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We’re a family-owned resort nestled in the heart of the Northwoods.
Our 7 cabins overlook beautiful North Star Lake in Marcell, Minnesota.

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North Star Lake is home to a wide variety of fish.  Grab your fishing pole and catch giant Muskies, Northern Pike, Bass, Walleyes, and different species of pan fish.

SUmmer fun

Whether your are having fun on the sandy beach, cruising on the lake or roasting marshmallows over a blazing fire; families make lifelong memories each Summer.


Grouse and deer are plentiful in the thousands of acres of public land right out our back door.  There are plenty of trails to explore and fabulous spots to put up a deer stand.


Big Timber is the perfect spot for your family reunion. Our seven cabins can comfortably accommodate 41 adults.  Call to get more info on reunion packages.

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What Are People Saying?

We had a wonderful girl’s weekend at Big Timber! The cabin that we stayed in was clean, cozy, and very comfortable. The owners were welcoming and very helpful. Big Timber is kid friendly - equipped with a great playground and they supplied us with Disney movies. The views were AMAZING! We will definitely go back.

– Courtney T.

We were a little leary because the prices seemed lower than other places in the area but it turned out to be a great little place. I'm still surprised the place wasn't completely booked.  A very quiet resort on a lake with EXCELLENT fishing. We will definitely be back.

- Tammy S

Secluded cabins nestled on North Star Lake.  Breathtaking views. It’s been just what my family needed!!! Very peaceful. Owners are so nice and accommodating. Highly recommend.

- Jennifer H


Cozy, furnished cabins


Acres of North Star Lake is home
to plenty of trophy fish


Acres of nearby public land for hunting, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling

The Cabins

Big Timber has seven very nice and clean vacation cabins with big windows and great views.  Each are distinct in design and have unique character. All cabins are equipped with air conditioning, heat, flat screen TVs, Blue Ray players and Wi Fi. Each has a nice deck with patio chairs, a picnic table and Weber grill.  Cabins are comfortably furnished with newer appliances, microwaves, coffee makers & house wares.

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The Big Timber Blog

Minnesota Snowmobiling Family Vacations at Big Timber Resort

Snowmobiling in Minnesota is simply amazing. Big Timber is right in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, and you'll find thousands of miles of snowmobile trails here!

Minnesota Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Hunting at Big Timber Resort

If you're looking for the best Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting in the state, and probably the country, look no further. Stay in a cozy cabin on North Star Lake and have a successful hunt at Big Timber Resort!

The Top 10 Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids MN During Your Vacation

Grand Rapids MN is the best. But what do to here? Whether you're staying with us or not, here are the best things to do!

Grand Rapids Area Fishing Guide

Learn about types of fish, conditions, and what to expect when fishing in the Grand Rapids Area.

Where we're located

Big Timber Resort is located 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MN and approximately 3 hrs. 45 min. from the Twin Cities, directly up highway 65 or I-35. The resort rests at the heart of Chippewa National Forest, and is surrounded by thousands of beautiful lakes.

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Escape to the Northwoods at Big Timber Resort