On Beautiful North Star Lake  in the Chippewa National Forest



Greetings from Jon & Nancy Van Nurden, owners of Big Timber Resort since 1984.

Big Timber is a very nice smaller resort with 7 clean, comfortable vacation cabins set in a park-like location

overlooking beautiful North Star Lake in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. Uncrowded North Star Lake is a pristine, spring fed

1,052 acre lake which is 3 1/2 miles long x 1/2 mile wide with varying depths down to 90’ & 18 miles of shoreline. 

North Star consists of many bays, points, islands & interesting underwater structure.

The lakeshore is mostly undeveloped with little boat traffic & surrounded by National Forest land.  There’s always a quiet, calm spot to fish.

North Star has excellent fishing & produces nice baskets of Crappies, Bluegills & Rock Bass & is well known for it’s trophy Muskies,

large Northern Pike, Walleyes, Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass. 

Kids love fishing right off our docks for Bluegills & Perch.

North Star’s clean, clear water is a fisherman’s paradise and a water-lover's dream.


We offer free use of an Alumacraft boat OR a free dock space for your boat as well as free use of our paddleboat & canoe when you stay with us.  

We rent outboard motors & pontoons with quiet running Honda outboards.




Big Timber features lovely well-kept grounds, colorful sunsets, evening campfires, an awesome kids playground, & a game room. 

Big Timber has a wonderful sandy swimming area, with a children’s water slide, swim raft, & chaise lounges.




  Our 7 very nice vacation cabins are comfortably furnished with newer appliances, microwaves, coffee makers & house wares. 

We provide bed linens as well as patio chairs, picnic tables & Weber grills.

Each cabin has a large picture window with a great view, a nice deck, gentle lake breezes & is freshly cleaned & ready for you when you arrive.





Big Timber is a wonderful place to get away, play, relax, & reflect amidst the

beauty & solitude of Minnesota's great North Woods.

 Here you can forget your everyday problems & get back in touch with yourself, your family, &

your friends while experiencing nature at its best. 

Big Timber is a place where good times & good memories are made, a place to come back to again & again.



Location on North Star Lake is very important, & being centrally located on the main body

of North Star Lake makes a quick, easy trip to any fishing spot, anywhere on the lake. 

Should inclement weather develop, getting back to Big Timber is quick & easy. 

No need to squeeze through a shallow channel getting back to a cabin

at the far end of the lake.  Points both north & south of the resort protect our docks.


Big Timber was well laid out when built.  Far enough from the highway to be without noise,

yet near enough to the highway for the convenience of going to & from town without traveling

long miles of dusty or muddy dirt roads.

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We hope that after visiting our web site, you too will vacation here at

Big Timber & make wonderful vacation memories.

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Big Timber is located just off the “EDGE of the WILDERNESS” National Scenic Byway

(State Highway 38), only 5 minutes from Marcell & a 35 minute drive from Grand Rapids.



This is a trip that is worth your while, & if you come here just once,

you will be so delighted that you will spend many more vacations with us!

 Toll free 1-218-832-3735          Email us at bigtimberresort@hotmail.com