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Top Northeast Minnesota Fishing Resorts
It's just you, the lake, and the distant call of the early bird. There's a swish and a plop, and you lean back and admire the brilliant blue sky. This is the life, early morning fishing on a completely still lake with nary a soul in sight. As you ponder your good fortune, you feel a hard tug, and you smile. Got one. This doesn't have to be a far-away fantasy- this could be you next weekend! At any of the following resorts, you'll find tranquil waters, unbridled hospitality, and fantastic fishing. We guarantee it.
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Nelson's Resort

Crane Lake, Minnesota

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+1 (855) 762 - 9360

Featuring 40 miles of pristine Crane Lake waters, Nelson’s Resort offers an unmatched view and a history of incredible fishing.

Serenity, hospitality, and fun: these are the three reasons for Nelson's existence, and have been since its founding in 1931. From its rustic visage inside the Kabetogama State Forest, you'll have unprecedented fishing opportunities! Crane Lake and its sister lakes on the American/Canadian border provide untold structure and an inexhaustible supply of walleye, northern pike, musky, smallmouth bass as well as panfish. Meanwhile, the log cabins range from rustic to modern and feature 1 or 2 bedrooms, decks, separate living areas and bathrooms with showers. Come and have an unforgettable adventure!

Address

7632 Co Rd 424, Crane Lake, MN 55725

Fun facts

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park are only minutes away from Nelson’s Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Free amenities include a sauna, a playground and a beach with kayaks and canoes.

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Birch Forest Lodge

Orr, Minnesota

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+1 (218) 757 - 3479

Birch Forest Lodge, on majestic Pelican Lake, invites one and all to come and catch the big one while staying in unparalleled comfort!

The majority of Pelican Lake is less than 15 feet deep with a sandy bottom and weeds, the perfect environment for great Bass fishing, fantastic panfish-like Bluegill and Crappie, plenty of Northern Pike and an occasional nice Walleye. The onsite guide (Adam) will happily look over a map, point out the best spots, and regale you with fishing stories. And yes, if you don’t have the right stuff, Adam has a small tackle shop in the lodge. Away from the lake, you'll be staying in a cozy yet spacious room or cabin!

Address

4442 Birch Forest Rd, Orr, MN 55771

Getting there

The rustic lodge is 50 miles north of Virginia, MN.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include a boat dock with slips, and a fish-cleaning station.

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Ludlow's Island Resort

Cook, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 265 - 8545

What better place to fish than an island? Everywhere you look there's water, and ipso facto there's fish! Ludlow's Island Resort's gorgeous custom cabins and fantastic location on Lake Vermilion make for an ideal fishing spot.

Lake Vermilion's 40,000 acres of navigable waters, 365 islands and nearly 1,200 miles of shoreline offer plenty of opportunities for an aspiring or veteran fisherman. If you're concerned the fish won't be biting, consider this: since the year 2000, more than 175 million walleye fry have been stocked in Lake Vermilion. That means that you're more than likely to catch your fill! When you aren't casting away, you'll be in your luxury cabin, be it a remote, one-bedroom cabin for a romantic Minnesota getaway, or a large, 5-bedroom estate.

Address

8166 Ludlow Rd, Cook, MN 55723

Related activities

Just 8.6 miles from downtown Cook!

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include kids' activities, and a swimming beach with docks and loaner watercraft

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Elbow Lake Lodge

Cook, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 403 - 1467

Minnesota is aptly nicknamed The Land of 10,000 Lakes. But not only are the lakes numerous, they're also naturally beautiful, clean, and tranquil (for the most part). Elbow Lake is at the forefront of those lakes!

Elbow Lake Lodge is a fisherman's paradise, full of rustic charms, knowledgeable staff, and plenty of fish. Elbow Lake is stocked with Walleye by the DNR. In the spring, you can find them in shallow waters near beaches and feeding off of run off form a couple of the streams that come into the lake. Grab your family, friends, or go alone and do your best to reel in the big one! When you return you'll have cannonballing into the lake or roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire to look forward to!

Address

3975 Kennedy Rd, Cook, MN 55723

Getting there

Visitors can access Cook by car or even small plane flying into the regional airport 5 minutes outside of the town.

Fun facts

In 1908 the city's name was changed from Little Fork to Cook at the request of the United States Postal Service and in honor of Wirth Cook, an owner of the original railroad that ran through the city.

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Kec's Kove Resort

Kabetogama, Minnesota

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+1 (218) 875 - 2841

They might spell "Kove" in their own unique way, but stay a spell at Kec's Kove Resort and you'll realize that the fishing is oh so right!

Spend your next vacation fishing, boating, and relaxing on the doorstep of one of the Nation's most beautiful, unspoiled and least visited natural areas: Voyageurs National Park. Kec's Kove Resort calls Lake Kabetogama home, and its 25,000 acres of blue beauty is home to abundant supplies of walleye as well as northern, panfish, and bass. Kabetogama has hundreds of islands and inlets and offers more then 75 miles of shore line, so there's plenty of places for you to reel 'em in!

Address

10428 Gamma Rd, Kabetogama, MN 56669

Related activities

Kec's Kove superb snowmobilling is often used for access to excellent Lake Kabetogama sledding

Related Onsite Offerings

10 cabins, dining room, bar with game room sauna and hot tub.

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Pine Point Lodge, Resort & Motel

Crane Lake, Minnesota

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+1 (218) 993 - 2311

Pine Point Lodge personally invites you to the only privately owned Minnesota boat-in resort near Voyageurs National Park, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park. They're speaking of themselves, of course.

Set on a private peninsula with 1/2 mile of shoreline, Pine Point is the unique getaway you’ve been searing for. Those fishermen looking for a wide variety of species need look no further. Lake Sturgeon, musky, and plenty of northern pike fishery make the area home, while the lake's superb walleye population draw's anglers from all over the country. Wake up in your enchantingly rustic room bright and early and get out for a day of peace, quiet, and success!

Address

7533 Gold Coast Rd, Crane Lake, MN 55725

Highlights

Keep your eyes peeled for nearby wildlife – bunnies, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, eagles and other variety of birds!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Lodge rewards people for choosing to release the larger, spawning fish by offering you a discounted rate for your stay.

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Kinsey Houseboats

Babbitt, Minnesota

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Remember earlier when we said that there was no better place for fishing than an island? We stand corrected. On a Kinsey Houseboat, you simply need to take a couple steps, cast away, and wait.

All the luxury of your typical resort but mobile! Choose from 33-50-foot houseboats, equipped with gas grills, sun decks, and full kitchens, as you make your way around the coastline of the Superior National Forest. Comb the untainted wilderness and search for bass, pike, and muskie to your hearts content. There's something distinctly satisfying about being self-sufficient- perhaps because it channels our ancestors spirits of perseverance. Whatever it might be, you'll feel like that on a Kinsey Houseboat.

Address

2718 Birch River Rd, Babbitt, Minnesota 55706

Highlights

Enjoy luxury on the lake in The Four Queens, a sprawling boat with three queen-bed staterooms and one queen-bed couch.

Fun facts

Superior National Forest encompasses nearly four million acres of woods and waters, meaning the exploration never ends!

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Sandy Point Lodge

Kabetogama, Minnesota

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+1 (218) 875 - 2615

Located on the western end of Lake Kabetogama and Voyageurs National Park, Sandy Point Lodge is a fantastic destination for nature lovers young and old (and that includes fisherpeople).

Whether you are looking for that prized walleye, sauger, bass, northern pike or crappie, chances are you will find it on Lake Kabetogama. If you're a novice, ask one of the lodge's fishing guides for a full or half day to get to know your way around, and find the fish that you can write home about! In addition to fishing, bird watching, kayaking, swimming, and relaxation in the clean northern air are all stupendous ways to spend an afternoon.

Address

10606 Gamma Rd, Kabetogama, MN 56669

Getting there

The Lodge is 14 miles from the town of Ray.

Related Onsite Offerings

Resort amenities include a sandy swimming beach, sauna, basketball and volleyball courts, and access to the Voyageurs Trail for hiking.

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Tamarack Resort

Ely, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 452 - 8661

"Your next family summer vacation would be well spent at Tamarack Village in scenic Ely." That's a nice way of say why would you go anywhere else?

In the blisteringly hot summer months, a crystal clear cold lake is just what the doctor ordered, and it can be experienced in a multitude of ways at Tamarack. Swimming, boating, and tubing are all fantastic if you crave a little action, but for those interested in a little tranquility, fishing is the way to go. To that end, Tamarack unquestionably excels. All the usual fish suspects are here, from the vile Northern Pike to the fastidious walleye. They're your enemies, and you would do well to bring them to justice with your righteous rod. With water clarity of up to 16 feet and more than 150 islands from which to fish from, you'll have plenty of opportunity to do so.

Address

3499 Tamarack Rd, Ely, MN 55731

Highlights

Ely is located on the Vermilion Iron Range, and is historically home to several iron ore mines.

Fun facts

The Common Loon is Minnesota's state bird.

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+1 (800) 456 - 5580

Let's cut to the chase: River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. will shelter you, equip you, and point you on the path to fishing glory. All you have to do is accept the offer.

While River Point has great fishing year round, it truly comes to a head in June. Multitudes of walleyes, northern pike, and plenty more are to be found, big and juicy as they come. Meanwhile the fresh green foliage, colder waters, and bright sunny days make Ely an ideal spot for getting closer to nature. So next time someone asks you what you're doing this June, tell them that you'll be at the northern end of Birch Lake- at River Point Resort!

Address

12007 River Point Rd, Ely, MN 55731

Getting there

The resort in the Superior National Forest is 1 mile from Route 1 and 11 miles from the town center.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include fish-cleaning stations, a bait store and boat rentals.

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