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Location and Lodging

1350 Snowshoe Trail,  Isabella, MN 55607
39'05"W   47˚35'37"N                                             
Elev. 1740 ASL 

Great Lakes courses are offered at our worksite between Ely and Isabella, Minnesota, a few miles from the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The school is on Sand Lake - 40 miles north of Two Harbors, 30 miles southeast of Ely, 70 miles from Duluth Airport. Rustic facilities include wood-heated log bunkhouse and cabins, log classroom, freshwater hand-pumped wells, parking for campers/trailers, and an old-fashioned Finnish sauna for bathing. Bunkhouses, sheds, privies and sauna (photo to right) are all of log construction. Most buildings are of Scandinavian scribed saddle-notched construction, but we also have examples of French-Canadian piece-en-piece and hewn dovetailed log buildings at the school. (See images below.)

There are several resorts and National Forest campgrounds nearby for those who bring family or friends. Should non-registered family members or friends wish to stay on school premises, cabin rentals are often available at a per-person rate.



Our Lodging Facilities:

The Ridge Bunkhouse The Ridge Bunkhouse - sleeps 4-10
Our largest cabin, this two-story log bunkhouse overlooking Sand Lake features four rooms with ten beds. It includes an eating area, wood heater, refrigerator and gas cookstove. When used for a course, groups of students enjoy the roomy layout and the lake view balcony.
Snowshoe Cabin Snowshoe Cabin - sleeps 2-5
This cabin features a main floor and a loft. It includes one single and two double beds, as well as a kitchenette and wood heater. The Snowshoe doubles as the classroom for most morning lectures and videos.
Sunrise Cabin Sunrise Cabin - sleeps 2-3
Charming, secluded one room log cabin, includes both a single and a double bed, as well as kitchenette and wood heater .
Wolverine Cabin Wolverine Cabin - sleeps 2-3
This cabin features two lofts and a main floor. There are two beds, two of which is double. It also includes a kitchenette and wood heater. This cabin was featured in 1983 Popular Mechanics Magazine, and the 1992 wolverine movie: "Running Free."
French-Canadian Cabin French-Canadian Cabin - sleeps 1-2
This secluded piece en piece style one-room cabin has one double bed and is a replica of a typical one room fur traders cabin. It also includes a kitchenette and wood heater.

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1350 Snowshoe Trail,  Isabella, MN 55607

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