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Turtle Lake Vintage Log Cabins - "Painted Turtle" Cabin - Book Now for 2016!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cabins: one has 2 Bedrooms 1 bath and Detached Unit has 1 bedroom 1 bath

Two charming log cabins - one for you and the other for family or friends. Enjoy vacationing together while having your own privacy! You can rent one or both, whichever meets your needs. The cabins sit 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. This beautiful lake boasts of up to 17 ft. water clarity and is home to 16 different islands. Having your first cup of coffee out on the deck, just 50 ft. from the lakeshore, while listening to the call of the loons is an awesome way to start your day! Come evening, build yourselves a campfire in our large fire pit and share ghost stories while roasting marshmallows over the fire 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' log cabin has 2 bedrooms each with full size log beds. The living area has a comfortable futon, reading lights and 2 chairs that nestle a cozy gas fireplace. There is a fully stocked kitchen with a dining table that will seat 6 comfortably. $1,100.00 per week/$175.00 per night each cabin.

The newly remodeled 'Timberdoodle' is a 1 bedroom log cabin, with a 3/4 bathroom, a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and can accommodate up to 6 people. $1,100.00 per week/$175.00 per night each cabin.

Keywords: Cottage, log cabin, up north get-a-way, retreat, lodging, cabin, resort

More Details

Property Manager
Charlie & Pam Hile
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Charlie & Pam Hile

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's 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. Turtle Lake is one of the premiere lakes in Minnesota for fishing Smallmouth Bass and it's also known for it's abundance of big Walleyes, Northern, and Largemouth Bass, 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 quiet, lazy lake and since it's 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, or fishing, hunting, hiking, and golfing... we're 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!

Charlie & Pam Hile purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Charlie & Pam Hile chose Northeast

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 quiet peacefulness.

What makes this cabin unique

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 were never 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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Turtle Lake Vintage Log Cabins - "Painted Turtle" Cabin - Book Now for 2016!
average rating of 4.65 based on 20 reviews

Wonderful lake cabin experience

  • 5 of 5

One of the most enjoyable weeks at the lake that we have had in a long time and we've been doing this for many years. The cabin was clean and the windows and deck provided a wonderful view of the lake which is very important to us. We had everything we could need with the very minor exception of some ice cube trays. The grass and area around the cabin was neatly maintained and the fire pit a relaxing evening experience, especially so with the pleasant couple next door in the Timberdoodle. Turtle Lake is beautiful and I am still surprised at how quiet it was. Owners were extremely accommodating with near immediate response to the questions I had.

If I could improve on one thing it would be the dock. I brought my expensive fiberglass fishing boat and had to be extremely careful pulling alongside and tying up to it. I was relieved that we did not have any storms as it is exposed to the SW and trailering it would be a chore.

We came to fish for smallmouth bass exclusively and my grandson and I had a blast catching them on light tackle. The MN DNR's special regulation to protect the smallies on Turtle is a real bonus.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable week and I'm already anticipating our next stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cal - We're so glad that you had such an enjoyable week and that you and your grandson had a blast catching fish! We agree, Turtle Lake is absolutely pristine and beautiful and we love that it's a quiet lake without a lot of traffic. We sure hope you'll be back for more fishing! Thanks again for your business! Pam & Charlie
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Well built log cabin

  • 3 of 5

The cabin is cery well built, but could use some TLC and a few simple upgrades to make it more livable and functional. The storm door latch does not work, the shower faucet could be improved, and a water filter for the water supply would certainly improve the property. The electrical wiring and outlets are questionable and the smoke detector was disabled. This 2 bedroom cabin was quite cramped with too much furniture and too many nick knacks on shelves . The large shelving in the bathroom was very nice to have, as well as the shelf over the sink and toilet. All the appliances worked well, but there was a plastic dominoe in the toaster and the microwave location on a lower shelf was very inconvenient. (I moved it to the top shelf of the cart.) The biggest improvement needed is probably the large rut on the side of the very steep driveway where dirt has washed away, leaving a rut that is large enough to fit a tire.

We did enjoy our stay and made new friends with the people renting the other cabin. We visited the "Lost Forty" and fished two different lakes and enjoyed the Loons and the Mamma Merganzer Duck with 12 babies ! The cabin was clean and the bedding was very nice.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Carol, We're so glad you enjoyed your stay on Turtle Lake. We appreciate your suggestions. We hadn't realized that due to a heavy rain there was a wash out along side our driveway. We've hired someone to fill the rut so thanks for letting us know about it. Please come back and stay with us again some time! Pam & Charlie
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oakhurst, ca

Your Grampa's Updated Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed in the Painted Turtle cabin for three nights. This is exactly what I was looking for, a connection to the past in a great fishing location. The cabin is in essence largely unchanged at least in ambiance from the 50's. Obviously there are upgrades including dish tv and a newer kitchen but the interior was full log and board construction and the way cabin carpentry was done back then contributed to the experience. We were very successful fishing for bass but lacking in walleye experience, I gave up without much effort. The owners were very responsive and I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm a happy guy.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello John - So very nice to hear "you're a happy guy" and that you enjoyed your experience at our Painted Turtle vintage log cabin on Turtle Lake. Please come stay with us again - we'd love to have your family back! Pam & Charlie
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quiet cabin

  • 4 of 5

enjoyed the weekend experience

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you had a good experience. We hope you'll come back again! Pam & Charlie
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Turtle Lake Vintage Log Cabins

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Turtle Lake Vintage Log Cabins! We rented both cabins to accommodate our extended family. This gave us plenty of room and the needed quiet spots for the grandkids naps. The playhouse on site was a real hit with the kids - my husband is now building a similar one at our cabin! The bass fishing was very good and the lake was beautiful. The cabins were just as they are pictured - just lovely and all the comforts of home. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Becky, Thank you for your kind review! We're so pleased you enjoyed the cabins and that the kids loved the playhouse. We have 2 grand girls and they've spent countless hours playing and hosting tea parties in the playhouse. We hope you'll be back to stay with us again - we'd love to have you! Pam & Charlie
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Des Moines, Iowa


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to take our honeymoon in Northern Minnesota. We were excited when we discovered VRBO and realized we wouldn't have to settle with a resort. The cabin was beautiful. It's everything we were looking for inside and out. We found out we over packed soon after we arrived. Everything you need is there. There are plenty of places to hike and remote roads to explore the scenery in your car nearby. Don't bother running from the deer doesn't work. We didn't catch any fish, so I decided to rid the shoreline of clams. If you like clams, this lake is the spot. The crystal clear water makes hunting and swimming easy and enjoyable. I'm glad we decided to stay at this amazing property, but also kind of wish we didn't. Now we want to live there. Thank you Pam and Charlie. We appreciate you opening your house to us. I made sure to leave it in better condition than when we got there.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome! We love that you chose one of our favorite places in the world for your honeymoon! Congratulations on your marriage! We hope you'll come back every year and celebrate your anniversaries on Turtle Lake! :-)
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Timberwolf, Hayslips Talmoon, Wilderness Bigfork
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Edge of the Wilderness Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 38
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Timberwolf Inn and Pine Cone Marcell
Nearest Beach
Swim beach on the property
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat Ramp
Nearest Point of Interest
Ranger Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Timberwolf Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Frontier Bait
Nearest Point of Interest
Snowshoe Liquor Store & Antiques
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf the Edge
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilderness Lodge
Nearest Point of Interest
Pine Cone Resturant
Nearest Point of Interest
Arcadia Lodge
Nearest Point of Interest
Scenic State Park
Car: necessary

Geocaching, 4 Wheeling, bird watching, hiking, gravel grinding, hunting, fishing,


Rates & Availability

Bigfork Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
May 29 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
July 4th Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall Peak Color
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
MEA Weekend
Oct 19 2017 - Oct 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.88%

Our property has 2 cabins. You may rent either cabin or both cabins together if needed to accomadate the size of your party.
* The Timberdoodle: Occupancy 2, sleeps 6. (One Bedroom + 2 Futons)
* The Painted Turtle: Occupancy 2, sleeps 6. (Two Bedroom + Futon)

Sales Tax: 6.875% Lodging Tax = 3%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bigfork Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Painted Turtle 1 bath room, Timberdoodle 1 bath room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Painted Turtle 1 bathroom, Timberdoodle 1 bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Detached Unit - 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The 'Painted Turtle' has 2 bedrooms each w/ dbl. beds and a futon sofa in the living-room; (Occupancy 2, sleeps 6) The 'Timberdoodle' has 1 bedroom (dbl. bed) and two mission style sofa futons in the living-room; (Occupancy 2, sleeps 6)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
80ft. Dock, Fire Pit, Horse shoes, Large open lot for yard games, Log swings on the beach, Public boat launch just a few miles down the road, children's 8'X14' playhouse with deck and loft.

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