What our Guests are saying.....
5 Star Rating on Trip Advisor
I just wanted to thank you again for allowing us to come and stay on such short notice. I know it was an inconvenience given you were just returning after helping your daughter with the new baby and getting the resort re-opened. Your generosity and hospitality was such a gift -- thank you!!! I have to tell you that from the moment we stepped through the front door of the lodge on Friday night, we knew we had found something special. John and I absolutely fell in love with the resort -- there is truly something magical about it! So calming and peaceful ... I have been under a lot of stress at work and it was amazing how all of that just melted away during our brief time there. We have stayed at several other cabins/resorts, but none can compare to the experience we had this past weekend. I don't know how to explain it ... It is hard to put into words ... it was just what my soul needed. I am so anxious to return and will be counting down the days for our visit next fall. Don't be surprised if you hear from me sooner! Sincere thanks once again for everything and I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed holiday!
After visiting six continents, I have decided that Wilderness Lodge is one of my favorite places on earth. There is more here than words can express because it is a place where the body, soul and spirit can rest and enjoy renewal.
Dr. Eric Wilding
My favorite hide away!
The prime destination for the everyday person, family, brides, weddings, and fisherman... far enough away from home, without being too far.
Each cabin has its own feel, of cabin luxury! The lake= amazing in itself. Its truly God's country.
What an awesome place, the fishing, the natural beauty, all of the settings is right out of a magazine cover, but what topped it all was the host Sue Beach what an amazing woman of God, the whole place needs to be a bucket list must, loved it.
A Louis Ramos Rodriguez Sr.
Best cabin resort I've ever been to, hands down! The cabins are phenomenal, the lake and scenery are breathtaking, the prices are great, and the owner is beyond kind and helpful! I just came back home from The Wilderness Lodge, and I am already planning my return to that lovely paradise in northern Minnesota :-)
The Lodge is one of my favorite places on earth. My husband and I have visited several times, and it is actually where we got engaged. It's secluded, quiet, beautifully decorated, and you couldn't ask for a more caring owner and operator in Sue Beach!!
The cabins are unbelievably decorated, to the very smallest details... Sue takes the time to make each cabin unique and rustic - you have to experience it to understand.
It's available for weddings as well, with a gorgeous chapel nestled in the woods, an arch by the lake, and countless places to take some unforgettable photos.
This place is everything that you would ever want for a peaceful, tranquil, quiet getaway. The cabins are clean, the decor is warm & inviting. The scenery is breathtaking. We woke up and had breakfast to the sound of loons on the lake. Beautiful hiking trails are close by and if you go there in the fall, the colors are incredible. On a scale of 1 to 10, The Wilderness Lodge is a 15.
If you are looking for the ultimate in relaxation and a getaway where you can fully unplug and enjoy the beauty of the north woods in rustic elegance, look no further than The Wilderness Lodge. These cabins are amazing (authentic log cabins, beautifully appointed and charmingly decorated) and in one of the most beautiful settings we have ever seen. I stumbled upon the resort while looking on-line for accommodations to attend a funeral in Bigfork in a 2-day time frame. Sue, the owner, was so gracious and accommodating and, from the first phone conversation, made me feel as if I was a long-time friend. It is a very special place run by very special people. The cabins are year-round so would also make for a spectacular winter getaway -- like living in a Christmas card! I truly cannot say enough about this amazing resort and, after just staying (albeit far too brief), feel like we have discovered hidden treasure. We already made plans to return next year and I am already counting down the days!
We had such a wonderful time. I love the quiet, the wildlife, the call of the loons, the fishing, watching the sunrise over the lake in the very early morning, the beautiful night sky and ALL the stars, the trees, the hammock, the wonderful cabin, etc, etc, etc. We love it here and each time we come I find it harder to leave. The handiwork of God is so evident in the Northwoods! Thanks for a great week!
The Foote Family
Troy Grove, IL
We had a wonderful little get-away for our 19th wedding anniversary! The peaceful, quiet of this place really gave us time to relax and enjoy each other. It was a much needed time away from all the things that distract us. We take away many happy memories of the lake, fishing, campfires and the quaint cabin to relax in. God has truly blessed you with a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Todd & Karen Westlake
Thanks for sharing your wonderful cabin with us! You’ve done a wonderful job decorating – we feel like the place is a hidden gemstone! We loved being greeted by Misha every morning, had fun in the Gathering Room and wonderful bonfires every night. We are already thinking ahead to when we can come back!
Ham Lake, MN
We certainly made the right choice! This cabin, the lake and the Northwoods is exactly what my wife and I needed. Thank you!
Joe and Ev Olsen
Elk River, MN
Our family has visited the Wilderness Lodge the past two summers. It’s hard to put into words the experiences we’ve shared on Turtle Lake. The fishing is great for the kids, the water is clear, and the boat traffic is nearly non-existent. Sue has made our stays unforgettable with her hospitality and beautiful setting. It is rare to find a place where your kids dread the last day and we all say goodbye with tears in our eyes….until next year.
Mitch and Peggy Reynolds
Beauty is all around us! You lovingly tend this place and it will inevitably be found by many to be a special and sacred place. Thank you for all the details that enhance this rich experience. This is a great place to dream…..Thank you, Thank you….
Oak Park, IL
We really enjoyed staying here. The cabin is very warm and cozy. We loved the lake and all the islands and hearing the loons. We enjoyed the quietness and I especially liked reading in the hammock and knitting down by the lake on Sunset Point. Dad liked seeing deer when we drove to town – we saw eighteen in one day! We all enjoyed staying here very, very much and we hope we can come again! God Bless!
The Sweep Family
We were looking for a place to vacation where we could take our son before his senior year of high school – somewhere to relax and enjoy nature before his “big year” begins and life gets so hectic it’s hard to take time for anything relaxing. Wilderness Lodge is the perfect place! Our family had a wonderful time reconnecting and enjoying the Northwoods. We even caught some fish! See you next year!
Wendy & Darby Sanders
A healing place indeed. Thanks for sharing your story and the history and the dreams for the future. Hospitality is a skill and a gift. You have it and gave it. It was good to come back to nature and to beauty. You’ve got a rich, full life here. You should be proud!
Oak Park, IL
This was the most perfect get-away for us to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary! So glad we found you on the web! The cabin is done beautifully with such a homey, comfy feeling. We were able to enjoy all the beauty of this area. Our favorite thing was to get up early and sit with our coffee on the deck and watch the calmness of the lake and watch the day come to life! Thank you for sharing your peaceful, relaxing and beautiful home!
Anne and Brad Diedrick
What a wonderful retreat! We had a super time fishing, tubing, swimming and having great family time fun! Blessings!
Wilderness Lodge is very quiet and peaceful, a great place to relax. Being surrounded by woods and waking up and looking out our bedroom window to watch the deer was great. We had a wonderful time! Thanks for all the new memories! God Bless you and your family!
The Sluss and Gaylord Families
We had a wonderful time at Turtle Lake and Wilderness Lodge. The cabin was very nice, and Brandy says it was very well decorated. We came up here for our honeymoon, and even though Mother Nature decided to put us in an oven for most of the week, we had an awesome experience!
Rich and Brandy Parizek
This was a great Wilderness Retreat! We enjoyed our first official stay on Turtle Lake! The cabin was very comfortable and the natural surroundings were awesome! God’s handiwork abounds! Thanks for everything! God’s Blessings!
Roger and Rhonda Koch
Thank you for a terrific week. So much to see and do for our family – the Wolf Center, the mines, the Bear Sanctuary, the state parks, Paul Bunyan, fishing and hiking! We enjoyed our stay at the Looney Bin and hope to return! Escape – Experience – Enjoy We surely did!
The Maplethorpe Family
Round Lake, IL
It was great meeting all of you in this wonderful “Garden of Eden” in the wilderness. You can truly experience God in a personal encounter thru His nature. The elements provide serenity and your personalities exude joy. And the dinners provided food for the soul & body – they were delicious! More important, they brought family together – we are all sisters and brothers in Christ. May He bless you and all your endeavors and dreams here at Wilderness Lodge. I look forward to our return; maybe to experience snow! Thank you so much!
Spring Hill, FL
God has blessed you with the most “Jesus Like” heart. We pray for your vision of Christian Retreats. We love the property here and we love the Looney Bin Cabin as well as the lake and the sound of the loons calling back and forth. We thank God for this wonderful time with our grandson.
Carol & Jeff Notto
Thank you again!! I look forward to seeing you every summer. We had a wonderful time, as always. I’m still in awe of all the work you’ve done and how impressive the cabins are. You’re amazing!!
The Schultz Family
This was my first time visiting Turtle Lake. I was absolutely amazed by how perfect the cabin was. You could not have done a better job decorating this place. I fell in love with the cabin and the lake and cannot wait to return.
Peace and quiet! The deep silence of the woods and lake allowed us to hear the lapping waves all night. We enjoyed a walk in the woods and time on the log swing beside the lake. A far away eagle and a lone loon shared this windy, cool time with us. A cozy cabin was perfect for our anniversary adventure – most of the trees were muted this year, but that made the occasional flaming maple that much more breathtaking! Thanks for being good stewards of this bit of God’s creation and sharing it with us
Brenton & Karen Randolph
We had a great week at Wilderness Lodge. We look forward to our next visit! Sue and her family were super hosts! Thanks for all the new memories.
The Katsamps Family
We came up to see the beautiful fall colors on the Scenic Byway and the back roads. It was fantastic but I found myself so anxious to come back each day to our little Northwoods cabin! We just had a great time!
Mike & Karen Bresser
Madison Lake, MN
Thank you for providing such a great get-away for my family. We had so much fun on the pontoon fishing and tubing. What a beautiful sunset you have here and how nice it was to soak in the whirlpool tub before bed! I love the way you brought the outdoors in and the loft is such a great touch to the cabin with a beautiful view. We will remember this vacation always! God bless your beautiful family!
Paula Nash & family
Thank you for a wonderful vacation. The sounds of the loons and waves are very relaxing! Your cabin is beautiful! We had a great week!
Mike and Paula Rylander
Eden Prarie, MN
The drive from St. Louis was worth it! Our first night without telephones and alarms and only the wonderous sound of the ice shifting – like ocean whales calling. Getting to watch our kids snowboard and ski was magnificent! It is as peaceful here as it is in our hearts. Your family has blessed our family! God bless you with peace, joy and health! Thanks!
Tom and Pam Row
St. Louis, MO
Another great visit to Wilderness Lodge! As always the cabin and the experience were awesomely refreshing! Thanks and God Bless!
Dan and Dixie Shultz
Once again we had a great time! The fish were biting, the weather was great and as usual, the cabin was perfect! This has become an annual trip for us and it is great to see how our families have changed. Thanks again!
Thanks so much for having us, it was the perfect get-away! You have done such a wonderful job with the property and the cabin decorating is simply amazing! We truly wish you the best of luck in your venture.
Chad and Lynn Evans
Deer River, MN
What a perfect place – I already know we’ll be back. This is the best “city slicker camping” – lakefront, campfire, hiking trails, but then you go inside and have wonderfully decorated rooms! We came up to “leaf peep” but also enjoyed the solitude and escape. Can’t wait to come back!
The Kentala Family
We enjoyed the cabin, the decorations and the Bible verses; also the fishing, the campfires, sitting out on the deck in the morning with our coffee and in the evening watching the sunset. This was our first time staying at Wilderness Lodge and we hope it won’t be our last!
Bob and Jeanne Tupa
NE Minneapolis, MN
Had a great time in the beautiful log cabin! Had fun fishing & boating, exploring the area, great “moonsets” on the beach and in the water. Turtle Lake is spectacular! Clear water, beautiful shoreline, great fishing. We really enjoyed the privacy and woodsy locale. We’ll be back!
Mike and Bab Lundquist
The week was wonderful! We had a great time boating, tubing and playing at the beach. We all left with many wonderful memories.
God has really blessed us here. Thank you for welcoming us into this wonderful place.
The Nelson Family
Thank you for a wonderful stay! The cabin was beautiful! We had a great time and will be back again!
Albert Lea, MN
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