Over the years we have built some very nice guest cabins and have an extensive variety of nature adventure programs. We have more than enough to build you an exciting northwoods adventure vacation.
Our version of a friendly warm country inn in the northwoods, which includes our reception area, a comfortable lounge with easy furniture overlooking the lake, 3 dining areas, a small bar area and an extensive gift shop. Freshly baked cookies, and coffee, tea and hot chocolate are waiting for you on the sideboard.
Three dining areas in the main lodge- Justine’s, the Red Paddle Bistro and the outside patio. Meals are served straight through all day long- in the summer from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and in the winter from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adjacent to the patio is what we call our “man pit”, with a huge wood fired smoker, nice sized wood fired bake oven and a grill area.
Two floating docks accommodate both lodge and guest boats. Dockage is free for all guests bringing their own equipment. Our boats are 15′ with 20 h.p. electric start motors, and include landing nets, minnow buckets and padded seats with back rests. Adjacent to the docks we have a nice sand beach with a gentle slope for wading, swimming and feeding the ducks.
24 cabins are spread out along the lake shore on both sides of the lodge. We have about 1,500′ of lake frontage so the cabins are all in a nice woods setting. They are all open year around and each one has a rock fireplace, 1 to 5 bedrooms, usually a full bath for each bedroom, most with a full kitchen and many with a sauna and a spa/tub. All have either a gas or charcoal BBQ. They are all pine paneled, decorated with memorabilia of the northwoods, and have either king or queen sized beds.
Guided Nature Activities
Staff naturalists lead daily activities in the woods, on the lakes, in our big tee pee, and in their naturalist activity center. Most activities deal with the northwoods, our history, our geology, our wild life, our plant life and more. In the summer we offer around 25+ activities each week and in the winter we have at least 15 activities each week.
Fishing still remains one of the primary activities here in the northwoods. We are blessed with 4 species of game fish- walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Here in northeastern Minnesota we have some of the deep rocky lakes native to the Lake Trout. Then we have plenty of lakes with habitat suitable for walleye, smallies and northerns. The state record walleye came from Saganaga Lake, one of our primary fishing lakes.
We have our own full time fishing guides who take guests out for either a 1/2 day or a full day of fishing. Many of them offer to cook you a fresh fish shore lunch if desired. They generally start around 8 a.m. in the morning and their only obligation is to get you back to the lodge in time for dinner, as you can fish away the day for as long as you want.
From early May to mid October we offer horseback rides on our scenic forest trails. Most are one hour rides, but we mix in a few 2 hour rides and a day long ride with lunch. Through the main summer months we also offer a breakfast ride and a dinner ride. The minimum age for riders is 7 (accompanied by an adult) and the maximum weight is 240# per rider.
Towering Pines Canopy Tour
A beautiful scenic 2+ hour trip is offered, zipping from platform to platform high in huge white pine trees. Two highly trained sky guides lead small groups through the course, with outstanding views across the lake and into Canada, overlooking Lonely Lake, and with views of the high cliffs and the valley habitat below. Our senior most participant was a 92 yr old woman and her comment was: WOW, bring it on. I am ready to go again…..
Hiking trail complex
Hiking trails start right behind our outfitters headquarters. One takes you to the high cliffs, another to Lonely Lake, another to the cedar swamp, another is called the Hidden Trail, and the long trail along the top of the ridge is the South Rim trail.
Our winter program is built around cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. We have over 60 km of groomed ski trails (we set tracks with a big Piston Bully groomer). Some have two traditional lanes, while other have a traditional and a skating lane. Special snowshoeing trails meander through the back basin, and the dog sledding has it’s own complex of trails. We have a full time musher and 12 dogs on site offering rides from 20 minutes to day long trips.
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