"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."

~ John Muir

Wilderness Lodge is not a resort - it is an escape from the ordinary. You won't find a crowded beach, bar or restaurant, and there is a limited number of eclectic log cabins nestled in the towering pines of the Chippewa National Forest. Set along the shore of pristine Turtle Lake, this grand log estate once served as a booming resort, but today it is a secluded northwoods retreat .


Wilderness Lodge is not for everyone; it is for those special people who are looking for something different - a place where they can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a place to enjoy an old fashioned family vacation and world class fishing in an unspoiled paradise. A place to unplug from the world and relax while they refresh, renew and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit.

One can certainly spend more money and go to a large commercial resort, but Wilderness Lodge offers something money can't buy - the opportunity to experience life in a whole new way, where schedules are forgotten, time doesn't matter, and life seems to stand still in that one perfect, priceless moment of the present. Here you can reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, nature, and God. Here you can find your bliss while still enjoying these upscale amenities, private boat ramp, sand beach, private docks, playground, fish cleaning house, kayaks, WiFi, and friendly personal service.

 This historic log estate is one of the last of its kind in the area.

From its humble beginning as a small trapper's cabin built in the late 1800s, the                                                                                                       property has seen many changes.  In 1930 the cabin was moved back from the hillside                                                                                               to its current location. From 1929 - 1940 log cabins and buildings were added to the                                                                                     property and in 1941 a log lodge was built over the original trappers cabin, keeping the                                                                                         kitchen and one bedroom intact. The property was operated as a family resort until                                                                                             1976 when it was closed and sold to private owners.   


Years of neglect took their toll on this once beautiful estate, but in 1998 it was                                                                                                             purchased and an ambitious renovation project began. What was once a derelict old resort                                                                                   has now been transformed into an amazing warm and welcoming retreat house                                                                                           and wedding venue with a little log chapel, 5 unique log guest cabins and an onsite spa.

The current owners have lovingly restored the historic lodge and property to a new                                                                                             state of rustic elegance. The moment you step into the Lodge, you feel as though you've                                                                                           stepped back in time to the era of the rich timber barons. Your eyes are immediately                                                                                    drawn to the incredible collection of trophy mounts and treasured antiques. The rich                                                                                             patina of the logs and the warmth of the stone fireplace beckons you to come in                                                                                                     and stay awhile and you feel a sense of peace that transcends your understanding                                                                                                 and makes you feel at home.                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                      The lodge is the personal home of your hosts,                                                                                                                                                                     Sue & Jozsef Palavics. 


Original Trappers Cabin

from the1800s.

Resort brochure form 1943

Your Hosts,

Sue & Jozsef Palavics

"In the woods we return to reason and faith."

   ~ John Muir 

Wilderness Lodge 

51760 Becker Road, Bigfork, MN 56628



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