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Timber Bay Lodge and Houseboats
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews
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“Little house in the Big Woods”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

For the past 12 years, one of the cabins at Timber Bay has been our home away from home for 2 glorious weeks. Cozy and rustic but now with wifi and cable, my husband and I and our dog look forward to going up here evey year. The owners are friends now, and we've watched their kids grow up. The beach is lovely, especially in August/September, and the lake is an Up North dream.

Room Tip: We recommend Cabin 7 for couples and Cabins 1, 2, 6, 9, and 11 for families, and there's always...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

As a family we haved stayed at Timber Bay in their cabins multiple times and several times on the houseboats. Both were awesome experiences! The cabins are very nice, comfortable and very clean. Cabin are equipped with everything you need. The grounds are beautiful, beach very nice and love the activities. Kids always had something to do. The houseboats are truly an exciting experience rain or shine. If you have never been on one it is a must!! Birch lake is beautiful and fishing great! It is like being in the boundary waters but with all the modern necessities. We all loved the house boats and the campfires at night. Don't forget the Northern lights. Finally the owners, Beth and Ron are very friendly and go out of their way to making your vacation memorable. This is a great vacation spot!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed June 3, 2014

We've stayed at Timber Bay Lodge many times, experiencing all temperatures, and all kinds of weather. No matter what we experienced weather-wise, we enjoyed ourselves beyond belief thanks to all of the amazing options available throughout this beautiful area as well as thanks to the unending hospitality of the Rykken family. We've rented cabins and houseboats, and loved EVERY experience. Great fishing!!Great relaxation!! Great vacation!! Can't say enough positive things about this experience !!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

We've been going to Timber Bay for 15 years and have never been disappointed! We've done both houseboat and cabin rental and you really can't go wrong either way! Timber Bay is the most relaxing and peaceful place we've ever been and the Rykkan's are top notch hosts every time! Highly recommend for all ages and groups!

Stayed June 2014
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West Fargo, North Dakota
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We love to snowmobile in the Arrowhead Region of MN, and have stayed at many places in this area over the years. On a last minute whim, we wanted to time the snow that was dumping in the area and contacted Beth and Ron to see if they could help us out. They gave us the Bear Trap for only 4 of us at a great rate and we really enjoyed ourselves. We rode all day in the most incredible snow and came back to a warm cabin/lodge to relax in each evening. Because of the amount of snow we received over night (over a foot)they had to do an extra service of plowing the area to ensure we would be ready to move our vehicles and load our trailers on departure. We bring many customers into this area and have now established this location as our first choice in the future. You will not be disappointed and we are looking to come back again before the season is over.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Sioux City, Iowa
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We have been vacationing at Timber Bay for almost 30 years - sometimes as couples, often with family. We have been on houseboats and in cabins. We have been there summer, spring and fall. There is not a bad time or experience. The setting is gorgeous, the cabins are homey and comfortable, the staff is fabulous. Give it a try and you will be a fan!
Marilyn H., Sioux City, Iowa

Room Tip: Lake view is nice, and cabin 6 has been our favorite for years. We love the real wood-burning firep...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Lake Forest IL
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We've stayed here a couple of times and it has an excellent location and really reasonable rooms. Birch lake is nice and we caught many northerns and a few walleye. A better location than garden lake or some others.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Timber Bay Lodge and Houseboats
Address: 8347 Timber Bay Rd, Babbitt, MN
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Babbitt
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Babbitt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Timber Bay Lodge and Houseboats 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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