Stay on your own 2 1/4 acre private island on beautiful Burntside Lake near Ely, Minnesota. One of the country's top-ten most beautiful lakes, studded with approx. 125 islands and ringed with coves and bays. Watersports paradise: swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, boating and fishing. A deep water lake of over 7000 acres. Fishing centers on lake trout which have been stocked since 1912. Fisherman also enjoy a population of walleye, smallmoutn bass, and northern pike.
The cabin is hand scribed logs from the Isabella area and constructed in 1984. (the outhouse is also constructed of hand scribed logs). The main level has one bedroom, kitchen, dinning area, 'bathroom' consisting of a small vanity and shower, and the main living area with a wood burning stove. The area above the living area is open to the vaulted ceiling.The loft is open to the living area and has a double and single bed.
The island was 'spared' from logging in the early 1900's due to size, therefore we have first growth red pines. BEAUTIFUL!
Watch & listen to loons and ducks swim by. View sunrises and sunsets from one of the three decks. If you're lucky, you can view Aurora Boreallis from the dock.
We have an outdoor firepit for campfires or cookouts.
Your vehicle will be secure at the public access where you will be met and escorted to the island and made comfortable with the property.
Bring your own boat, we provide canoes for your use.
Keywords: Log Cabin
We are semi-retired and love spending time on the island and boating around the many beautiful islands.
It is a great place for the children and grand children to 'explore'.
Will Hilpert purchased this cabin in 1981
We fell in love with Burntside Lake on our first family vacation on the lake.
Shortly thereafter we learned of this undeveloped island for sale.
We always maintained if we would build a cabin it would have to be of log construction.
We love having the entire (small) island to ourselves.
Very quiet and peaceful.
We can view both sunrises and sunsets from one of the decks.
I mean about telling anybody about this wonderful place. It's everything you could possibly dream of in a wilderness vacation ... Burntside Lake, the wonderful cabin. But alas, we have our wonderful week booked 'til eternity (or at least until the Hilpert's decide not to rent it out anymore) so sharing this piece of valuable information is truly a gift to anyone who heeds my advice.
We had a wonderful week at the end of August, 2012, on Pork Chop Island. Burntside Lake is beautiful, clean, undeveloped, and full of little, rocky islands like Pork Chop Island. The cabin was extremely comfortable and very much in keeping with its surroundings. It was clean and fully stocked with all the equipment we needed to cook up a storm. While the outhouse was no one’s favorite place there is a great shower indoors so we were happy. If anything, the cabin and island are even nicer than pictured on the website.
The owner and property manager were very easy to work with and great at answering any questions we had. There were no notes with lists of "don't" s that you sometimes see. It felt like we were staying at a friend’s home that we would take care of and respect, not a rental property, which was very nice.
The pictures can’t convey the fresh air and the sounds of nature we enjoyed. It is difficult to find a place these days where you can’t hear a lot of man made sounds; neighbors, traffic and airplanes. We loved sitting outside at night and hearing only the crickets and loons and seeing no lights from other cabins. We saw a few boats, heard the occasional voice from across the lake, but it was very unobtrusive. All this while still having running water, electricity, and window screens. There is a TV but we decided to pretend it wasn’t there so didn’t turn it on. It was wonderful being able to turn an eleven year old girl and a dog loose in the morning and not having to worry about either of them, knowing they could wander and daydream all they wanted and not get into too much trouble. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places you can do that.
Unforgettable vacation!! The privacy of the island combined with the beauty of Burntside Lake made this a truly memorable vacation for the entire family. The private dock provided all the kids with easy access to fishing and the beach area provided easy access to swim and cool off during a hot day. The entire cabin was very clean and amply supplied with all of the cooking utensils and kitchen items that you need to prepare family dinners at the end of the day. We fished around the island and across the lake on both banks using the canoes provided and caught plenty of fish to have a big fish fry before our departure. We also rented the Lund fishing boat and were able to fish many different areas of the lake including a trip up the Dead River to the Twin Lakes. The Bald Eagles were plentiful and the Loon's are always a treat. We even found 2 separate Falcon/Hawk (will need to look at the pictures to properly identigy) nests that we were able to photograph and observe.
The owners were wonderful hosts and very friendly to work with leading up to our vacation answering all of our questions and providing additional lake and local history information. The staff were professional, courteous and prompt in their pick up, drop off and assistance in getting us to an from the island. We can't say enough good things about our vacation and we are planning on making the trip to Pork Chop Island an annual family vacation!
Thanks again for a truly amazing week of rest, relaxation and family time on Pork Chop Island and we look forward to our trip next year!
The listing and photos did not do this wonderful island justice. THe place is amazing. Our family had the most amazing time. The cabin was clean and decorated wonderfully. The communication between the owner and us and also the guide that welcomes you to the island was fantastic. The cabin had all the amentities that anyone would need. Watching the sunrise and sunset, listening to the loons, exploring the island, and the amazing burntside lake was fantastic. I would recommend this cabin to anyone. My daughter was 2 1/2 and she had the most amazing time boating, swimming at the beach on the island, canoeing, and also having campfires. Spending a week at a cabin on an island was amazing. The public dock was not too far away, so if you do want to go into Ely for the day it isn't trouble at all. Seeing and staying on Burntside Lake needs to be on everyone's vacation list.
August 7, 2009
Our Vacation was such a welcome respite before the end of sommer. Interestingly, our kids didn't even ask about the TV. (we told them it did't work last year).
We found an extraordinary patch of blueberries, picked a couple of hours and left a million more for the next pickers. We enjoyed fabulous pancakes and muffins for the next few days.
Our days would usually end with a twilight canoe paddle listening to the Loon's evening calls.
Can't wait to return next season.
We had the pleasure of vacationing at Pork Chop Island back in 2009 and will be back in 2010. Having the luxury of your very own private island is unexplainable! The kids (5 & 7) woke up, came down for their "fort" (the loft), grabbed a granola bar and put on their life vests and headed for the lake. They experienced nature at it's finest. Fishing was thier priority but also managed to swim from the dock and beach area as well as other locations around the island. One fish after another and a few that were very respectable were caught all day long. This allowed my wife and I to sit on the dock, deck or in the adirondak chairs, chat, connect and supervise from afar. The water is crystal clear and to quote the kids, "REFRESHING". At night, we enjoyed a camp fire outside and roasted hot dogs and smores. No problem getting the kids to sleep after a full day of sun, swimming and fresh air. We were surprised to still have light on the lake at 10pm. What a great place to make memories that will be cherished forever. Of all the vacations we have taken, the kids still talk the most about Pork Chop Island and are anxious to get back. What a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Thank you for sharing your treasure with us. See you later this year.
The Jake Malone family