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Bear Track's Bally Creek Cabins

Guest Cottage or Cabin

Bear Track Outfitting Co.'s Bally Creek Cabins in a heavily forested area of the Superior National Forest in Grand Marais, MN with groomed ski trails in winter and hiking & biking trails in summer. The rustic cabins are lantern lit and heated with wood stoves, water is provided in 5 gal. insulated containers. Extremely quiet in winter with 25K groomed ski trails right out the door. 1K skijoring trail for you and your dog. Sauna is wood-fired and all wood is provided. Nice privies...Like nowhere else on earth at the end of the plowed road where abundant snow is a given and only 6 miles to town. Cabin sizes for parties of 2 to parties of 10.

Cathi Williams

Number of Persons Cottage or Cabin Will Accommodate

2 to 10, and the whole camp (6 cabins) is available to rent for groups up to 35 with a gathering place to cook and dine together.

What to Bring

Pack as if you were going camping, but you can leave your tent at home. You will need sleeping bag and pillows or sheets and blankets if you prefer. Call us for bed sizes in each cabin. US. toll free 1-800-795-8068 or 1-218-387-1162. You will need cooking and eating utensils, hot pad, dish soap, dish towels, bathing suits and towels for the sauna. Flashlight is important and don't forget your camera.

We provide firewood, water, and lantern & stove fuel, and groomed trails.

Structure Access

Cabins are not handicapped accessible. PJ sleeps 2, Pot Belly & Ollar sleep up to 4, Dunlookin sleeps 8, Biddles sleeps 10, and MooseLips sleeps 6.

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

There is a one-burner butane table top stove in each cabin as well as two flat surfaces on the wood stove (Fisher Baby Bear). Each cabin has a teapot and a wash basin. The group gathering cabin (MooseLips) has a 3 burner propane stove and oven, as well as 2 flat surfaces on the wood stove (Fisher Mama Bear). There is also a piano in MooseLips and table seating for 16. Each cabin has dining table & chairs. Each cabin also has a trip-pod barbecue over a wood-fire pit outdoors and a picnic table.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

David & Cathi Williams started Bear Track Outfitting Co. in 1972, offering complete & partial outfitting for adventure trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and trips to Isle Royale National Park. They added cabins at Bally Creek in 1979, fashioned after the old logging camps. Their rustic style cabins offer a true respite from the high tech interference of computers and phones that busy city folks need to get away from to recharge and re-energize. One happy guest stated "I get more relaxation in two days here than a week anywhere else!" 2016 begins their 44th year as owner operators of Bear Track Outfitting Co. and Bally Creek Cabins.

Accessibility Notes

We have had many foreign visitors to Bally Creek Cabins, and also High School and College groups for environmental learning. It is a great place to bring teenagers and teach them about a simpler way of life and there are no other distractions there for them.

Teaching people to be self-sufficient and almost living off the grid...cell phones do work in an emergency, but there is no electricity to recharge them.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Bird seed is provided in each cabin to feed the chickadees and juncos, and you can even hand feed them as they sit in your hand. All bottles and cans are recycled and bags are provided to guests to help with this. Guests provide their own linens.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed, and there is a 1K skijoring trail especially for people to ski with their dog.


Seasons Open

Open Year round, except for April and November or until the snow flies. Summer Rates are approximately $10. less a night than winter. Summer rates are from May 1 to September 15.


Winter Midweek $95./2 $10. each additional person Weekend Nights $107.50/2 $15. each additional, Holiday nights $120./2 and $15. each additional person. Pet fee is $10./pet per night. Add 11.875% MN sales and lodging tax


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business


Warming Source

Wood Burning Stove

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