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. 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

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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. 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!

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Duluth has 178 miles of beautiful wooded trails. Even in the winter, the city grooms trails for fat tire bikes. Less than a mil...Read more

Boating

Besides Lake Superior, there are several other popular boating lakes within a half hour of downtown Duluth, Pike Lake, Island L...Read more

Fishing

The list below was designed for summer anglers but with the right equipment and ice conditions, the sky is the limit for the ic...Read more

Hiking

There are at least 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails in Duluth. Balsam Ridge is just a few minutes walk from the Hartley Trail...Read more

Horseback riding

Duluth now offers the new Magney Snively-Ely's Peak Equestrian Trail and Ski Loop along western Duluth's portion of Skyline Bo...Read more

Paddling

Oh yes. Lots of it. There is a sweet video on Duluthoutdoors..com that gives you an idea what it's like to paddle on Lake Super...Read more

Wind sports

The biggest water right at your backdoor, Duluth offers all the wonders of real windsurfing, massive shorebreak, head-on ramps,...Read more

Climbing

Duluth offers a variety of seasonal climbing opportunities within the city limits. Casket Quarry is a premier site for ice an...Read more

Snow sports

There are more snow sports than you can shake a stick at in Duluth, MN, so I'll just run through the top 11 outdoor winter adve...Read more

Surfing

Duluth is well known for its extreme surfers. Winter or summer, if there are waves breaking, there will be surfers taking advan...Read more

Swimming

Swimming and summer just naturally go hand-in-hand - especially when you live in an area that's blessed with an abundance of la...Read more

Whitewater paddling

The St Louis River (which flows into Lake Superior) is a great spot for whitewater rafting all summer long. This 2 hour trip t...Read more

Wildlife watching

Duluth is home to two Important Bird Areas (IBA), recognized as globally important habitats for the conservation of bird popula...Read more

Terrain

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

Forest

The name "Balsam Ridge Retreat" is just one indicator of the type of forest we are nestled in. Numerous maples cover the east s...Read more

River, stream, or creek

One of Duluth's 16 designated trout streams is a two minute walk from our mailbox. It's known as the East Branch of the Chester...Read more

Suburban

Yes, we are in the city Just down MacFarlane Road is a large beaver pond that the East Chester Creek runs through. Duluth, and ...Read more

Wetlands

Just down MacFarlane Road is a large beaver pond that the East Chester Creek runs through.

Driveway

As you pull up to the front of our home you'll only see a short parking spot. This isn't the driveway. Look about 275 feet to t...Read more

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Hipcamper Marissa

Always a pleasant stay!

Marissa P.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Andrew

Family camping grandma’s marathon

Andrew B.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2022

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.

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Hipcamper Aimee
Aimee B.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2022

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!

Communal firepit by the pondThe coolest cosiest all-season shelter
Hipcamper Hailee
Hailee P.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2022

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.

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Hipcamper Ann
Ann K.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2022

Third time at Balsam Retreat and first time in Gökotta. We’ll be back!

Hipcamper Krista

Wonderful weekend!!!

Krista H.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Hannah

The perfect romantic getaway

Hannah G.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2022

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!

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Hipcamper Ara
Ara S.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2022

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.

community piano open air roomSuper fun communal space for relaxing, playing games, and piano!tent interiorhike in the backyard of campsite
Hipcamper Marissa

Always a great time!

Marissa P.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2022

My second time staying at the Gokotta and it was just as wonderful as the first! Can't wait to go back again next month. Highly recommended!

Awards

Best of 2022 Glamping
Finalist
Best of 2019 Minnesota
7th place
Property
Balsam Ridge Retreat
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$89/night
1 Site

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