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The Wilds Resort and Campground is located on the edge of Shell Lake amid 50 acres of family fun. Here, between Smoky Hills State Forest on the east and Tamarac Wildlife Refuge on the west, this family-owned and operated, year round resort is an ideal place from which to fish, hike, do some boating, or just relax amid the tall pines and white birch. A huge variety of outdoor games and boating centers at the lodge; wildlife is all around!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 7 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Osage
  • Nearby Water Shell Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


Cast a line for walleye, perch, northern, and pan fish on the 3300-acre Shell lake; you can catch them right from the dock if you want. Or, try the variety of watercraft right at the resort.


Get into the wild at The Wilds Resort and Campground! Nearby, you will find Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, and just 45 minutes away is Itasca State Park where you can walk across headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Seven recently remodeled cabins provide all you could ask for in comfort, space and amenities at The Wilds Resort. These two-, three- and five-bedroom lake cabins are ideal for any size group!

  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Horseshoes
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Play Ground
  • Beach
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Wildlife & Nature
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Nearest Airports

  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 74 miles
  • Hector International Airport (FAR) / 64.4 miles
  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) / 72.5 miles

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

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This property is ranked number 9 on Top 10 Detroit Lakes Family Vacations. Read about it here.