Call (218) 335 - 2424
Call (218) 335 - 2424
If fishing is not what you desire, take in the beauty of nearby Chippewa National Forest with it’s hiking and biking trails in the peaceful surroundings. We are a short distance from many golf courses, casinos, theaters, restaurants and nearby shopping mall.
Our beautiful new lodge features our famous home-made pizza, cold beer or wine coolers, pop, malts or 1919 root beer floats, ice cream cones and novelities, candy and other snack items. Come in and enjoy a game of pool or play the video games or relax with your favorite beverage and take in the view of the lake! We have many board games, books, puzzles for those rainy days.
Our resort features a nice sandy beach with no drop-offs. There are also basketball and sand volleyball courts for those of you who enjoy a friendly game. And what better way to relax than to enjoy an evening in front of a bonfire!!!!
Those who enjoy waterskiing, sailboarding, jetskiing and sailing will also find plenty of room, and with all the miles of lakeshore, there’s plenty of beach for everyone.
Waterskiiers and sailboarders will have plenty of room to maneuver and try some tricks. Noisier jetskiers can find spots away from those who enjoy the lake quietly. And those who sail will have plenty of wind to get up speed or just sit quietly in calm water and snuggle into a bay.
HIKING, HUNTING, WALKING TRAILS
The MI-GE-ZI Trail, accessible from our resort just opened a year ago and is a beautiful trail for hiking or biking through the Chippewa National Forest around Pike Bay.
Hikers and walkers in the Cass Lake area can tramp through the big woods, stroll down a backwoods lane, walk around lakes and even hike around a lake within a lake on Star Island.
The Chippewa National Forest makes maps available for most of their hiking trails, ranging from .5 to 68 miles. Some trails are known for their eagle viewing, others are self-guided nature tours. Seventy-eight miles of non-motorized trail pass through some of the best grouse habitat in the Forest.
In addition to offering excellent fall grouse and deer hunting opportunities, these trails also provide excellent hiking, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year. Near Bemidji and Itasca State Parks have their own trail systems and you can even walk across the mighty Mississippi River at its source in Itasca State Park. Call (218) 335-8600 for a handout of twelve Chippewa National Forest hunter/walking trails.
Whether you are a biker who likes paved trails, dirt trails, highways or quiet country roads, you’ll find your ride in the Cass Lake area. Besides the scenic highways and quiet pine needle-lined forest roads, a new paved trail in the Chippewa National Forest meanders along the shoreline and campgrounds.
Close by are the state’s oldest and now newest paved trail, the Heartland Trail, stretching 34 miles from Walker to Park Rapids, and the Paul Bunyan Trail a 42-mile ride from Hackensack to Brainerd.
The 20-mile paved bike trail around Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River, is just a 45-minute drive from Cass Lake.
For those who want to go mountain biking, area forest provide a nearly limitless source of dirt roads and scenic trails. The Chippewa National Forest, (218) 335-8600, has a four-page hand-out featuring eighteen different loops and bike routes for the experienced mountain biker as well as the casual touring family.
Enjoy a sunset paddle on a calm-as-glass lake or get up early in the morning to watch the mist slowly moving off a bind in the river. You can travel the same routes of the Ojibwe Indians and the early explorers on nine such routes offered in the Chippewa National Forest.
The Infant Mississippi River waterway meanders through the area, narrow enough for a safe trip and wide enough to provide an abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles that hunt fish along the river. Beavers have lodges along the river and paddlers will often hear the slap of a beaver tail against the water.
Golfers can pick a different course nearly every day of the week in the Cass Lake area, which has six golf courses to choose from within a half hour radius of Cass Lake.
Closest to home is Sandtrap Golf Course in Cass Lake. The nine-hole, regulation-size course has been carved out of rolling, wooded terrain that includes picturesque pines and birch with watered fairways and greens. It’s a challenging course for some, a relaxing escape for others, depending on skills and attitudes. Santrap Golf Course is not a “short course,” but one that totals over 3,000 yards and is a par 36 over 9 holes. The longest hole is 474 yards, the shortest is 144.
Nearby, there are several courses in Bemidji and two in Walker as well as several in the Park Rapids-Nevis area.
For those who enjoy casino gambling, the Palace Bingo & Casino offers hundreds of slot machines as well as blackjack and bingo. Dining and entertainment are also offered. Slots include progressives, Keno, draw poker, 21, Super 8 Ways, Red, White & Blue 7’s and more, as well as video blackjack. Blackjack players will find tables with limits up to $200 and weekly tournaments.
The bingo hall that seats nearly 1,000 persons is one of the largest and comfortable in the midwest. Besides prize pay-outs in the thousand of dollars, players can win up to $1 million in Mega Bingo. The Palace Bingo and Casino is open 24 hours daily.
Why not come and take a walk among the brilliant fall colors of reds and yellows when the green of summer is transformed into the fireworks of fall.
When many of the summer visitors have gone, those who remain in the fall can enjoy access to thousands of acres of public lands for hunting grouse and other game birds. With Cass Lake’s rich assortment of wetlands, lakes and rivers, duck hunting is a popular fall sport. In late fall, the abundance of deer makes this area of Minnesota one of the best for hunting success.
Stay a while longer and you can keep warm by a cozy fire before bundling up for a cross-country ski or snowmobile ride. Winter is the perfect time for trying out snowshoes, tobogganing down a hill with kids, building a snowman or skating on a cleared section of lake.
There is time for the peaceful solitude of walking down a forested lane where snow-tipped pine trees make you certain you are in a winter wonderland.
There is nothing like a get-away to a cabin deep in the woods or on the edge of a frozen lake, cozying up next to a warm fire, reading a book or watching the coals glowing and keeping an eye on the winter wildlife through a picture glass window.
Cross-country skiers will find an almost unlimited landscape of skiing opportunities around Cass Lake with a variety of flat and hilly trails, all of them very scenic.
Scenic, groomed trails are available in Bemidji and Itasca State Parks as well as the Shingobee recreation area (near Walker) 25 miles from Cass Lake. Groomed trails are also available at the Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji.
For downhill enthusiasts, Buena Vista has 15 downhill runs, the longest running for 2,000 feet. There are four chair lifts.
There are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails that criss-cross the Cass Lake area and miles of designated forest roads and open areas where you can take your snow machine.
The following trails are scenic, fun to travel and well-maintained:
There’s so much to see and do during a Cass Lake winter,
you’ll just have to come and try it for yourself.
ONE DAY TRIPS TO OTHER TOWNS
There’s plenty to do and see in Cass Lake to fill up an entire summer vacation, but those who like to hit the road for one-day trips to nearby areas will soon find that Cass Lake is strategically located in the middle of the best that northern Minnesota has to offer.
Here’s a capsule of what lies west, east, north and south of Cass Lake.
BEMIDJI, the first city on the Mississippi, is less than a dozen miles from Cass Lake and offers a host of metro-style amenities.
The Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theater has a summer-long series of plays that usually run two weeks each and hosts numerous entertainment events. It is the state’s oldest professional summer theater.
The famous 18-foot statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox on Lake Bemidji are sentinels to the logging history of the Bemidji area and are next to an amusement park specializing in rides for children.
Art and artifacts galleries are located in the Loggers Hall of Fame, Historical and Wildlife Museum, Bemidji Community Arts Center, Bemidji State University and Gallery North.
Shopping can be done in a wide range of stores, ranging from the local crafts of the Old Schoolhouse and Lady Slipper Designs and north country specialties of Bemidji Woolens to the main lines of Target and K-Mart.
And there’s an outdoor water slide, raceway, movie theaters, bowling, roller skating, carriage rides, curling, ice skating, carriage rides, curling, ice skating and more to keep you busy for an entire summer.
GRAND RAPIDS, home of one of the state’s largest paper manufacturers, Blandin, is within an hour of Cass Lake and half-way to Duluth, the state’s fourth largest city.
“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” in Grand Rapids where a museum is full of the memorabilia of Judy Garland. Or visit the Forest History Center, where costumed staff re-create a 1900s logging camp. And if you want some culture, enjoy productions in the Rief theater or on the showboat.
WALKER, a shopper’s delight, is on the southern tip of Leech Lake, renowned for its muskie fishing. Walker hosts numerous fishing tournaments, 4th of July, North Country Marathon and the world famous International Eelpout Festival.
ITASCA STATE PARK – About a 45 minute drive west from Cass Lake is the headwaters of the Mississippi, located in Itasca State Park. Facilities include The Headwaters History Center, Douglas Lodge and the Museum. Amenities include large stands of pine, paved bike trails, Wilderness Drive, U of M Forestry and Biological Stations, Indian cemetery, and Peace Pipe Vista, and endless miles of hiking trails.
AKELEY, is home of the world’s largest statue of Paul Bunyan and the Woodtick theater with Brandon-style entertainment.
NEVIS, is home of the world’s largest Tiger Muskie and Lake Belle Taine as well as being midpoint of the paved recreational trail, the Heartland Trail.
DORSET, so small it isn’t legally a city, is the restaraunt capital of the world with more dining establishments per capita than any other place in the world. Pick up your free copy of the Dorset Daily Bugle.
PARK RAPIDS, has all the amenities and flavor of a resort town, but also hosts the Headwaters Rodeo of over the 4th of July and the Headwaters 100 bike ride and race in September.
BLACKDUCK, is home to the area’s fastest-growing manufacturer, Anderson Fabrics, known for its window coverings. The city is about 20 miles north of Cass Lake on a road through the Chippewa that has historical value as well as being scenic. On the way you’ll go through Pennington, a charming little stop. Blackduck is also home to fishing, golfing and a blackduck statue, of course.