Hipcamp host Linda P.,
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Our Gokotta tent is tucked in the deep woods of a beautiful blend of forest greenery.  It is a short 3 minute walk from your vehicle and there is a cart to assist you with gear and supplies. The ramp welcomes you to a comfy front porch with two adirondack  chairs for relaxing.  It's a great place to collect your thoughts.  Just inside is a wood stove to take the chill off if


Our Gokotta tent is tucked in the deep woods of a beautiful blend of forest greenery.  It is a short 3 minute walk from your vehicle and there is a cart to assist you with gear and supplies. The ramp welcomes you to a comfy front porch with two adirondack  chairs for relaxing.  It's a great place to collect your thoughts.  Just inside is a wood stove to take the chill off if need be. The large copper tub is loaded with dry firewood for the crisp nights. There are two wooden rockers and plenty of light for enjoying a good book. The Gokotta has an oak Navy bunk bed as well as a log futon (full-size) for use as a couch or sleeping.  There is a cot available for an additional guest if needed. Everyone should bring their own sleeping bags or linens. There are pillows on the beds.  On the table you'll find a hot pot for boiling water, a radio, a small fan, a few mugs and spoons, and some jars of assorted mixes for hot drinks. (Yes, there is electricity.)

 We'll fill a jug of Lake Superior drinking water and have it at your site. In the warmer months of the year a water spigot is just a few feet from the campfire area. During the colder months you can refill your water at the spigot at the back of our home.

  All cooking is done outside over the fire (or on your own personal camp stove). We added a rocket stove at the campsite for cooking a meal or boiling a pot of water fairly quickly using a minimal amount of wood. 

Living in the woods always has the potential to attract wildlife, so we encourage everyone to put away all food and  scraps in the metal food locker (or back in your car) before retiring for the night. 

The outhouse is just a stones throw away.

The word Gökotta comes from Sweden and means “to rise early and listen to the sounds of nature”. We may not all be early risers, but we all can appreciate the concept!

We do want to mention that there are four unique sites here at Balsam Ridge, each one having it's own woodsy personality. For more information on our other sites check out Balsam Ridge Retreat.

We're looking forward to a new season of camping and meeting some great folks!

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Linda a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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Wildlife watching

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Natural features you'll find at Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic") in Minnesota.


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River, stream, or creek

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Hipcamper Patrice

Gokotta and dannys tent!

Patrice E.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

We had a wonderful time! We rented both Dannys Tent (2 people) and Gokotta Tent (3 people).
Chris and Linda are very welcoming hosts and we appreciate all they do for us. This was our second stay with them. We love the cold weather and warm tents! Such a peaceful experience with a lot of laughter too! Looking forward to next year!

Hipcamper Amber

A special little gem in the woods

Amber R.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

My stay was absolutely amazing in every way! First, I was welcomed by the hosts so kindly. I immediately felt comfortable and relaxed. The retreat they have created is so charming, special and cozy. I stayed alone two nights and it was perfect. The nice wooded walking paths, the fire pit, cute porch and all the fairy lights lit up throughout the woods in the evening (just to name a few) made my stay so memorable. Even the inside of the tent was so well thought out and had lots of cute touches throughout. The bed was super comfortable too! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this special place. I cannot wait to go back!! Also, the location is a plus if you want to explore Duluth as well. Thank you for such a recharging experience and kind hospitality!

Hipcamper Safije
Safije A.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2021

We had an awesome time staying at the Gokotta tent! It is the most unique glamping experience I have ever seen. It is so cozy and perfect for a weekend getaway! The hosts were so friendly and helpful when we first got to the site. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone I know and will for sure be planning a trip back in the future!

Hipcamper Nick

Incredible stay

Nick S.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2021

The Gökotta was like something out of a dream. Sheer pleasure. I honestly couldn’t recommend a more fitting accommodation for anyone visiting the Duluth/North Shore area. Linda & Chris were great & just downright genuine hosts. Their hospitality was the icing on the cake. Will 100% be back.

Hipcamper Erin
Erin G.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2021

There’s just nothing like balsam ridge retreat. So accessible yet completely remote. Fall, wood burning stove, outdoor cooking… nothing better. Linda & chris are first rate hosts!

Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole F.
recommends this listing.
September 22nd, 2021

Unbelievable hosts and location. Everything was in wonderful condition and the nature experience was amazing as well. If you are considering this location definitely book with Linda and Chris!

Fairies all around this magical place! Foot high mushrooms, hawks, squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies, and amazing birds! Linda and Chris have gone above and beyond to make trails to explore right on the property!
Hipcamper Marissa

A slice of heaven!!

Marissa P.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Linda and Chris have created something so special. The Gokotta was truly magical!! We had the best time and can’t wait to come back.

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Hipcamper Angela

Heaven on earth

Angela O.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Its magical. So peaceful and quiet. Chris and Linda are the sweetest most accommodating people you will ever meet. Words dont do it justice, you have to experience this retreat! Amazingly beautiful!

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren T.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

AMAZING!! The hosts were incredibly friendly & welcoming! Every detail was appreciated.


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