1 . Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

Deerwood, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 464 - 3641

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Stressing family, fishing, and fun, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is your premier Minnesota lake resort! Set on the sparkling shores of Bay Lake, the family will find plenty of aquatic adventures, along with on-land outdoor fun! A diverse selection of lodging options means that your Northern Minnesota getaway can accommodate even the largest families!

Family-operated since 1898, this resort truly has perfected the craft of family fun. Head down to the lake for swimming, boating, and (of course) fishing. Shove off on a family fishing trip or recruit the help of distinguished fishing guide Lynn Harker, who will share his hot-spot secrets. The marina teems with water-fueled fun. Explore the shores on a pontoon, rowboat, sailboat, paddleboat, kayak, or water bike. Stay dry hiking through the lush nature trails, swinging away on the resort's championship golf course, or shopping at the unique stops. Villas, condos, cottages, and houses are equipped for families of all sizes and feature amenities like fireplaces, private decks and patios, Jacuzzi tubs, and more. Your family fun center awaits!

Address

25039 Tame Fish Lake Road, Deerwood, MN 56444

Extra Stops

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails are only eight miles from Ruttger’s. The 22-mile trail winds through a rugged area created by 70 years of former iron ore mining.

Highlights

Swing away on The Lakes, the resort's 18-hole Championship golf course. Carved from 100 acres of rugged northern woods terrain, each hole will offer you a challenge as well as the scenic beauty of Northern Minnesota.

2 . Boyd Lodge

Cross Lake, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 574 - 9077

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Conveniently located on both Rush and Lower Whitefish Lakes, Boyd Lodge is your home for family fun with great activities like hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and more located right on site.

Spend your days hiking or biking on more than five miles of trails as you enjoy the local flora and fauna. Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and row boats are available to rent at no additional cost, or you can take out one of the motorboats or pontoons for a half-day, full day, or week-long rental. Create your own aquatic adventure on the Whitefish Chain's 14 lakes. If you prefer to spend your time on dry land, the lodge has plenty of great options for you. The Family Activities Schedule is a set of weekly planned events that your youngsters can enjoy during your stay. Whether it's spending the day doing crafts, playing on the outdoor playground equipment, or just enjoying a turtle race, these activities will bring out the kid in everyone. After a day full of amazing activities, you'll be happy to retreat to your comfortable and spacious cottage or cabin accommodations. Ranging from three to five bedrooms, these units feature wood burning fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators, cable television, and even WiFi internet access, perfectly blending rustic Northwoods charm with modern convenience.

Address

36539 Silver Peak Road Crosslake, MN 56442

Related activities

Boyd Lodge is the perfect place to start your getaway, regardless of season. The lodge has more than five miles of well-groomed cross-country skiing trails. You can also try your hand at ice fishing when the Whitefish Chain of Lakes freezes over for the winter.

Fun facts

The 14 lakes that create the Whitefish Chain of Lakes are: Upper Whitefish Lake, Lower Whitefish Lake, Arrowhead Lake, Bertha Lake, Big Trout Lake, Clamshell Lake, Cross Lake, Daggett Lake, Hen Lake, Island Lake, Little Pine Lake, Lower Hay Lake, Pig Lake, and Rush Lake.

3 . Pine Terrace Resort

Crosslake, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 773 - 7954

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Located in the heart of the breathtaking Brainerd Lakes region, Pine Terrace Resort offers aquatic activities for all ages! This secluded stay offers both tranquility and a host of recreation options just outside your door. Whether you want to dive into the lake or just sit back with your family, this lakeside lodging is your ticket to paradise!

As the only resort situated on the shores of the idyllic Star Lake, you'll find plenty of privacy and a wealth of water adventures! Cast off on a family fishing trip, paddle along the wondrous waters on a kayak or canoe, or try something different like paddleboard rides and water bikes. Construct sand castles or catch a tan on the sun-soaked beach. Bring your own boat and take advantage of the private boat ramp. Stay on land and explore the resort's scenic 36 acres with tree-lined hiking trails throughout the property. Once you've had your fill of fun, return to your lakefront cabin and soak in the serenity. Lounge on your deck and enjoy the lake views, fry up a family meal on the outdoor barbecue grill, or kick your feet up on the dock. These luxurious cabins feature spacious living room areas and wood-burning fireplaces. What are you waiting for? Bring your family to this untainted piece of paradise!

Address

35101 Pine Terrace Road, Crosslake, Minnesota 56442

Highlights

Star Lake is surrounded by towering pines and birches and offers plenty of options for fishers like largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, and crappies.

Fun facts

Star Lake is one of the six connected lakes known as the Ossawinamakee chain of lakes, located just south of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. There's plenty of water to explore here!

4 . Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort

Brainerd, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 562 - 8458

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Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort is a family owned and run place. That's why they take such pride in giving you the vacation experience you're looking for, and it's why they're number 4 on this list. Giving you the excellence and service you deserve is more than just a goal, it's a family tradition.

At Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, located a few miles outside Brainerd, you'll have several accommodation options like "The Oaks" or "The Maples," cabin options that vary in size, but don't differ in quality. Every cabin and condo at Kavanaugh’s echoes that Northwoods feel and is designed for your enjoyment. You'll have fully equipped kitchens, as well as internet and laundry facilities at your disposal. There's also over 4,400 feet of trails for bikers and hikers, as well as photographers and nature lovers to enjoy. This is a place that the whole family can enjoy. And a place to make great memories you'll never forget!

Address

1685 Kavanaugh Drive East Gull Lake, Minnesota 56401

Related activities

Don't miss a chance to cast a line (or two) when you stay at Kavanaugh’s. Of course, there's Syvlan Lake, but there are also lots of other lakes to fish on nearby as well! Dade, Steamboat, and Wilson are some of the closest!

Getting there

From I-94 west to Clearwater, exit on Hwy. 24 then go east to Hwy. 10. Head north on Hwy. 10 to Little Falls. At Little Falls take Hwy. 371 north to Brainerd/Baxter. At the intersection of Hwy. 371 and Hwy. 210 continue north 2.2 miles to Co. Rd. 77. Go west on Co. Rd. 77 for 6.5 miles and turn left at Kavanaugh's sign.

5 . Brindley’s Harbor Resort

Walker, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 762 - 9357

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Brindley’s Harbor Resort is a great place for those looking to truly enjoy the natural beauty of northern Minnesota. Located in Walker, MN, Brindley's is a central hub of many trials including the famous Paul Bunyan Trail as well as the Heartland Trail, so if you're looking to truly explore the great outdoors, this is the place to do it!

There's great fishing in the area, as well as Longbow Golf Course and Tianna Golf Course, perfect for playing a few relaxing rounds. Some of the natural highlights of the area include Itasca State Park, which is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. There's also the "Lost 40" a plot of virgin red and white pine trees, which were incorrectly mapped as a lake, and were never logged! Some of the threes are 300-400 years old! Leech Lake Brewery is also in the area, and worth checking out for a fun day trip as well!

Address

9530 Pine Point Rd NW Walker, MN 56484

Related activities

For those looking to hit the links, there are two local courses, Longbow Golf Course and Tianna Golf Course, both offer a scenic and enjoyable golfing experience!

Fun facts

Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota with more than 112,000 surface acres.

6 . Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort

Roosevelt, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 9615

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Surrounded by the incredible Lake of the Woods, Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort is the perfect destination for a Minnesota family vacation. Here, you can leave behind all those pesky distractions and focus on reconnecting with your loved ones. A selection of charming cabins offer you all the space you need to unwind, along with plenty of amenities such as a complete kitchen, barbecue grill, and picnic table to make you feel right at home. Take in the stunning views of the Lake of the Woods from your private deck or porch, and catch up with your loved ones with a variety of activities. With their prime location on the south shore of the Lake of the Woods, Arnesen's offers a little of everything to make your family trip fun and entertaining. They have the largest protected marina on the south shore, along with available fuel, bait and overnight docking to make it easy to hop aboard and go for a cruise. Teach your kids how to cast their first line! The lake is teeming with walleye, northern pike, sauger and perch, so you're sure to reel something in for the day. Or, simply enjoy swimming and beach fun on their sandy beach area that's perfect for an afternoon of family fun. At the end of the day, settle down for a delicious meal at the Rock Harbor Lodge to top it all off!

Address

6760 Rocky Point Road NW, Roosevelt, MN 56673

Related activities

With over 70% of Lake of the Woods available for public hunting, Arnesen's is a great destination to set up home base for your hunting adventure. Full of waterfowl, deer, ruffed grouse, mallards, Canadian geese, and more, you're sure to bring home a great catch!

Fun facts

Since 1897, the Arnesen family has inhabited Rocky Point. More than 100 years later, the family continues to provide guests with an incredible Minnesota fishing and nature getaway on the Lake of the Woods.

7 . Kohl's Resort

Bemidji, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 780 - 8128

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An all-season resort for all ages awaits at Kohl's Resort! Families will discover an oasis of outdoor adventures, lakeside leisure, and cozy cabins all in the breathtaking Northwoods wilderness. Dive into the lake and bond with the ones you love in the shadow of Buena Vista State Forest!

The aforementioned body of water is Big Turtle Lake, a 1,500-acre water wonderland teeming with crystal-clear water. Set off on a family fishing trip, have fun water skiing, or dive in for a swim. The sunny beach shores are the perfect place to build sand castles or catch a tan. Stay on land and enjoy hiking, biking, and much more. When the fall arrives, hunters will find plenty of game while the winter is perfect for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. You'll find just as much fun onsite, where an indoor swimming pool, a relaxing sauna, and and outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub. Cabins and a spacious lodge can accommodate families of all sizes. Sprawling decks showcase lake views, fireplaces warm frozen fingers after a day of exploring, and screened porches are the perfect place to kick up your feet. Splash around in the lake or explore the area together!

Address

15707 Big Turtle Dr NE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

Highlights

Big Turtle Lake is part of a seven-lake chain and 30 minutes from 30 different lakes. It's safe to say the aquatic adventures are always in full supply!

Related activities

When the water freezes over, enjoy the lake in a different form. Bring your own ice house and reel in muskie, walleye, northern pike, crappies, or panfish!

8 . Ludlow’s Island Resort

Cook, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 265 - 8545

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You want a place to really get away from it all? Well, then look no further than Ludlow’s Island Resort. As you may have guessed from its name, it's on an island. No, not metaphorically. A real island, surrounded by water. Making the whole island, and the lake surrounding it your play ground.

With private cottages, and the island reserved exclusively for guests of the resort, this is the place to enjoy unparalleled privacy as you enjoy the relaxing lake atmosphere. Whether you simply want to enjoy your cozy cabin, or head to the beach, at Ludlow's either is a great choice! At the beach you'll be able to use the resort's kayaks and canoes, or you can just work on your tan! If you want to go fishing, supplies are available for that too!

Address

8166 Ludlow Rd Cook, MN 55723

Related activities

Lake Vermilion is known for its walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, panfish, and muskies.

Related Onsite Offerings

There are so many aquatic adventures at Lake Vermillion! Throw in a fishing line, cruise the shores on a pontoon, or paddle the waters on a canoe!

9 . Half Moon Trail Resort

Park Rapids, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 775 - 2771

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Located on the shores of Boot Lake, Half Moon Trail Resort is an ideal destination for family adventures of all kinds. Here, you can unwind together with your loved ones in a refreshing, natural setting, with spacious cabins are equipped with modern touches such as full kitchens, decks, picnic tables and Weber grills. When you're not relaxing indoors, you'll find a variety of exciting activities waiting just outside your door. Their onsite beach area is perfect for the kids to play and swim at their leisure; or you can head out together for a family fishing trip. Teeming with walleye, bass, crappie and more, you're sure to reel in a trophy catch. The resort offers kayaks and hydro-bikes for water fun, plus a row of chase lounge chairs along the shores if you're looking to catch a tan! And that's only the beginning of your memorable family vacation. Half Moon also offers fun family events including potluck suppers and evening campfires, complete with kettle corn and s'mores! Plus, activities such as pool and carpet ball tournaments are great way to spend afternoons together as a group. No matter how you choose to enjoy your getaway, this is sure to be a family outing you won't ever forget!

Address

34881 County Highway 46 - Park Rapids, MN 56470

Related activities

The Park Rapids area is full of outdoor recreation options that's sure to appease adventurers of all ages. Head over to the beautiful Itasca State Park and check out the headwaters of the Mississippi River or enjoy a refreshing biking trip together!

Related Onsite Offerings

Half Moon Trail Resort caters to families! When you're not out at the lake, you'll find plenty of other onsite amenities to keep you entertained. A swimming pool, playground, sand volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong and video games are available for your enjoyment!

10 . Northern Lights Lodge & Resort

Ely, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 507 - 3069

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Bear Island Lake is nearly 2,400 acres and dotted with over twenty tiny islands, making it an ideal destination for a Minnesota lake vacation. At Northern Lights Lodge & Resort, you will be only steps away from the water and all the fun! The resort offers 2,500 feet of shoreline, a swimming beach, and charming accommodations with stunning views to make your getaway as comfortable and convenient as possible. Bring the whole family together to enjoy this incredible nature experience. The kids are sure to love the swimming raft and simply splashing around in the gentle waves. You can also head out for a family fishing trip and teach the little ones how to cast their first line. Teeming with walleye, northern and bass, there's plenty to catch and bring back for a cookout at your cabin! The resort also offers canoes, kayaks, and pedal-boats to use for relaxing rides through the lake. And, if you're interested in something different, the resort has you covered. Family friendly activities such as arts and crafts, movie nights with popcorn, and scavenger hunts are all available to make your vacation truly memorable!

Address

Northern Lights Lodge & Resort PO Box 328 - Ely MN 55731

Highlights

Bear Island Lake is ideal for fishing all year round! You'll find an abundant selection of walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies and a variety of pan fish.

Related Onsite Offerings

Although there's plenty to enjoy out on the lake, the resort also offers fun onsite activities such as basketball, badminton, arrow painting, tetherball, ping pong, ladder golf and more!

11 . Moore Springs Resort

Akeley, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 5724

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Nestled away within the seemingly endless stretch of pine and birch trees that comprise The Chippewa National Forest is The Moore Springs Resort. This beautiful resort is a located on the still waters of the spring fed Lake Howard and they take great pride in helping your family have an authentic and fun northern Minnesota experience.

For over 100 years The Moore Springs Resort has given families like yours the opportunity to enjoy the pristine wildlife and landscapes that northern Minnesota showcases. The resort takes great pride in providing you a clean, safe and entertaining environment to enjoy your northern Minnesota family getaway. The accommodations are designed to help your family feel like it has all the comforts of home. Cabins are offered in one to three bedroom options and are fully furnished. They include amenities such as full kitchen, a/c, fan, grill and outdoor furniture. If your family is looking to camp outside or make use of an RV or camper, then Moore Springs Resort is for you. They have lakeside and wooded campsites available for rent. The outdoor activities onsite and in the area seem are numerous to say the least. The onsite fun family adventures include swimming, water skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding, playground, horseshoes and pontoon rental. The surrounding area has much to enjoy like golf, shopping, hiking, parks, biking, restaurants and much more. Let your family have an unforgettable outdoor getaway, while taking in the natural charm that the Moore Springs Resort provides.

Address

5127 Howard Lake Trail NW Akeley, MN 56433 218-652-2131

Highlights

The Woodtick Musical Theater is located fairly close to the resort and boasts that they have the "greatest musical show in the northwoods".

Related activities

The resort features a family friendly quite time each day from 11 pm to 8 am. Ideal for families with young children or people who enjoy relaxing in peace.

12 . Clearwater Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 570 - 8416

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Spend your time at Clearwater Lodge, and you'll have lots of great ways to enjoy the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. With easy access to several trails, including Daniels Spur Trail, Caribou Rock Trail Loop, and Magnetic Rock Hiking Trail, you know you'll have plenty to enjoy!

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Minnesota. And when you stay at Clearwater Lodge, you'll have unparalleled access to it, and to the surrounding area. So whether you want to hike through the area, taking in the beauty of the land, or you want to explore on the waterways, Clearwater Lodge can outfit you when everything you'll need to make the most of your vacation! This is a destination, and a lodge you'll never forget. Make great memories the family will cherish always, at Clearwater Lodge!

Address

774 Clearwater Road Grand Marais, MN 55604

Fun facts

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over 1 million acres!

Related Onsite Offerings

To fully enjoy your time, boat rentals are available. There are: solo, tandem, 3-man and even 4-man canoes available along with kayaks, paddle boats, 10 hp motor boats, and stand-up paddle boards!

13 . Black Pine Beach Resort

Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 229 - 3817

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Families will find a host of lake activities at Black Pine Beach Resort, where fishing, boating, and general relaxation are in full supply. Deluxe lake cottages give guests direct access to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, where a wealth of water activities are always at their fingertips!

Set on the sparkling shores of Little Whitefish Lake, your family will have immediate access to aquatic adventures. Whether you're casting off on a fishing expedition or exploring the waters on a boat ride, you're sure to fall in love with this crystal blue water. Overlooking more than 230 acres of water, this lake opens up into the 13 other lakes of the Whitefish Chain. If you'd prefer to stay dry, hike through the lush Minnesota wilderness. After a fun-filled day, return to any of the 13 deluxe cabins and kick up your feet. Accommodating anywhere from six to 16 guests, you can bring the entire family. All cabins include decks, picnic tables, and satellite television, and breathtaking views of the water. Life is better on the lake!

Address

10732 County Road 16, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota 56472

Highlights

Over the years, the resort has grown from six small cabins to the current 13 deluxe lake cottages complete with fireplaces and decks, yet it has remained devoted to great customer service.

Related Onsite Offerings

Large families can stay at The Deck, a six-bedroom, two-story stay that can fit up to 16 guests and features knotty pine interior, a deck, and much more!

14 . Northern Lights Resort, Outfitting & Youth Quest

Kabetogama, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 826 - 2587

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Northern Lights Resort, Outfitting & Youth Quest welcomes families to a waterfront oasis on the shores of Lake Kabetogama. Located on a secluded bay with 16 acres of wilderness and expansive shoreline, the lake adventures are just outside your door. Kids can build sand castles on the sun-soaked beach or play around on the Floating Water Park. Enjoy a family fishing trip on the pristine lake, which offers some of the best fishing in Minnesota. A large selection of boat rentals will get the fun started. The entertainment never ends on this lake, which is one of four major lakes that makes up Voyageurs National Park! When you're not on the lake, try hiking through the tree-lined trails or playing beach volleyball. Youth Quest activities keep the little ones entertained with arts and crafts, kayak lessons, scavenger hunts, minnow races, magic tricks, and much more. One- to five-bedroom cabins offer plenty of space for families of all sizes. Enjoy amenities like Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, barbecues, decks, and much more. Families will find a boatload of lake adventures here!

Address

10176 Bay Club Road, Kabetogama, Minnesota 56669

Highlights

Showcasing 25,000 acres of pristine water, Kabetogama Lake offers almost endless aquatic exploration!

Related Onsite Offerings

When you're not on the lake, have fun playing ping pong, foosball, and lawn games. When the sun falls, roast marshmallows around the bonfire!

15 . Woodland Beach Resort

Deerwood, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 647 - 0813

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At No. 14 is Woodland Beach Resort, located on Bay Lake in Deerwood, Minnesota. With a wide variety of cozy cabins to choose from, and great access to not only Bay Lake, but several other lakes in the area, Woodland Beach Resort is a great destination for a relaxation vacation!

At only two hours away from the Cities, Woodland Beach Resort is uniquely placed to offer both easy access, as well as that unbeatable North Woods feel. Whether you want to get out on the water and cast a line, or if you'd prefer to just lounge on the beach, build that sandcastle and work on your tan, you can do either one, and have a great time at Woodland. Plus, since you can rent boats for fishing, as well as pontoons, everything you'll need to have a great time will be ready and waiting for you. There's no better way and no better place than Woodland Beach Resort for the family vacation you'll never forget!

Address

15596 Woodland Beach Lane Deerwood, MN 56444

Related activities

Bay Lake is famous for it's great Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish, and Northern Pike fishing

Related Onsite Offerings

Boat rentals are available from Woodland Beach Resort. Different size fishing boats are available as well as pontoons!

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