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. At the Gokotta a 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
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. At the Gokotta a 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, and a few mugs and spoons. (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 other 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!
- 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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Always a pleasant stay!
This was my third stay at the Gokotta and was just as lovely as the first two stays. It's my favorite hidden gem in Duluth and I can't wait to come back in September.
Family camping grandma’s marathon
My family and I loved camping at Linda’s campsite because there are a lot of friendly people there and that is very nice wildlife.
My kids especially liked camping there because there is a wide variety of amazing swings.
The wood fire stove kept warm on a chilly summers night.
L (aged 7): I loved sleeping in the tent. It was cosy with the wood burning stove [yes we used it in June!]. I liked the green booties for my feet. I didn’t get too many bug bites when I was sleeping because Chris and Linda gave us mosquito sticks to burn. They even said we could vacuum up the bugs! I loved catching frogs on the pond - thank you for letting me use the life vest, fishing net and canoe. Also, I saw a pair of frogs mating! We saw friendly rabbits and chipmunks and a hummingbird. The new shelter by the pond was so cosy and nice and warm; my brother loves the piano.
Mum (age 43): thank you for all the many thoughtful touches. We were grateful for the water container and kettle inside the tent to make tea and coffee easily and drink out of lovely China, not just our camping cups. Thank you for going above and beyond, like starting a fire for us. Kids had so much fun roaming and swinging, playing cards and carpetball. We grownups so enjoyed peaceful mornings with the birds. See you soon!
This campground is such a special, curated space. Every nook and cranny is fitted with intention and thoughtfulness. The peace and rest at this campground is tangible. We so enjoyed not only our stay, but meeting the hosts who have invested in & stewarded such a beautiful place. We will be back.
Linda and Chris are the absolute best! It was our second time at Balsam Ridge Retreat and we will definitely be back. The tent was wonderful and the trails on their property are divine.
The perfect romantic getaway
This place was exactly what we were looking for and more. We were greeted with a warm welcome from Linda and Chris. They are so kind, friendly, and make sure you feel right at home and know the lay of the land. They were just a text away if we needed anything. The cabin was full of cozy touches like lots of lighting options, rocking chairs, games, etc. We stayed during a chillier spring weekend and stayed nice and warm in the tent between the heated mattress pad, warm blankets, and the wood stove. That was probably our favorite part- the wood stove heated the tent up so fast (got up to 90+ degrees even!). It was so peaceful listening to the birds and frogs and wood stove crackling at night. We had easy access to water and firewood. The campsite is on such beautiful land and feels so magical with the string lights all around. Definitely check out the hiking trails at the site too!
This was the perfect little cozy, romantic weekend getaway and we can’t recommend Linda’s campsite enough!
A magical place with so much love and detail in every inch of the space and land. Linda and Chris are incredible hosts, kind and available, but not overwhelming in attention. They give you what you need, whether it is hands-on help or time alone. Every single site has something special about it! You can't go wrong in picking a spot to stay, you will be enchanted by everything. One of of our favorite places ever.