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Age: 55-65

Member since February 2020

North Country Ben


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My main employment was building fireplaces and chimneys until my body abruptly said no more. I live in northern Minnesota at the site my dad and grandfather built a hunting shack/ cabin. I gained employment with the township about 14 years ago. Shortly after I joined the volunteer fire department here. The last ten years I revisited an old passion of canoeing into wilderness settings exploring, fishing and enjoying all that comes with that. My health has taken a hit, so I’m enjoying helping others enjoy the outdoors where and when I can.
I live two miles from our little town of Goodland, MN. Half way between Hibbing and Grand Rapids... about 25 miles to each from my place.
I while building my house had a spot leveled out for a camper. I’m currently deciding how much I want to develop this spot. But if I find people wanting to come and use it as a spot to spend a couple nights I would welcome that and actually enjoy seeing it used. I have a good sized campfire ring and places I’ve made for an annual event here with canoeing buffs to pitch tents. Not on the lake, but a very short walk maybe 50 yards from my property to the public beach and lake. I know the guy in charge of taking care of it... me. Haha.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Some mechanical and maybe camping, hunting and such. My love of masonry work is hampered by my physical being. I’m a 14 yr firefighter first responder.

NctryBen's Pets

I have a shelter dog I fostered until after over thirty years shut down and I was told you can keep her or bring her back where we’d have to put her down. Yeah, right! I’d allow pets that are keep under control. I love pets! Two cats currently... outside (in old cabin. I have allergies to cats.) They don’t travel with me. My dog goes about everywhere with me. Fire calls she’s like a brindle Dalmatian... she’s been to more fire trainings then anyone else besides me on the department. Loves kids... protects truck and actually did keep it from being stolen while on the road once. So according to her I’m indebted to her for life. Haha.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Not sure, but I have grandkids in Washington state. So west and southwest. I also do some hauling of canoes and kayaks on the side. So traveling is not anything new. I hope to visit the Yuma to Phoenix areas when it’s like this morning here... -23 degrees.
Oops, I didn’t see below of boondocking places I’d want to share... I’ll have to think on that and hopefully can get back to you. But my place here is a good spot in the summer months and I know of good camping areas northwest in the superior national forest I plan to check out this summer.

NctryBen's Hometown

Grew up in Bloomington MN, worked my way north stopping for many years in Cloquet MN where I had a business building fireplaces and chimneys and raised four kids. Now I’ve made my way to our old cabin where my mom was born across the lake and I have other family history. Here in Goodland MN home of Fred’s meats known internationally where from bacon to steaks... we eat well. Our fire hall puts on a great steak feed every January. But beginning this next year (2021) I hope to be boondocking myself. I’m next to the town beach/ boat landing on a small lake we’ve always called lake on 5... but it’s called by DNR as New Lake. Fishing is pan fish like sunnies and crappies and also bass and some Northern’s. Boat landing is for smaller fishing and rec boats. And can be a problem only if you have a bigger boat then your vehicle can handle on a softer gravel roadway.

NctryBen's Guest Details

NctryBen's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

24 feet long

I sometimes have a trailer for hauling canoes.

NctryBen's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets

NctryBen Has 1 Host Location

Blue Haven on Lake on 5

Goodland, MN, US
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NctryBen's References (4)

References from Guests (4)


August 2021

Best place to spend quality time on a quite lake

Disclaimer: I have lots of childhood memories of this location so prepare for my bias review.

Fred’s bacon is the best, we load up on bacon and other meat candy when we head home each season.

The property is situated near two public beach areas and a primitive sandy boat launch. Great views, and very seasonal weather. Usually cool mornings and in the summer humid and warm days. In the spring, late summer and fall the highs rarely go over the 70s. Not what you expect in northern Minnesota.

Lots of projects underway on the property, I tend to lend a hand during my extended stays to complete at least one major project, while leaving enough time to fish and play with family on the lake.

I would recommend sharing the memories I’ve made over the years with anyone that needs a spot to stay for the night.


August 2021

Pretty, quiet spot in the trees at a beautiful lake.

We spent a restful 3 days here. Our host was most interesting and accommodating, building a fire each night, offering the use of a canoe in the lake below, and just being a nice neighbor. He has various projects and construction around the property, but the parking pad is nestled in the trees, overlooking the lake and was perfect for us.


August 2021

Nice full hook up spot

Very accommodating host. Enjoyed spending time with him and his friendly dog. Level shady spot right near lake. Would stay here again.

Terry and Malcolm

August 2020

Great guy

I had a fine time with Ben. A fountain of north country wisdom. We ate good, as promised. Fred's meat market just down the road has an abundance of treasures. I loaded up before I left the area. He let me stay an extra night when plans got changed, as they will. Nice flat area with full hookups. Easy in and out.