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Gorgeous, handcrafted Log lodge very private, on the shore of Mn. Clearest lake

Marcell, MN, USA
  • Lodge3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Year round, 4-5 bdrms, 3 bath, fireplace,sauna, lake & trail s right out the doo

Four bedroom and large bunk room 3 bathrooms handcrafted Log lodge, full of unique artistry from our local white cedar. Located in the Chippewa National Forest, the cabin has a large yard, fire pit, big deck on the lake and your own private dock. This secluded spacious cabin includes 4 bdrms, a large bunkroom, 3 bathrooms, well equip kitchen, sauna, fieldstone fireplace, sunroom, high deck overlooking the lake is a perfect spot for dining. This is an excellent lake swimming and fishing. Catch Lake trout, Large and Small mouth bass, northern pike, and sunfish. Or check out one of our over 600 neighboring lake in a 7 mile radius.

Also enjoy Miles of wooded hiking, skiing,

snowshoeing, and snow mobile trails right out your door. Caribou lake boasts a clarity of 40 feet. We have canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and a paddle boat available for your use, or a pontoon you can rent by the day. Travel scenic byway 38 to the Suomi Hills north of Grand Rapids. This pristine forest scattered with lakes will exceed all expectations. We're are well extablished and intend to be here for years to come. So get your family and friends together, make memories and start a tradition. It will be someting you'll look forward to all year long. Full week rentals in summer months, minimum two night stays Laborday to Memorial day. WE MAKE IT FEEL LIKE YOUR OWN PRIVATE RETREAT,

If your looking for a venue for an intimate group of 50 people, you have access to additional places along 1000 feet of lakeshore with a wedding pavilion overlooking the lake an a small honeymoon cabin.

It's Quiet lake, but you can bring your own boat for water sports as long as you are certain your boat is free of invasive species We discourage jet skis because They're a bit too loud for this size lake.

And when not on the lake relax with a book, play games with the kids, hike on our miles of wooded trails.

Winter it a magical time for x- country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow mobile the right out the driveway onto 100s of miles of trails.

Once you come you'll keep coming back.

A great gathering place: The perfect place to get together with friends and family. Life is short, so start a tradition of having fun with the ones you love in this beautifully hand-crafted log lodge. We leave you alone, so You will feel like it's your own private lake home. This log lodge was built by one of the top log home builders in the Nation, and also owner of the place. Fourty years ago Tim and Peg built their first log home which for Tim became a passion. In 1977 he started his log home building business, Top-Notch Log Homes. From modest log cabins to 7000 sq ft log mansions, Tim and his crew built masterly crafted log homes throughout the Northland. Twenty years later in 1997 Tim and Peg and their two young children purchased a small resort on 1000 feet of Lakeshore on their favorite lake. Now after anothen 20'years Tim''s has FINALLY competed his log cabin dreams.

With 3 big log lodges, 2 small log cottages and a pavilion with a fantastic overlook of the lake. So come, check us out. Be it for a romantic getaway with the one you love to a big family gathering, we have that and everything in between.

But if you've dreamed of having your own log home on the lake this is a great place to start.

For those who are thinking about a log home of their own just let us know. We can answer all your questions, show you plans, and build you one. If you didn't want one before you stay here you will want one after your stay.

For those who love the great outdoors: The last leg of your drive through Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway will take you through the Suomi hills, past lakes, and over the laurentian divide, to the top of the northern watershed. Turn east though tall pines, and down our long winding driveway to the private retreat on crystal clear Caribou lake.

Miles of trails are right out your door. The Suomi and Trout lake non-motorized recreation area are a couple miles away, and the mesabi snow Mobile trail is at the end of our driveway, linking you to just about every trail in Northern Minnesota.

Cross County ski the Soumi Hills, Trout Lake Estate, Blueberry Hills, Sugar Hills, Wabana. Wonderfully groomed trails for all level of skiers,

Property Manager

Peggy Landin

Member Since 2007
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About Peggy Landin

We are passionate about log buildings and owned and operated Top-Notch Log homes for 40 years, building hand crafted log homes and structures with local timber for over 40 years on lakes all over the northern lake area. In 1998 our kids were young and we wanted to start a family endeavor so we purchased a small classic resort with 1100 feet of shoreline on the clearest lake in Minnesota. VRBO and other sites like this were not around and we know people wanted nice large cabins on the lake where they could gather with a group in places as nice, or nicer, then their own homes. So we proceeded to build three beautiful log lodges which were each on it’s own 200 feet of private lakeshore, so we could sell them as private homes if our plan didn’t work. But our plan worked and we have so many return guests it’s been fun to keep going. And now after 20 years of hosting groups and watching families grow and expand into more then one cabin, we are also seeing our guests wanting small places. So in the summer of 2017 we retired Top-Notch Log homes and put up two small log places on Caribou Lake, and now we want to invite your to come experience the beautify of the place and the feel of a real log home,

Peggy Landin purchased this Lodge in 1998

Why Peggy Landin chose Marcell

These unique hand scribed log cabins on an amazing lake in a beautiful wilderness area, and just a few hours north of the twin cities. Our well spaced cabins are more private then most private homes. We are licensed, so you can be sure of a safe building, safe water and septic, and built just for guests. Located in the Suomi Hills on Caribou lake, which is clearest lake in Minnesota and one of over 650 lakes in a 7 mile radius. This spacious and secluded hand crafted full log lodge will have you as intrigued indoors as you will be outdoors. In the winter enjoy some of the best cross country skiing in the Soumi hills, or snow shoe on our many trails. Or snow mobile on the trail that leads from the cabin connecting you to trails throughout the northland. Lake trout and huge northern pike can be caught right out the door, or just relax in front of the field stone fireplace after a Finnish sauna. The cabin's-beautiful Forest surroundings, and this unique spacious cabin will have you inspired by the craftsmanship that went into the building. In the spring, summer and fall you'll love swimming in this amazing lake, boating, and fishing for Lake Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, or pan fish right from your private dock. This year round lodge has it all. In addition, we actually have three log lodges and two log cabins along 1100 feet of lakeshore, each very private on their own 200' of lake shore, so if your group expand we can accommodate you. This also makes it an ideal place for an intimate wedding of up to 50-100 people, with a wedding pavilion and and our new small honey moon cabin. Motor boats are allowed on the lake, but no Jet skis. The lodges have Wifi but no TVs. Summers are great. Very private with a large deck overlooking the lake, fire pit with wood provided, and nice yard for playing games. your looking for a place to start a family tradition you just found it. Hope you'll check us out.

What makes this Lodge unique

Located in the Chippewa National Forest this place truly feels like a get away. The drive on scenic byway 38 takes you back in time as it weave through lakes and forest to our long driveway hemmed in with big pine. We invite you to go directly to your cabin which is warm, inviting, and overlooks Caribou lake. And you will fall in love with this amazing lake. You can see the bottom at 40 feet. The cabin is of the finest craftsmanship they have ever seen, and or guests tell us they can spend hours admiring it. With 4 spacious bedrooms, a bunk room, 3 bathrooms there's room for your large group. And as your group expands over the years you can spread into our additional lodges down the lakeshore. An additional highlight is located One mile before your turnoff to the cabin where you cross the continental divide. Pull in for a short walk through the self guided interpretive trail that teaches you about the water shed, and early history of the area, then continue on to this beautiful cabin that awaits you. As you turn into our half mile driveway smell the tall pines, prepare to relax. We leave the door open so you can go right to your cabin hassle free and just call us from the cabin phone. Come experience Minnesota's beat kept secret.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 5
        4 double
      • Spacious bedrooms, each with a sliding glass door leading to the deck and overlooking beautiful Caribou Lake which is the clearest lake in Minnesota. All interior wall is insulated to insure a quiet night sleep. We use the highest quality sheets, and in the winter we use all cotton flannel sheets, unless you tell us otherwise. Sauna in your cabin!!!!


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Sauna in your cabin.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          Deck on the shore leads out to your private dock. Crystal clear waters, hard sandy bottom, and narrow sand beach.
        • Lakefront
          Great swimming, sandy bottom, gradual slope, crystal clear water.
        • Resort
          We off very private cabins. You can try our tiny log cabin for two, to this big log lodge.. A great place for a family reunion or a destination wedding.
        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fireplace
                      Big field stone fireplace and we provide the wood.
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      In floor heat
                    • Internet
                      Wireless wifi.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      The finest Cotton in the summer Fannel in the Winter, unless you ask for other.
                    • Living Room
                      Comfortable seating around the big stone fireplace.
                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Mobile Phone
                      Excellent if you have ATT
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Lots of parking space.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Private driveway and lots of parking space. Room for trailers
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Lots of room for boats and trailers
                    • Secure Parking
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      Bring a long distance card for your out-going calls.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      We proved bath towels but please bring your own beach towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      You own private washer and dryer. Bring you own soap
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Beautiful field stone fireplace. We provide the wood! In floor heat
                    • Wood Stove
                      Field-stone Fireplace


                        • Ice Maker
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Catering Available
                          Can be arranged
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Very well equit with everything you need for a wonderful meal and great get-together.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          detergent included
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Beautiful well equipt kitchen. The perfect place for a big family gatherings
                        • Kitchenette
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Side by side
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 16 people


                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Games
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal grill
                                    • Balcony
                                      Off of every bedroom
                                    • Boat
                                      Canoes, rowboats, and paddle boats there for your use.
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Canoe
                                    • Child's Swing
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large, Beautiful deck overlooking the lake. Each bedroom has sliding glass door accessing the deck.
                                    • Fish Cleaning Table
                                    • Golf
                                      Many courses in the area
                                    • Inflatable Boat
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Nice place to sit outside even if it's raining.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Patio
                                    • Pedal Boat
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Raft
                                    • Sailboat
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Visit Mount Itasca ski and national Olympic bi-athalon training center. Perfect place for beginner skiers and snowboarders. All day $10 ski lift and $15 ski rental, a half hour drive from the cabin.
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Skis
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          One step up to main level.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Sauna
                                              Large cedar sauna right in your own cabin. Or in the summer use the wood burning one by the lake.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Housekeeper
                                                • Massage


                                                    • museums
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • forests
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • churches
                                                    • nude beach
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • spelunking
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Expand into two additional log lodges, each very private.This is a non-motorized area so we ask that you not bring ATV. The lake allows motors but no jet skis. In the winter there are snow mobile trails going through our driveway, and we ask that you keep your snow mobiles on plowed areas on designated trails. Off season mid-week romantic vacation for couples for $150 per night.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: Flexible

                                                                      Check-out: Flexible

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                      15 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful place, wonderful area

                                                                      Peg L.

                                                                      This place should have hundreds of great reviews. The cabin had a visitors Log that goes back to when the cabin was built in 1999 and all the reviews praise the place, the lake, the area and hospitality of the hosts.

                                                                      The photos do no do justice to the place. You have to see it to believe the beauty of the place.

                                                                      Awesome place. Highly recommended !!!

                                                                      Michal B.Chicago

                                                                      The log house and the place where it is located is truly incredible . The cottage itself is masterpiece in every detail. We spend there wonderful time over New Year’s Eve. I was impressed how this log house is warm and cozy. Temperatures outside during our stay have reached -40•F on night . Inside was incredible warm. The cottage is located in the middle of Winter Wonderland. The views from house are breathtaking. This is the best log house I’ve seen so far for reasonable price. I highly recommend it for everyone. We plan to come back again in summer time.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks so much for your praise for the place. I’ll share your review with my husband, the builder. You guys get an A+ for leaving it so clean. And for not conplaiming about the weather;)

                                                                      Hope you had a safe trip back to Chicago.

                                                                      Great cabin and fantastic host!

                                                                      Bob C.

                                                                      We rented this cabin over MEA weekend for a group that included dad's and kids for grouse hunting. Cabin was perfect for our group as we utilized the kitchen for one big dinner meal and the table for a nightly game of cards. Location was perfect and the view of Caribou lake could not be better. Highly recommended.

                                                                      Secluded Coziness!

                                                                      Nate M.Minneapolis

                                                                      This cabin is extremely cozy!

                                                                      This handcrafted log cabin is very warm and beautiful. It provided more than enough room for myself and 9 guests. We were fortunate enough to spend our time at the cabin in February during the winter. The beautiful drive alone through the secluded wooded trails leading to the cabin was an experience in itself having seen about 10 deers!

                                                                      During the day we enjoyed ice fishing on Caribou Lake which was accessible by foot. Fishing licenses were easily obtainable at a nearby convience & tackle store located just minutes away with friendly and welcoming staff.

                                                                      During the evening we enjoyed the wood fireplace, listened to music, and cooked food on the charcoal grill. The kitchen is fully stocked which made it very convienant when serving 10 people. There is plentiful beds and furnishings to make 10 people comfortable for a whole weekend.

                                                                      Peggy, the host, is very friendly and helpful. She made our stay worry-free and enjoyable. We were very pleased and grateful of our experience at this cabin. I am giving serious consideration on returning and I highly recommend this place.

                                                                      The perfect get away for quiet and beauty

                                                                      Katie A.

                                                                      Our family randomly stumbled upon Buckhorn and the beauty of Caribou Lake last summer. The lake is unbelievably clean with great fishing and an excellent rope swing on the other side of the lake. The cabins at Buckhorn make the stay the perfect get away. Large space with great decks and a sauna. Peg and Tim are the best hosts ever. We ended up visiting several more times after our first discovery and every time of the year this place is great. If you like cross country skiing the winter is great, if you like grouse hunting and leaf peeping the fall is great and even in the dead space of winter the calm, quiet and beauty of this place will relax the most stressed out city person. I can't recommend this place enough.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you so much for your great review and kind words. We're glad you love the place. We haven't been good about requesting reviews from our guests, and after using this site to book a place for our recent trip, I discoved how important these review are. We appreciate you taking the time to write this nice compliments.

                                                                      Great Weekend Getaway! :)

                                                                      Fredrik K.

                                                                      Thank you for a fantastic weekend staying at cabin #6. Being a group of Norwegians living in Minnesota it is not easy to find rental cabins equivalent to our cabins and cabin traditions back home in Norway, but staying at Buckhorn on Caribou Lake was definitely just like being back home, a feeling seldom sparked when being this far away from our home country. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this is surely the place to go. With quiet surroundings and wonderful nature, it will definitely get you away from whatever stress a normal working week might bring. Our group stayed over a weekend in mid-November, and even though there was no snow to cool us of when using the sauna, we did however take a dip in the lake, and yes it was rather cold, yet wonderful!

                                                                      Thank you so much for a great weekend getaway at Buckhorn on Caribou Lake :)


                                                                      Marcell, MN, USA

                                                                      Travel north of Grand Rapids on Scenic byway 38 through the Suomi Hills. Take this scenic drive over the continental divide, and on through the tall pines to Caribou lake, Minnesota's clearest. Trails of all kinds right out your door. Swim in this beautiful sand bottom lake, catch bass right off your private dock, or take a boats out to fish Lake Trout, Northern, or Sunnys. Swim, sauna, hike, or visit one of the many tourist attractions in the area. Open year round for winter's best X-county skiing, snow mobiling, snow shoeing, or just relaxing. The prefect place for those who want to get away from it all and discover what's 'it;s' all about. Room for the whole family, large group or a romantic place for couples. Take in the sights and sounds of Grand Rapids, or travel north over the 7 hills into the quaint village of Marcell, where you'll find shopping, parks, recreation, and a small town feel. Once you experience this place you'll keep coming back. Relax, Enjoy, Rejuvenate, make it a tradition. Other Activities: IN the summer enjoy boating, swimming, hiking, biking, wood burning sauna on the lake. In the winter you can ice fish for lake trout, Cross county skiing, snow shoeing and snow moiling, or just cuddle up in front of the fire place with you love, or a good book. Golf: Several golf courses in all direction. Go to a world class course or a laid back little rural course. You'll always find a t-time Or you in the winter you can drive 15 minutes north to the Big Fork Golf course of year round indoor simulated golf. Ski: Cross County ski the Soumi Hills, Trout Lake Estate, Blueberry Hills, Sugar Hills, Wabana. Wonderfully groomed trails for all level of skiers. 25 minutes from Mount Itasca down hill, ski jump and Olympic Bi-athalon Center.


                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      You may book directly through us. Holiday weekend no discount and min. 3 night stay required. $150 a night for couples mid week stay. Rates based at 8 adults, each additional adult add $30 a night. Kids half price. Call for last min. availability or mid-week for couples $150 a n Cancellations/Refunds - Deposit are non-refundable and non-transferable. You are financially responsible for your time reserved at Buckhorn on Caribou.

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