Two years ago we received permission for the Forest Service to experiment with building a little camper cabin at the East Bearskin Lake National Forest Service Campground.
It was a simple cabin, without electricity, heat or water — the world’s best little tent, a sturdy place to stay dry and relatively bug-free in any kind of camping weather. The first camper cabin was a great success, making it possible for many people to try a campground experience without owning a camper, trailer, tent, or even much gear. It was designed with a ramp in order to make it handicapped accessible. Camper Cabin #1 also proved to be an excellent starting or ending destination for many groups heading out on BWCA trips.
This year we received permission from the Forest Service to build a second camper cabin. A few lessons were learned last time, first and foremost being to get the thing finished before August. This camper cabin has a small loft, which can serve as an extra sleeping area for adults (not a good choice for small children) or as a great “out of the way” place to store gear. It also has a screened porch. Like the first camper cabin, it is handicapped accessible, has sturdy bunks and a dining table inside, has a fire ring and picnic table outside, and has a path leading to the lakeshore from the campsite.
The first rental was June 15th. Surprisingly, Camper Cabin #2 is already somewhat booked for this summer. But it’s new and relatively few people were even aware that the camper cabin was being built, so it isn’t as booked up as Camper Cabin #1. You can reserve both camper cabins at reserveamerica.com (recently renamed active.com).
Below are pictures of our staff hard at work on the camper cabin. You will note one “staff member” who is not overworking herself. (Hint: She has lots of wavy black hair.)