Nor'Wester Lodge: Ash Cottage

A Grand Marais, Minnesota vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 6
  • Pets Considered
  • On Poplar Lake

There are memories here just waiting to be made! What might you experience at this Gunflint Trail, lake shore cabin? Sightseeing: wolves, deer, moose. Fishing: walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and northern. Our at-the-lake activities are endless: Take out one of the free paddleboats, cool off swimming, relax at the beach, or hike the nearby trails. You are at the edge of the Boundary Waters so you can rent a canoe and paddle around the crystalline glacial lakes. Or, bring your own boat and get down to some serious fishing.

Inside: A large picture window overlooking the lake. 2 bedroom with queen bed, two twin beds, bath with tub/shower, carpeted.
Outside: deck, lawn furniture and private dock.

Cottage amenities: stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, utensils, pots and pans, dishes and all bath and kitchen linens. The Ash Cottage is equipped for light housekeeping.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Linens Provided
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

Traveling with a larger group? We have 7 well-spaced cabins and a campground at Nor’Wester. We offer canoe outfitting and/or canoe rentals -- this a great base camp if you want to explore lakes and the surrounding Gunflint Trail area. It's a wild place here, so it's easy to get the feeling that you have the trails to yourself.

Our gift shop offers a wide variety of unique gifts, groceries, ice, gas, and a laundromat just steps from our main lodge. We provide complete and partial outfitting services from our base on Poplar Lake.

Things To Do

How about a BWCA day-trip outing, or just plain relaxing and re-connecting with family and friends. Both are a big part of cabin time around here. There's good hunting in the fall and the back roads light up with brilliant reds and yellows. No matter what season it is, you can start your fishing adventure right out the front door on Poplar Lake, then move on to the other scenic, clear and remote lakes in the Gunflint Trail area.

Our rental season is year around. We are a premier destination for snowmobiling thanks to reliable snow depth from December though March. Ride from groomed snowmobile trails to your door.

Rates & Specials

$109 - $199 night

$1025 - $1149 week

May 1 thru June 19 and October 6 thru 31
Cabins 2-6 people
First 2 people $109.00
Each additional $25.00
Sunday - Thursday $89.00

August 25 thru October 5
Cabins 2-6 people
First 2 people $169.00
Each additional $30.00
Sunday thru Thursday $149.00
First 2 people: $1,025.00

June 20 - August 24
Cabins* 2-6 people
First 2 people $199.00
Each additional $35.00
First 2 people $1149.00
Each additional $175.00

There is a $15/day or $75/week for each pet in cabins

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
* 60 - day notice required for refund.
* $50 service charge applies to all cancellations.

For cancellations within 30 days of arrival, we offer a refund only if we are able to fill the entire cancelation. No other refunds possible. Due to our small size and remoteness, cancelations significantly affect us. To avoid any misunderstanding, you will be charged for the days you reserve. Please check your dates carefully.

Woohoo! We are offering vacation rental special(s)

*10% Discount for both Honeymoon and Golden Age are available anytime.
25% Discount for Service Member having served in Iraq or Afghanistan. (First time visit only)
FREE STAY for Service Member wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, companion 50% discount. (First time visit only)

Children 3 years and under stay free.


MaryAnn Harren — 5 star. We have been coming to the Gunflint Trail area for over 40 years. One of our favorite Lakes to canoe is Popular Lake, a beautiful lake with many islands about 30 miles from Grand Marais. We have been renting canoes from Nor'Wester Lodge. This is an excellent entry point to the lake for both day tripping or for starting a trip into the BWCA. Nor'Wester has a great variety of canoes and very friendly people who will meet your needs.
Michelle Alexander Peterson — 5 star. My husband and I along with our golden retrievers have been coming to the Gunflint Trail for more than 15 years. We have stayed at many places, but our favorite has been Nor'Wester Lodge! They have the best swimming beach of any resort and I love to swim. The cabins are all right on the water except for Balsam which is just up a short hill with a beautiful lake view.
Matt Sweetman — 5 star. I've been staying at the Nor'Wester for 17 years. Beautiful place, wonderful people. Can't wait to go back. Thanks Carl and Luana!
Christina Lynn— 4 star. Very nice people and lodge to stay at. Took your concerns and addressed them!

Contact Information

7778 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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