Northern Minnesota Resorts

map_northernJust 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.


Home to Paul BunyanPaul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, there's perhaps no other place so quintessentially Minnesotan as Bemidji. Forest? Check. Lakes? Check. Walleyes? Check. Aw shucks Minnesota nice? You betcha...

If you're looking for that quintessential Minnesotan resort getaway, you'd be hard pressed to do any better than Bemidji area resorts, Finn'n Feather Family Resort and Pimushe Resort.

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the WoodsLake of the Woods is as far north as you can go in the northernmost state in the Lower 48. A staggering 950,400 acres, Lake of the Woods contains over 14,000 islands. Zippel Bay, home of Zippel Bay Resort, itself is larger than most of Minnesota's lakes.

Angle Inn Lodge, located on Oak Island in the Northwest AngleNorthwest Angle , requires a short jaunt through Canada before you re-enter Minnesotan soil and take a boat to the island. Talk about a fisherman's dream.

Chippewa National Forest

The fact that it's 1.6 million-acres of unadulterated nature is not the most distinctive thing about the Chippewa National ForestChippewa National Forest . With over 1,300 lakes—including the legendary Leech Lake, Cass Lake, and Lake Winnibigoshish in its borders—the "forest" is more than half water.

Bowen Lodge, Bowstring Shores, and Cedar Point Resort all welcome their visitors to this bounty of green and blue. The lakes teem with all the Minnesota game species and the forest are home to furbearing animals, birds of prey, wild turkeys, and deer, just to name a few.

Recreational opportunities are limited only by your imagination: other visitors have gone berrypicking, biking, maple syruping, camping, canoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, and hunting. Or you could wander the woods in search of one of the estimated 150 nesting pairs of bald eagles, the greatest concentration in the Lower 48.

Itasca State Park

Minnesota's oldest such park, Itasca State ParkItasca State Park was established way back in 1891. At 32,000 acres and with over one hundred lakes to its credit, Itasca is big, and quite popular. In 2010, it has 496,651 visitors come through the gates. The most fortunate among those visitors book stays at Bert's Cabins or the Jolly Fisherman Resort.

Aside from the obvious attractions, guests come from miles around to see the incredible diversity of bird life in Itasca State Park, a list that includes loons, grebes, cormorants, herons, ducks, owls, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, kinglets, vireos, tanagers, finches, and warblers.

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