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Marko's grampa's cabin.

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· Minnesota
5 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
Our family has lived here on this property since Great Grandma Alma bought it in 1928. I am the fourth, raising the fifth generation of Carlsons living here. The log cabin rental was built by my grandfather, Oliver, in the 1950's and he lived there full time after he retired. The cabin is set apart from the two other homes on the property which is where our family and my mom live. Birch Lake is over 6500 acres large and stretches for 16 miles from our home. Most of the shoreline is federal and state land giving the lake a wild/undeveloped feel compared to more developed lakes. It's known for producing walleye, northern pike, and crappie as well as other species of fish.  
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Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Marko C.Joined in May 2021
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36 ratings · 32 reviews
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Jay V.recommends
October 10, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Great cabin on Birch
The cabin and location is awesome. Marko is a great host.
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Roger D.
October 4, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Outhouse should have been cleaned before guests arrive. We cleaned it ourselves. Overall enjoyed our visit.
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Jay V.recommends
October 2, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Awesome Cabin
Marlo’s cabin is a great place to spend time: canoeing, hiking, fishing, and relaxing.
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Tom D.recommends
September 11, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
So Happy to have found this great little get away. Quaint clean cabin , quiet, super nice hosts thank you Marko and family's.
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Maria P.recommends
September 5, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
I'm already excited to book this for next year! Marko was an amazing host! I came over prepared, the cabin has all the amenities I could ask for. Lovely place for a family vacation with the dogs. I caught a wallet within 20 mins of fishing. 5/5 stars. ❤️ Happy camper!
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Georgia L.
September 4, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Sweet spot but needs a good clean
This is a sweet spot on a beautiful lake & Marko let us use his boats. But the cabin was really dirty and dusty- we’re ok with rustic but cobwebs, rotting floors in the bedroom and dirt/debris pretty much everywhere was a surprise.
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Jo J.recommends
August 28, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Beautiful weekend getaway!
Loved how quiet it is in the birch lake area, woke up many times to the haunting sound of loon calls in the morning. Very nice cabin! We had so much fun on this trip!! We will definitely be going back to this location!
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Erin Y.recommends
August 8, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Quiet, gorgerous space, friendly hosts
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Maisy B.recommends
August 5, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Island Hopping!
Island hopping dreamland! We had a great time exploring the property's private island and the public lands around Birch Lake. Thanks for a great weekend.
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Andrea D.recommends
August 4, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Perfect and peaceful The dog and I definitely enjoyed our 2 days there. Definitely would stay again
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Matthew S.recommends
July 27, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Beautiful private getaway!
What are getaway this was! 😀 Absolutely perfect. This was a trip we definitely will never forget. My fiance and I are in love with the camping lifestyle and had so much fun here at this cabin. We went fishing, had lunch out in the canoe in the middle of the lake, explored Ely for a few hours when it rained, the cards by the fire and cooked all of our food over the campfire. 🔥 (There is a grill provided though if you prefer that) Loved every second of this experience. Especially going out to Marko and his family's private island and little did I know my boyfriend who is now officially my fiance was planning to propose and of course I said yes 😍 truly the most beautiful location to have it happen. Thank you so much for your hospitality and extremely thank you for the flowers as well as your friendly faces ☺️ we love this so so much and we'll definitely be coming back and telling our friends and family about this beautiful rustic cabin. Thank you all, Emily and Matthew
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Jenna H.recommends
July 24, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Northern MN just how it should be!
Honestly this place has everything you could need for experiencing summer in northern Minnesota. Yes, there are mosquitos, bring your bug spray. Yes, I saw spiders in the outhouse, but they kept to themselves, as did I. Marko the host is extremely personable and accommodating. We brought our kids 4 and 10 and this trip was a lot of educational firsts for them. The cabin is has sleeping spaces, kitchen wear, a fridge, etc. There’s a fire pit with wood provided, space for the dog to run and be silly with their dog Freya, gas or charcoal grill for cooking, an overhang on the porch for the rain…. The beach is perfectly shallow for your little ones to swim, and fish do bite right off the dock. Prior reviews talked about the cabin seeming like a “wooden tent” but it’s so much more money that. Marko sent friends to greet us even though he was out of town when we booked. We had all needed but that was a nice gesture before he came down to personally meet us on our last day. This cabin is where he stayed with his grandma as a kid and it’s an honor to have enjoyed it with our children - who had the opportunity to learn a lot of new skills that do not involve electrics! Absolutely a must, even if just once!
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Tracy Z.recommends
July 16, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
This is such a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the lake. Marko is a great host and is very helpful in making sure one has what one needs. The cabin is simple and clean, with plenty of windows for fresh air. Definitely check this place out if you’re looking for a quiet place on a lake without all the noise.
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Jack L.recommends
July 11, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Spending time at the cabin was refreshing from the start. Marko is so kind and gave us great information. Although we stayed for only one night, there is definitely hope to return!
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Tay Z.recommends
June 27, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Sweet Cabin on Birch Lake
Marko was an amazing host and we can’t wait to go back! The cabin is cozy and very spacious, I’m so happy we had access to a fridge. The property is beautiful, my son ran and swam his little heart out. We took out the boats and explored all around birch lake which was so relaxing and beautiful. Definitely a new favorite summer spot for our family.
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Jim B.recommends
June 21, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Fantastic spot on Birch Lake! Sandy beach and good fishing right from the dock in front of the cabin. Marko is a great host, very responsive and helpful. The cabin is rustic but clean and has all the basic stuff you need for an enjoyable stay.
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Ellen S.recommends
June 5, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
We had such a fantastic and relaxing time! Marko is so accommodating and welcoming. We couldn’t have asked for a better cabin for our trip. Highly recommend!
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Ellen S.recommends
June 5, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
Fantastic stay! Marko was so accommodating and the cabin had everything we could’ve asked for. Such a peaceful spot. High recommend!
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Tasha E.recommends
June 3, 2022
Cabin on Birch Lake
We had a wonderful spring trip!
Our stay at the cabin was perfect for us. We are a group of laid back ladies that like to go on a weekend trip every spring. The Host was a cool guy, he checked in with us a few times and answered any questions we had. We went on a hike to the water falls, it was said that it was flowing harder then it had in 40 years. Ely was very close by and we found plenty to do!Even with our rainy weekend this spot was perfect for our spring trip. Definitely an amazing spot for fishing. The beach area was nice and clean. Even caught a northern right off the doc. They had a gas and charcoal grill that we could use and plenty of fire wood. There was a small row boat with a trolling motor, paddle boat and a canoe that we could use. The Host Marco was kind enough to let us go explore his little island. In our evenings we enjoyed looking at some of the old unique books and played some of the old games that were also at the cabin. Overall this was perfect for our group. We hope to come again! Also if your comfortable in a more rustic location and traditional outhouse. (Meaning a few cob and some dust with a hint of must) Then this remote location had ample opportunities to explore and a very relaxing vibe. It felt very private but we felt very supported by the host.
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Lalania W.recommends
October 3, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Perfect!!
Beautiful!!! Love this place... right next to the water pretty secluded spot!! So peaceful, loved the cabin the views are pretty fantastic also!!
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Nathan D.recommends
September 22, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Brilliant
The Cabin was a remarkable place. One could say they could lose themselves for hours viewing the moon at the edge of the dock, with islands resting just within view. Between this and the fireplace and a perfect setting for a game of cribbage within the walls of the cabin, one could say they couldn’t ask for a more serene setting
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Christin H.recommends
September 2, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Rustic old cabin with a fun history, beautiful location on a lake and a welcoming and helpful host. This is a great get-away for us after our BWCA trip was cancelled due to the fires. We had the chance to paddle, portage, hike, cook camp food and still stay dry. Would stay again. 🏕️
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Dustin A.recommends
August 30, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Awesome place! Right on the water. Only thing is bring a camping toilet or drive 10 minutes to town the outhouse is infested with giant wolf spiders otherwise I definitely recommend staying here. very cool old cabin stayed nice and cool even though it was fairly hotout and my kids had a blast swimming and using the hammock.
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Jemma W.recommends
August 30, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
We LOVED our stay and visit with the property owners at the Cabin on Birch Lake! We paddled, relaxed, explored Ely and had a great time. We will be back!
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Helen B.recommends
August 23, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Many thanks to Marko and family for making their wonderfully rustic cabin available. We had a great relaxing time at the lake in the woods and look forward to a return visit. Lots of loons, other birds, scenic rocky islands, and peace/quiet.
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Maiko L.recommends
August 19, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Incredible view & experience
This place is incredible, our stay was magical! Marko was such a cool host who lended us a paddle boat and a canoe to make our experience even more fun and unique. We recommend sipping coffee during sunrise, chill or be by/on the lake, and check out Ely area for some hiking or shopping. Thank you for this amazing glamping experience!
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Jennifer B.recommends
July 8, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Idyllic.....
What an idyllic little spot in the world. We were only there one night, while traveling, but would loved to have stayed for a week. Friendly hosts. Plenty of privacy. Absolutely beautiful and very swimmable tiny beach. Great fire pit. Fantastic view. Comfy cabin. Clean outhouse. Loons. Eagles. Fish jumping. Wish I’d had my kayak along. A peaceful place, not suited to partiers. Brilliant.
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Jeanne H.recommends
June 30, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Amazing little hideaway!
Quite, secluded little cabin with an amazing host! Access to Ely and Babbitt was very easy and close to many state parks and other recreational activities. Though the best thing just sitting back and enjoying the camp site and listening to the loons
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Jason E.recommends
June 25, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Great little place with a great host. Had a blast staying there. My 5 year old loved it.
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Tiger B.
June 21, 2021
Cabin on Birch Lake
Just minutes from Ely & the BWCA
Ely is 100% booked up through the summer, making this a nearby alternative. Marko is a great communicator and was really helpful with our last-minute booking. Be prepared that you're basically staying in a "wooden tent" - it's a shelter with an outhouse and no running water. But the fridge/freezer worked wonderfully to keep our BWCA supplies cold, which saved the day. Thanks, Marko!
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