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Beautiful, elegant, and recently restored Historic Lodge in Northern Minnesota

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom up 10 people in a beautiful Minnesota Northwood's settin

Marcell Lodge is the newest lodging opportunity in the Edge of the Wilderness area and is located on Ranier Lake. The Marcell Lodge is a recently restored 2,500 sq ft 4 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin that is on the National Register of Historic Places. This unique, elegant, and beautiful lodge has a full kitchen, air conditioning, 3 levels, large indoor porch, private dock, swimming area, 2 bathrooms, laundry machines, and a very large great room! The Lodge is in a private setting but is located on the site of the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center so you are in close walking distance from a picnic shelter, interpretive trail, other historic buildings, a fishing pier, outdoor amphitheater, and the Discovery Center itself which includes modern interpretive displays, a gift shop, and environmental education programs throughout the summer. The Marcell Lodge also connects to the sidewalk system which leads to various businesses in Marcell and the Marcell Recreation Area which has a playground, tennis courts, and a paved trail.

Terrific Fishing

Located on Ranier Lake and the site of the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Private Dock & Swimming Area

Near Numerous Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Campfire Pit


Boat w 15 hp motor, canoe, and paddle boat Included with rental

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

Why Tim Johnson chose Northeast

We want to share this property, its history, and its stories.

What makes this lodge unique

This is a very unique and special property with terrific fixtures, historic appearance, heating, cooling, washer/dryer/, privacy, lakefront, dock, swimming area, and recreation activities for the entire family out the front door! Boat with 15 hp motor, canoe, and paddle boat are included.


Marcell Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Main Level - toilet , tub
  • bath, sink, stool upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main Level Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Main Level Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Upstairs Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Great Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Beautiful, elegant, and recently restored Historic Lodge in Northern Minnesota
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin was just what we were looking for to have a nice, relaxing getaway!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minnesota DNR style log cabin with resort cabin amenities - very nice!

  • 5 of 5

I've always admired the Minnesota DNR log cabins that were built in the 30's, and thought it would be fun to live in one for a few days.

The Marcell Lodge is just that, with some modern cabin amenities that add to it's comfort.

We spent a long weekend enjoying the rustic log cabin, that has been amazingly well maintained. For example, my wife recognized that logs in log cabins will collect dust, but the Marcell lodge was not dusty, and no cobwebs.

In fact it has some very comfortable amenities - a sizable kitchen, modern bathroom, air conditioning, and beds for ten!

Lake water quality is excellent, and there's a nice little beach for swimming.

We tried fishing with the boat (included) and quickly found that the lake is VERY deep. So - the family fished off of the lodge dock and fishing pier catching lots of sunfish, and some nice sized Large Mouth Bass. The park held a raptor demonstration while we were there, featuring a Falcon, Hawk and Owl. If you don't want to cook, the Timberwolf Inn is a nice, nearby restaurant and bar. The only concern for some might be the steep hill down to the lake. Otherwise it's a fun historical place to stay. We're considering an extended family event there next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Marcell Lodge is wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

We had so much fun at this beautiful cabin. Ranier Lake had lots of fish (perch, sunnies, bass...), a nice little sandy beach for the kids to play in and great boats to take us across. The cabin is clean and had everything we needed to prepare meals in the modern kitchen. We enjoyed the large kitchen table and also ate a few meals outside at the picnic tables after grilling our dinner.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 4 of 5

The historical cabin we found out was a Ranger station in the 1930's. The cabin was well maintained and had I believe we mostly original features. We had plenty of room for everyone in the cabin. The kitchen had just about everything we needed. The filtered water in every sink was a nice feature.

Our stay at this historical cabin was just what we needed. Beautiful pine trees swaying and sounded like whistling in the wind.

We had nightly campfires. While sitting by the fire we could hear the loons on the lake and one night we heard wolves in the distance. The stars were abundant!

We used the motor boat and paddle boat just about everyday.

We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. A minor clarification...the Lodge was not the former Ranger Station but is on the site of the former Marcell Ranger Station which is now the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. The secluded Marcell Lodge was formerly housing for the Ranger and other staff in subsequent years. The Lodge went through a major historic restoration and rehabilitation in 2013-2014 so many of the original features were restored and building systems, appliances, etc. updated. It is historic with modern amenities.
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Great cabin for family

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin for family get together. We have stayed twice and really enjoyed ourselves. It's nice to have paddle boat, canoe, and small motor boat available with the cabin rental. Kitchen is especially nice. Very private with beautiful view of the lake. The main floor bathroom could have a tub surround curtain making it more possible to use as a shower, but we did manage with just the basement level shower. Pleasant staff at the nearby visitor center. All in all, a good experience for adults and kids!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at the lodge. Fantastic getaway that had ample creature comforts, but still gave us the chance to withdraw from the world for awhile. The fishing and swimming were good in the cleanest lake I've ever seen. We did some golfing a short drive away in Bigfork and headed down to Grand Rapids for a day trip to do some shopping. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hibbing/Chisolm Airport Hibbing, MN
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Timberwolf Inn
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Golf on the Edge Bigfork, MN
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 38
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pine Cone Soup and Sandwich Shoppe
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Itasca
Nearest Beach
On site
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Marcell Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 20 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.88%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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