first time visitor

Planning your first trip to the beautiful Northwoods of Minnesota? Lucky you!

You’re in for the adventure of a lifetime because we’ve got a little something for everyone in your family. So pack your bags, don’t forget your camera, and join us in the land of 10,000 memories!

Get IN/ON the Lake!

Every one of our resorts in Minnesota Northwoods is located on pristine lakeshore. Never been in a lake before? Make a point to dip your toes into one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and let the kids splash around. Many of our resorts offer water fun like floating docks, floating trampolines and other water toys for adults and kids to enjoy.

If swimming isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy getting out on the water with a paddle board, kayak, canoe, fishing boat or pontoon. Check with your resort to see what amenities are available and reserve boats ahead of time if possible.

Day Trip to Bemidji

No trip to Northern Minnesota would be complete without a trip to the city of Bemidji, a short drive from our resorts. Bemidji is a cultural hub with plenty of attractions including restaurants, shops, and entertainment in its historic downtown district.

It’s also the birthplace of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his companion, Babe the blue ox. Make sure you stop to take a selfie with the larger than life statues which stand watch along Lake Bemidji’s downtown waterfront. Bemidji’s Tourist Information Center is conveniently located in the same park, so stop in to speak to staff members about other Bemidji attractions to fit your needs.

Loop the Lake by Bike

An all-time favorite activity for tourists and locals alike is biking around Lake Bemidji. Start at Paul and Babe and plan to spend a couple hours making the leisurely 16 mile ride around the lake that is fabled to have been created by one of Paul Bunyan’s giant footprints. The north side of the lake takes you through Lake Bemidji State Park where you can stop for a picnic or view wildlife like loons and Lady’s Slipper orchids.

You can rent bicycles by the hour right outside the Tourist Information Center, courtesy of Nice Ride. Check out the Nice Ride website for pricing, information, pick-up and drop-off locations and a map for the popular “Loop the Lake” trail.

Download The Minnesota Northwoods Vacation Guide