Joyce Estate

The Joyce Estate is located in the northeast corner of the Chippewa National Forest near Marcell, MN.  It is a national historic site, which includes the remanents of an isolated 4,500 acre resort with forty buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger.

You can still enjoy the features of the unique Adirondack style architecture in the tea house or follow the numbered posts with this guide to experience the expanse of the estate.  The Estate is accessible by foot or by boat. 

Heir to the Joyce Family fortune originating in part from lumber taken from northern Minnesota via the Itasca Lumber Company, David Joyce of Chicago built the estate from 1917-1935.  Logging in Itasca County peaked about 1910.  Due to excellent railway connections from Minneapolis and Chicago, and its scenic beauty, the Grand Rapids area became nationally known as a major resort area.  The Joyce Family used it until 1972.  Through its heritage and interpretive programs the US Forest Service manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.


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Latitude: 47.463856 Longitude: -93.554041 Elevation: 1350 ft


Hours Open

Self-Guided, No Designated Hours

Time Period Represented

Post WWI (Early 1900's)

Seasons Open

Open Year Round

Visitor Fees

No Fees

Accessibility Notes

Grounds are open and grassy.  Main level cabins are fairly accessible--steps into lodge.   The upper level cabins (Mary Louise cabin, etc) have steep wooden steps leading up to the cabins. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome on a leash on the grounds.  

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