Big Lake Wilderness Lodge: The Rookery

An Ely, Minnesota vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 4
  • Pet Friendly
  • On Big Lake on the Echo Trail

Surrounded by the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Welcome to the most remote drive-in resort in northern Minnesota! Our Rookery lakeshore cabin is spacious, has a gas-log fireplace and overlooks quiet Pocahontas Bay. It is one of our 15 cabins at the resort. We have room for your whole family and extended family at our remote MN vacation getaway on the lake. If fishing is the number one priority for your vacation ask us about our packages and make sure you join us for our Sunday morning complimentary brunch of freshly-baked donuts. Get a report on fishing conditions and "hot spots."

Inside the Rookery Cabin is a well-equipped kitchen with a gas stove and oven, microwave, drip coffeemaker, toaster, refrigerator/freezer and plenty of cookware. Outside are docks for your boat or you can rent one of ours. 14’ and 16’ fishing boats and a Pontoon boat. There are 1,800 acres of water and 14 islands to enjoy. Big Lake has that wilderness feel and isolation. Lots of structure to fish on too.

Sleeping arrangement: Each bedroom has a king sized bed that easily converts to two twin-sized beds. Double-sized sofa sleeper. Also, full bath with tub.

Amenities

  • Pets Allowed
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Deck and/or Patio
  • Vehicle and Trailer Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Firewood for Sale
  • Seasonal Rental
  • Canoe/Kayak

Unique Features

Looking to experience on an overnight canoe trip? Live away from the cabin for a night and sleep on an island under a sky studded with stars. You might even see the northern lights. Listen to the loons echoing across the water and the sizzling sounds of freshly-caught fish in the fry pan over your campfire. Stay on Spirit Island or Loon Island - both offer fully equipped base tent camps. Your cabin time can include some tent camping too.

Can’t live without the Rookery's Cabin amenities like a deck, picnic table, Weber grill, BBQ utensils, and patio furniture? Then drop anchor at the resort and enjoy all the included water toys: FREE use of kayaks, canoes, paddleboats with cabin rental.

Things To Do

Get out on the lake for a day of fishing. Big Lake is one of the DNR's top-rated walleye lakes and also holds northern pike, smallmouth bass, and perch - it’s right out your front door.

Explore numerous hiking trails at the resort and nearby. One of our favorites is the Bass Lake trail - a scenic waterfall, Berry picking, bird-watching, and wildlife. If you prefer a more rugged trail through stands of pine with high ridges with scenic overlooks, head to the Angleworm Trail. Take a day hike to Devil's Cascade which is 6 miles (one way) from the trail-head and see the waterfall on the Little Indian Sioux River.

Off-resort tourist activities include: Dorothy Molter Museum, the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center, the Ely-Winton Historical Society, and the Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Things to remember: Bring your own bath towels.


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Rates & Specials

$216 - $270 night

$1080 - $1345 week

Based on 4 people.
5/12 to 6/9: $216/nt and $1080/wk
6/10 to 6/30: $242/nt and $1210/wk
7/1 to 8/4: $270/nt and $1345/wk
8/5 to 8/25: $242/nt and $1210/wk
8/26 to 10/6: $216/nt and $1080/wk

Fee is $95 per week or $19 per night per pet.

Fishing boat, motors and pontoon boats are for rent. Deposits: A deposit of 50% of the cabin rate is required to secure your reservation. Deposits are due within 10 days of your reservation request. Payment in full for reserved cabin and equipment is due at check-in. If your cancellation notice is received less than 60 days in advance of arrival, refunds minus a $100 service fee will be made ONLY IF the cabin is rented to another party for the entire time of the original reservation.

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Children age 5 and under stay FREE.

Reviews

Rebecca Armstrong Merritt — 5 star
Fabian Schuder — 5 star
Beautiful scenery, very secluded, lots of activities for everyone, seriously one of the most peaceful places. Its my happy place Melissa Lou Wiedemann
kyle d Reviewed June 15, 2015. My two boys and I had a week long adventure to Big Lake Wilderness Lodge. I planned the trip along with the help of the resort manager and fishing guru.
Aaron B Reviewed December 13, 2014. We've stayed here for our family vacation for 20 straight years. It's great and we look forward to coming to Big Lake Wilderness Lodge every year. Big Lake is beautiful

Contact Information

4988 Big Lake Road
Ely, MN 55731

800-446-9080
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