Something for Everyone in Every Season

Spring & Summer Activities

           Listen to Musical Entertainment at Sportsman's Lodge

Fish the Walleye Capital of the World!

          Fishing is legendary hereLet us guide you to the catch. No experience, no hassles or equipment required! Enjoy a day on the water enjoying the outdoors and pulling in walleyes! 
Fun for the whole family.

Canoe/Kayak

          Paddle around! Bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a leisurely trip around Zippel Bay, the Winter Road River, or any of the other small tributaries to the Rainy. If you're looking for bit faster ride, head down the Rapid River, south of Clementson. Contact the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau for more information and maps.

Mushroom Picking

          Taste the wild harvest of Minnesota! Morel mushrooms are widely considered the most prized of wild mushrooms and can be found in the early spring in many areas of our county. Early May through the end of the month is the standard time for harvest. The tasty fungi (our state mushroom) grow best in the ruins of dead elm trees and damp aspen woods. Before eating any wild mushrooms, it is best to consult at least two field guides to verify the species. For more information contact our local state park representative by Clicking Here.

Birding

          Lake of the Woods County is strategically located on the Mississippi flyway, which brings thousands of migratory species into the area each spring and fall. The landscape provides habitat for many highly sought after species, including the Great Gray Owl, Spruce Grouse, Golden Winged Warbler, and the endangered Piping Plover. A state park, managed forests, and the lake itself offer virtually unlimited opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. Contact our local state park ranger or the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau for a birding map and checklist.

Wildflower Viewing

          Experience the purity of the north woods in bloom! The Williams Garden Club has identified a route of area plants in bloom, including the Minnesota state flower – the Showy Lady Slipper – which is celebrated each year as it enters peak bloom in June. For more information on the wildflower route Click Here to contact the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau.

ATV Trail Riding

          Many trails are open for riding in our area. Click Here for a trail map and here for more information. For more area information and events check out the local Roseau & Lake of the Woods Sportsmans Club facebook page.

Click Here to contact Sportsman's Lodges online or call us today at 800-862-8602.

More Spring and Summer Activities:

Golf

          Oak Harbor Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole course located along the Rainy River 8.5 miles north of Baudette on highway 172, 4 miles from Sportsman's Lodge Rainy River. The course is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week with cart and club rental available. The course operates from May 1st to November 1st, weather permitting. For more information Click Here.

Off Road Biking
Several roads and trails are open in the area. Click here for maps and more information.
 
Northern Lights
Sit back and enjoy the show on a clear evening.

State Parks

          Lake of the woods hosts many parks to enjoy our prestine wilderness. Click Here for more information.

Scenic Drives
Take a drive and explore the Lake of the Woods area. You will enjoy the views of the lake, trees, wildlife, plants and wildflowers.  Many drives also include old homesteads and are great spots to pick wild blueberries in late July and early August. Click here.
 

The Grand Theatre

          Block Buster hits showing five nights a week. For more information call the movie line at 634-1784.

Visit Canada

          Rainy River is an attractive rural community of about 1,000 people located along the Minnesota/Ontario border. It is also a major border crossing into Sunset Country from the United States. The Rainy River area is home to 130 species of birds along with large populations of moose, black bear and deer. Hannam Park, located on the shores of Rainy River, is a perfect family vacation spot with its sandy beach, volleyball court, playground and wading pool. Click Here for more information.

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre

          Historical Centre, located west of Fort Frances, is one of the most significant centres of early habitation and ceremonial burial in North America. The centre features galleries and exhibits, which display different points of the last 10,000 years of aboriginal history, a 3-km walk along Rainy River, a teepee camp and village reconstructions. The centre also features a gift shop and restaurant. Open May 4 - October 2 Wednesday thru Sunday 10am - 6pm Closed Mondays & Tuesdays . For more information or call 807-483-1163 or 888-992-9949.

Visit Willie the Walleye

          9,852 pounds! Largest Walleye in the World. A must see! Click Here for more information.

Wild Harvest

          Wild fruits found in northern Minnesota are used in various food products, including jams, jellies and syrups. Blueberries, juneberries, huckleberries, pincherries, and raspberries all ripen from the mid to end of July. Chokecherries are ready mid-August, and highbush cranberries ripen in September. Acorns, hazelnuts, and walnuts are typically gathered in the fall as well.

County Museum

          Relive the past at the Lake of the Woods County museum. With a large display area, audio-visual programs, and a comprehensive library – including microfilm of the county newspapers from 1907-1960 – it's a great way to learn about the far north of Minnesota. Exhibits focus on the geological formation of Lake of the Woods, the natural history of the area, native cultures, the great fire of 1910, commercial fishing, logging, and the pharmaceutical industry. The museum is open from May through September. For more information Click Here.

Historic Depot
Visit the historic newly renovated depot downtown Baudette. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
 

Area Parks

          Lake of the Woods is home to many parks. Paved walking paths, skateboard park, picnic shelters, ball diamond, public boat accesses, historic monuments, and home to Willie the Walleye. Click Here for more information.

Area Beaches

          Located at Zippel Bay State Park just 6 miles away from Sportsman's Lodge.

Clementson Rapids

          The Clementson rapids are located eight miles east of Baudette on highway 11. The Rapid River, a tributary of the Rainy River, gives visitors a spectacular display in the spring as it empties into the Rainy during peak flowage. The rocky shoreline along the rapids is a beautiful place for a picnic.

Thousands of acres of Public Forest Land to Explore

           Lake of the Woods county along with the two counties to our east and west have more than 
3 million acres of public land to enjoy. 
Click Here for more information.

Local Baudette Shopping:

Nearby Warroad (30 miles from the lodge)

Warroad Heritage Center and Museum

202 Main Av NE Warroad, MN (30 miles from the lodge) 218-386-2500
Hours: Monday-Saturday 1-5pm, Sundays 1-4pm. Free admission.

          Exhibits and artifacts: Indian artifacts from the Warroad area, the local commercial fishing industry, the Northwest Angle, early pioneers, military, the fur trade, Marvin Windows and Doors, Christian Brothers Hockey Stick factory, and sports. Plus, works by area writers, genealogies and old photographs, with information on early lumber industry, mink ranching, boating, transportation, and special holiday exhibits.

The Shed

          The Shed is a Classic and Muscle Car Collection displayed in a 24,000 square foot building located on Hwy. 11 West, next to Lake Country Chevrolet Buick in Warroad, MN. There are approximately 70 cars available for your viewing enjoyment. Hours vary, so please call 218-386-2211 for availability.

William S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center

Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 313 Warroad, MN 56763

          Experience the rich history, innovations and commitment to excellence of Marvin Windows and Doors at the Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center. The 6,000 square foot museum and gift shop are open to the public with free admission 8am to 6pm weekdays and from 1pm to 4pm weekends. The exhibits include a combination of artifacts and interactive presentations that will wow visitors of all ages. For special accommodations or tours please Click Here or call 218-386-4334 in advance.

Warroad Summer Theatre

          Three summer plays are featured plus a children's theatre/workshop production featuring theWST Popcorn Players.  Each March brings a new season featuring dinner theatre presented at the Warroad American Legion Club.  All other performances for the season take place at the Mini Theatre located at the Warroad High School.

Ticket prices are: 
$10/Show
$8 for Senior Citizens over 61 and children under 12  
Season tickets are $25.  
For more information, call 218-386-3435.

Tour Heatmor, Inc.

Main Ave & Taylor Rd Warroad, MN
218-386-2769
800-834-7552

          HEATMOR Inc. has manufactured a quality product bringing satisfaction and assurance since 1984. With a variety of models to choose from, heating your home, business, shop, or pool can be simple. HEATMOR Inc.'s outdoor furnaces, built from 409 stainless steel and backed by a 10 year limited warranty, are available in many sizes heating up to 25,000 sq. ft. HEATMOR's furnaces provide safe, economical, and convenient ways of burning wood, corn and used oil. Tours available Monday through Friday. Please call for an appointment.

Tour Marvin Windows and Doors

Hwy 11 West Warroad, MN 56763
218-386-4222

          Warroad is home to Marvin Windows and Doors, the world's largest manufacturer of made-to-order wood windows and doors. Today over 2,600 people work fulltime at the main plant and corporate headquarters in Warroad. Visitors are welcome to tour the plant Monday through Friday. Click Here for more information. Call for an appointment.

Warroad Shopping:

Click Here to contact us online or call us today at 800-862-8602.


Fall Activities

Listen to Musical Entertainment at Sportsman's Lodge

Fall Foliage

          Check out the Fall Color Report for the best time to visit us to view the fall foliage. 
Minnesota's DNR Fall Color Report. Take a scenic drive around the area or enjoy a lake tour to enjoy the true beauty of what nature has to show us.

Annual ATV Fun Run -Roseau / LOW - Sportsman's Club - Mid September

          Donations go to Warroad Eagles Auxiliary Gas Card Fund & American Cancer Society. Meet at 9am, run 10am - 3pm. Click Here for more information.

Streiff's Kids Outdoors Day - September  

          Click Here for more information.

Fall Festival - September - Baudette, MN

          Bring the whole family! Sept 28-30 for a weekend of fishing, fall festival and fun!
Click Here for details. 

Minnesota Tournament Trail Invitational - September - Baudette, MN - All Day

          For more information, contact 320-679-2825 or 
Click Here
Two day tournament, Two day invitational near Baudette, MN.

Rainy River Walleye Tournament September -  Click Here.

Annual Williams Potato Day - October - Williams, MN (15 mi west of Baudette)  800-382-3474

VFW Craft Fair - November - Baudette 634-1873

Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair - November - Lake of the Woods School Hwy 11 West of Baudette 

Frost Fest November  - Baudette 634-2332.  Click Here for details.

Holiday Light & Fishhouse Parade - November - Baudette 634-2332

Hunting

          Many hunting seasons in Minnesota open in September, including early Canada goose, ruffed grouse and ducks. Archery season opens for whitetail in September as well, while rifle season opens in early November. Bear season is open in September through October. For more information about hunting in the Lake of the Woods area click here.

Norris Camp

          Historic Norris Camp is a preserved civilian conservation corps camp from the 1930's. Now the headquarters of the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, tours are available from the DNR staff at the camp year round. Norris Camp was established under one of president Roosevelt's “New Deal” programs in 1935 and employed close to 200 men and officers performing a variety of tasks.

Wilderness Drive

          The second largest state forest in Minnesota, Beltrami Island State Forest offers wilderness lovers nearly 670,000 acres of marshes, bogs, and sand ridges to explore. Various routes have been established to allow visitors to comfortably enjoy the vast wilderness, including the Homesteaders' Drive and the Fall Color Drive. See the current color report at Minnesota's DNR Fall Color Report.

Click Here to contact us online or call us today at 800-862-8602.


Winter Activities

Listen to Musical Entertainment at Sportsman's Lodge

Annual Craft Fair - November 

          Lake of the Woods School. Over a hundred crafters and vendors. For more information contact the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau by Clicking Here.
 

Frost Fest - November 

          Holiday shopping specials, fish house parade, sleigh rides and much more. For more information Click Here.

 
Sportsman's New Year's Eve Party - December 31

          Dinner Specials, Party Favors, Champagne Toast, Live Entertainment & More! Click Here for more information.

Organized Snowmobile Trail Rides

          Click Here
 for more information.
 

          Lake of the Woods Drifters Snowmobile Club

Snowmobiling 

          The 500 miles of groomed trails in the Lake of the Woods system aretruly "wilderness trails" with less than 5 miles of ditch trails in the entire system. With the Rainy River and the lake itself included in the trail system, nearly unlimited ice riding is available for your sledding enjoyment. Many of the trails are maintained by local snowmobile clubs, and current conditions are updated weekly. For more information and trail maps Click Here. 

Northwest Angle Edge Rider's Snowmobile Club's Annual Progressive Dinner 

          Participate by snowmobile or by car.

Ice Skating

          Winter is a proud tradition in northern Minnesota, which has bred a passion for all things ice, including skating! Local arenas have “open skating” set aside to allow area residents and visitors time to use the ice usually reserved for hockey teams. Click Here for available open skating times at the Baudette Arena or call 218-634-1319 and Williams 218-634-3271 Arena. 

XC Skiing/Snowshoe - Ski Trail Map 

          Whether you're a serious cross country skier, or a beginner just out for the afternoon, the Lake of the Woods area offers skiers of all levels an opportunity for enjoyment. Bring your tent and make your own trail to experience a true north sunrise over the purity of a snow covered forest in our hundreds of thousands of acres of public land, or take a quick trip around the groomed trails of Zippel Bay State Park. Snowshoers are welcome too! 

Monthly Moonlight Cross Country Ski Evenings

          Enjoy a moonlight ski in the early evening by the light of the moon. Candles set up on the groomed trail and hot cocoa and snacks provided. Zippel Bay Park. Click Here for more information.

Sledding

          Hit the slopes with the king of Lake of the Woods - Willie Walleye! From Willie's perch at the top of the hill near downtown Baudette, you'll have a great ride down to the Baudette Bay. And you can warm up after a long day playing in the snow with a specialty coffee from the Smiling Moon just down main avenue. While you're there, check out all of the great specialty shops in Baudette, carrying great north woods products and souvenirs!

The Lanes Bowling Alley

          Six lane bowling alley with ball and shoe rental with game room for your entertainment. 634-2406. 

Seven Clans Casino

          Located just a short 30 miles away in Warroad Minnesota. The Seven Clans Casino offers over 600 slot machines, Black Jack and Texas Hold'em. 

The Grand Theatre - Baudette

          Blockbuster hits showing five nights a week. For more information call 634-1784.

Sportsman's Annual Mardi Gras Party - Late March

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