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Lodge Of Whispering Pines

There’s no summer memory better than those spent at the Lake. We still have beautiful Lakefront Cabins available at Lodge of Whispering Pines this summer, just waiting for you and your family to create unforgettable memories.

Before you witness spectacular sunsets and views of Big Lake from your Lakefront cabin, you’ll be treated to a secluded drive through the Superior National Forest along the Echo Trail - Along granite cliff roadways that hug the edge of wilderness landscapes to you - you'll experience an awakening to your natural surroundings and an enlightening of your spirit. The noise, the crowds are left behind, and traffic seems nonexistent. Your vacation has already begun. Just twenty miles north of Ely a secluded private drive leads you further into the Superior National Forest to Lodge of Whispering Pines on Big Lake. Poised among tall pine, picturesque birch, spruce, balsam, and aspen, you realize you are encircled by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and are now guests of the deer, moose, black bear, timber wolves, loons, and all the other wild creatures that inhabit northern Minnesota's truly natural park.

Our History

Lodge of Whispering Pines 1970

Sometimes we can't even believe ourselves, but it's true - we are celebrating our 83rd Anniversary!  

This beautiful piece of earth hides a great deal of history in it's cabins, campsites, trails and what not. If you really want to find out about all the unbelievable stories, sit back in your Adirondack chair and listen to the whispers of  the Pine trees. You will be surprised how much they can tell you!

Our entire family (which includes moose, deer, timber wolves, bald eagles, black bears and other wild creatures) welcomes you to our 

paddler's and angler's paradise.

This will be one of your most-memorable vacations: swim at our natural sand beach; participate in naturalist activities and children’s programs. Enjoy free use of the Adirondack chairs along the lake front, kayaks, canoes, even a traditional wood-fired Sauna. Leave the noise and the crowds behind.

Big Lake

Our property is surrounded by the BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe

Area Wilderness). Enjoy activities like hiking, Biking & Stand up paddle

boarding, Fishing and wildlife viewing. The photography during Fall is


Big Lake is 2000 acre and has numerous large islands and secluded 

bays - the shoreline has been virtually undeveloped.

It is one of the top walleye fishing lakes in the state. Besides that Big

Lake is filled with Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Jumbo Perch.

If you are planning on visiting another lake while staying with us, we have

good news for you.

We are near Hegman Lake where centuries-old pictographs can be

viewed and photographed. Check it out yourself and make new fantastic memories.

Big Lake - Ely, Minnesota

Our Resort

Lodge of Whispering Pines 1970

Privacy and comfort complement the natural beauty of the cabins. Whether you choose to be tucked away in the trees or nearer the natural sand swimming beach and playground, with the exception of towels, everything is included -- modern kitchen appliances, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and more. Each cabin is unique in amenities. Some feature decks in private wooded areas, screen porches, private docks, log construction, or fireplaces. Cabins range from one to three bedrooms (sleeping 3-10 people). All have full kitchens and baths, Charcoal Grills, Picnic tables, outdoor fire rings. and Minnesota's truly natural park.

Moose, deer and other wild animals inhabit the trails and forests where earlier innkeepers corralled a stable of horses for their guests' riding pleasure. Unique to Big Lake, and its relationship to the wilderness, motorized boats and canoes are both allowed and available for our guests to use. 

The Owners

John Churchill officially took over the resort from Johns parents Dan & Sue Churchill in 2010 with the promise to make every guest who comes to the resort feel like home.

It has always been Dan's biggest dream to create a beautiful cabin resort in the wilderness to have people get re-aquainted with nature again. 10 cabins and 6 campsites later his dream is now in John's hands.

John grew up helping his parents build up the resort mostly from scratch. He moved heavy logs, built bathrooms, and cozy fireplaces.

Next time you enjoy the beauty of a warm fire in your cozy cabin think about John and all his effort that he put into designing it.

He always paid attention to detail. Try to find all of the little secrets that he hid in every cabin.