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Timber Wolf Lodge

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9130 Escape Road, Ely, MN 55731
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were looking for a 3 day retreat after attending a wedding, and decided to book a tour of the Soudan Mine. Several reviews referenced the Timber Wolf Lodge and lucky us, Cabin 7 was still available. From the moment I talked to Roger to book our stay to the day we departed, we experienced nothing but the kindest hospitality.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate in our first year in a seasonal rv spot but have stayed in a cabin in the past. With a family of 6 with 4 boys ranging from 9 to 17 our experience has been nothing but fantastic. Chad and staff have been nothing but exceptional. They have been very helpful and our sons look forward to being... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Timothy L - Thank you for sharing your family with our family and for being a part of what makes TWL great. A hospitable place where friendships are made and where family memories unfold. Thanks also for your applause of Chad, our tireless GM! Yes that above-and-beyond treatment is what we preach. And the kind responses from our guests... More 

Rehovot, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Timber Wolf Lodge for 3 nights. We were 2 couples and 3 children. We spent a wonderful stay. The area is simply beautiful, the cabins are basic but clean, well equipped, nice and located right on the lake. The lake is beautiful, the water is quite clear and not too cold. The staff is extremely helpful, open... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Igal - Well you certainly get the prize for traveling the furthest in order to stay at TWL. We had others that arrived from England and Czechoslovakia, but you came the furthest. We hope you left a Legacy Sign with us showing the distance from your front door to ours! Thank you also for all of your kind words... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Timberwolf Lodge lived up to and even exceeded my expectations. We were looking for a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and we definitely found it at Timberwolf. The cabin was great. (We stayed in #4) It was the perfect size for me, my hubby and our 110 lb dog named Bear. The furnishings were rustic... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Angel P - Yes "Peaceful Retreat" is a really good description of TWL and this entire region! Thanks for specifically complimenting Cabin 4. It has always been our most popular 1BR lakeside cabin. We're glad you could enjoy your time with your family pet Bear! Family pets kind of weave their way into the fabric of TWL! And we're... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read so many highly regarded reviews of Timber Wolf and was wary because there have been no vacations rentals I have read, with such a high number of great reviews. I want to say First and most importantly, that we ended up very much enjoying our stay at Timber Wolf and are going back again next year, we just... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear KathFW - Your thorough review was SO HELPFUL! At TWL both the owners and staff are always grateful when a guest takes the time to give us a CONSTRUCTIVE review. Seeing Cabin 10 through your lens helps us to put on new glasses and to improve over time. Our owner, GM and Cabin Inspector met this week to review... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost didn't write this review because when you find such a perfect retreat, you kinda want to keep it to yourself. But then I thought of how the wonderful staff deserves the praise, so here you go. This resort is not fancy but that's part of the charm. The lake is the main attraction, as it should be when... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Member - Thank you for your kind praise of the TWL staff, our resort, Bear Island Lake and these gorgeous surroundings! We enjoy watching our kids playing, swimming, bouncing and exploring. Many times kids make new great summertime friends - vacation buddies! One of our favorite cool stories is of the children of two families who met and became... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I agree with the two most recent reviewers from Oregon. We stayed in cabin 4.No lodge and no resort atmosphere when there is not even a comfortable chaise lounge on the beach or cabin deck. My complaints are with Tripadvisor for somehow ranking Timber Lodge so highly. I will view this app in the future as solely a caveat emptor... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Janetwolk - Cabin 4 is and will continue to be the most popular 1BR private lakefront cabin on the Timber Wolf Lodge property. That won't change anytime soon. For instance, during the 15 week summer and fall season of 2015 it was available for just 8 days. I know that drives one or two of our competitors crazy, but it... More 

Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Strengths of Timberwolf are a nice spot on a beautiful lake, clean boats and working motors, a good beach (especially for kids) and a very attentive and friendly young staff. However, it's webpage descriptions are out of step with reality. For one, there is no "lodge" at Timberwolf Lodge, understood as a communal building larger than the housekeeping cabins, that... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Loveabargainanytime - You are correct. The historic circa-1940s log lodge at TWL tragically burned to the ground in June 2011. Volunteer firemen and women from 4 surrounding townships rushed to TWL to fight the blaze. It was a total loss. Faced with the enormity of that loss we had decisions to make and we embarked on a multi-year plan. That... More 

Lake Oswego, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having grown up in Ely, my husband and I return almost annually. The area is incredibly beautiful and so are the surrounding lakes. There are many places to explore and hike. However, Trip Advisor got it wrong rating this as the number one resort in the area. We stayed in cabin 2 and found it to be shop worn. The... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Oregongma - It appears that your notion that Trip Advisor "got it wrong" is born from your assumption that your opinion outweighs the 106 5-star reviews we've received and the 9 4-star reviews. Trip Advisor did not GIVE Timber Wolf Lodge a top rating. Our awesome guests did. And Timber Wolf Lodge continues to EARN a top rating by... More 

Cokato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first vacation that our family has had in a very long time. It was great Cabin 8 was perfect for the 4 of us. The kids loved the lake, kayaking, and paddle boarding. The Staff was amazing, all very friendly and welcoming. I loved the hike to the falls my favorite along with the sunset pontoon cruse... More 

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Timber Wolf L, Owner at Timber Wolf Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Miranda B - Thank you for selecting Timber Wolf Lodge for your first vacation in a very long time. We take great pleasure in knowing that you chose us! I'm so glad that cabin 8 met the needs of your family and that you were able to take in the various outdoor activities that we offer. We especially like... More 

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