Bigfork Community
Bigfork Community        

[ Marcell Family Center ]   [ Edge Center for the Arts ]   [ Edge Gallery ]  

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Bigfork is a community of about 460 located in northwestern Itasca County where Highway 38, the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway, meets Highway 7, long called The Scenic.

As these names suggest, Bigfork lies deep in the pines and lakes area of northern Minnesota where recreational opportunities range from horseback rides on trails through the Chippewa National Forest to lazy days fishing for walleye and crappie on quiet tree-ringed lakes. Miles of snowmobile trails can be accessed from Bigfork during the winter, and for those following summer canoe trails, the Big Fork and the Rice rivers meet in town.

There are also opportunities for those just interested in watching wildlife. Deer, eagles and loons are common, and occasionally an otter, ermine, bear or even moose can be seen.

Bigfork is at the center of a thriving arts community, and there are local clubs for gardeners, book lovers, quilters, sewers, artisans and more.

The business section of town includes retail stores, hospital, long term care facility, K-12 school, pharmacy, bank, post office, four churches, telephone company, electric cooperative headquarters, art gallery, grocery, restaurants and senior center.

Yearly Events:

  • Third Saturday in February: Bigfork Valley Winter Challenge at Scenic State Park
  • Second Saturday in June: Wilderness Days
  • Third Saturday in July: Bigfork Valley Health Expo
  • Fourth weekend in July: Northstar Stampede Rodeo in Effie
  • First Friday in August: Arts and Crafts Fair at Bigfork High School
  • Second Saturday in August: Kids Challenge and NFL Punt, Pass & Kick local site
  • Second Saturday in September: Bigfork Valley Challenge race/walk along Jingo Lake Road in the Chippewa National Forest




Marcell Family Center

The Marcell Family Center is a 15,000 square foot facility designed to be suitable, in both form and function, to meet a wide variety of social, educational, and recreational needs for the residents of Marcell and surrounding communities. Functional space incorporated into the renovated facility includes a gymnasium, a multi-purpose hall, a commons area, class/meeting rooms, fitness center, computer room, nursery, and a food preparation/meeting area.

Ongoing services include the following:

  • Computer Use
  • Open Gym
  • Marcell Family Center Coffee Club
  • Massage
  • Marcell Family Center Fitness Center
  • Adult Basic Education

There are also special events and classes as announced.

The Mission of the Marcell Family Center Foundation is to make a positive impact on individuals in the surrounding rural area by providing an environment for wholesome educational, cultural, fine arts and recreational activities.

The Marcell Family Center Foundation was incorporated on January 12, 1999 in the state of Minnesota.





Edge Center for the Arts

In 2005 a new 250+ seat performing arts center opened with a performance by famed comedian Kevin Kling. The Edge Center was built with the enthusiasm and dedication of area residents who raised over $2 million. The center provides opportunities to enjoy fine productions as well as to develop performance talents. An attached art gallery offers monthly exhibits of regional artists during the summer as well as serving as backdrop for a permanent collection. Website with upcoming events:



Edge Center Gallery

The Edge Center Gallery is both the welcoming space for the Edge Center Theater and an attractive, large, professionally equipped art gallery. The rotating monthly exhibits present a diversity of talents and interests. The Gallery is open Thursday thru Saturday from 14 p.m.

Yearly Exhibit Schedule

  • May: Bigfork Student Art Show
  • July: Edge Center Gallery Annual Juried Exhibit: Art on the Edge
  • November/ December: Annual Holiday Gift Show and Sale
Check the Website for other upcoming exhibits:


Bigfork at the Edge of the Wilderness

258 PINE TREE DRIVE / BIGFORK, MINNESOTA 56628 / 218-743-3177


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