Northern Lights Resort & Outfitting
Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," it's hard to beat Minnesota when it comes to quintessential lake vacations.
Northern Minnesota especially is a treasure trove when it comes to sparkling lakes, lush natural surroundings, and endless outdoor adventures. In the heart of this magical place awaits the incredible Lake Kabetogama. With over 100 miles of shoreline, 25,000 acres of beautiful waters, and encompassed by the magnificent Voyageurs National Park, this is a top spot for outdoor adventures of many kinds. Right at the edge of the lake awaits Northern Lights Resort, Outfitting & Youth Quest, your homebase for Kabetogama getaways. Lake Kabetogama is one of four large lakes in the national park and Northern Lights Resort grants you easy access to explore over 65 miles of water right from their dock. With hundreds of uninhabited islands, gorges, and coves throughout, you're sure to discover something magical on your trip. Fishing is a must here, but you can also enjoy ranger-guided kayaking adventures in the park and boat trips to the historic Kettle Falls.
10176 Bay Club Road Kabetogama, MN 56669
Fishing at Lake Kagetogama is an unforgettable experience. The lake is teeming with a variety of species including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and pan fish!
Top off your northern Minnesota vacation with a chance to experience the Northern Lights in person! The stunning natural phenomenon occurs around 200 times a year here so you're sure to catch sight of it during your stay!
Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountains
Northern Minnesota is known for its lush forests and beautiful lakeside shorelines. You might not think of Minnesota as having mountains, but there is a stretch of majestic peaks here that welcome travelers throughout the year. The Lutsen Mountains, part of the Sawtooth Mountains along the north edge of Lake Superior, is primarily a ski area, but its location on what is called the North Shore, is an unparalleled vacation destination.
It's Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains that brings you all the comforts of a luxury resort in a truly natural setting. Here, you can wake up each day to breathtaking mountain views and plan an adventure that lets you experience all that this magical place has to offer. Start right onsite with the resort's popular alpine slide. Take their chairlift up to the top of Lutsen's Eagle Mountain and enjoy the views along the way before settling into your sled and zipping down the winding half-mile slide back to the bottom of the mountain. This is a thrilling ride you probably won't get enough of! For more adventure, ride the Lutsen Mountain Tram over the woods and Poplar River to Moose Mountain where you can step out and look over Lake Superior from a height of 1,000 feet. The mountain features many hiking trails for your exploration!
445 Ski Hill Road Lutsen, MN 55612
Eagle Ridge offers a central location to the eight state parks in the North Shore area including the beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park. Stop by to trek through the trails and even walk across the bottom of the sparkling waterfall!
Winter activities abound at Eagle Ridge. You can ski-in/ski-out right from the resort to Lutsen Mountain's 92 incredible runs, four mountains and 1,000 stunning acres!
Moose Track Adventures Resort & Outfitter
With "adventures" in its name, you can rest assured that our #3 pick knows exactly how to have a good time. Resting in Minnesota's famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Moose Track Adventures Resort & Outfitter brings together rustic living with unforgettable outdoor activities. With your own charming lakeside cabin to call home and exceptional outfitting and guide services brought to you directly by the resort, there is no place better than this for your BWCA vacation. It's no wonder then that Moose Track is ranked as the #1 TripAdvisor Outfitting Resort in the Ely and BWCA area. Their experienced staff is ready to help you make the most of your Minnesota adventure, whether that's a canoe retreat or guided fishing trips. Moose Track will happily equip you with the top-quality camping gear you need for your adventure, along with food to keep you energized along the way. Their various packages let you choose the trip that's just right for you, but no matter what, you're sure to experience something truly magical here. Paddle out onto the calm waters of the BWCA right from their dock and bask in the views, or fly-in via float plane to remote locations for some of the best fly-fishing you will find in the state. The surrounding area is teeming with smallmouth bass and northern pike so you're guaranteed to reel in a trophy catch!
593 Kawishiwi Trail Ely, MN 55731
Moose Tracks provides you with the best brands when it comes to equipment and gear. Expect items from North Face, Marmot, and Mountain Hardware, and quality Kevlar canoes, paddles, life jackets, and tents so you're not only well-equipped but safe on your travels.
If you need a break from the waters, the surrounding area features plenty of hiking trails that will let you experience the BWCA in a different way. The Basswood Hiking Trail and Kawishiwi Falls Hiking Trail are both nearby and offer fantastic views!
Timber Trail Lodge & Resort
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is such a popular destination for Minnesota adventures, we can't provide you with only one resort in the area on this list. Here comes Timber Trail Lodge, a four-season resort that rests on the south side of Farm Lake. The beautiful lake is connected to the White Iron Chain of Lakes, a beautiful water haven that encompasses nearly 11,000 acres across four lakes. To top it all off, they are surrounded by over one million acres of Northern Minnesota wilderness that's just waiting for your arrival. Easily hop into your boat and ride out onto the gentle waves for unbeatable Minnesota fishing adventures. The connected waterways offer you plenty of space to cast your line for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappies, while the resort also has experienced fishing guides you can reserve who will take you to the best spots on the lakes for the ultimate trip. Canoeing at the BWCA is a must; the waters are accessible right from the resort and you can plan day-trips that take you out to historic sights in the area such as the Native American Pictographs which were painted over 500 years ago!
629 Kawishiwi Trail Ely, MN 55731
Hiking is another popular pastime in the area and you can find plenty of local trails that being right onsite and take you through the thick surrounding forests. For even more adventure, hike the Secret Blackstone trail that lets you enjoy incredible overlooks and small lakes!
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The Marina at Timber Trail makes it totally easy to rent your watercraft for your Minnesota lake adventures. The marina offers not only fishing boats and pontoons, but canoes and kayaks, and paddle-boats!
Timber Wolf Lodge
The Boundary Waters are the ideal place to have an adventure. It's full of beauty, challenges, and fun. Let Timber Wolf Lodge help you on the way!
Before you head out, spend a little time at Timber Wolf and enjoy yourself! Fishing is always a popular activity, and the adjacent lake is full of Bass, Pike, and more. You'll stay in one of the many lakefront and lakeview cabins, each featuring one to five bedrooms, comfy Sleep Number beds, and many include cozy fireplaces or wood stoves. When you DO head out for your adventure, the friendly staff at Timber Wolf will gladly recommend and equip you with the finest camping and hiking equipment they have and send you on your way.
9130 Escape Rd, Babbitt, MN 55706
The lodge is 6.9 miles from Babbitt.
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A campsite and RV slots are also available.
Whether you're on a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Glenwood Lodge serves up adventure (and unforgettable experiences) in heaps!
There's seemingly no end to the list of things to do in and around sparkling Lake Vermilion! From hiking to biking to water-skiing, you'll certainly never want for something fun to do. However, the main draw and activity at Glenwood Lodge is, of course, fishing. Get out and try your luck at landing a giant walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, smallmouth bass, crappie, or panfish. While doing so, you'll see just how beautiful Vermilion can be, first-hand!
5266 Mud Creek Rd, Tower, MN 55790
There are a total of eight cabins available to rent!
Driving North thru Tower-Soudan on Highway 1 & 169 continue another 9 1/2 miles. At the top of a small hill you will see County Road #408, also known as Mud Creek Road. Follow this road to the end, about 9 miles, and you're here!
McQuoid's Inn & Event Center
While there's many varieties of adventure available at McQuoids, but chief among them is fishing!
Get hooked on a feeling at McQuoid’s Inn & Event Center with four seasons of stupendous fishing! Savor summer angling on Lake Mille Lacs by renting a boat and captaining an expedition for walleye, northern pike, muskie, and bass. When the property is covered in powdery snow, take advantage of the winter package, which includes a heated fish house, bait, and a guide to seek out the hot spots. No matter the season, you’ll adore the rustic cabins and elegant condos that feature fireplaces, grills, and cable television.
1325 State Hwy 47, Isle, MN 56342
The resort is only a 10-minute walk from Mille Lacs Lake.
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Amenities include fishing boats, and canoe and snowmobile rentals.