The next time you are planning a trip to northwestern Minnesota, you should consider staying at one of the many resorts on or near the White Earth Reservation! Resort lodging gives the stressed-out traveler a place to relax and unwind. For those who love to swim, fish, hike, boat, sit-a-round a campfire, or simply want to “get away from it all” there are many resorts to choose from. Most of them offer something for both local residents and tourists alike, offering a wide assortment of activities that keep patrons coming back year after year. Here is a look at our favorite top four!
- Valhalla Resort on Island Lake is perfect for those looking for a smaller resort and want to be right on the lakeshore. Eight cabins are well spaced along a half mile of lake shore, providing privacy, peace, and quiet. There is a choice of completely modern carpeted or semi-modern natural log cabins. All cabins are directly on the lake with screened porches and private docks. No. 8 cabin is on an Island with road access. All cabins are furnished for light housekeeping, everything provided except towels.
A safe, sandy beach with clear, clean water. No weeds or drop offs. Canoes, and two kayaks are all free for everyone’s use. The playground is equipped with small swings and slide, larger school swing set, teeter-totter and bars. Horseshoe court is close by. Enjoy the many trails for hiking, the wildflowers and especially Minnesota’s State Flower, the pink Lady slipper.
Island Lake is a spring fed lake with crystal clear waters; three miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide. It has many points, rock bars and islands with deep water between. It is one of the best lakes in the area for walleye catches, along with northern pike, small-mouth bass, large perch and bluegills. The beautiful autumn colors, the fine fall walleye fishing and hunting also make this an excellent time to vacation at Valhalla!
- Cedar Crest on Big White Earth Lake is ideal for those looking for an active resort with a great family atmosphere. When the temperature heats up, so does the activity at Cedar Crest! White Earth Lake is nearly 5 miles long and 2 ½ miles wide with dozens of bays and hidden coves. Nearly 75% of the shoreline is virgin, undeveloped woods. The 2009 acre lake is spring fed, has an inlet and outlet and reaches a depth of 120 ft. With a sand and rock bottom, it is one of Minnesota’s clearest lakes.
The resort was built in the 70’s with continuing development and improvements. Housekeeping cabins are available in 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units. Kitchens are complete with stove, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee pot, utensils & dishes. Each cabin has a lake view and their own private deck, picnic table and charcoal grill.
The grounds are well kept and feature beautiful water frontage, a great sandy beach, swim platform and slide, fun filled play-ground equipment, picnic tables, sand volleyball, horseshoes and basketball. Paddle boats and kayaks are available free of charge.
The main lodge features lakeside dining with short orders or a full dinner and breakfast menu. Beer and wine are available as well as mixes for your own spirits. Meet with your friends to play pool, games or just relax in a pleasant environment. Gaming machines are also available for your enjoyment. Enjoy the display of the area’s wildlife including a 176 lb. sturgeon harvested from Big White Earth Lake!
Pinehurst Resort and Campground between North and South Twin Lakes is a hot destination for a variety of reasons including delicious food options, a party-time atmosphere, and variety of entertainment options including gambling! South Twin has an amazing beach that is sure to stun you and keep the kids busy for hours. North Twin will satisfy your fishing needs and provide many hours of entertainment. Both lakes provide plenty of space to meander around on your water crafts, whether that entails cruising in a boat, whizzing around on a tube, or skimming around on a kneeboard!
At the Lodge you will find the store, dining room, bar, casino and arcade. This is also where Bingo is played on Mondays and Fridays at 6pm. This Resort is Hoppin’ year-a-round!
4.Jolly Fisherman Resort on Big Elbow Lake specializes in relaxation, peace, family fun and does not allow jet skis or pets. If you enjoy fishing, hiking, bird watching, bonfires by the lake, amazing star gazing, sunsets, sunrises, family fun, meeting new friends, and just getting away from it all…this is your resort!
At this resort you will find lake toys such as paddle boards, paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. Activities such as: volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, polish golf, hula hoops, swimming, and playground equipment. Lodge games such as: bumper pool, fuse ball, and a Lincoln Log Table.
Amenities include a relaxing whirlpool, sauna (adults only), extensive library, den with TV and movies, soda fountain treats, beer, pizza, and fishing bait.
Big Elbow Lake Elbow Lake is 985 acres in size. It is approximately 76 feet deep at its deepest point