Turtle Lake Vintage Log Cabins
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Charming log cabins on Big Turtle Lake in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest just north of Grand Rapids, MN. A fisherman's paradise where you can catch Walleye, Bass, Northern, and big Crappies on this pristine, spring-fed, 2,000 acre lake. The area provides opportunities to go 4-wheeling, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, or boating. You will be awed by this beautiful lake which boasts of up to 17 ft. water clarity and is home to 16 different islands. Imagine having your first cup of coffee out on the deck just 50 ft. from the lake shore while listening to the call of the loons. Come evening, build yourselves a campfire in our large fire pit and share your ghost stories while roasting marshmallows under the moon and the big pines. You will never see the stars shine as bright and if you're really lucky... you just might see the northern lights.
The 'Painted Turtle' cabin has 2 bedrooms each with full size log beds. The living area has a comfortable couch, reading lights and 2 rocking chairs that nestle a cozy gas fireplace. There is a fully stocked kitchen with a table that will seat 6 comfortably.
The newly remodeled Timberdoodle is 1 bedroom,with bathroom , shower and full kitchen provides additional sleeping for up to 6 people.
Keywords: Cottage, log cabin, up north get-a-way, retreat, lodging, cabin, resort
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Minimum Age = 21 We are looking forward to sharing our up north retreat with families, couples, or friends. Although our property is somewhat private, we do have 'lake neighbors' and out of respect for them we are not interested in renting to anyone whose primary interest is partying. This is our 'home away from home' so we appreciate your understanding. Thank you....morecollapse
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Detached Unit
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Gas Fireplace
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Live Theater
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Big Game
- Hunting Small Game
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Tubing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Recreation Center
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Basketball Court
- Equestrian Events
- Geocaching, 4 Wheeling, bird watching, hiking, gravel grinding
ReviewsWrite a review
The Painted turtle was quaint, clean and perfect for that up north experience. Everything you need, nothing you don't. Perfect lake for fishing and swimming. The fire pit and children's play house were huge bonuses as well. The two small towns nearby will get you by for needs and a few wants as well. The Forestry station in Marcel is a must if you have kids are care about knowing more about the north woods. We'll be back again but will plan to stay longer next time.
- Guest James
- Date of stay 08/22/12
- Review Submitted 09/04/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing.
Awesome family getaway!
Awesome family getaway!
My wife and 3 daughters wanted to get away to the great north this year for the 4th of July and searched high and low for a good option. We decided to give the Painted Turtle a try and I can honestly say it couldn't have been more perfect! Roomy enough that we weren't on top of one another and small enough that it still felt cozy. Beautiful log cabin with a rustic feel. The lake was amazing. We also really enjoyed the surrounding community and what it had to offer. Great advice and tips at the local bait shop, miles and miles of hiking trails, and of course...awesome ice cream. :) If you are looking for a great place to retreat this is your spot! We are already talking about going back next summer.
- Guest Dahlbug
- Date of stay 07/01/12
- Review Submitted 08/14/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing.
summer stay at turtle lake
summer stay at turtle lake
WE HAD AA GREAT TIME, THE ACCOMIDATIONS WERE COZY, CLEAN. CONVENIENT. GROUNDS WERE WELL KEPT, LAKE WAS SUPER CLOSE, ENJOYED THE EVENINGS SITTING ON THE DECK ENJOYING THE SOUNDS OF SUNSET
- Guest Chuck
- Date of stay 06/09/12
- Review Submitted 06/28/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
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2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Painted Turtle: Occupancy 4, sleeps 6. (Two Bedroom + Futon)
Timberdoodle: Occupancy 2, sleeps 6. (One Bedroom + 2 Futons)
Additional Guest: Add- $27.50/Day $110.00/Week (Sales Taxes Included)
Sales Tax: 6.875% Lodging Tax = 3%
- Cleaning Fee: $50
- Tax Rate 9.875%
Greetings, Thank you for deciding to spend time at our “up north” retreat on beautiful Turtle Lake. We know you’ll enjoy your stay! We are attaching a copy of our rental agreement. Please read it over and then sign and return it to us. You can do this through the mail or simply scan it and email it back. We’re also enclosing a list of items that you should bring and items that we provide. Please let us know if you have any questions. Our property manager is Sue Beach and she is our lake neighbor next door at the Wilderness Lodge. You will check in and out with Sue and she will be happy to help you if you need any assistance during your stay. However, our cabins are not a part of Wilderness Lodge and so her amenities and lake front are not open to our guests. Sue’s phone number is 877-865-6343 or 218-743-3458. Although we are not in the area, you can certainly feel free to call us should you have any questions. Our number is 612-865-6190. We understand that accidents happen and we ask is that if something gets broken or something quits working, please let Sue know so that we can take care of the issue in a timely manner – no need to be embarrassed. PLEASE DO NOT CLEAN OR FRY FISH IN THE CABINS! We appreciate your understanding. We have provided a stainless steel table beside the garage to use for cleaning fish and there’s a hose behind the Painted Turtle. Please bury your fish guts in the woods, but not by the cabins as you don’t want to attract bears. Please do all grilling or fish frying on the lawn and NOT on the decks. Thanks! We hope you and your family or friends enjoy every minute of your vacation. We hope you leave feeling relaxed, restored, and wanting to come back. Please sign our guest book and jot down the favorite parts of your trip. If there’s any feedback that you think we’d find helpful, please share it with us. We look forward to having you back again. Thank you so much & take good care, Pam & Charlie Hile 6701 Lakeshore Dr. #105 Richfield, Mn 55423 612-865-6190 email@example.com Directions: From Duluth: Hwy 2 West to Grand Rapids From Minneapolis: Hwy 169 to Grand Rapids From Grand Rapids: Scenic Byway 38N to Co. Rd. 43 / Turtle Lake Road (approx. 35 miles) turn left. Take Turtle Lake Road 1.5 miles to Becker Road, turn left. Follow Becker Road to the log entrance at the dead end. You will check in at Wilderness Lodge. * We Provide: Coffee Pot Bed Linens and Pillows Toaster Clock Radio Microwave Charcoal Grill Dishes Deck Chairs Cooking Utensils Pots and Pans * Items You Should Bring: DRINKING WATER (Although our water is safe to drink, it is hard water and we do not drink it) Paper Products (Paper Towels, Paper Plates, Extra Toilet Paper) BATH TOWELS & Beach Towels Charcoal for grilling Tin Foil, Plastic Wrap, Baggies Etc. Shampoo, Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Toiletries Etc. Life Vests, Flotation Devices Sleeping Bags for Sleeping on Futons Bug Spray, Sunscreen • You can golf at Big Fork Golf Course • There is laundry service and a full grocery store in Big Fork • There is a liquor store and antique shop in Marcell • You can get coffee, light meals, and ice cream cones at the Pinecone in Marcell (Free Wi-Fi) • Visit the Ranger Station in Marcell for gifts and an interactive learning center • You can dine inside / outside and play volleyball at the Timberwolf Inn in Marcell (Free Wi-Fi) • You can dine in a screened porch overlooking Turtle Lake at Arcadia Resort on Turtle Lake • You can get bait, fishing/hunting licenses, gas and light groceries in Marcell at Frontier Bait
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- Nearest Barpub: Timberwolf, Hayslips Talmoon, Wilderness Bigfork at 7 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Timberwolf Inn and Arcadia Lodge at 7 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Hi! Our names are Pam and Charlie Hile and this is our family. We have been coming up to this area for over 25 years and it is our 'home away from home.' Some people think we're crazy to drive 4 hours to get out of the cities, but we think it's worth every mile. Why? Because the area is absolutely beautiful! Turtle Lake is over 2,000 acres, spring fed, has up to 17 ft. of water clarity, hosts 16 different islands, and is NEVER green! It is always clear, cool, and inviting. Big Turtle Lake is one of the top lakes in Minnesota for fishing smallmouth bass and is also known for it's abundance of big walleyes. Northern and largemouth bass are plentiful along with sunnies, crappies and perch. Sportsmen and sportswomen will also appreciate the fabulous hunting opportunities this area provides for deer, woodcock, grouse, geese and duck. Big Turtle Lake is a fairly quiet lake where folks fish, cruise on their pontoons and families take their kids tubing or water skiing. Yet, there is not really much traffic on the lake and in general it's a lazy and peaceful one. With the lake being over 2,000 acres, you will leave behind the crowded and noisy lakes of the cities. It's a bit of a step back in time. Although the area offers fine dining, antiquing, and a quaint place to get a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone... the town is small, the people are friendly, and you go at your own pace. Sleep when you're tired, eat when you're hungry, and enjoy the time in between however you choose. Whether it's sitting on the log swing watching the sun set or the eagles fly, kayaking around the lake, playing horseshoes, geocaching, reading a good book, mountain biking at nearby Suomi Hills, Scenic State Park or the hundreds of miles of logging trails, fishing, hunting, hiking, or golfing... we are confident that you will find enough things to do to keep you and your family busy. Or better yet, come on up with no agenda and let your adventure unfold before you. You will leave feeling restored.
Why the Owner Chose Marcell:
We decided to buy a cabin in the northern woods of the Chippewa National Forest because this area has always had sentimental meaning to my husband. His father worked at a CCC camp in the area after coming home from WWII. In later years he returned with his family to share with them the place he had learned to love for its' wild beauty and peaceful quietness.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Our cabins are located in a unique area for many reasons. One being that we have hundreds of great fishing lakes within a 1 hour drive... Lake Winnibigosh, Spider Lake, Jessie Lake, and Bowstring being just a few. There are also several lakes known for their great Muskie fishing such as North Star Lake, Deer Lake and the Big Fork River. There are 5 Golf courses within an hour's drive for those who love to golf. A local park offers a playground and tennis courts. No matter what the season, but most especially in the fall, the nationally registered 'Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway' leads you over winding and rolling hills through the forest pines. Spectacular views of the passing lakes await you at each curve of Highway 38. The 'Lost Forty' is forty acres that never got surveyed and therefore missed being logged by lumberjacks. It has an interpretive walking trail where you will view virgin red pine, black spruce and white pine trees that are over 300 years old! Visiting the 'Joyce Estates' allows you to get a feel of what was once a millionaire lumber Baron's vacation hideaway. Suomi Hills and Scenic State Park are two places we love to return to time and time again for hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. Although there are many opportunities for day trips and adventures, we enjoy spending most of our time right within our own property or on the lake. We love to spend the day fishing or swimming. In the evenings we grill a nice meal and enjoy a good beer or a nice glass of wine on the deck just feet from the lake. Once it gets dark we head over to the fire pit and lose ourselves in the flames. Mostly we enjoy our getaway as a place where we can truly relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature. We have found that some of our best memories with family and friends have taken place on Big Turtle Lake where time just seems to move a little slower. It's a good thing.
- Primary: 612-865-6190
The livingroom has a gas fireplace.
One of two bedrooms in the Painted Turtle.
The mission futon couches look out over the lake.
This bedroom has a full-size log bed which sleeps 2.
Enjoy Sunrise and Sunsets The Painted Turtle is just 50' from the lake!
Looking for the sunset bite of big crappies.
Double catch of sunfish!
Turtle Lake is over 2,000 acres and provides northern, walleye, bass, & panfish.
The 'Painted Turtle'
The Painted Turtle dinning room over looks the lake.
The open dining area looks out at the lake through 2 sliding glass doors.
The kids will enjoy the 8X14' playhouse with a sleeping loft, playroom and porch
Tubing on Turtle Lake.
Fishing off the dock.
Turtle lake is spring-fed, pristine and boasts of up to 17' water clarity.
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