Back to nature, solitude and simplicity . . .

If you’ve vacationed at a State Park or National Forest and thought these pristine surroundings are exactly what I’d like for my own getaway, then this McClaine Lake wilderness cabin on 43 acres completely surrounded by National Forest is exactly right for you. A locked gate shared with the National Forest Service gives access through an established prescriptive easement to this wilderness wonderland setting on McClaine Lake.

And what a setting! McClaine Lake is 7-acres, 21 ft. deep, clear & undisturbed. This property surrounds over 80% of the lake – about 1,850 ft. of frontage – no neighbors on the lake and no neighbors for miles. Every time I have ventured here I’ve seen loons on the lake and deer browsing along the driveway.

The land is heavily forested – an extension of the National Forest itself. There is a healthy mix of giant white and red pine, maple, oak, aspen and balsam. In autumn, the land blazes with color. The relief is varied with some ravines and small ridges that are peppered with good-sized boulders pushed up when the glaciers receded. Left to itself for untold years, this beautiful forest is unspoiled. It is a fine example of the basic fabric of our living Earth!

The 2 bedroom, 3-season, vertical log cabin sits at the lake’s edge. It is obvious this site was chosen for its natural beauty and easy access to the great outdoors. Rustic, but not primitive, this north woods getaway represents life without pretensions. Heating, cooking and lighting are fueled by LP. Drinking and cooking water must be transported in. There is a nice privy with a mowed path. Washing up and bathing takes place outdoors. Rain barrels could limit the amount of water you need to transport, and the soft water fed through a solar shower would be a natural luxury!

The cabin interior is quaint and cheery – wood floors, paned windows with lake views and nostalgic north woods décor. The 440 sq. ft. living space includes an open kitchen, dining and living area with a cozy free-standing “gas log” space heater. There’s a tucked-in bunk room and also a private bedroom. It comes furnished, too – down to the kitchen hand pump. A nice, matching shed provides added storage for your gear.

Much of cabin life takes place outdoors. The McClaine Lake retreat is not only surrounded by National Forest, it is also surrounded by mapped and marked mountain bike and hiking trails. Trails crisscross Rock Lake Rd. and wind through this section of forest known as the Rock Lake Semi-Primitive Wilderness Area. As safe quarters in the woods, the cabin functions as background to your outdoor recreation life providing shelter on rainy days, a place to cook, a place to sleep and a pleasurable place to convene after a day of exploring the lake, hiking and biking. Don’t forget other activities right out the cabin door – like hunting on 1,000’s of acres of public land.

If you’ve been dreaming of getting back to nature, searching for a retreat into unspoiled beauty, looking for solace – a slower pace & older lifestyle – even just for your weekends – then you must take a look at this McClaine Lake cabin!

Directions: From Cable: Hwy M east 7.5 mi. to Rock Lake Rd. Right 4.25 mi. to gate on right.