The Cabin on Elbow Lake (CAEL) is my dream come true. It is a beautiful log structure surrounded by huge white and red pines, as well as tamarack, balsam, spruce, cedar, jack pine, maple, and birch. The ground cover includes lots of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bunchberries, juneberries, wintergreen, wild iris, Labrador tea, wild sasparilla, fiddlehead ferns, club moss, violets, lily of the valley, wild rose, asters, and innumerable other lovely plants.

The view from the cabin is an unobstructed lake—no neighbors, no noise, no lights. To me, being there feels exactly like camping, except that there is a solid roof overhead that leaks no rain! There is a lovely fire pit on a point overlooking the lake, some solar panels to produce a little electricity, a cute little NEW outhouse, a summer kitchen, two docks, a swimming raft, a small swimming beach, lots of pan fish and bass, some canoes, some kayaks, some motor boats.

The fire pit
The summer kitchen

What do I do there? I hike, fish, swim, canoe, kayak, chop wood, read, paint, do maintenance projects, build things. I am in my element and simply thrive. I couldn’t be happier!

The cabin was built in 1992 out of Douglas fir logs imported from Montana. We purchased it in 2016. I had been looking on the internet at possible cabins near the Boundary Waters when this cabin popped up in a sidebar. I immediately knew it was the cabin I wanted. I called the realtor and told him I wanted to buy that cabin on the island on Elbow Lake. He said, “I can’t sell you a cabin without you seeing it first.” I said, “But I know I want it!” He convinced us to come and see it a few days later. After the tour, he said, “Well, what do you think?” I said, “I told you I want it!” So it was a done deal. No shopping around, no squabbling, no indecision. I have been 1000% satisfied since the purchase, and can’t imagine a better place to live.

The view from the lake
An artist’s interpretation of the same view
Inside the main room of the cabin
The view from the dock, with cumatage
The garden on the deck
Lots of great fishing!
Two fish caught on one nightcrawler harness

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