Timber Bay Lodge Houseboats on Birch Lake

Experience your dream vacation upon an Ely, MN houseboat.

Your Ely, MN houseboat vacation will make forever memories with family and friends! Explore the beauty of 20-mile long Birch Lake with many miles of forested shoreline and rocky islands. Float your boat to the base of the Stony River’s rolling rapids or paddle a canoe up the Kawishiwi River to enter the serene Boundary Water Canoe Area.

At night, anchor your houseboat in a safe, secluded bay and fall asleep to the subdued sounds of the wind rustling in the pines and the gentle rocking of your boat on the water.

There’s plenty to do on your Minnesota Houseboat Vacation!


Catch prize Northerns, Walleyes or panfish. Drop a line over the side of your houseboat while you grill dinner or snooze in the sun. If you’re lucky, you may enjoy a lovely shore lunch.


Cool off and take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Birch Lake, where you’ll find sandy beaches or a rocky shore. Drop an anchor in the middle of a quiet bay and swim or suntan off your floating vacation home.


hen you’re floating along Birch Lake, you’re the captain of your own ship! You set your own schedule and choose your own course. With no timetables to be met, no TV or cell phones to distract you, you’ll enjoy watching for wildlife, reading a good book or teaching the kids to fish or play games. Feel your stresses disappear when houseboating on gorgeous Birch Lake.

Timber Bay Lodge Houseboats Details

Each houseboat comes with the following standard equipment:

  • Kitchens with refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven. cooking utensils and dishes
  • All houseboats equipped with Super Quiet Honda generators
  • Bathroom with marine-style toilet and shower
  • Cabin Area with Screened Windows and Doors, AM/FM, CD player stereos
  • Cabin Heaters, Electric and Gas lights, and Navigational Map
  • Deck Area with Chairs and Table, BBQ Gas Grill, Ice Chest, Life Jackets, Swim Ladders, and Upper Sundeck
  • Biweekly Courtesy Service and Supply Calls

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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,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′ 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
$145/day, $725/week
$180/day, $895/week
$240/day $1195/week
Kayak 9′ Old Town $15/day, $60/week
19′ Canoe $20/day, $75/week
20′ Ultra Sport Pontoon boat and motor $125/half day – $180/full day, $895 week
22′ Ultra Sport Pontoon boat and motor $175/half day – $240/full day,  $1195/week
Linen Package (sheet, bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth) $9.50/person

*Additional adults $20/day, $100/week. Children half price. Pets $25/day, $125/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.