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Ely Minnesota Houseboats at Timber Bay Lodge

Houseboat and cabin rentals on Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest near Ely Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area BWCA and Quetico Provincial Park.

Explore 20 mile long Birch Lake with its many miles of forested shoreline and rocky islands. Take your small boat to the base of the foaming rapids of the Stony River or paddle a canoe up the Kawishiwi River into the Boundary Water Canoe Area. At night anchor in a safe, secluded bay and sleep to the subdued sounds of the wind in the pines and gentle motion of your floating home.

Winter at the resort. Join us for ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling on the Taconite Spur Trail or downhill skiing at Giant’s Ridge. Or just keep cozy in our famous Bear Trap cabin.

Fish for prize Northern, Walleye and pan fish. Take a small boat and try a likely bay or troll along the miles of shoreline. Drop a line over the side of your houseboat while you grill a steak or sleep in the sun. In case of bad weather step inside your warm, dry cabin for a cup of hot coffee or a quick game of cards.

Swim the clean, pure waters of Birch Lake. Tie up to a sandy beach or a rocky shore, or drop anchor in the middle of a quiet bay and swim or sunbathe off your floating home. The refreshing water of Birch Lake makes swimming fun and enjoyable at any time from mid-June to the end of August.

Relax set your own schedule, choose your own course, be the captain of your own ship. Here a complete rest awaits you. No time tables to be met, no TV’s or telephones to distract you. Watch for wildlife, read a good book, teach the kids to fish or play a game. Whether with a group of fishermen, a family with small children, or two or three couples on a holiday, you will enjoy houseboating on Birch Lake.

Houseboat Rental Policies


All reservations are for a minimum of 3 days. No reservations will be held without deposit.

The full charter fee in addition to deposit is due before boarding. Your reservation deposit will be held as a damage deposit until return of the boat to our dock. For an additional fee of $10 to $20 per day you can limit your financial liability for accidental damage.

Items included in rental: Kitchen cooking utensils and dishes, pots/pans, pillows and blankets, deck furniture, charcoal grill, ice chest, and life preservers.

Items not included in rental: Fishing boat and motor, towels, bed sheets, food supplies, gas and insurance.

Handy things to bring: Cellular phone, portable radio, camera, binoculars, cards and games, reading material, suntan lotion, insect spray, rain gear, fishing equipment, sleeping bags, dish towels.

Available at extra charge: Fishing boats and motors, canoes, linen packs consisting of bed sheets and towels, damage insurance, gas, bait, ice and fishing licenses!

9.8 hp motor $30/day, $150/week
16 ft. Guide Boat w/40 H.P. Motor (with electric trolling motor, steering console, live well, & depth finder) Reservation deposit $100


16′ Deluxe Guide Boat w/ 50 H.P. Motor (w/electric trolling motor, steering console, live well & depth finder). This boat is a bit wider and deeper than standard guide boat. Reservation deposit $100

17′ Trophy Fish and Ski w/150 H.P. Motor (electric trolling motor, steering column, live well,depth finder) Great for fishing or Skiing

$135/day, $675/week

$165/day, $825/week



Kayak 9′ Old Town $15/day, $60/week
19 ft. Canoe $20/day, $75/week
20 ft. Ultra Sport Pontoon boat and motor $110/half day – $165/full day, $825 week
22 ft. Ultra Sport Pontoon boat and motor $150/half day – $225/full day,  $1095/week
Linen Package (sheet, bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth) $9.50/person

*Additional adults $20/day, $100/week. Children half price. Pets $20/day, $100/week.
*Houseboats subject to 8.375% Minn. State and local Tax and fees plus 3% service charge.

Cancellation Policy
DEPOSIT REFUNDS – Your deposit is nonrefundable unless notification is received 60 days prior to arrival. With timely notice, all deposits will be returned less a $50 cancellation fee. If less than 60 days notice, all advance funds will be forfeited unless we can re-book your entire rental dates. You can be held responsible for the full cost of houseboat rental if cancelled with in 30 days of trip. No refunds will be given for early departure.  Once within the non cancellation period (60 days) you are financially responsible for the entire time and space booked. The Bear Trap deposit is non refundable.