About Poplar Creek Retreat

All the Modern Conveniences with the Ambiance of a North Woods Cabin

Poplar Creek Retreat is a beautiful, secluded cabin located midway up the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota. The cabin and the surrounding “Poplar Creek Commons” were conceived and built by “Uncle Stan,” hence a sign inside the three-season porch labeling it “Uncle Stan’s Cabin.”

The cabin remains in the family and is open to friends, family, and strangers because of the owners’ love of the North Woods and desire to share this unique experience with others.

Log cabin in woods with tall evergreen tree
Log cabin with deck and charcoal grill

What’s In Your Cabin?

Despite its rustic location, all the amenities of a home can be found within Poplar Creek Retreat!

  • 1,500 SQ FEET

Master Bedroom with Queen Bed

Guest Bedroom with Queen Bed

Two Bathrooms

Jetted/Soaker Tub


Four-Burner Stove



Coffee Maker

Dishes, Pots, and Flatware

Cable/Satellite TV


Gas Fireplace

Washer and Dryer


Private Entry

Fire Pit

Charcoal Grill (Charcoal Not Included)



Lake Access – Moderate

Shared Dock

Nearby Trails and Lakes

Map of trails and lakes near Poplar Creek Retreat

Honeymoon Bluff Trail

Take a right on the Gunflint Trail and a left on Clearwater Road. There will be a sign for the trailhead parking. This is a short, but steep, one-mile loop trail with a great view that overlooks Hungry Jack Lake. This is one of the best places to view the sunset on the Gunflint Trail!

Caribou Rock Trail

Take a left on the Gunflint Trail and a right onto Hungry Jack Road. There will be a pull off area for parking (if you get to Hungry Jack Lodge, you’ve gone too far). Caribou Rock Trail is a difficult hike that is nearly nine miles round trip if you go all the way to Rose Falls on the stairway portage. However, the first ¾ of a mile has a great view of Bearskin Lake, so this trail is worth a visit even for a short out-and-back hike.

Questions About Your Stay?

Are there other cabins nearby?

Yes, Poplar Creek Retreat is a part of the Poplar Creek Commons, a shared area with deeded trail access to Little Ollie Lake and nearly 500 feet of shoreline. There are several cabins nearby, as well as the Poplar Creek Guesthouse, but they are not visible from Poplar Creek Retreat.

Can I bring my dog with?

Yes! Poplar Creek Retreat welcomes dogs with prior approval. Please keep control of your pet, as you will have neighbors (both human and animal), and kindly clean up after your companion.

Will I have cell phone service? Wifi?

There is no cell phone service up the Gunflint Trail. You will likely lose service a few miles out of Grand Marais. However, the cabin has great high-speed internet that will allow you to connect and even work remotely, if needed.

Is the cabin difficult to access? Do I need four-wheel drive?

Four-wheel drive is recommended to access Poplar Creek Retreat. It is a requirement in the winter! The cabin is in a remote area and there is no cell phone service along the Gunflint Trail. Drive with caution as the road conditions may vary.

Ready to Reserve Your Retreat? The Creek Awaits.