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Handcrafted log lodge for your family retreat-In the Chippewa, trails, fish, fun

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Year round, 4-5 bdrms, 3 bath, fireplace,sauna, lake & trails right out the door

Beautifully Hand-crafted log lodges on Minnesota's clearest lake in Chippewa National Forest. Surrounded

4 bdrms, lg. bunkroom, 3 bath, well equip kitchen, sauna, fieldstone fireplace, sunroom, deck overlooking the lake w/ private dock and excellent swimming and fishing. Catch Lake trout!, Large and Small mouth bass, northern pike, and sunfish. June is the best month for fishing.

Also enjoy Miles of wooded hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snow mobile trails right out your door. Located on Minnesota's Clearest lake. 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.

The Lake : With visibility of 36' the swimming is superb. Catch Lake Trout, Bass, Northen, and panfish right off your dock. Row boats, canoes, paddle boat availalble for your use, Pontoon available for daily rental.

Quiet lake, but you can bring your own boat for water sports. We discourage jet skis because our loons don't like them.

You will live this 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. . So,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.

More Details

Property Manager
Peggy Landin
Member since: 2007
Speaks: spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2017

About Peggy Landin

We know the importance of having a place where you can get away from the stress and demands of everyday life and surround yourself with nature and people you love. Tim had been building hand crafted log homes for private individuals on lakes all over the northern lake area, but he wanted to use his talents to creat a few log homes with the best of the best logs he collected over his many years as proprietor of Top-Notch Log Homes. His goal was to build a few log homes on the nicest lake he could find, and make them available to groups of friends and family's. So his wife and partner, Peg, set out to do some creative financing to make Tim's dream a reality. We purchased a 40 acres Forest with 1100 feet of shoreline on the clearest lake in Minnesota and built 3 each fantastic log lodges,each is situated on over 200 feet of private lakeshore, with your own yard, fire pit, sauna, dock, and a huge deck overlooking the lake.

Finally, VRBO suggest we tell you personal things about ourself, such as where we grew up or schools we went to to build trust. Let's just say we're Minnesota born and bred and we won't bore you with the rest. If you want to know just ask:)

Peggy Landin purchased this lodge in 1998

Why Peggy Landin chose Minnesota

This beautiful area, referred to as the Suomi Hills, is located in the Chippawa National Forest. The lodge is on Caribou lake, which is clearest lake in Minnesota and one of the 1000 lakes in Itasca county. 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 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. It's a great place for Christmas gathering as we decorate with a live tree.

Summers are great. Very private with a large deck overlooking the lake, fire pit with wood provided, and nice yard for playing games.

We make it feel like it feel like your own private cabin. About 80% of our customers are returning guests. When I ask them to write a review they tell me they want to keep the place a secret.

If 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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I have so many reviews that guests write I our book when they're here but I never ask you to put the on this site. It's for this reason I have so few review. But it truly is a fantastic place. Come see for yourself and I won't bug you for compliments after you leave.
Oct 2015
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Marcell Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Sauna in your cabin.
  • 4 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!!!!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 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 ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Handcrafted log lodge for your family retreat-In the Chippewa, trails, fish, fun
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Secluded Coziness!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect get away for quiet and beauty

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Great Weekend Getaway! :)

  • 5 of 5

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 :)

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rose Creek, mn


  • 5 of 5

Second year at cabin 1 and another wonderful vacation with our family--such comfortable accomodations!

We love being there and having so much space--to all be together or go off by yourself and read a book!

spent many hours at the swimming beach -- fishing off the dock and just enjoying the large deck--mornings are perfect overlooking the lake on the deck! Thanks to Peg and Tim for building this beautiful cabin--thanks for another great week!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twin Cities, MN


  • 5 of 5

After viewing this listing with all the amazing photos, needless to say, we were beyond excited about our reservations for Cabin #1. But when we arrived, the Cabin EXCEEDED our expectations! I can’t even think of one thing that was wrong, missing or could be improved upon. We stayed from a Thursday – Sunday. Even on the last day, I found myself still in awe with all of the beautiful details of this Cabin. While we were there, we all kept talking different groups we would love to come back with. The drive for us was approx. 3 1/2 hours, but WELL WORTH THE DRIVE! Peggy was very nice, friendly and easy to work with. Thanks Peggy! I wish I could click on more stars for a higher rating than Excellent!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple Lake, MN

Scenic Serenity

  • 5 of 5

Our group stayed at this log lodge for a weekend of calm, peace and beauty. And boy, did this place deliver! Our stay was perfect. It is spacious, private and clean. This is not a cabin. It is a home, with everything you could possibly need furnished. The yard is huge with room to play and stroll as you wish. The drive is on one of the very best scenic roads. The lake is nearly as clear as the Caribbean Sea!!

We would not hesitate to rent here again and look forward to visiting in the future. The only

downsides we could see were not enough time here and finding time to visit again! There are no

TV's, but we honestly did not miss them and spent our time sleeping in, reading, playing cards

and exploring the area. Thank you for a relaxing getaway........we needed that!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon and family, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you love the place as much as we do, and it met your future daughter-in-laws needs to be in a beautiful place, if only for a few day. This review is so well written I'd like to use it for advertizing. Thanks also for leaving the place so clean. You're review arrived on a day I really needed some uplifting. All the best to you and your's. Peg and Tim
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Timberwolf Inn
Snowshoe Liquor Store & Antiques
Pine Cone Soup & Sandwich Cafe
Frontier Sports
Chippewa National Forest
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hibbing, Minnesota
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Several options
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
several options
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Cross county ski
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Marcell Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring fling
Mar 20 2017 - May 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fishing season
May 12 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 13 2017 - Aug 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Labor day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early fall
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Additional adults $30 + Tax
Additional children $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.88%

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 6 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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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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