Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, located in Deerwood, is rated one of the Best Minnesota Lake Resorts

Minnesota, the 12th largest State, offers an enticing selection of things to do for a vacation or quick getaway. This “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is well known as an outstanding destination for outdoor fun. Minnesota has fine fishing waters, great golf, a bounty of hiking trails, and some of the best paved bike trails in the country. There are scenic canoe and kayak routes. Winter enthusiasts will find top-notch ski and snowmobile trails, as well as downhill ski and snowboard areas. 

Minnesota also offers Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, rated one of the Best Minnesota Lake Resorts. Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge has been "Treating guests like family" since 1898. Looking for a fun way to spend your next family vacation? "The family-friendly atmosphere of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge makes this Minnesota Lake Resort an ideal place to strengthen family bonds, create long lasting memories and experience fun adventures. 

With a broad list of activities created with families in mind, you might try any of the walking, hiking and jogging trails, a bicycle route, or birding, you might even make a special find while on your outing. Minnesota contains some of the oldest rocks found on earth, gneisses some 3.6 billion years old or 80% as old as the planet. 

Cool off from your game of shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes, or tennis by taking a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools. Build a sand castle by the sandy beaches. Water sports like water volleyball and water skiing are another fun way to take in the beautiful scenic surroundings. Children will love playing on the on-property playground or the whole family can try their hand at the Low Ropes Course. This course is 30 feet off the ground, with a cable anchored 200-300 feet away,which includes a zip line. Each person is harnessed in. Up for another challenge? Try out the High Ropes Course. 

If you're looking for a Minnesota golf vacation, Ruttger's offers more golf than one vacation will hold, the possibilities are endless! The Lakes golf course will challenge and satisfy golfers of every level. The Lakes is an 18-hole Championship course, was designed by Joel Goldstrand. Carved from 100 acres of rugged north-woods terrain and contain two natural lakes, water is a factor on ten holes. Each hole will offer you a challenge as well as the spectacular beauty of northern Minnesota. 

Alec's Nine was first opened in 1921 and grew into a sporty par 34 course. Stop in the Pro Shop and check out the golf equipment. Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge offers golf lessons and clinics to enhance every golfer's game.  

Ruttger's has enjoyed a reputation as a northern Minnesota fishing resort since 1898. Some fishermen are known to exaggerate their fishing tales; however, people who fish the 60 lakes of the Minnesota Northwood's enjoy the reality of landing their great catch. And better yet, while most successful fishing occurs in the spring and fall, however, fishing during the correct times with the correct bait allow people to catch fish year round. 

If you like to take home a little piece of your vacation home with you, the Brainerd Lakes Area itself has plenty to occupy vacation days including quaint gift shops in Nisswa, antique shopping in Crosby, specialty shops in Brainerd, and the Paul Bunyan Trail where you can walk, bike or roller blade from Brainerd to Bemidji. Or just stay on property and shop at any of the four shops available to guests. 

After a day of outdoor fun and shopping, relax your muscles with a massage, facial or body wrap at The Fine Line Salon & Spa. Spoil yourself with a manicure or a pedicure at this charming spa. Just look for the cute gray house tucked into the trees!

You may choose to just chill your feet in the cool water of Bay Lake or find a shady spot to read. Mother Nature provides the perfect setting to create vacation memories that will last a lifetime and many opportunities for relaxation at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. 


"Best Place to Host a Family Reunion"J - Minnesota Monthly Magazine 

"2005 Best Lodge or Lakeshore Resort" - Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine 

"2004 Resort of the Year" - Golf Minnesota Magazine 

Better Homes and Gardens - One of America's favorite family vacation resorts."

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