Northern Minnesota Resorts

Just looking through the place names—Bemidji, Chippewa National Forest, Itasca State Park, Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake of the Woods—is enough to send many reluctant city dwellers into a dreamy-eyed summertime reverie. It's the place where our greatest stories are born, and our fondest memories made.

Zippel Bay

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Zippel Bay Resort started out in 1951 as a fishing camp with three small cabins and a shower house for the campers. Since Nick Painovich took over in 1977, the resort has thrived. Nick and his wife Deanna are two of the hardest-working people in the world, and their dedication makes the resort what it is.

Zippel Bay offers twenty-one cabins plus a remote outpost cabin a few miles away in the woods. In the winter, the Zippel Bay Igloo is something to behold: part igloo, part icehouse, part sports bar, it's a gathering place where you can watch the game, toss back a cold one, and catch crappies through the ice all at the same time: amazing.

Zippel Bay is on Lake of the Woods, a staggering 950,400 acre lake containing over 14,000 islands. It is renowned as one of Minnesota's best fishing lakes.


Zippel Bay Resort

39th St NW

Williams, Minnesota 56686

(800) 222-2537


Pimushe Resort

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To call Pimushe Resort Pimushe Resort owners Ed and Joanne Fussy handy would be like calling Rembrandt pretty good with a brush. All the cabins at Pimushe are fashioned out of wood that Ed mills on site, and they are glorious to behold. Joanne’s masterful quilts keep guests warm at night.


Pimushe started back in 1945: these days there are 12 gorgeous, handcrafted cabins, a nice lodge, and a full complement of amenities. Pimushe Lake is 1,365 acres and nearly seven miles long with 30 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Known for being a calm lake, Pimushe is stocked with walleye, northern pike, largemouth, crappies, and bluegills.


Pimushe Resort

7376 Pimushe Trl

Bemidji, MN 56601-8478

(218) 586-2094


Jolly Fisherman Resort

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Sporting 11 two and three bedroom cabins, the beautiful Eagle Nest cabin on a bluff above the lake, and two new four bedroom cabins, Jolly Fisherman Resort specializes in relaxing family vacations. Situated alongside the 1,000 acre Big Elbow Lake (a top 100 walleye lake) Jolly Fisherman is also just minutes from Itasca State Park.


Ann Buelow has owned the resort since ’91. It was in need of saving when she bought it, and save it she did. Staffed by a merry bunch known as the Jolly Crew, Jolly Fisherman is a jet ski-free zone and has great activities for kids.


Jolly Fisherman Resort

39126 Jolly Fisherman Road

Waubun, MN 56589-9398

(218) 734-2262


Finn’n Feather Resort


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Owned and operated by the Clemens family for the past thirty-some years, Finn'n Feather ResortFinn'n Feather Resort started back in 1945 as Swedmark's Lodge.


Cedar Point Resort

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Cedar Point Resort is a classic Minnesota resort—10 cedar-sided cabins with knotty pine interiors sitting under northern hardwoods sitting just 20 feet from North Star Lake—owned by Tim and Karen Senger. Karen's parents bought the resort, so Tim and Karen are second generation owners.

Cedar Point guests are loyal through the decades, attracted to North Star Lake's excellent fishing and the traditional (comfortable) vacation atmosphere with tastefully chosen amenities like a heated pool with a rec room nearby. Should they desire to fish other waters, there are one hundred lakes within ten miles of Cedar Point.


Cedar Point Resort and Campground

38268 Cedar Point Road

Marcell, MN 56657

(218) 832-3808

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