Fun Things to Do While Staying at Cedar Point Resort, Marcell MN

Many of our guests arrive at the resort and enjoy the northwoods for all that Cedar Point Resort has to offer. Others may take a day trip or two to explore the area. For those who prefer to explore, there is shopping, golfing, restaurants, casinos, bowling and mini-golf. Or, you can go hiking, biking or take driving tours. It is your vacation! You choose what works best for you.

If you are looking to see what our area has to offer, below is some information you may find helpful. We have more details at the resort when you arrive or give us a call and we can help you.

Cedar Point Resort is the closest to the towns of Marcell, Grand Rapids, Bigfork and Deer River. You will find 100 lakes within 10 miles of Cedar Point! We are proud to be part of the Edge of the Wilderness Area.

You will find:

Bowling and Mini GOlf
Berry Picking
Hiking, Biking and Driving Tours
Bird and Wildlife Watching
Movies and Theatres
Indian Gaming Casinos
Quick Trips and Day Trips

Thinking of taking a break and going shopping: In our area you will find many uniquie shops such as gift shops, antiques, quilting shops, sporting goods, clothing and discount stores to name just a few.

Golf anyone? There are a number of 18- and 9-hole golf courses to choose from.
Golf On the Edge, Bigfork, 218-743-3626
Pokegama Golf Club, Grand Rapids, 218-326-3444
Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Coleraine, 218-245-2217
Blueberry Hills Golf Course, Deer River, 218-246-8010
Sugarbrooke Golf Club, Grand Rapids, 218-327-1462
Swan Lake Golf Club, Pengily, 218-885-3543

Quick Trip and Day Trips: Looking to really get the feel of the Northwoods and what the area has to offer We suggest the following:

Forest History Center: turn-of-the-century logging camp
Blandin Paper Company: Tours
Museums: Children’s Discovery Museum, Judy Garland Birthplace Historic House, Itasca Heritage Center Museum and Judy Garland Center
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center: Marcell Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center is new! It was recently updated and is only 3 miles away. The Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station is also in the area.
Hill Annex Mine: the world’s largest open pit mine that you can tour.
International Wolf Center: in Ely
Headwaters of the Mississippi: Itasca State Park
Ironworld Discovery Center: the history of Minnesota’s iron range
Sudan Mine: this underground mine tour will take you a half mile underground
United States Hockey Hall of Fame: Eveleth
Vince Shute Bear Wildlife Sanctuary: Orr

Hiking, Biking and Driving Tours
There is no better way to see the area and “Northwoods” than on a trail. Hike and view spring flowers or bike along a tranquil wetland. The Chippewa National Forest alone offers about 300 miles of non-motorized trails. A couple that we recommend are:

The “Lost 40”: The trees in this area have never been logged because it was originally mis-mapped and as never logged. Now you will find a 1-mile trail among the gigantic virgin timber that re up to 350 years old!
Suomi Hills: These hiking trails are just south of the resort about 10 miles on Hwy 38. There are 21 miles of trail to explore. Since everyone is looking for something different when they go for a walk, you will like that the trails offer different lengths and degrees of effort.
Edge of the Wilderness Driving Tour: (Due to road construction on Hwy 38, many miles will be inaccessable for 2018) Along the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway are selected places that are reference by green point markers approximately one mile apart. This driving tour is about 47 miles long from Grand Rapids, through Marcell, Bigfork and ends up in Effie. The average driving speed is approximately 40 mph. Take a few minutes at one Discovery Site or the entire day to navigate all the Discovery Sites.
Trout Lake Semiprivate Non-motorized Area and the Joyce Estate: Some of our guests have hiked in this area. It is 6,000 acres of forest with miles of shoreline on 11 lakes.
There are many old logging roads to explore the Chippewa National Forest area.
Mesabi Trail: A premier paved bike trail running 132 miles between Grand Rapids and Ely.
Taconite Trail: This trail starts in Grand Rapids at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. The first 6 miles are paved and the trail stretches for a total of 165 miles.

Bird and Wildlife Watching

This seems to be a sport that many people are taking up. It’s easy to do in our area. Did you know that Itasca County has the highest number of Eagles in the continental US? This doesn’t surprise us. You will find many varieties of birds in our area.


Don’t want to cook? You will find what you are looking for. Within 5 miles of Cedar Point, you will find local cafes, fine dining and convenience foods. We also serve some food and snacks in the Lodge at Cedar Point Resort.

Timberwolf Inn Dining Room & Lounge, State Hwy 38, Marcell, MN 56657 218-832-3990
Pine Cone Soup & Sandwich Shoppe, 49407 State Hwy 38, Marcell, MN 56657  218-832-4444
Frontier Sports Deli, 48919 Hwy 38, Marcell, MN 56657  218-832-3901
Riley’s Fine Food & Drink, 46551 Riley Rd., Bowstring, MN 56636  218-832-3656
Bigfork Wilderness Bar & Liquor, 203 Main Ave., Bigfork, MN 56628  218-743-6668
Bigfork Family Restaurant & Pizza Parlor, 203 Main Ave., Bigfork, MN 56628  218-743-3633
Park Rec, 304 Main Ave., Bigfork, MN 56628  218-743-3689
Two Rivers Cenex Freshway Subs, 406 North Main Ave., Bigfork, MN 56628  218-743-3777
Effie Café, 100 State Hwy 1, Effie, MN 56639  218-743-3607
Neighborhood Tavern, State Hwy 38, Effie, MN 56639  218-743-3286

Movies and Theatres:

The Edge Center for the Arts, Mann Theater, Reif Center for Performing Arts, and MacRostie Art Center are some of the venues you can choose from.

Bowing and Mini-Golf:

Bowling and mini-golf is fun for the whole family! You can choose from several places – Blueberry Bowl in Deer River, Midway Bowl and Mini-Golf in Grand Rapids and Blackduck Bowl in Blackduck.

Indian Gaming Casinos:

In our are you will find the White Oak Casino, Northern Lights Casino and Palace Casino.

Berry Picking:

Find them yourself or go to the Blueberry Meadows or Lavalier’s Berry Patch

Horseback Riding:

Evergreen Riding Stables is located close by. Perhaps you are interested in arranging a ride through the forest!