1 . Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

Deerwood, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 770 - 8076

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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 . Fair Hills Resort

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 6330

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Fair Hills Resort is the kind of place where you can experience vacations like you used to. You know the ones. They seemed to last all summer. There was nothing but fun and sun. The kind of vacation you thought had disappeared with childhood.

Turns out those types of vacations haven't disappeared, you've just been looking in the wrong place. At Fair Hills Resort there's something for everyone, including both kids and adults. Spend the afternoon fishing. Or just lounge on the beach. Everything from basketball to golf to tennis to volleyball to badminton is available onsite So no matter what your sport of choice is, chances are, at Fair Hills Resort, they'll have you covered. Also make sure not to miss a chance to catch some fish when you stay at Fair Hills, because Pelican Lake is great for fishing! It's also great for swimming and sunbathing too, if that's more your style.

Address

24270 County Highway 20 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Highlights

The Hootenanny. The very name should send a quiver into your heart. The "Hoot" is a celebration of heritage and music that's been going on for almost 50 years and is a blast for guests who get to witness it!

Related Onsite Offerings

Pelican Lake is a great place to catch some fish. And it's home to Minnesota's quintessential fish: the walleye!

3 . 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 3 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.

4 . East Silent Resort

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 208 - 7975

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East Silent Resort comes in a number four on the list because it so many great options, that it's sure to appeal to the whole family. Nature lovers, and city-dwellers alike. Whether you you want to spend your time on the lake, casting a line and jumping in, or prefer to explore the town, you'll have a great time either way!

If you're a nature enthusiast, make sure to pack your fishing pole, and cast a line on one of Otter Tail County's 1,000 lakes. Or just stay at East Silent Lake, and enjoy the sandy beach! It's perfect for both building sandcastles and working on that tan! Then there's the nearby city of Detroit Lakes. With great restaurants and lots of fun shops, both boutiques and antiquing stores, there's plenty of fun things to discover. It's a great way to spend an afternoon. Those wanting to hit the links are also in luck, there are several golf courses in the area, so you'll have great opportunities to finally get that hole in one! If not, at least you can still enjoy the great North Woods atmosphere.

Address

30424 410th Street Dent, Minnesota 56528

Related activities

With over 1,000 Lakes in Otter Tail Country, you'd better believe the fishing is pretty good. And if you're not having any luck, there are plenty of fishing charters available to give you that last boost over the top!

Fun facts

Nearby Maplewood State Park is home to more than 150 different species of birds!

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 . 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!

7 . Ash-Ka-Nam Resort

Orr, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 934 - 3758

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When you head to Ash-Ka-Nam Resort, the number 7 pick on the list, you'll have lots of fun activities to enjoy, most of them centered around the abundant water in the area. Whether you want to visit Voyageurs National Park, or just cast a line into one of the area's many lakes, you'll never run out of things to enjoy!

Ash-Ka-Nam Resort is surrounded by water, and you really enjoy your experience there you got to get out on the water! First, there are literally hundreds of miles of shoreline and islands where the fish like to hid. Spend some time on a cruise by Kettle Falls damn or visit Crane Lake. There's also the Ellsworth Rock Gardens to see. Try a sunset cruise as well! Make sure you visit Voyageurs National Park, which perseveres the landscape and the legacy of the french fur trappers and traders, who shaped the landscape so many years ago. Their legacy is still visible today. Learn all about it when you stay at Ash-Ka-Nam Resort!

Address

10209 Ash River Trail Orr, MN 55771

Related activities

Make sure to visit Vince Shutte Bear Sanctuary! See bears in their natural habitat! How many people can say they've seen that?

Fun facts

Voyageurs National Park was established in 1975 and is Minnesota's only National Park.

8 . 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!

9 . White Iron Beach Resort

Ely, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 456 - 8603

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When you stay at White Iron Beach Resort, you'll be right in the middle of some beautiful country. It's the perfect place, and the perfect way to enjoy the charms of Northern Minnesota! With a rich history dating back to 1917, White Iron Beach Resort has honed it's guests experience down to a science, guaranteeing you'll have a great time!

White Iron Beach Resort has great access to both the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, with it's numerous lakes, waterways, inlets, and everything else, but you'll also be able to experience the fascinating town of Ely, Minnesota. With a rich history of fur trapping and trading, iron ore mining, and Ojibwe culture. There is a strong heritage and atmosphere just waiting to be discovered. At White Iron Beach Resort, in addition to the fine service and cozy rooms, there's so much to enjoy! Also make sure to enjoy the onsite beach as well, take a jump in the lake and cool off on a hot summer day. It's the simplest pleasures that are the best, don't you think?

Address

13471 White Iron Beach Rd Ely, MN 55731

Population

3,438

Highlights

Don't miss a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of the BWCA, its unparalleled beauty and tranquility will stay with you long after you've gone.

10 . Woodland Beach Resort

Bay Lake, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 647 - 0813

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Rounding out the list at number 10 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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