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(view of Blue Heron at night.)
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The Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast
is a lakeside lodge adjoining the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) - our million acre front yard.  At Blue Heron you can experience all the wilderness of a canoe trip with a king or queen size bed, private bath and breakfast in the dining room overlooking the lake.
    You can launch from our shore to canoe, fish or just laze about. By boat or by foot you can explore the nooks and crannies of our 10 acres and the BWCA... next door.
    Numerous trails and logging roads nearby can be used for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. In winter we host dog sled trips.
    Or perhaps you'd rather 'just be' in a comfortable chair by the shore, on the porch or in front of the fire.

(view into the BWCA from the upper deck.)

        Blue Heron's resident canine is Sam, now age 10.  He is your first host, eager guide and available as your dog's personal fitness trainer - and yours.  Bill's cat visits occasionally.


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Wildlife Abounds
Our marsh is a favorite delicatessen for moose, who have been known to peek in the windows. They occasionally leave evidence of their nocturnal visits on the path - watch your step.    
    The marsh also hosts two active beaver houses. Its calla lilies and blue flag iris are a favorite for photographers.    
    Deer graze on the ledge rock just behind the lodge. Early risers can often see deer from the bedroom windows.
    There are wolf packs nearby, occasionally seen and often heard. Bear leave tunneled paths through the wild raspberries around the lodge.
 Other unscheduled entertainment is the family of foxes who den nearby
and a trio of otters. Their antics have delighted us at breakfast and on canoe and ski outings.
Our bay is home to ducks, loons, and a family of bitterns. The blue heron fishes our bay on its daily route and sunbathes in the view of the dining room.  In winter an ermine makes his home under the building.  
A pair of Eagles nested close; it is about a 10 minute paddle into the BWCAW.  If we forget to point out their nest site on the lake map, please ask.  They have very cleverly placed it behind view-obstructing branches in tall trees. Eagle watching is a daily treat in spring as the chicks grow incredibly fast and the patient parents - well- run out of patience!  

  • Lake views from all guest rooms and the dining room and lounge area

  • All rooms have private baths & either queen or king sized beds

  • Two rooms are family sized - plenty of room for 4 people
  • Fire pit and benches available for your evening campfire
  • Lower and Upper decks furnished with tables and chairs. There are lakeside chairs as well
  • Two large common areas with wood burning stoves

  • We cater to special dietary needs (vegetarian, 
    lacto intol, gluten intol, food allergies, diabetic, low fat etc.)

  • Uncommonly good dinners, lunches, picnics - by reservation

  • Canoes/paddles with life jackets and maps are included in your rate

  • The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness's one million acres start at our front door - 5 canoe lengths from the dock.  We have permits here

  • Trails for hiking, biking and skiing, some right from the parking lot, maps for other area trails available

  • Off-the-beaten-path canoe routes for full and half day trips,
    or just for an hour

  • WiFi throughout the building at no extra charge.
  • TV-free and cell phone-free at no extra charge!
  • Blue Heron B&B is a haven of quiet simplicity where you can experience connectedness with wilderness and water. 

  • Check in time is 3-5 pm unless other arrangements have been made with us

    Children and pets by arrangement

    Blue Heron B&B
    is a non-smoking facility

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