday afternoons after 4p, checkout on Saturday mornings before 12p/noon.

We ask that guests do some cleaning prior to departure. Please take garbage with you when you depart as we do not have waste collection service.

Maps, instructions and a checklist will be provided to guests prior to their arrival.

Pet fee of $50/pet per stay. Pets are to be kept under control. Clean-up required and never leave your pet in the cabin alone.

No glass at the lakeshore or in the fire pit. Please do not burn plastic, paper, bottles, cans or trash in the fire pit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.