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On Beautiful North Star Lake  in the Chippewa National Forest  MARCELL MINNESOTA



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Discover northern hospitality in our 4 friendly “Edge of the Wilderness” communities of Marcell, Grand Rapids, Bigfork, & Effie.


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All 4 Edge of the Wilderness communities are located on State Highway 38, the “Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway” which was Minnesota’s first “National Scenic Byway”. 


Beginning near the Mississippi river in Grand Rapids & ending in Effie, 47-mile long highway 38 passes over the Laurention divide (dividing water flow south to the Mississippi River &

north to Hudson Bay Canada) through the Chippewa National Forest while winding around numerous primeval bogs, sky blue lakes, crossing several streams & the Bigfork River.


Explore forests of pine, spruce, birch & maple.  View wildlife along or just off Highway 38 on back roads here in the Edge of the Wilderness. 

Our area teams with wildlife including waterfowl, deer, bear, otter, beaver, porcupine, fox, coyote, timber wolves, lynx, bobcats, & occasionally moose.


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Birding enthusiasts find many of Minnesota's most sought after birds right outside their cabins.


Northern Itasca County is home to the largest concentration of bald eagles & loons in the continental USA.


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In friendly Marcell, Grand Rapids, Bigfork, & Effie, you’ll find great shopping in unique gift & antique shops, stores both large & small.


Nothing like a meal of fresh fried fish while staying here on North Star Lake, but while you’re here, make sure you treat yourself to a delicious meal at

one of the area’s fine eating establishments, or play a round of golf at several challenging area courses.


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Located 2 miles north of Big Timber in Marcell is the “Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center”.

 At the Discovery Center, you can learn about area wildlife & history, obtain maps & gifts, gather fishing information, and more.


Marcell community park has a paved walking & rollerblade trail, tennis courts, softball field, horse shoe pits, playground equipment, informational kiosk, & picnic grounds.


Essential nearby services include fuel, food, churches, hospitals, & emergency services.


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While here you’ll want to visit the following places …

Forest History Center … Visit a turn of the century northern Minnesota logging camp where you can explore interpretive trails, climb the fire tower,

interact with knowledgeable staff, & view museum exhibits showing the history of Minnesota forests from ancient times to the present.


Chippewa National Forest’s Lost 40… Explore this remote stand of virgin White & Red Pines which, because of a surveying error, was never logged.

A one-mile self-guided trail winds its way through these majestic 350 year old pines.  The Lost 40 is actually 144 acres!


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Little American Falls… A beautiful waterfall on the north flowing Bigfork River near Effie.  Bring a picnic basket, camera, & your fishing pole as its good fishing just below the falls.


Judy Garland’s Birthplace & Museum…  Visit the house where ”Wizard of Oz” actress Judy Garland was born.  A great museum.  Located in Grand Rapids.


Scenic State Park…  With its pristine lakes & virgin pines, this state park lives up to its name!  Scenic has a wonderful swimming beach & an awesome hiking trail named the “Chase Point Trail  Located south of Bigfork.


Suomi Hills… A primitive, non-motorized area set aside within the Chippewa National Forest.  It has 21 miles of trails & numerous small lakes.  Sort of a miniature version of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Suomi Hills has gorgeous fall colors & good grouse hunting!  Located a quick 10 minutes south of Big Timber.


Hill Annex Mine… The world’s largest open-pit iron mine is open for tours.  Located in Calumet, which is just east of Grand Rapids.


“The Bargains Are Great On Highway 38  This September, escape the drone of the city, while picking up some treasures, & experience the annual  “Bargains Are Great On 38”

garage sales.  The sales begin in Grand Rapids, & continue north for 47 miles through Marcell & Bigfork, and up to Effie!



For more information, to check on availabilities, or to make a reservation, call us @ 1-218-832-3735, or email us at