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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/Canadian 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.)

Should non-registered family members or friends wish to stay on school premises during a course, cabin rentals are sometimes available at a per-person rate.


Our Lodging Facilities:

ridge_th The Ridge Bunkhouse – sleeps 5-7
Our largest cabin, this two-story log bunkhouse overlooking Sand Lake features four rooms with seven beds. It includes an eating area, wood heater, refrigerator and electric cookstove. When used for course lodging, groups of students enjoy the roomy layout and the lake view balcony.
snowshoecabin_th Snowshoe Cabin – sleeps 2-4
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.
sunrisecabin_th Sunrise Cabin – sleeps 2
Charming, secluded one room log cabin, includes both a single and a double bed, as well as kitchenette and wood heater .
wolverinecabin_th 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.”
frenchcanadiancabin_th 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.

Great Lakes School of Log Building 
1350 Snowshoe Trail,  Isabella, MN 55607

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