Nor'Wester Lodge: Balsam Grove

A Grand Marais, Minnesota vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 3
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 6
  • Pets Considered
  • On Poplar Lake

Our cottage on this crystalline glacial lake is stunning. Perfect for family vacations. Got a big family, or family reunion? Our 7 rental cottates are well spaced for privacy, plus we have a campground. Poplar Lake is your backyard - Bring your boat, or use one of ours. We have fishing boats with motors, paddleboats, a pontoon boat, and a variety of canoes available for rent.

Inside: 3 bedroom on a hillside looking out over the lake, cozy living space, two double beds, two twin beds, bath with shower, carpeted.
Outside: Huge 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. Balsam Grove cottage is equipped for light housekeeping.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

This historic country is wilderness still. You’ll likely see Moose, Loons, Deer, Eagles, and Wolves. The woods are still unspoiled, the lakes are still clean and cool. Our Balsam Cottage puts you right in the middle of it: Our NE Minnesota resort offers lakeside cabins, villa accommodations, and a campground. And what’s a resort without a gift shop? Find unique gifts, groceries, ice, gas, and a laundromat is just steps from our main lodge.

We provide complete and partial outfitting services from our base on Poplar Lake.

Things To Do

Do the words Gunflint Trail, Poplar Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Superior National Forest, Walleye, Lake Trout, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass get you pumped up for a trip? Our Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters is surrounded by all of it! Ask us for fishing reports and recommended professional guide services.

A premier destination for snowmobiling thanks to reliable snow depth from December though March. Ride from groomed trails to your door.

Rates & Specials

$109 - $199 night

$1025 - $1149 week

Spring Rates & Late Fall Rates
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! Treated u like a friend.

Contact Information

7778 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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