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Private, cozy & Lovely Turtle Lake Home on 4+ wooded ac. with 350' sand shore.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

This 3 Bedroom, 3 bath lake home is one of the nicest you'll find on Big Turtle!

Nestled amongst large Pines, mature Birch and Maple trees, our lake home property is very private and spacious. Head down our black top driveway to a beautiful lake home with plenty of room to maneuver and park your vehicle and store your toys and trailers.

The two car garage is yours to park your vehicle and store your extra things. A beautiful landscaped large and level yard surrounds the lake home for a game of bocci ball, jarts or family activities.

The home has 3 large cedar decks with outer edge benches, two patio tables, and chairs. The decks span the entire length oof the house on the lakeside. It's the perfect setting for your morning coffee, afternoon tan, reading and nature watching, or evening dinners and drinks.

Our lake home sits right on the lake and faces west for the most beautiful sunsets you will find and all day warmth. Enjoy the call of the loon all day and evening, the passing duck family, the curious deer from the woods edge and the sights and sounds that nature offers from this beautiful peaceful and wooded property. With over 350 ft of private shoreline, 50 ft dock with bench, and lakes edge fire pit, this lakeshore property is hard to beat. With end of the road privacy and over four acres of room to roam, this family retreat is perfect for your lake place vacation.

The 2500 sq ft home boasts of many features. Inside our clean and comfortable lake home you with have lake views from our large lakeside windows from almost every room.

The upper level has a master suite bedroom with a patio door leading to a private deck overlooking the yard and lake. This nice size bedroom has a log king size bed, flat screen TV with satilte, log furniture, oversized stuffed chair, and master bathroom. The master bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, double sinks and vanity, and shower.

On the main level there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bathroom between the two bedrooms has a tub, while the bathroom near the rear entrance features a shower. Both bedrooms are tastfully decorated with a northwood look and have log beds. One bedroom has a queen size bed, closet and log cedar bench. The other bedroom has a queen size bed, single bed, and large closet and dresser.. Its also has a log dresser and closet.

Our spacious gourmet style closet kitchen is perfect for entertaining and making meals. It is very large and has plenty of room for more than one cook! The cupboards are fully equipped with eating utensils and cooking and baking ware. The full size stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, microwave, double oven, and full size refrigerator. The silestone bar, counters and desk have plenty of room for all your treats. The bar has 5 comfy leather and wood swivel chairs, while the lakeside kitchen table seats 6 guests. A glass door leads to the covered deck for grilling,seating and picnics. The kitchen has plenty of cupboards and a flat screen TV with satelite. The 2nd dining room next to the kitchen is open and features a patio door to the covered deck and a gas fireplace. The log table seats 8 guests.

The carpeted living Room boosts of large lakeside windows, a 60' flat screen TV with satelite and DVD player, a brick wood fireplace, and soft oversized leather furnitue and wood tables with lamps.

The side entery includes laundry facilities with a new front load washer and dryer which your welcome to use.

We have a canoe and paddle boat that your welcome to use. If you have a boat feel free to bring it, as the boat landing is just minutes away and we have a dock for docking that you may use. We have a beach area that your boat can also be beached at.

More Details

Cheryl Ritter
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

About Cheryl Ritter

We have been vacationing at our parents cabins in the Marcell area since 1970. In 2000 we bought our first lake cabin on a lake in Marcell. We loved the cabin, lake activites, the area and everything about vacationing on the lake. We were hooked on being at the lake. In 2002 we changed careers and moved 'up north' to the cabin. Its was awesome, and we had no regrets. Later, I wanted a little bigger 'home' rather than a cabin, more storage space, a level, west facing property with privacy and a sand shoreline. In 2005 we saw this property. It had it all, and we were in love with it. In 2006 when it became available for sale, we bought it. Its been the best times of our lives living here on the lake. Our children have married, and all live nearby, and now we have grandkids! So this is where every one comes for family fun! We have made so many memories on the lake with family and friends. Its been a great place to enjoy and entertain guests, fish, boat, play, relax and enjoy nature. We couldnt have had a better time any where but here!

Cheryl Ritter purchased this house in 2006

Why Cheryl Ritter chose Northeast

Our property offers plenty to do or not to do. Whether your dream vacation consists of fishing, boating, swimming, watersports, relaxing on the dock or reading a book on the lakes edge, this beautiful lake property has it.

The property provides the perfect setting for a family or couple to take in a active fun filled day, watch a gorgeous sunset go down, a relaxing evening by the fire, a yard game or the ambience you expect from the north woods. It has alot to offer. If you have the need to 'go out', we have some fine dining options and bars near by, a soup and sandwich cafe, antique shopping, the discovery center, playground and tennis, golfing, hundreds of lakes, trails and lots of exploring just a few miles from our property.

What makes this house unique

If a lake home vacation with family and friends is what you desire...we have it!

If swimming, watersports or boating is what you can do it!

If good fishing including Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and pan fish are what your wishing'll find it!

If you like nature walks, the Chippewa nat'l forest has miles of trails...and your in it!

If you like to golf...Bigfork, Deer River and Grand Rapids have courses...Just a short drive to it!

If you just want to read a book, relax, or take a nap in the shade or should do it!

If peace and quiet is what your in need of...this place has it!

If you want the perfect vacation found it!


Bigfork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , The master bathroom has a jacuzzi tub and double vanity sink
    Bathroom 2 - This bathroom is on the main level between two bedrooms.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is off the back entry near the laundry area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom is on the upper level. The two other bedrooms are on the main level. We do not have any pullout beds in the couches. The home sleeps 7.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our home sleeps 7 adults and/or children in beds. We do not have a pullout couch or air mattress. The rent charge is for 7 total guests. If you have over 7 people in your group, we will consider them, but we must approve them. (Our septic system is designed and approved to maintain this size family.) If you want to give us information about your extra guests, and we mutually approve them, an extra charge of $25.00 per night is added. An extra guest must be approved! If not, your damage deposit will be forfeited.


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(3 traveler reviews)

Private, cozy & Lovely Turtle Lake Home on 4+ wooded ac. with 350' sand shore.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Mendota Heights

Perfect Minnesota Lake Vacation

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing, perfect Minnesota summer vacation, look no further than right here. The home was perfect for our family of 4 adults and 2 children, very comfortable. We (the parents) had our own wonderful private suite! The grounds are beautiful, the lake cool and clear, and the beach private and sandy. We enjoyed fish dinners on the deck overlooking the peaceful lake. We would recommend this home to anyone wanting to explore northern Minnesota and then relax at your own lakeside retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and wonderful vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation home rental! All the amenities of home plus the beauty of the lake. Secluded and private.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fargo, ND

Better than we could have imagined.

  • 5 of 5

This place was fantastic. The house is bigger than I originally thought. There were no neighbors so privacy was perfect. The beach and docks were perfect for playing and boating. The house had all the amenities that we needed and then some. I would highly recommend this place. So beautiful!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
My front yard!! One of the best on Turtle Lake.
Car: necessary

Please call me if I haven't returned your call or email....218-360-4111. We are located in the heart of the Chippewa forest. Just of the edge of the wilderness hyw 38. Although our area is known for its many lakes and the peace and quietness of nature, there are many things to do in our great north woods. Marcell is the closest town. It's home to the discovery center just a few miles away and has an interpretive center, fishing peir, visitor center and many daily activites for families. Marcell has two antique shops, breakfast and lunch cafe, real estate office, church, lumber store, gas station, garden center, post office, bar, hair salon and family center. In June Bigfork holds its annual wilderness days and the last week end of July, Effie holds the North star stampede Rodeo. Our county has 1007 lakes. Most of them are just minutes away. There are four lakes and one river in the area that boast of trophy Musky. The lost 40 is just north of us, the avenue of pines is west of us, and the bear and wolf centers are north east of us. We are just 35 miles north of Grand Rapids where many activities are held including Tall timber days, farmers market, Dirt track racing, horse shows, Judy Garlin Museum, Antique/ Flea Market, County fair in August just to name a few.


Rates & Availability

Bigfork House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundabl damage deposit $400
Maintenance Fee $150
Pet Fee $150

We charge a $400.00 refundable damage deposit. This damage deposit will be returned after check out, unless there is any damage, excess cleaning, unauthorized guests or pets, trash left over a pick up load, owners personal property missing, or smoke removal, Just to name most of the reasons, but not all. If your bringing a pet, the home and property must not have any evidence of it. Unfortunately a pet can be the reason a damage deposit isn't refunded. You will also avoid these charges by leaving the Turtle lake property and home in the same, tidy condition in which you found it. On holiday weeks such as memorial, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weeks, there is a $200 extra charge.

$600.00 HOLDING deposit is due ASAP to confirm and reserve dates. Balance is due 30 days prior to rental period. Check, Cash, Money Orders accepted. $300.00 is nonrefundable for any reason if we hold the reservation dates requested and turn away potential renters, should you decide to cancel the reservation .

* If approved, An extra person charge of $25.00 per night applies to 8 persons or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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