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Creating Memories Year after Year in the Beautiful Minnesota Northwoods

Plan your outdoor escape at Nelson's Resort, a unique blend of tranquility, luxury and pure fun. Nelson's is situated on the edge of Minnesota's famed Northwoods. Hiking, mountain biking or canoeing await the adventurer on the resort's own three miles of private wilderness or at Voyageurs National Park; twelve miles of state and federal trails are close by. Onsite, there's a game room and a lodge, plus a beautiful beach, marina and an ideal spot for a bonfire beneath a clear Northwoods night sky. Choose from any of the warm, comfortable one- or two-bedroom log cabins, perfect for families and just about any group size. After a day of fun activities, enjoy a refreshing meal in the lodge, soak in the sauna, or relax in your cabin. Make your next northern Minnesota getaway at Nelson's!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 27 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Crane Lake
  • Nearby Water Crane Lake
  • Open Dates May 13 to Oct 2


Nelson's Resort makes it easy to plan your next Northern Minnesota fishing trip with a number of all-inclusive packages designed to take the stress and worry away from planning your stay. These all-inclusive specials include your nightly lodging, all of your meals at the resort, and guided fishing with a shore lunch. For additional rates and information about the great American Plan options at Nelson's, visit the property website!


Nelson's Resort is a peaceful new world of hiking trails, a playground, swimming at the beach, volleyball and a game room -- and that's just at the resort! A golf course is just up the road, and guided fishing trips take you through a vast variety of lakes; the lodge restaurant offers a kid's menu. This is a destination the whole family can agree on!


Why not hold your next business meeting in a location that nobody on your team will ever forget! Nelson's Resort offers the perfect destination for a relaxing, and productive business meeting. Everything you need from an overhead projector to a blackboard, will be available to make sure everything runs smoothly!


Nelson's Resort is the perfect place to gather up the whole family for an unforgettable reunion! With 27 spacious cabins, the resort can accommodate your group of up to 100 people! Plus a variety of onsite activities will keep the entire family busy and entertained! Enjoy swimming at the beach, go out on a boat ride, fish, and more!


Whether you're exploring Minnesota's forested Northwoods or strolling in the resort's own gardens, you'll find Minnesota nature at its finest at Nelson's Resort. Explore the rivers, bays and shoreline by boat or canoe. Go bird watching or mountain biking. And bring your camera: the wildlife abounds!


Here on the American/Canadian border an endless supply of walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and panfish fill Crane Lake and nearby lakes. Bring your boat or rent from the marina. Find favorite fishing spots with the resort's expert guides. Shore lunches can also be on your menu for the day!


Cozy one-bedroom Minnesota cabins enable you to cuddle up with your special someone. Stargaze or see the Northern Lights. Explore the area's shoreline together or be adventurous and hike to a private spot to stop for a quiet respite. Stop at the Nelson's Resort's Trading Post for the makings of a picnic.

Pet Friendly

Don't worry about leaving your favorite pet behind during your vacation! Nelson's Resort offers pet-friendly cabins so your pet can travel along with you! So pack the toys and treats, because Fido is coming along! Nelson's Resort doesn't want to see any member of the family left behind!


Among more than 40 miles of Minnesota lakes, one-and-a-half special miles of Crane Lake shoreline are home to Nelson's Resort. Canoers, boaters and anyone else drawn to the seemingly endless reach of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness -- right near the resort -- will find this a personal paradise. The scenic and peaceful atmosphere will leave you feeling rested and refreshed.


Only a few minutes away from Voyageurs National Park, learn about the rich history, as well as the flora and fauna of the area. The French fur trappers and traders that give the park its name, shaped the land in innumerable ways, see the terrain from their eyes, and learn about a time long gone by! All when you stay at Nelson's Resort!


Start the newest chapter of your life together at the beautiful Nelson's Resort! This charming Minnesota getaway is the perfect hideaway where you and your sweetheart can relax in a cozy cabin, stroll along the shores of Crane Lake, or head out on a fun hike nearby. The honeymoon you've always dreamed of awaits for you right here!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Warm, cozy one- and two-bedroom cabins at Nelson's Resort -- many with a historic tinge and crafted from authentic pine logs -- reflect the beauty of their Minnesota Northwoods surroundings, both in construction and their locations. Hilltop, beachfront, riverside. Choose the one that's perfect for you.


When you come to Minnesota, all of your needs will be covered! Whether it's fishing or hunting equipment that you need, the friendly staff at Nelson's Resort will make sure you have everything you need. If you forget something, don't worry. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors!

  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Pack N Play
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Sauna
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Bocce Ball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Photography
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Shuttle Service
  • A/V Equipment
  • Babysitting/Daycare
  • Banquet Room(s)
  • Catering
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meeting Room(s)
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Nearest Airports

  • Atikokan Municipal Airport (YIB) / 51.1 miles
  • Chisholm Hibbing Airport (HIB) / 63.6 miles
  • Falls International Airport (INL) / 47.9 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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19.6 miles away

This property is ranked number 1 on Top Northeast Minnesota Fishing Resorts. Read about it here.