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A Completely Unique Vacation on the Shores of Birch Lake

Your novel lodging vacation in northern Minnesota awaits you in the Superior National Forest. At Timber Lodge & Houseboats take your pick of a rustic yet completely modern cabin or a roomy boat as a home base from which to enjoy Birch Lake. It's the perfect location for a family that's looking to get away from it all and relax in the beautiful north woods. And there's plenty for everyone to do! With a marina, a sand beach and more, you're the captain of your vacation! Some of the best fishing in the state is found here, swim the cool waters, or bike through the unspoiled forests. More adventures await for Golf lovers as there are several courses in the area. For Nature lovers, the Boundary Waters offer unparalleled opportunities for canoeing and sightseeing. Just don't forget to bring a map along!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 26 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Ely
  • Nearby Water Birch Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


Located on Birch Lake, Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats offers you the perfect lakeside beach vacation! Here, you can indulge in a variety of great water activities, whether it's swimming, fishing, or jet-skiing. Or, for a more relaxing stay, simply lounge out on the beach work on that sand castle and soak up the sun!


Whether you spend your vacation in a houseboat or on dry land in one of Timber Lodge's cabins, you'll find plenty of space for the whole family near tons of family fun. This is perfect destination for a family that wants to relax and make great memories! Go swimming in the lake, cast your lines on a family fishing trip, and much more!


Whatever your skill level, the Ely area is bound to have a golf course to fit your game. Try one of the two championship courses at Giants Ridge! The Quarry and The Legend are both 18-masterpieces, carved into spectacular north woods terrain. Ely Golf Course is a public 9-hole course measuring 3,245 yards.


Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats will make your next reunion unforgettable with premier water access and unique accommodations. Birch Lake is one of the best Walleye lakes in Minnesota, and provides the perfect playground for boating, jet skiing and swimming. Houseboats allow the family to stay on the water, or you can choose from one of the Minnesota Cabins to stay on dry land.


Birch Lake provides a breathtaking landscape for your next trip to northern Minnesota. Superior National Forest surrounds most of the lake and features over 100 miles of undeveloped heavy forested shoreline. Take your houseboat around the lake to explore the area, and create your own excursion with plenty of hiking trails on land.


Birch Lake is rated by the DNR as one of the best lakes for walleye fishing in the state of Minnesota! Timber Bay offers complete fishing facilities on site furnishing you with everything from fishing boats to tackle. The only thing you'll have to worry about is finding the perfect spot to cast your line.


Enjoy a romantic getaway surrounded by the beauty of Birch Lake at Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats. Rustic cabins located near the lake shores feature a full kitchen to cook the perfect candlelit dinner for your special someone. Enjoy a cozy night on your private deck watching the sun set over the lake, or curl up in front of your fireplace.

Pet Friendly

The best thing about planning a family vacation at Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats is that you won't have to leave any members of your group behind, even the furry ones! You can bring Fido along to join in the fun as you explore the shores of Birch Lake and the breathtaking natural beauty of Superior National Forest! Make sure to contact the property to find out which units are pet friendly.


Enjoy rustic cabins and houseboats right on Birch Lake! You'll feel right at home with full kitchens and private decks. The premiere location will put you right in the center of all of the fun! Treat yourself to a luxury retreat in Ely, Minnesota!


Whether you're looking for family houseboating, fishing, or swimming, Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats offers an ideal location next to Birch Lake. Birch Lake offers over 100 miles of underdeveloped and heavily forested shoreline for a picturesque location chosen by Boating World Magazine as one of Minnesota's most scenic lakes!


After the stress of the wedding, escape to Ely, Minnesota for a romantic retreat. Enjoy a honeymoon on a houseboat or in a rustic cabin right on Birch Lake. The quiet, serene natural setting will give the two of you the chance to enjoy one another. Say I do to this ideal honeymoon destination.

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Timbay Bay Lodge & Houseboats provides two unique accommodation types for guests: cabins and houseboats. The cabins feature a full kitchen, large private deck and an outdoor fireplace (some units also have indoor fireplaces). Houseboats are the perfect recreational vehicle for the water. Pots and pans allow you to dock on land and cook at a campsite, or use the kitchenette when you are on the water. Water slides on some of the houseboats add to the fun on the water.


Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats features a selection of luxury houseboats to choose from for a truly unique Minnesota vacation. Their houseboats range in size from 30 to 52 feet and come with a variety of modern amenities to ensure you have a comfortable and convenient stay. Enjoy kitchens with refrigerator, stove/oven, bathroom with marine-style toilet and shower, deck area with chairs and table, barbecue gas grill, swim ladders and upper sundecks, and much more! You're sure to find the perfect accommodation for your trip!

Additional Information

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Bicycles
  • Cribs
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Pack N Play
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Beach Volleyball Court(s)
  • Biking/Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Snowmobiling
Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Bingo
  • Bocce Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Kid's Activities
  • Photography
  • Shuffle Board
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Free Parking
  • Babysitting/Daycare
  • Fishing Guides
  • Hunting Guides
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Duluth International Airport (DLH) / 62 miles
  • Chisholm Hibbing Airport (HIB) / 48.6 miles
  • Atikokan Municipal Airport (YIB) / 74 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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