Poplar Creek Retreat is a private, peaceful, and picturesque escape on the Gunflint Trail.

Beautiful Boundary Water Canoe Area location where wildlife abounds.

  6 guests
  2 bedrooms
  2 bathrooms
  Allows Pets

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Location: Gunflint Trail

Poplar Creek Retreat is a beautiful, secluded cabin located midway up the Gunflint Trail. All the modern conveniences with the ambiance of a North Woods cabin. Here you are just a short walk to Little Ollie Lake with easy access to Poplar Lake and the BWCA canoeing, plus access to miles of mountain bike, snowshoe, and X-Country ski trails. 

The home boasts two bedrooms and two bathrooms on two cozy levels.  There is a 3-season sun porch, gas fireplace, and you have access to 475 feet of shared Little Ollie Lake shoreline with a seasonal dock.  This cabin is perfect for any North Shore vacation be it a personal retreat, romantic getaway, or gathering with friends and family.

Passing through the town of Grand Marais, MN you will find the entrance to the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway near the public library, marked by a statue of a voyageur and his canoe and a black bear.  Take this remote wilderness road up to Poplar Creek Retreat, roughly 35 miles away.  Along the way, you are certain to spot many wildlife creatures.  These can include deer, bear, fox, wolf, and even moose!  In the springtime, many of Poplar Creek Retreat's visitors have reported seeing mother moose with their calves, a sight that is becoming more and more rare all over the world.  Take a day trip into the BWAC or hop over to the Trail Center Lodge for a bite to eat.  Head down the trail into the quiet, peaceful town of Grand Marais for a day of shopping and dining at the many restaurants that make this quaint town so unique.  Whatever your plans may be, Poplar Creek Retreat is an idyllic, peaceful home base for your next trip up the Gunflint Trail.

*Please note that a 4x4 vehicle is required in the winter.  Please do not book this property unless you have the proper vehicle.  The road leading to the property and the driveway can both be very steep and slick in the winter time and plowing/sanding in this part of Minnesota is limited.  You may also experience a higher snowfall here than in other areas and snow may cover the area from October into May some years.  Cell service is also not available or very limited in this area.  Please pack an emergency kit in your vehicle should you become stranded and need to wait for assistance.

Pets are welcome with prior approval and an additional fee.  2 pet maximum.


  • Poplar Creek Frontage
  • Little Ollie Lake Access via Path
  • Access to 475 ft of Shared Shoreline with Seasonal Dock 
  • Decks with Deck Furniture
  • Near Hiking, Mountain Bike and X-Country Ski Trails
  • Gunflint Trail BWCA Access
  • Relaxing Jetted Tub
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Charcoal Grill (charcoal not provided)
  • Three Season Porch
  • Outdoor Fire Ring
  • Pets Welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV with Satellite
  • Stereo/CD Player
  • Linens Provided
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Kitchen Utensils/Pans Provided
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Telephone
  • Sleeper Sofa
  • Road to Property and Driveway May Be Icy in Winter
  • 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle REQUIRED in Winter

Bedrooms/Bed Sizes/Location

  • Master Bedroom - Pillow Top Queen Bed - Upper Level

  • Guest Bedroom - Pillow Top Queen Bed - Main Level

  • Living Room - Futon - Main Level


  • Master Bathroom - Walk-in Shower and Two-Person Jetted Tub - Upper Level

  • Guest Bathroom - Walk-in Shower - Main Level




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Elk River, US
Reviewed: Jun 3, 2019
Property Manager
Everyone I have worked with has always been amazing!
We love Poplar Creek Retreat! This was our 4th stay at this property and we can't wait to go back. We love the secluded location, although we had visible neighbors the last two years. Having access to a washer/dryer and dishwasher is a huge bonus. The wifi is nice to have but we honestly try to use it as little as possible, we like to be able to disconnect when up north. The best feature is the fact that the cabin is pet friendly (although our senior pups are starting to struggle with the stairs).
Rochester, US
Reviewed: Oct 25, 2018
Property Manager
The Cascade team is very friendly and easy to work with.
As always, we very much enjoyed the relaxing setting and clean, spacious home at Poplar Creek Retreat. We love the many hiking options close by.
Starbuck, US
Reviewed: Jul 2, 2018
Property Manager
Staff was very nice and accommodating. They where quick to resolve an issue we had with the first cabin.
The Poplar Creek retreat was very nice and clean. The retreat was in a quiet and relaxing area with easy access to hiking and fishing.
Rochester, US
Reviewed: Oct 9, 2017
Property Manager
This is the second year we have stayed in this house and will do it again! Wonderful experience all around.
Love this house! Very clean and cosy. The kitchen is the bomb! Enjoy cooking in there. Having the laundry facilities is wonderful since is was very soggy on the trails. We didn't see any moose this year which was disappointing, but we did see their footprints all over.
Minneapolis, US
Reviewed: Sep 12, 2017
Property Manager
Loved it! The vaulted ceilings were gorgeous, loved the spacious kitchen and fireplace especially. Was very helpful to be able to bring our dog.
Victoria, US
Reviewed: Aug 16, 2017
Great place, good amenities.
Elk River, US
Reviewed: Jun 4, 2017
Property Manager
Everyone I have every dealt with at Cascade is amazing!
Our stay was amazing as always! This was our 5th year renting from Cascade and our 2nd year staying at Poplar Creek Retreat. We look forward to our North Shore anniversary trip every year and we have introduced the tradition to our brother and sister-in-law. The Poplar Creek location is wonderfully secluded & peaceful. Although we missed the moose this year we saw a bear, deer, beaver, etc. The fishing was great and we even caught the Northern Lights one night! Can't wait till next year!
Horace, US
Reviewed: Nov 22, 2016
Property Manager
The cabin was very nice and clean. The location is very secluded and private. The internet access was exceptional and very fast. It was very quiet and we enjoyed the trip greatly. The only item we could not find at the cabin was a snow shovel. It snowed over a couple of days and a snow shovel would have been great to shovel out some of the areas.
Darwin, US
Reviewed: Oct 21, 2016
Property Manager
We loved our stay tucked in the North Woods. The location is just what we wanted, quiet, remote and full of nature. The cabin was clean, easy to find with the great directions, and well stocked with the basics listed online. We appreciated that you allow dogs in your cabin. The service was wonderful. We especially loved the cabin layout and discussed this layout for a retirement home for us. Loved the fireplace, Loved all of the pathways in the woods. The wolf scat on the road made us more cautious with our dogs. We drove the backroads and saw some moose which was a highlight for us.
Waseca, US
Reviewed: Aug 26, 2016
Property Manager
Bloomington, US
Reviewed: Jul 2, 2016
Property Manager
This location is nestled away in the woods for a true experience of Mother Nature from the comfort of a climate-controlled cabin. There were several moose and deer sightings right on the property with a short hike to a lake or creek. The area has some resorts, gift shops, and a bait shop (about 2 miles from the cabin) for convenience and it's right about the halfway point of the Gunflint Trail so equidistant to the northernmost point and Grand Marais. The cabin should have just about everything you need to enjoy your stay, which makes packing practically effortless (especially compared to camping). We are already making plans to return!
Elk River, US
Reviewed: Jun 3, 2016
Property Manager
This was our fourth stay with Cascade but our first time at this property and I think we found a new favorite! We ran into multiple moose on the property, one of which had two calves, and had a bear visitor one day. We loved how secluded the property was and it was really nice to have access to a lake for a little fishing! The only thing lacking was toilet paper, garbage bags and paper towels, it would have been nice to have access to a vacuum as well. One of the best things about your homes is that there are so many pet friendly locations! We look forward to planning our next stay!
Baudette, US
Reviewed: Oct 22, 2013
Property Manager
My new wife and I spent our honeymoon at this rental and we both loved it. We definately will be coming back to stay here next fall to celebrate our anniversity. The home is very comforting and relaxing with beautiful scenery to go along with it. A perfect getaway to get lost at and to relax after months of planning a wedding.
Stillwater, US
Reviewed: Oct 9, 2013
Property Manager
The house was nestled out in the middle of what seemed like no where. Very secluded. Nice hiking available. Could hear the stream next to it when you slept. Abundant wildlife, had moose in the yard and a fox.
Minneapolis, US
Reviewed: Aug 31, 2013
Property Manager

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