A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north
A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north woods. Bring your kids, your dog, camera, canoe, kayaks, and bikes. Pitch a tent or swing a hammock in mature pines and hardwoods. Enjoy your campfire while you hear the stars sing, watch the northern lights dance and count the shooting stars. On a clear night you might see satellites pass overhead. Lay your sleeping bag on the ground, snuggle in with hot chocolate and smores and watch the night light show in comfort.
After a long day of hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing or photography enjoy a warm outdoor shower and cook in your private campfire. Exercise and walk your leashed dog in the state land adjacent to your campsite. The firewood is free! A private composting toilet.
We have two campsites “carved out” of the tall pines, however you are welcome to pitch a tent closer to your campfire if you like.
We are 3.5 hours north of Minneapolis, MN., and one hour north of Duluth, MN. The Saint Louis River carry in landing is only 3.2 miles from your site. A 5 mile drive gets you to the Mesabi Trial, over 160 miles of paved hiking and biking trail stretching from the Mississippi River on the west almost to the boundary waters and Ely, MN on the east. Local lakes within a few minute drive have public landings for boat launch and canoe carry in for your boating and fishing enjoyment. The famous Sax-Zim Bog is within a half hour drive and a great place for photographing wildlife, and they have an interpretive center and very nice volunteers to help you identify wildlife. We’re about 5 miles south of the United Sates Hockey Hall of Fame; a great day trip for you and your sports minded children. A few miles further and you’re outside the doors of the Natural Harvest Food Co-op; a great shop for organic foods. Get local fresh food for your evening meal.
We invite you to join us. Bring your camping gear, including camp cook stove (sometimes we’re under a fire ban). Ask your dog to bring it’s leash, yes we have a leash law. Warm clothes and light clothing as the weather changes. Rain gear. Your favorite bug repellent. Good hiking boots. Don’t forget bikes, canoes, kayaks, cameras, fishing gear. Come to unplug, unwind and enjoy the clean air and sweet smell of the north woods. You might drive in and smell a smoker curing a pork loin or two pineapple chickens. Maybe it’s roasted veggies on the grill for our vegetarian and vegan friends. You never can tell...you might be invited to join us, but...if you can overcome the food temptation you can retire to your site and enjoy the solitude.
Come on up North!
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
A State run OHV park is 8 miles from the campsite
Natural features you'll find at Blue Pony Acres in Minnesota.
Numerous lakes with a short drive or bike ride
Pasture land is next to the camp sites
River, stream, or creek
The St. Louis River in near the camp site
Many swimming sites are within driving distance
Campsites are located at a former dairy farm
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Blue Pony Acres is a lovely stay! I stayed for a quick stop-over on the way further north, and it was wonderful. Dry firewood, fresh drinking water, and a composting toilet were all great amenities before going into the backcountry! Art and Lisa were such warm and welcoming hosts, and my heart is fully invested in the vision that they have for Blue Pony Acres! I will certainly be back :)
Art’s place is exactly what I needed on my way to Voyageurs NP! I was arriving after dark, so Art went out to greet me and show me to my spot and where to park. Nestled amongst the pines, it was perfectly secluded, despite being relatively close to the house. There’s a compost toilet and an outdoor table
Great place to stay
Blue Pony Acres is a wonderful place to stay. Art is a gracious and welcoming host. Art provided excellent local activity locations, and speaking to Art and Lisa during the stay about the local area and history was a great experience. The area is somewhat rural, yet less than a 15 minute drive to nearby stores and restaurants. We will definitely be back.
Me and my family stayed at Art's campsite for a spontaneous labor day weekend trip. Art was one of the most kind hosts I've ever met. He met us when we got there and showed us around and was very personable and made sure to let us know he would be around if we had any questions or concerns about the site itself or the famous "pootorium". All in all was a great place to get away and enjoy nature.