5. Joyce Estate


The Joyce Estate is located 17 miles north of Grand Rapids, Minn. or 13 southeast of Marcell, Minn.. 

South Entrance to Trail: From Grand Rapids, travel 12 miles north on the Highway 38 National Scenic Byway. Turn east on to County Road 60 and drive one mile to County Road 335 north. Travel east until you reach the Trout Lake south parking area.   

North Entrance to Trail: To reach the north end of the lake, continue on County Road 60 to County 49, travelling north along the east side of the lake. Visitors can also reach Joyce Estate by boat. Launch at the Wabana Lake boat landing.

Winter Trail Access: Skiers can access a groomed trail from the south trail head and trek three miles (one way) to the Joyce Estate. (Trail is groomed thanks to a local volunteer group.) Snowshoers may want to access the two-mile trail from the north to reach the Joyce Estate. 

Please Note: A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski the Trout Lake (Joyce Estate) and Suomi Hills trails.

History: Joyce Estate is an Adirondack-style family lodge built in 1917 by David Joyce, heir to a lumber company estate. This 4,500 acre resort was built between 1917 and 1935 and at one time included forty buildings, golf course and a skeet/ trap house. 

The Joyce family fortune originated from the Itasca Lumber Company. Logging in northern Minnesota peaked about 1910.   Visitors to the Joyce Estate can walk through the main lodge, Joyce cabin, Mary Louise cabin and the bath house. (Also known as the Tea House, this is a favorite lake-side picnic stop for visitors.)

Interpretive panels lead visitors through the area.  The Chippewa National Forest manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  

Events: Watch for scheduled hikes out to the Joyce Estate this summer.

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Travel along the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway and stop at the designated wayside rests to learn more about logging history and the boreal edge of the Chippewa National Forest.

Discovery Center: Learn more at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, Minn. Winter hours are Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Watch for scheduled programs throughout the year!