East Bearskin Lake Camper Cabin #2 is done!

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.

Camper Cabin #1, completed 2 summers ago

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.)

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6 thoughts on “East Bearskin Lake Camper Cabin #2 is done!

  1. Nordic Girl 2

    I wish I had vacation coming and I’d be there in a flash. Love the new camper cabin. You know who with the wavy black hair is actually a supervisor!

    1. Ruby is surprisingly in charge of a great number of things at Bearskin these days. When an 11 month old puppy is the boss, that is not always a good thing!

  2. chukku anderholm

    If dogs are not allowed at your resort, how can one be roaming freely across its premises? If its the owners pet, I find that hypocritical and will choose a pet friendly resort to spend my $$ on.

    1. That’s a logical question, especially if you aren’t familiar with Bearskin’s past. Bearskin has almost always had a “lodge dog.” Don’t get anyone going on retelling Cubby stories from the Tuttle years, because Cubby had quite the entertaining history. The Bearskin lodge dog sleeping “under the steps” might be one of the most often recalled memories of people visiting Bearskin after many years away from the resort. (And now the floodgates open–let the Cubby stories begin…)

      The newfie puppy, Ruby, does belong to the family that owns Bearskin, specifically to Quinn & Kate. Most of the time, Ruby is at their house. Ruby does not go in cabins. As former teachers, we are well aware of the increasingly high number of people who are sensitive to pet dander. We’ve found that our regular guests are very supportive of Bearskin’s long-standing policy of not hosting pets in cabins.

      We can suggest several other resorts where you can spend your $$$ with your pet along. Or you can visit the campground and the camper cabins, where the picture that elicited this comment was taken, where well-behaved pets are always welcome to sleep under a pine bough and “supervise.”

  3. Sarah Dale

    I think Donna A. loved Cubby the most. She hugged him and gave him lots of attention. Year after year he recognized us when we arrived and knew exactly who we were. Cubby kept a close eye on things. He went on walks with us in the campground and somehow Donna was able to get him into the canoe for rides. A very special dog indeed.

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