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Deer River, Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Location of Deer River, Minnesota


Population: 
Deer River (city) 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
Population 251 900 1044 832 987 1033 992 815 907 838 903 930
Land Area (sq. mile) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.70 0.69 0.73 1.06 n/a
Density (persons per sq mile) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1164 1314 1147 850 n/a
Housing Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 321 373 392 415 434
Households -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 351 341 389 397
Persons Per Household -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.58 2.46 2.32 2.34

Geography:

Deer River is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land. The elevation is 1,293 feet above sea level. U.S. Route 2 and Minnesota State Highways 6 and 46 are three of the main routes in the community.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 903 people, 389 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 328.9/km² (850.9/mi²). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 151.2/km² (391.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.05% White, 12.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 3.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 389 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,900, and the median income for a family was $32,273. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $15,156 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,078. About 10.3% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:

Before the community of Deer River was ready for any influx of settlers in 1900, the same pattern of development occurred there as in the county seat. The Indians were first on the scene, then came the fur traders, and finally the lumbermen.

One John Richardson was probably the first to describe the area in which the village of Deer River now stands. He came up the Mississippi from St. Paul. That was in 1861. The only building in sight was a trapper's shack on the little hill where the Wallace residence now stands. Most of the area was swamp; a few knolls and hills protruded. The land was not surveyed until 1875-76.

Logging operations commenced in the county around 1870. In the next twenty-five years loggers gradually moved westward to Deer River and northward as far as they could. Because the Mississippi and other streams were handy, loggers cut timber there almost as soon as along the Prairie River and around Pokegama.

Sawmill in Deer River - 1900
Sawmill in Deer River - 1900

Very likely the first homesteader was August A. Chase; he settled on the shore of Chase's Lake in 1889. A number of people shortly moved in from Duluth. They included Mike J. Deering, Thomas R. Armstrong, Gust and John Hedquist, Angus McNevin, John Larson, Louis Swanson, Steve Hagan, Magnus Edlund, Oscar Norman and Louis Samuelson.

Erick Moberg made a homestead entry for land in Deer River Township July 24, 1891. He received the final certificate for his land seven years later. This was probably the first homestead entry within the township.

John Larson also made a homestead entry in 1891, on July 29. August Chase did not file a claim for his land until 1892 and did not receive the patent for it until the following year. Other homesteaders who filed claims in 1892 and 1893 were Patrick Maher, Magnus Edlund, Oscar Norman, Thomas R. Armstrong and Agnus McNevin.

The township was formally organized February 20, 1894. More settlers began to move in. Within two years the Duluth, Superior and Western Railway was extended as far as Deer River. The place became a thriving lumberjack town. Then the M. & R. Railway was built north out of Deer River in 1897 and by August 29 the following year the Great Northern under Jim Hill finished its extension from Fosston east to Deer River. The town rapidly increased in size.

Other early settlers included Hugh Mackay, Jane Welsh, Frank Madden, Barney Gillon, Mary Bridget Grant, Donald H. McNiven, Alex Rose, James Woolford, John Main, Samuel McElroy, Murry J. Taylor, Joseph Woods, William J. Buell, John Wade and John Deering.

Although village records were burned in a fire in 1912, records in the county courthouse prove that the village was officially incorporated January 22, 1898. At that time the town contained a neat depot, three hotels crowded every day with lumberjacks, three stores, several restaurants, but no church. A log schoolhouse had been built some five years before. Logging companies were employing 1000 to 1500 men and had constructed 26 miles of rails northward; in 1898 timber outfits were "banking" 35 million feet of logs.

That year three blocks of Deer River's streets had been graded; a fine village well had been dug, and water "clear as crystal" flowed from a depth of 88 feet. Wheat was selling in Duluth at $1.19 a bushel; flour was about $2.00 a hundred pounds; Arbuckle coffee, unground, 20 cents a pound; shotgun shells, 98 cents a box; oak and maple firewood, $1.50 a cord.

The greatest excitement of the day came when the daily train pulled in about noon. That was as important as a steamboat landing at a small-town wharf along the Mississippi. Everyone left home and stores and bars to gather around the depot. Newcomers and visitors always had a large crowd to look them over, and that same crowd was anxious to see what freight the train would deliver.

Other entertainment that year of 1898 included a "pugilistic bout" in the "table room" of Kelly's Saloon between Tom Murray of Grand Rapids and Jack Cross of Montana. Fifty tickets at $1.00 each were sold. Two weeks later the governor ordered that Deer River prize fighting be stopped.

Citizens of the town must have been excited when a headline in the Deer River newspaper for November 19, 1898, read "To Raise Cattle Here." That week Frank Caldwell and his son Bert were going up to Bowstring Lake to build several large buildings for a stock ranch. They were working for a group of Duluth men who had formed a company to raise cattle on the wild meadows around Bowstring. To the citizens of the town this must have seemed like real progress. No doubt settlers nearby would have enjoyed the beef, too. What exactly came of this enterprise no one knows.

In 1898, too, a pneumonia epidemic claimed the lives of several Deer River settlers. This was recorded in one of the first issues of the Itasca News which had been reestablished after a fire had destroyed the plant two years before. While the Battle of Manila stole the headlines across the nation, the villagers resolved to put a tax on the dogs and to set a poll tax of one day's labor or $1.50 on every person living in the town. The village attorney claimed that Mr. Brooks could not be compelled to build a sidewalk from his store to the jail. Action and excitement! The village was progressing, preparing the way for settlers.

For some years Deer River remained a rough and tumble muddy town. It was moved out of the swamp to the point where the M. & R. crossed the Great Northern in 1899. But it was not until 1906 that residents were able to vote a bond issue of $12,000 to build roads and bridges in the township. Before that the "boys" along "Whiskey Row" had had no desire to pay for such unnecessary luxuries as roads. They never used them and they felt that others could always wade, swim or boat along the roads as well as along the creeks.

The population even swelled out to the south beyond the limits of Deer River itself. Zemple, the little town on the other side of the tracks to the south of Deer River, was officially organized in 1911. The first council meeting was held in June of that year. At the first election 28 people voted. The town was named for R. T. Zemple who owned most of the land and was elected the first village president. Some of the first settlers in the area included Robert Mayo, Bazil Mayo, Bruno Nordahl, Ole Dahl, Carl Dahl, Vern Sprague, Mrs. H. Johtonen, Mrs. Octavia Nellis, Frank Reed, Eli Simm, Albert Folsom, J. W. Ellis, William Reed and the Newkirks.

Pines, Mines and Lakes - The Story of Itasca County
© 1960 James E. Rottsolk and the Itasca Historical Society

Deer River Water Tower and Whiskey Row - 1903
Deer River Water Tower and Whiskey Row - 1903

 
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Tourist Information:
[picture of information center] [picture of The Big Fish]
The Deer River Welcome House, located at the junction of Highway 2 and 6, by the BIG fish, offers a wealth of information. There are maps of the area, resort brochures, camp sites, public access to rivers and all area lakes available. It is staffed by friendly, well trained personnel. The log structure was built in the early 1940's and has been serving visitors to the community for over 50 years.


Government:  
Deer River City Hall
PO Box 70
208 2nd Street SE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8195

Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Deer River City Hall, Deer River Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2016 Steven R. Geving
PO Box 339
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-9234
Clerk - Treasurer appointed Victor Williams
46113 County Road 142
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-8195
Council Member 12/31/2018 Barbara Serfling
PO Box 354
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-8066
Council Member 12/31/2018 Wade Reed
PO Box 115
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-8445
Council Member 12/31/2016 Patrick Richards
PO Box 301
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-2898
Council Member 12/31/2016 Chris Reed
PO Box 731
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 244-9005

Post Office: 
 
US Post Office
12 1st Avenue NE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone:
(218) 246-8440
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com

US Post Office, Deer River Minnesota

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
                       
1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Saturday           Closed
 
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                4:30 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity  Minnesota Power   (218) 245-2150
Natural Gas  Minnesota Energy Resources Corp   (800) 889-9508
Wastewater  Deer River Municipal   (218) 246-8195
Water  Deer River Municipal   (218) 246-8195
Telephone Paul Bunyan (218) 246-8228
Cable TV Deer River Cable (218) 246-8228

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Deer River Healthcare General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 250
White Oak Casino Casinos (exc. Casino Hotels) 177
Deer River Schools -
Independent District #317
Elementary & Secondary Schools 135
Northern Star Cooperative Services Other Fuel Dealers 75
Rajala Timber Company Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 50
Deer River Wild Rice Oilseed and Grain Farming 45
Rajala Lumber Company Building Material & Supplies Dealers 32
Wille Transport Inc General Freight Trucking 30
Trout Post & Pole General Freight Trucking 28
Deer River Folio Company. Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 14

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Deer River Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Deer River Minnesota area


Events:
Annual White Oak Rendezvous Early August White Oak Fur Post
Pot Luck WednesdayVisit our fully constructed 1798 Northwest Company Fur Post with staff dressed in the clothing of the period. They will be showing you the lifestyle of the people who lived here in northern Minnesota during the fur trade period. Walk through history and experience music, dance, blackpowder shooting, military drills, storytelling, voyageur competition, or even walk the mile long Gil Quaal Nature Trail. The site hosts four different performance areas continuously both days. One stage is an acoustic stage and the other has a sound system. The musicians also walk around the grounds to give performances to you as you pass. Folk and ethnic music, old time country, and cloggers are the type of performances presented.

Attractions:
White Oak Casino
45830 Hwy 2 West
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-9600
Toll Free: (800) 653-2412
White Oak Society
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-9393

The year is 1798 and the fur trade is booming. Our fur trading post is located near the upper reaches of the Mississippi River in the north woods. In another 60 years this will become the state of Minnesota.

voyaguer and canoe

But for now, enter and join a hearty group of gentlemen and voyageurs. They are talking about the rendezvous. Later they may talk about the fur trade, sing some songs, perhaps talk about the winter to come. It is a time of adventure, challenge, dangers, and rewards...

The members of the White Oak Society welcome you to our web site. We are a non-profit organization providing "living history" interpretations of the fur trade era within the Great Lakes region. We operate The White Oak Learning Centre & White Oak Fur Post near Deer River, Minnesota.

Housed within the White Oak Learning Centre are the The Great Hall, The Rick Balen Library, The White Oak Society Office and the opportunity of a variety of educational programs for youths and adults alike. Our goal is to expand today's horizons with a "hands on" experience of the past.

The Norwesters, our volunteer and part time staff of interpreters, portray authentic characters of the fur trade at the White Oak Fur Post and in communities throughout the region. Each year we sponsor the White Oak Rendezvous and Festival where an 18th century fur post "comes alive!". The event includes a participant family camp which allows reenactors and the public an opportunity to relive the vibrancy and ambiance of a thriving Norwest Company Fur Post.


Recreation:
King's Courtyard
King's Courtyard, a wonderland of fantasy and imagination for all children. This playground, constructed in 1993 by area volunteers using money raised by local fund raisers and donations, is a dream come true for our young people. It is located at King Elementary School. From Highway 2, turn south at Shay's Family Restaurant, (4th St.) to the end of the street. Turn left to the school and veer left through the parking lot to the playground. It is open to the public.

Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Location Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Ball Club 3936 2 mi W
Bass 2427 4 mi NE
Bowstring 9220 12 mi N
Chase 209 3 mi NE
Cutfoot Sioux 2768 10 mi NW
Deer 4097 5 mi NE
Jessie 1753 14 mi N
Little Bowstring 319 10 mi N
Little Winnie 938 10 mi NW
Moose 1273 8 mi NE
Sand 3391 18 mi NW
White Oak 905 .5 mi S n/a
Winnibigoshish 58544 10 mi NW

Health Care:
Comstock Court
1001 Comstock Drive
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2915

Comstock Court is a comfortable, affordable assisted living complex across the street from the HealthCare Center. When you move to Comstock Court, the only thing you have to change is your address. Comstock Court provides a worry-free lifestyle - one that is whatever you want it to be.

Comstock Court Senior Apartments, Deer River Minnesota

Deer River Health Care Center
1002 Comstock Drive
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2900
Web: www.drhc.org

We′re a small community-driven health system that understands healing involves more than medical expertise. With over 200 health care workers and support staff, we seamlessly coordinate exceptional medical services with compassion, care and a wholehearted commitment to your well-being.

Deer River Health Care Center, Deer River Minnesota

Essentia Health - Deer River Clinic
1025 10th Ave NE 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8275 
Web: www.duluthclinic.org

Duluth Clinic-Deer River provides a full spectrum of primary care and access to an array of specialized services. You’ll find a friendly, dedicated team of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals at this premiere northern Minnesota clinic.

Duluth Clinic - Deer River Minnesota

Schools: 
Deer River Independent School District #317
101 1st Avenue Northeast
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2420
Web:
www.isd317.org

Deer River Independent School District #317

Deer River High School
101 1st Avenue Northeast
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8717

King Elementary School
504 5th Street Southeast,
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8860
King Elementary School, Deer River Minnesota

Churches:
Apostolic Faith Church
212 2nd Street SE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2243

Pastor:  Rev. Gerald Schultz
Sunday Worship:    10:00 am and 6:00 pm
 

Apostolic Faith Church, Deer River Minnesota
Ball Club Assembly of God
30970 Artic Road 
PO Box 56
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-2511 

Pastor:  Greg Baudeck
Sunday Worship:   10:30 am

 
Bethany Lutheran Church - ELCA
35297 State Highway 6
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8398
Web: www.lutheransonline.com/BLCDR
 

Pastor:  Rev Dwight Rudquist
Sunday Worship:   9:30 am

Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River Minnesota
Clara Lutheran Church
41447 Little Clara Drive
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8101

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:   9:00 am

 
Deer River Bible Church
Highway 6 North
PO Box 645
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-9570

Pastor:  Rev. Gaylard Finch
Sunday Worship:   10:45 am and 6:00 pm

 
Deer River Church of God
304 4 Avenue SE

Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8760

Pastor:  Rev. Lee Pederson
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

Deer River Church of God, Deer River Minnesota
Evangelical Covenant Church
213 1/2 Main Avenue
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8062

Pastor:  Ron Grossman
Sunday Worship:   11:00 am

Evangelical Covenant Church, Deer River Minnesota
Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church
33589 County Road 89
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2187

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

 
Redeemer Lutheran Church - LCMS
517 5th Street NE 
PO Box 606
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8154
Web:
www.redeemer-lcms.com

Pastor:  James Anthony
Sunday Worship:   10:30 am

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Deer River Minnesota
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
51061 Wolf Drive, Ball Club
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8105 

Pastor:  Father Stephen Solors
Saturday Mass:  5:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  9:00 am 

 
St. Mary's Catholic Church
105 First Street NE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8582

Pastor:  Father Paul Larson
Saturday Mass:  4:00 pm
Sunday Mass:   10:30 am

Suomi Evangelical Lutheran Church
County Road 48 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3883 

Pastor:  John Hanson
Sunday Worship:   10:30 am

 
United Methodist Church
27 First Avenue NE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8591

Pastor:  Richard Wilder
Sunday Worship:   10:30 am

United Methodist Church, Deer River Minnesota

Methodist Episcopal  Church and Catholic Church, Deer River.
Methodist Episcopal Church and Catholic Church - 1909


Media:
Western Itasca Review
15 1st Street NE
PO Box 427
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8533
Toll Free: (888) 685-0800
Deer River Publishing, Deer River Minnesota

Motels:
Bahr's Motel
109 Division Street
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8271
Bahr's Motel, Deer River Minnesota
White Oak Inn & Suites
201 4th Avenue NW
PO Box 128
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-9400
Toll Free: (877) 633-5504
Web: www.whiteoakinnandsuites.com
White Oak Inn & Suites, Deer River Minnesota

Resorts:
Backwoods Resort
36679 County Road 238
Deer River, MN 56636-4093
Phone: (218) 246-2542
 
Ball Club Lake Lodge
34858 County Road 39 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8908 
 
Bowen Lodge
58485 Bowens Road 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8707 
Toll Free: (800) 331-8925
Web: www.bowenlodge.com

Picture yourself on a Northern Minnesota Fishing lake with hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline, an endless sky of dazzling stars, a comfortable cabin nestled in the majestic Northwoods. The only morning alarm is the call of the loon and your own eagerness to hit the water! That's what you'll experience at Bowen Lodge on Lakes Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, known here in Deer River as "Big Winnie" and "Cutfoot".

Bowen Lodge, Deer River MN

Bowen Lodge, Deer River Minnesota

Bowstring Lodge
49775 County Road 192 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3736 
 
Bowstring Shores Resort
49231 County Road 173 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3101
Toll Free: (888) 832-3101
Web: www.bowstringshores.com  

Bowstring Shores Resort is a Northern Minnesota resort on Bowstring Lake where you can fish, play and relax year round with the whole family. Come vacation with us for fun, laughter and Minnesota sunshine. We are sure our accommodations, prices, and hospitality will meet with your approval. Our family operated resort offers 13 housekeeping cottages in a variety of sizes. Our cabins are guaranteed clean, attractive and comfortable.

Bowstring Shores Resort, Deer River MN

Bowstring Shores Resort, Deer River Minnesota

Breezy Portage Resort
39041 County Road 19
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8688
 
Campbell's Lodge
49092 Empty Bar Loop 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 659-2862 
Toll Free: (866) 659-2862
Web: www.campbellslodge.com

You've worked hard all year and are looking forward to a great Minnesota resort vacation - so let us help you relax and enjoy it. Campbell's Lodge, one of the premier Minnesota resorts in the Northwoods, is nestled in the Chippewa National Forest on a quiet bay of Sand Lake, approximately 38 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Minn. This family resort offers 17 comfortable cabins in sizes from one to five bedrooms with amenities like ceiling fans, fireplaces dishwashers, and air conditioning.

Campbell's Lodge, Deer River MN

Campbells Lodge on Sand Lake, Deer River, Minnesota.

Cedarwild Resort
35951 County Road 238 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8680 
Web: www.cedarwild.com

Come – Enjoy renewal and reconnection time with your family and friends in the quiet beauty of the north woods. There is a place called CEDARWILD RESORT on Moose Lake which offers your family life-enhancing vacation time. You will create memories of the fun days and peaceful nights there which will bring you back again to all that is important.

Cedarwild Resort, Deer River MN

Cedarwild Resort, Moose Lake, Deer River Minnesota

Cut Foot Sioux Inn
44394 State Hwy 46
Deer River, MN 56636-2669
Phone: (218) 246-8706
Toll Free: (800) 752-7357
Web:
www.cutfoot.com

Located on Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake, with access to Big Cut Foot Sioux and Big Winnie (Lake Winnibigoshish). Tie your boat to your own dock in the resort's protected harbor. Cut Foot has a handicap accessible lodge and cabins, plus a fishing dock for the handicapped and children. Our well equipped, clean cabins are located near the water...NO STEEP banks or steps to climb. Cut Foot is a place where you bring the whole family. You'll enjoy many of our activities, such as the children's playground, canoes, fun bugs, paddle boats, kayaks, evening campfires and hiking in the wood to watch the wildlife.

Cut Foot Sioux Inn, Deer River MNCut Foot Sioux Inn, Deer River Minnesota
Eagle Nest Lodge
58671 Eagle Nest Road 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8701 
Toll Free: (800) 356-3775
Web: www.eaglenestlodge.net

On the north shore of Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie), you will find the perfect family resort setting. We welcome you to vacation at Eagle Nest Lodge where you will enjoy spotless, modern housekeeping cabins with decks, an activity and naturalist program for all ages, personal dock service, Minnesota's top walleye and perch fishing, and a fabulous beach for the entire family. We promise to provide you with a quality family vacation that will entice you to return year after year.

Minnesota's family resort on Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie - Eagle Nest Lodge

Eagle Nest Lodge on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River Minnesota

Geiger's Trails End
51713 Trails End Road 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3231 
Toll Free: (800) 617-4589
Web: www.geigerstrailsend.com

You are invited to Geiger's Trails End Resort. Spend a memorable vacation with us on Bowstring Lake. Our resort is designed with your comfort in mind, with lakeside vacation. Get ready to REEL in unforgettable vacation memories. Geiger's is a family resort in the secluded Chippewa National Forest. With our clean and comfortable lakeside vacation homes, we're a cut above the rest. We also offer a large visiting lodge with a game room, TV, and a sandy beach -- perfect for hot summer days -- and a playground with swings, a slide and more!

Geiger's Trails End, Bowstring Lake
Geiger's Trails End, Deer River Minnesota
Georgene's Haven
50241 County Road 35 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3076 
Web: www.georgeneshaven.com

Georgene's Haven is a quiet family resort located on beautiful Bowstring Lake and in the Chippewa National Forest. Bowstring Lake has been named Minneapolis Star Tribune's "Lake of the Week" several occasions and has the reputation for being one of the best Walleye, Northern and Crappie lakes in Minnesota. Bowstring Lake's 9000 acres offers twenty-three miles of shoreline that leads way to many a fishing hot spot! Whether you wish to camp or stay in a cabin, Georgene's Haven offers both accommodations along the shoreline of Bowstring Lake.

Georgene's Haven, Deer River MN
View of Bowstring Lake from Georgene's Haven, Deer River Minnesota
Gus' Place Resort
32228 County Road 39 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8520 
Toll Free: (888) 246-8520
Web: www.gusplaceresort.com

We are located on the shores of Ball Club Lake, surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest and just 10 minutes from Lake Winnibigoshish. Since the land surrounding Ball Club Lake is mostly state or federally owned; there is very little development around the lake, and that makes for a very relaxing and stress-free stay.

Gus Place Resort, Deer River MN
Lodge at Gus' Place Resort on Ball Club Lake near Deer River Minnesota
High Banks Resort
17645 N Highbanks Road NE 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-2560
Toll Free: (800) 365-2560
Web: www.highbanks.com

High Banks is centrally located on the Northeast side of Lake Winnibigoshish where we offer our guests great fishing and an excellent place to relax in the secluded Chippewa National Forest with family & friends.

Aerial view of the High Banks Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River minnesota
Jessie View Resort
45756 County Road 35 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 832-3678
Toll Free: (877) JESSIEV
Web: www.jessieview.com

Jessie View Resort is a Northern Minnesota resort and campground located in one of the most scenic regions in the country, the Chippewa National Forest. A true four-season resort, the atmosphere of Jessie View changes with the season. From serious early-season fisherman, to the sounds of laughing children on the beach, to the peaceful cool, crisp air that surrounds us in the Fall and Winter. Whatever you enjoy can be found as you soak in the fresh breezes off the lake and our Minnesota cabins pamper you with modern amenities to make you feel at home.

Jessie View Resort and RV Campground, Deer River MN

Jessie View Resort on Jessie Lake, Deer River minnesota

Lakewood Lodge
52856 County Road 35 
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 659-2839
Toll Free: (800) 495-8437 
Web: www.lakewoodlodge.com

Lakewood Lodge specializes in providing year-round fun-filled Minnesota family resorts vacations and awesome fishing on a quiet bay of Sand Lake. We are located 38 miles northwest of Grand Rapids in northern Minnesota and offer 14 exceptionally clean lake cabins, a fantastic swimming beach, kids activities, and great fall and winter getaways and sportsmen's opportunities.

Lakewood Lodge, Deer River MN

Lakewood Lodge, Deer River Minnesota

Little Bowstring Resort
42385 County Road 48 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-2990 
Web: www.littlebowstringresort.com

Little Bowstring Resort is located on Little Bowstring Lake NE of Deer River on Hwy 48. The lake is 330 acres and the headwaters of the Bowstring River. We have 5 fully modern housekeeping cabins.

Little Bowstring Resort, Deer River Minnesota
Little Winnie Resort
55671 County Road 9
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8501
Toll Free: (800) 346-8501
Web:
www.littlewinnie.com

Little Winnie Resort is a year-round Minnesota Family Vacation Resort unlike any other. It boasts a secluded location in northcentral Minnesota with 70 acres of resort surrounded by thousands of acres of the Chippewa National Forest. The resort offers direct access to Little Winnibigoshish Lake, a beautiful pristine lake left untouched by development.

Little Winnie Resort, Deer River Minnesota
Moose Lake Resort
36712 County Road 248
Deer River, MN 56636-4086
Phone: (218) 246-8675
Toll Free: (800) 424-8544
Web:
www.mooselkresort.com

We are a Northern Minnesota resort that offers year round fun for the entire family. Our goal is to make your Minnesota vacation with us pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing!

Moose Lake Resort, Deer River Minnesota
Northern Acres Resort
47292 Bowstring Access 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 659-2845 
Toll Free: (866) BOWSTRING
Web: www.northern-acres.com

Our small, family-oriented resort and campground is located on Bowstring Lake in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. Come and enjoy our quiet, unspoiled surroundings, beautiful sunrises over Bowstring Lake, excellent fishing for walleye, crappie and jumbo perch and other outdoor sports, scenic walking trails through the woods, many kinds of birds and wildlife, and the area's varied recreational opportunities. Watching eagles and osprey soaring down to catch a fish or watching a great blue heron nibbling at minnows in the shallows can be a real treat.

Northern Acres Resort, Deer River Minnesota
Northland Lodge
17207 Winnie Dam Road NE 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 246-8531 
 
Pines Resort and Campground
17221 Winnie Dam Road NE
Deer River, MN 56636-5000
Phone: (218) 246-8546
Toll Free: (800) 342-1552
Web:
www.thepinesresort.com

Fresh, cool summer breezes whisper through our pines where twelve cabins are on the shore of Winnie Dam Bay on Lake Winnibigoshish in the Chippewa National Forest. Lake Winnibigoshish is the home of the State Record Muskie. It is also noted for walleye, northern, perch, and bass. The 95% uninhabited shoreline is wooded with oak, maple, birch and pine trees where deer and other wildlife are abundant.

Pines Resort and Campground, Deer River Minnesota
49352 Holasek Road
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 832-5000
Toll Free: (877) 371-1122
E-mail: info@rockyshoresmn.com

The resort is located on the east shore of Bowstring Lake in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest.  Here you can relax and enjoy nature in the great Northwoods, experience dozens of area attractions and get hooked on some of the best northern, perch, panfish, bass and walleye fishing in northern Minnesota.  Our seven 1, 2, and 3 bedroom cabins are very clean, comfortable and fully furnished with all the modern amenities to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment from your stay with us.  We've also added 12 seasonal RV sites set amidst the trees on our 40-acre property.

Rocky Shores Resort, Bowstring Minnesota
Sand Lake Lodge Resort
54832 Rainbow Road 
Deer River, MN 56636 
Phone: (218) 659-2867 
 
Satko's Resort
36670 County Road 238
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8608
 
Snug Harbor Resort & Campground
50351 County Road 35 
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 832-3466
Toll Free: (800) 419-5289
Web:
www.snugharborresort.com

Snug Harbor Resort & Campground is located on the shores of Bowstring Lake in northeastern Minnesota, and is completely surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest.  The resort is 222 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul,  37 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and 22 miles north of Deer River, Minnesota. 

Snug Harbor Resort and Campground on Bowstring Lake

Snug Harbor Resort and Campground, Deer River Minnesota

Starck's Tamarack Lodge
4314 Winnie Dam Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-8515
Toll Free: (866) 494-7325
Web:
www.tamarack-lodge.com

Our super clean and modern housekeeping cabins come fully equipped with bedding, appliances, pots, pans and cooking utensils. Four of our cabins are handicap accessible. Freezer space, fish cleaning house, BBQ grills, picnic tables, campfires, horseshoes, paddleboats, volleyball and a playground area for the kids are also included. Many other amenities such as fishing guides, mountain bikes, boat, motor, and pontoon rental combine to create all the options necessary for a memorable and relaxing vacation.

Tamarack Lodge - Lake Winnibigoshish
Starck's Tamarack Lodge, Lake Winnibigoshish, Deer River Minnesota

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