Artist Spaces

Tofte Lake Center utilizes the facilities at Norm’s Fish Camp, which include residential cabinswork and performance spacescommunity areas and recreational equipment. These facilities are set amidst woods and hills on 12 acres of forested land that are located on the shore of Tofte Lake, a dedicated trout lake surrounded by the Superior National Forest.


All four artist-in-residence cabins are hand-crafted wooden buildings with plenty of windows with views of Tofte Lake, and provide complete kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Bedding and bath towels are provided, and kitchens are complete with pots, pans, utensils, dishes and paper towels, napkins, dish soap.

Cabins and Rates: June - September 2019

Our goal is to provide affordable residencies to the fullest range of artists and arts organizations across race, class, gender, geography, age, and discipline. To ensure this, TLC substantially subsidizes each residency week. Your artist's share of the total cost is reflected below.

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2 bedrooms (double bed/writing desk  in each); loft/work-space (single bed, sleeper couch, desk); kitchen; bathroom; dining-living area with wood stove; deck with lake view plus screened in porch.

Your Cost is $1200 per week

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1 bedroom (double bed), loft (2 single beds); kitchen; bathroom;  dining-living area with wood stove; porch with lake view.

Your Cost is  $1100 per week

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1 bedroom (2 single beds);  eat-in  kitchen; bathroom;  living area with writing desk; deck overlooking the lake. 

Your Cost is  $800 per week

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1 bedroom (double bed); kitchen; bathroom; spacious deck.

Your Cost is $800 per week


Work and Performance Spaces

These work studios are available free-of-charge to all TLC artists in residence.

Osprey Deck

A screened gazebo atop a hill with view of lake and woods, for writing and meetings, and, if you're lucky, a massage.

The Owl Library

A space for meetings, reading, writing and games, with hundreds of art and theater books.


The Doodle

Our visual artist studio, with desks and countertops for art projects, with printer, office, and art supplies, nestled in the woods. 

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The Aerie

Our recently completed rehearsal and performance space boasts a dancer-friendly Harlequin floor, with views of trees and lots of breeze. A new sound system and great acoustics allow for live concerts, dance, and all kinds of movement. Weekly yoga


Community Areas

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables and a campfire pit overlook Tofte Lake and its remarkable dinnertime sunsets.


The RoadHouse

A casual dining and gathering space with kitchen facilities, fireplace for chilly spring and fall nights, basic technical equipment, and internet. Ideal for conversation, work sharing, and games, especially ping pong matches.



This traditional Scandinavian wood-fired sauna is located on the lakeshore for quick leaps into the lake before and after a cleansing sauna bath.

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Recreational Equipment

TLC provides  our guests use of rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and a sailboat. While some fishing tackle is available, guests who are avid fishers are advised to bring their own tackle and licenses or procure them in nearby Ely.