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Joyce Estate


As you stroll through the grounds of the Joyce Estate imagine the roaring twenties, the time of prohibition and women's suffrage. Imagine how unusual it was in its day, an isolated 4,500 acre resort with 40 buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger. 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. 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 Chippewa National Forest manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.   Information Flyer

At a Glance

Fees None
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Marcell
Water: None
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the intersection of County Road 60 and State Highway 38, go 1 miele east. Take County Road 335 north, then east until you reach the parking for the Trout Lake Tract. The hike into the Joyce Estate is approximately three miles from the parking entrance to the Trout Lake Tract.


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