If the No. 1 trophy-winning choice on our list of Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts was just 12 miles to the east, we’d have had to write a whole new Canadian top 10 list. Lucky for us, this Lake of the Woods wonderland sits cozily in U.S. territory as one of the North Star State’s own!
As the only resort on Zippel Bay, this 20-cabin Northwood’s haven has a lot to live up to – so we mean it when we say this place a real catch! And you’ll surely have more than one big catch when you tap into Lake of the Woods’ world-class walleye and sauger fishing. Bring home the bacon – err, fish sticks – after a daylong cruise on the 30-ft. walleye fishing charter boat. And we couldn’t forget to talk up the luxury log cabins; after all, it is on our list of Top 10 Minnesota Cabin Resorts! These aren’t your typical smallish cabins clinging to the water’s edge. The enormous natural Norway pine log cabins are more than comfortable. With rooms big enough to store your boat in, you and your family members are guaranteed a good night’s rest on your Zippel Bay vacation!
Besides walleye, Zippel Bay is also known for its excellent smallmouth bass and perch fishing.
Lake of the Woods features the highest walleye/sauger limits in Minnesota!
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The four-bedroom Outpost Cabin is perfect for hunters. This cabin is located in the Beltrami State Forest, teeming with white-tail deer.
Follow the shaded path of maples, oaks, and birch trees to the open and clean grounds of East Silent Lake Resort overlooking the sparkling waters. At East Silent Resort, you’ll experience a fun yet peaceful Minnesota vacation. The lake is jam-packed with endless activities. From skiing, tubing, and snorkeling to canoeing, swimming, and boating you’ll never encounter a dull moment! East Silent Resort creates a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming guests to become friends through weekly Ice Cream Sundae Sunday Socials, Bonfire & S’mores nights, and Rush Hour on East Silent Lake. Be the early bird and cruise the lake with coffee and baked goods! On the shores of East Silent Lake you’ll find a variety of accommodations to for a comforting stay. For larger groups, the luxury lake homes, ranging from one to three bedrooms, offer a taste of home with a lakeview. Enjoy spacious bedrooms and living spaces, a designer kitchen, an entertainment center, and a fireplace, among other amenities. You may also choose to stay in the cabins where knotty pine interiors and fireplaces provide a cozy stay. But, if you are a vacationer on the run, spending all your time outdoors, the guest rooms are the perfect fit.
30424 410th Street, Dent, Minnesota 56528
East Silent Resort offers specials for all seasons including the Mid-Winter Special, the Bear Den & Boat Package, the Stay and Play Golf Package, and several others.
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Once winter hits Northern Minnesota, East Silent Resort is your perfect stay for outdoor fun. Maplewood State Park, only a few miles from the resort, offers 20 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 13 miles of cross country ski trails.
The #3 pick on our list puts you right along the banks of Bad Axe Lake. Isle O' Dreams is the ideal cabin getaway for outdoor lovers and full of family-friendly activities!
This historic 1930's lodge features 17 cabins along 2,000 feet of majestic shoreline. Whether you are looking for a cozy bungalow to sleep after a day of fun activities, or need space for the entire extended family, Isle O' Dreams has accommodations to fit your needs. The fun never stops during your trip to the lodge with outdoor games, bingo and putting contests throughout the week. Enjoy a Bonfire at the Lodge with S'mores provided from 8:45 to 9:15, or amaze your entire family at Karaoke Night! With all of these exciting organized activities, do not forget about the natural playground that awaits in the form of Bad Axe Lake. Whether you are taking a boat or kayak out onto the water, or casting your fishing line from the shore, there is plenty of fun to be had! Experience a remarkable Minnesota Cabin Getaway and plan your stay at Isle O' Dreams Lodge.
29137 Just A Dream Trail Park Rapids, MN 56470-5181 US
Park Rapids - 3,686
- Bonfire at the Lodge with S'Mores - Karaoke Night with an Ice Cream Social - Bingo Night - Billiards Tournament and Putting Contest
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With 17 cabins, Isle O' Dreams is sure to provide you with the accommodations of your dreams. The Eagle and Lake Home cabins are both four-bedroom units with room for 10 people. But, If you are looking for a truly unforgettable group experience, try the nine-bedroom Martin Family Reunion Complex featuring two large decks and a private swimming raft.
Sometimes life can be unfair; not at our No. 4 Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts destination, though! Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake is more than just a beloved resting place for weary travelers; it’s a joyful answer to your question, “Can’t I just be a kid again?”
The answer is yes. No, there isn’t a super-circuited, time-traveling machine here, but you are bound to feel decades younger in spirit at this Central Minnesota resort. Why? Firstly, Fair Hills has been around for more than 80 years, so it knows a thing or two about making you feel utterly at home and at ease on the lake. Aged to perfection, the resort’s only renovations have been making sure all the facilities have been modernized – that means no spooky sprints to rickety outhouses at night, folks! Oh yeah, there are also fun new blow-up water toys! And if you don’t feel like a spring chicken flapping your water wings in the lake or cheerfully squawking at your fellow cabin dwellers during a sprightly game of T-ball, then a hearty dose of Fair Hills’ famous Tuesday Smorgasbord in your belly and a little bit dribbling down your chin will make you giggle in goofy, childlike happiness!
The nearby Wildflower Golf Course offers hours of putting pleasure in Detroit Lakes!
Did you know Pelican Lake has a song that’s sung at Fair Hills’ Hootenanny? Here it is: Pelican Lake/ it’s the scene you should make with your little ones/Keep it in mind, if you’re looking to find, a place in the summer sun/You can swim in the pool, you can snack in the cool, or you can rent a canoe/At Pelican Lake you’ll be able to make, the way vacationers do!
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Golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, outdoor playground, game room and a library.
Surrounded by more than one million acres of wilderness, it's safe to say Timber Trail Lodge & Resort is an outdoor oasis. And, you can explore this almost infinite space all year round at this four-season resort. Grab your family, your friends, or just yourself and get away!
Situated on the south shore of Farm Lake, this family fun center offers an authentic Minnesota getaway. Enjoy motorized boating on Farm Lake or any of the other three interconnected lakes on the White Iron Chain of Lakes. Slow things down with a soothing canoe trip on the Boundary Waters, which you have direct access to. Family fishing fun is always in full supply, as Timber Trail provides the bait, tackle, and boats needed to reel in walleye, northern pike, bass, lake trout, and pan fish. Stay dry and hike through the pine-lined trails, soak in the scenery on a float plane ride, or head into Ely for some shopping. The rustic cabins allow you to soak in the simplicity of this beautiful region while also featuring amenities like handcrafted log furniture, wood patios overlooking the lake, picnic tables, and more. Come experience the majesty of Minnesota!
629 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, Minnesota 55731
Observe black bears in a natural setting at the North American Bear Center or learn about the last person to live in the Boundary Waters at the Dorothy Molter Museum.
When the winter wonderland arrives, get to know the snow! Snowmobile through miles upon miles of trails, embark on a dog sledding adventure, or cross country ski through the powdery landscape.
We know we gushed about how cozy and secluded our No. 5 pick was, but it may have met its match with our No. 6 Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts list choice, Pine Terrace Resort. Brightly shining as the only resort on Star Lake, this Northern gem has solitude down to an art.
Of the 13 homey cabins Pine Terrace offers, we couldn’t help but to fall in love with the Gola Cabin – the original structure that was built by the founding owners at this Cross Lake, MN location. This quaint one-bedroom cottage is a rustic dream for lovey-dovey honeymooners and anyone who wants to spend a lot of time in close yet comfortable quarters with one another. It’ll be hard to rip yourself away from your love den, but you’re not going to want to miss out on the exhilarating Star Lake adventures. Being the only resort on the lake, you won’t have to deal with irksome high boat traffic or oversaturated fishing spots. Nope, the waters are yours to launch your trusty boat into and cruise. And don’t even think for a second that you won’t be coming back to shore without a stringer full of largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish and crappies!
Pine Terrace Resort has its own easily-accessible private boat ramp!
Star Lake is 150 acres and has a maximum depth of 84 ft.
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Pine Terrace Resort offers two all-season cabins that include a fireplace, screened porch, sundeck and two baths.
Although the No. 7 pick on our list of Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts is located in the land of Paul Bunyan, it’s no tall tale that Samara Point Resort boasts one of the most desired spots on Gull Lake; in fact, it’s enough to make Babe the Blue Ox turn green with envy.
Thick woods and lush, leafy canopies set the stage for Samara Point and your Brainerd vacation. Eight inviting cabins speckle the grounds and serve as your home base during your stay on Gull Lake. We couldn’t decide whether to jump into the cool lake waters, hop in our complimentary boat and peruse the waves for the perfect walleye and northern pike fishing spots or just take it easy in front of our cabin’s rustic wood-burning stove. So we did all three, and you will too! Samara Point is truly a place to just sit back and enjoy Minnesota’s glorious terrain. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to dip your feet in the lake with the friendly blue herons, known for their frequent dockside visits!
Samara Point Resort offers eight rustic, well-appointed cabins for families of up to eight.
From Brainerd, drive north on U.S. Highway 371. At the second entrance to County Road 77/Bar Harbor Road, turn west and drive until you see a sign for Samara Point to the left and the City of Lakeshore sign on the right. Turn left at Birchwood Hills Road and Samara Point will be up ahead.
Gull Lake is one of Brainerd’s largest lakes!
Straddling the Minnesota-Ontario border like our No. 1 Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts choice, Nelson’s Resort sits on the edge of Crane Lake. But we promise, there won’t be a need to crane your neck for an unmatchable view of more than 40 miles of continuous waters, all waiting for you to explore!
Not that the other resorts on our list aren’t in abundantly beautiful and adventure-filled locations, we just got really excited when we saw where Nelson’s Resort has been hunkered down for more than 75 superb years. Not only does this historic haven feature things you wouldn’t expect to find at a classic lake resort, much less at a five-star city hotel, its proximity to some of Minnesota’s grandest natural elements makes it a must-stay for anyone searching out a Northwood’s destination. Here, Nelson Resort will accommodate you any way you deem fit for an up North escapade. If that means all you need is a boat, a fishing pole and a roof over your head at night, it’s done. And if it means a nightly organic-style meal picked fresh from a blooming garden and a bottomless glass of aged port after a day lazing on a luxe cruise boat, you can have that, too!
Nelson’s Resort’s onsite Millie’s Garden grows leafy delicacies like curly ornamental kale, savoy cabbage, butterhead lettuce, asparagus and parsley.
From the Twin Cities, take I-35 North to Cloquet. Exit at the Range Cities sign. Continue through Cloquet on Hwy. 33. Hwy. 33 merges into Hwy. 53 and 53 North takes you through the city of Virginia and further north through Cook and Orr. Turn right at the stop light in Orr on 23. Turn right on Nelson Road which will lead you to Nelson's Resort.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park are only minutes away from Nelson’s Resort.
Known as a Naturally Superior Destination, Ely’s River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. may be our No. 9 choice on our list of Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts, but it should be your No.1 choice if you have your heart set on investigating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Ranked as one of the top four Minnesota Resorts in Midwest Living Magazine, this up North getaway takes an incredible secluded wilderness peninsula, an unspoiled, 20-mile shoreline and a plethora of luxury cabins, villas and chalets and makes your lakehome dreams come true. You’ll be begging to make a beeline to this Birch Lake gem as soon as you see the meticulously-kept grounds and its closeness to Minnesota’s glorious parks. With the Boundary Waters Canoe Area at your doorstep, River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. makes it easy to explore the beautiful surroundings during the day and return to the resort to sleep soundly and safely at night. Of course, the more adventurous traveler might find it more satisfying to join in on the resort's spectacular overnight canoe trips, which take you along the waters during the day before setting up camp on the shores of the South Kawishiwi River and Birch Lake. It's the perfect way to experience all that this natural destination has to offer!
River Point Resort was featured in Lifetime Fitness Magazine!
From the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, follow 35W north to Hwy. 33 through the city of Cloquet. Hwy. 33 turns into 53. Follow Hwy. 53 to the outskirts of Virginia. Continue on 53 to the point where 169 joins it. Follow the signs and 169 North to Ely. Travel east through Ely on 169 and 1. Turn right onto Hwy. 1 and cross over a large bridge (Birch Dam). Take the first right turn onto River Point Road. River Point's private dirt road will be up ahead.
Birch Lake covers more than 6,000 acres and is 20 miles long.
Here’s a surefire resort that will turn your little campers into happy campers on your Minnesota family getaway: Acorn Hill Resort! Our No. 10 choice on our list of Top Minnesota Cabin Resorts has everything you need for a weekend – or weeklong – Northern adventure with all the comforts of home.
One word: waterslide. Yeah, that’s what got our fishing tackle in a twist. But seriously, it’s cool! Regardless of your age, one zoom down the tubular slide and into the refreshing Leech Lake waters will have you rejuvenated and ready for a full-force Walker, MN family vacation. We highly recommend the water trampoline for a jumping good time, too! And when the weather is less than swim-worthy, the big indoor pool will be ready and waiting. May we mention there’s more to do that splash around in the water at Acorn Hills? All the usual lakeside activities can be found here too; fish, hunt, eat and unwind – and when the loons begin to call at dawn, wake up and do it again!
When you stay at Acorn Hill Resort, you have the chance to catch Leech Lakes finest, like walleye, northern pick, muskie and largemouth bass.
Kayaking, Basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, hiking, volleyball and water-skiing.
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Acorn Hill Resort offers you 22 seasonal and five rentable wooded RV sites!
Our #11 pick on the list of the Top Minnesota Cabin Getaways specializes in the finest food and wine in the area, and offers exceptional service for every single guest!
Enjoy the complimentary boat slip on Gull Lake, secluded hiking trails and so much more when you stay at Lost Lake Lodge. The only thing you need to bring with you is clothes, and the staff at Lost Lake will take care of the rest. A playground and playhouse will give kids plenty of space to stretch their legs and their imaginations. Basketball, tether ball and volleyball courts are also available during your stay. If you want to explore the area surrounding the lodge, bicycles are available for riders of every size. Take part in one of the Sunday Scavenger Hunts or enjoy a nightly beachside campfire! You will never go hungry during your stay with a full-service lodge breakfast in the morning and a four-course dinner served nightly. Make sure you don't have to lift a finger during your next Northern Minnesota getaway!
Number of resorts
There are eight resorts in Nisswa, Minnesota, and 11 additional resorts located nearby.
You All-Inclusive package includes a Kid's Kamp Nature and Activity Program, weekly fishing clinics with an on-site expert and plenty of options for boat rentals to help get you out on Gull Lake.
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Golf cart rentals are available to guests who prefer a slightly faster way to navigate the resort. In-cabin massages can also be arranged during your stay.
Thunder Lake Lodge is second to none when it comes to providing an authentic Minnesota experience! Offering four seasons of fun, this resort showcases fishing, water sports, a wealth of onsite amenities, golf, kids' activities and breathtaking wilderness views!
Booming with fun, Thunder Lake Lodge supplies family adventures on land and in water! Trek through the surrounding Chippewa National Forest, swing away on the nearby golf courses or construct a sand castle on the resort's sandy beach. Make a splash in Thunder Lake, which features alluring fishing options, a wealth of water sports and endless hours of swimming! Swap recreation for relaxation when you step foot into your condo or cottage. Breathtaking lake views await from your private patio or deck, Weber grills spark family picnic fun and stone fireplaces keep you warm when the winter wonderland arrives. This resort truly offers the best in luxury and leisure!
5316 Cisco Ln. NE Remer, MN 56672
When the land is ablaze with fall colors, enjoy waterfowl, grouse, deer and bow hunting!
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The cavalcade of onsite amenities includes: tennis courts, fire pits, shuffleboard, volleyball courts, paddle boats and canoes.
Discover a rustic retreat every month of the year at Gull Four Seasons Resort, where a bevy of Brainerd attractions combine with cozy cabins with an array of amenities. Whether you're cruising along the lake, exploring the lush wilderness, or relaxing in the cabin, you're sure to enjoy this secluded stay!
The fun starts just outside your door, where Gull Lake teems with entertainment. This angling oasis attracts fishers from all over the country, as you can hook trophy walleye, northern pike, and panfish. It's easy to get around on the water, as the resort offers boats, pontoons, and motors for rent. If you'd prefer to stay dry, hike through the lush landscape in the summer and snowmobile or snowshoe the snowy terrain in the winter. When you're not exploring, soak in the simple life on the property, where heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools await. Fresh Wi-Fi keeps you connected while welcoming cabins offer a place to kick up your feet. One- to five-bedroom cabins can fit families of all sizes and feature cable television, a game room, and HDTVs. This lakeside getaway combines exploration and relaxation!
4132 St Columbo Rd, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
When you're not soaking in the serenity of the resort, hike the Paul Bunyan Trail, line up your putts at Pirates Cove Miniature Golf, or swing away on any of the 14 nearby golf courses!
The swimming beach is just outside your door, offering a place to build sand castles, catch a tan, or dive in for a swim in Gull Lake!
No matter the season, there's a reason to visit Ice Cracking Resort. Surrounded by Minnesota's natural splendor, vacationers are treated to a rustic stay with an oasis of outdoor adventures just out their door. Slip into the simple life at this wilderness retreat!
Established in 1934 using timbers cut from surrounding forests, this year-round resort has been perfecting the craft of rustic recreation and relaxation for decades. From families roasting marshmallows around the campfire to friends hiking through the lush woodlands in search of wildlife, there are so many bonding moments. For additional adventure, set off on Ice Cracking Lake for an afternoon of fishing. When the winter wonderland arrives, snowmobile through the powdery white landscape. Once the adventures come to a close, kick up your feet in a cozy cabin, many of which feature spacious living rooms with welcoming fireplaces, private decks, and large dining rooms for family meals. The main lodge keeps the entertainment rolling with arcade games, a pool table, and delicious food. Grab a frosty mug of beer and enjoy the company. Four seasons of family fun await at Ice Cracking Resort!
30388 Cty Hwy 35, Ponsford, MN 56575
Stay at the four-cabin complex that are completely set up for housekeeping and rest on the shimmering shores of Ice Cracking Lake.
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An onsite playground is fun for little ones while complimentary barbecue grills are perfect for whipping up a family meal!