We stayed with our 2 daughters (8 & 9), my husband, and my parents for 7 days. Sunday night the owners host a get together with appetizers, wine, & beer. Then Mon - Fri our daughters paced until "Kids' Camp" started for hiking, crafts, singing, games, and even a cook out on an island in the lake from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Mon night they had a marshmellow roast on the beach. Tues & Thurs afternoon the owners offer tubing or water skiing. Tues night a volleyball tournament with the whole staff. Wed. am is a women's champagne-coffee roll cruise around the lake. Friday night was a cook out with chicken & pork, potatoes, salad, and brownies...ALL MADE THERE and fresh not frozen!
We rented a pontoon for the 6 of us and cruied the lake. Fishing was super slow and the pikes we did catch were all in the protected range (24" - 36"). However, we took two canoes (free from Timber Bay) across the portage to Whisper Lake and had a blast! We caught lots of fish there - sunnies, perch, S&L bass, and a large walleye snapped the line. (Note: no pikes in Whisper Lake)
We saw a family of Bald Eagles, family of loons, lots of deer, etc. Each cabin has a humming bird feeder and they are all well used!
My parents stayed in Cabin #3 (30 years ago this was Cabin #1). It is a 1 bedroom and is super clean and very comfortable.
The swimming beach is well maintained and has a slide, water trampoline, and diving platform. Need a little adventure? Grab a kayak or a canoe (free) and investigate the lake. Or walk over to the marina for a motor boat or pontoon ($)! You can even try out a houseboat!
Water not your thing? Grab a bike from the 20+ waiting for you (free) and hit the paved bike trail all the way into Babbitt and beyond! Or head to the game room for pool, foosball, or ping pong! They even have an archery range for you to try your aim!
Anything you want to do outdoors is available!
The staff is VERY FRIENDLY and Beth & Ron (owners) and their daughters (Courtney & Bailey) immediately make you feel like one of the family.
Our girls keep saying: "This was the best vacation EVER! We're going back next year, right?" The oldest is even trying to figure out a way to get a job there when she gets older!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timber Bay Lodge and Houseboats is located on Birch Lake in Babbitt, MN. With 13 housekeeping cabins and 13 houseboats it is a premier resort in the Babbitt and Ely area.All cabins are fully furnished in Northwoods décor, have fireplaces and decks with great views. Kids can enjoy the Kids Klub program while mom and dad fish, hike or relax. Cabins are from a cozy one bedroom up to a 6 bedroom lake home.Seven different size houseboats can accommodate anything from 2-12 people. Cruise 20 miles of pristine undeveloped Birch Lake and have a campfire at night. Fish off the back of your boat or enjoy the sunshine in your chaise lounge from the top of the boat.Bikes, canoes, kayaks all free for your use. Fishing boats and pontoon boats available for rent. There is truly something for every member of your group/family ... more less
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