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Boundary Waters Log Home on McFarland Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,140 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Log home on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Pontoon is also available

This log home lies on the North Shore of McFarland Lake. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies right off your dock. Take a canoe out for a paddle into the wilderness, or cruise McFarland on the pontoon. The pontoon can be rented for a flat fee of $425 + tax regardless of the length of your stay. If you need to decompress and get back to nature- this is it! In the evening, sit on the dock and listen to the loons. Be transported to another time. Other available activities include: hiking on The Border Route Trail, kayaking, canoeing, ATVing, and getting lost in yourself. The canoe and kayak are included for free with your stay.

Pete Passolt
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 April, 2017

About Pete Passolt

We built this home in 2008 for our own year-round use. If you want to relax and enjoy what the area has to offer- this is your best bet.

Pete Passolt purchased this house in 2004

What makes this house unique

There are very few lakes which directly abut a federally protected wilderness- this is one of them. McFarland Lake borders the 1 million acre Boundary Waters Wilderness. From the dock you can literally paddle right into the wilderness via two access points: John Lake, and Pine Lake. There is also the famed Border Route Hiking Trail, which lies out the back door. Take a hike along the high bluffs that comprise this part of Minnesota. You can see for miles into the wilderness and beyond...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Grand Marais in West Cook

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1140 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Shower, and Sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom has shelves and armoire for clothing.
  • There is also a futon which will sleep one
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Boundary Waters Log Home on McFarland Lake
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at this cabin. It was a late-season October trip so very quiet. We have a 10 and an 8 year old, and spent our days paddling, hiking, or just hanging out at the cabin by the campfire. The cabin was clean, comfortable, and much cozier than the pictures indicate. I very much appreciated the ample supply of firewood, and the kitchen was well-appointed. Solar system kept up with us, but we did have to run the generator a few times as the days were getting pretty short. We used the sauna every evening and it was a great way to end the day!

One note for you Pete: the cane on the stern seat on the Bell canoe fell apart when we first used the canoe, I had to rig up a fix for it which I left in place. Very usable, but not the best looking!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It is a beautiful cabin on a beautiful lot

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time and were very comfortable. Fishing and reading during the day and enjoying the sauna and camp fire at night.

Yard and wood need a bit of tidying and the cabin needs a good cleaning and floor washing. It would have been a nice touch for the host to have provided a big bottle of potable drinking water as part of the rental fee.

But all in all we had a very pleasant time and would like to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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quiet, relaxing stay at McFarland Lake

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time on McFarland Lake. We felt like we were the only two people on the whole lake. Canoeing was awesome and the cabin was close to hiking and close enough to all the towns along hwy 61.

Thanks Pete and Amy!

The Thons

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pine Island, MN

Cozy and Charming in a beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved every thing about our week at this cabin from the picturesque views, the sauna, the wood burning fire place on chilly nights, the big picnic table on the deck for meals, the canoe to use to spend time in the boundary waters and the location to many forest roads to ATV to places like Devil Fish Lake. It is truly the perfect size cabin with the log interior it truly feels what a northern Minnesota cabin trip should feel like. Our lab loved jumping off the dock and swimming in the crystal clear water and the loon calls while sitting on the dock was our absolute favorite part of being at the lake. Pete was great to work with, so accommodating and great at communicating what we would need to bring before we get up there. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful wilderness...

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying on McFarland Lake in this lovely log cabin! We enjoyed the sauna and swimming. It was very relaxing to lounge on the deck and dock. We also enjoyed hiking on the nearby Border Route Trail and mountain biking.

We highly recommend staying here and hope to stay again next summer!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat in northern Minnesota

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two dogs and I had a wonderful extended weekend at the cabin. The place is very modern and quiet, which made for a refreshing getaway. The solar energy system worked perfectly! We especially enjoyed canoeing and boating. Mornings on the canoe were extraordinarily peaceful with beautifully smooth, clear water. We would definitely not hesitate to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Grand Marais, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 Summer
6 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June 6-10 Special
6 Jun 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
July 8-11 Special
8 Jul 2017 - 10 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
August 5-11 Special
5 Aug 2017 - 10 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
August 21-27 Special
21 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
Aug. 27-Sept 1 Special
27 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £391.13
Pontoon Rental £332.46 + Tax
Pet Fee £19.56 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £66.49 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.38%

McFarland Lake lies at the end of the Arrowhead Trail. This is a semi-remote location! Your nearest shopping is 19 miles away in Hovland. Full Services are available in Grand Marais- 40 miles away. The last 17 miles to McFarland Lake are via a county maintained gravel road. Passenger cars are not recommended, an SUV would be better. Something like a Suburban would be perfect. Your Corvette might have issues.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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