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Fishing Lake Mille Lacs

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A June 2005 trip to Minneapolis by SFPhotocraft

Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota More Photos
Quote: Lake Mille Lacs is the second-largest lake in Minnesota. It's an excellent fishing lake and what I consider the start of Northern Minnesota. Our family comes here each year to try our luck.

Fishing Lake Mille Lacs

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Overview

Fishing on Mille Lacs Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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If you take a out a map of Minnesota, you can look almost dead-center of the state and find a large lake. This is Lake Mille Lacs. It's the second largest lake in the state and is only two hours from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This large lake is 200 square miles of perfect lake water for fishing.These waters are filled with perch, walleye, northern pike and even muskie. Years ago this was home to the Ojibwe Indian tribe and was considered some of the best fishing in the area. Today record fish are still pulled from these waters. Mille Lacs is a year round lake and in the winter the lake is dotted with ice house villages, it's a sight to...Read More

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

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Hotel

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Ruttger's is a Minnesota tradition. Very few places around the lakes of Minnesota are as perfect as Ruttger’s. Ruttger’s has been around since 1898 and has served generations of happy Minnesotans. Ruttger’s sits on Bay Lake about 125 miles north of the Twin Cities. It's in the little of town of Deerwood. Deerwood can barely be found on a map, as it's a very small town, but you can find it between large Lake Mille Lacs and the town of Brainard. Bay is one of my all-time favorite lakes. It has wonderful little bays and inlets, and is fun to explore by boat. Ruttger’s has a lot of options, from cabins, to hotel rooms, to townhouses. We were disappo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2005

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
P.O. Box 400
Minneapolis, Minnesota 56444
(800) 450-4545

Ruby's Dining Room

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Restaurant

Ruby's Dining Room Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The dining room at Ruttger's Resort is called Ruby's Dining Room and dates way back to 1922. It's a rustic atmosphere in the center of the lodge. The logs were all cut in the nearby woods. The feel is defintely Minnesota northwoods with two large fieldstone fireplaces and stuffed moose and deer heads on the walls.The views are outstanding you are right on Bay Lake and the lake is a dramatic backdrop to your meal.The dining room does offer menu service or a buffet. I peeked at both, and the food looked great. However, the night we ate here, we had our own treat. We had been fishing for two days and had a nice catch of perch and Minnesota walleye. We had the fish cleaned at a local fish...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Ruby's Dining Room
Brainerd Lakes Area (at Ruttger's Resort)
Minneapolis, Minnesota 56444
800-450-4545

Paul Bunyan Land

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Attraction

Paul Bunyan Land Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Paul Bunyan Land is old-fashioned fun, plain and simple. We always came here, and I always looked forward to it. When you walk in the gate, you see a huge statue of Paul Bunyan. As you enter, he greets you by name and some bit of personal information, like, "Hi, Joe Brown all the way from Topeka, Kansas. I heard you did wonderful this year in Mrs. Green's third-grade class!" As your parents were paying the admission, they were passing along the information. I was amazed at this and could never figure it out. I doubted my kids would be so gullible. After all, they are big-city L.A. kids and nothing can fool them. When they walked in through the gates, Paul said their names, their town, and their...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2005

Paul Bunyan Land
17553 State Hwy. 18
Minneapolis, Minnesota 56401
(218) 764-2524

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post

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Attraction | "Indian Trading Post"

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post Photo, Onamia, Minnesota
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Just across the highway from the mega Indian casino in Onamia stands a beautifully, historic, restored gas station from the 1930s. This gas station stood here on the road back to the Twin Cities and was a sure bet for travellers needing a fill before hitting the highway. This station also had an Indian trading post in it. I remember as a boy stopping here and spending my hard-earned allowance for a cheap tomahawk or bow-and-arrow set or a braided belt. The treasures were endless.One of the positive features of Indian gaming in Minnesota is that a lot of the revenue is pumped back into preserving the Native-American culture in Minnesota. The reservation this culture icon sits on belongs to the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
(320) 532-3632

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post

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Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post Photo, Onamia, Minnesota
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We were driving back to the Twin Cities in a typical Minnesota summer thunderstorm. I pulled into the Ojbwe trading post to kill a little time with the kids and wait out the storm. Next door to the trading post was a new museum (as in 1995) celebrating the culture of the Ojbwe tribe. I am always game for a museum, so we took the time to pay a visit and learn about this sturdy tribe.The museum is located directly across from the casino. Again, you can debate what Indian gaming has done to the state, but on a positive note, it gave this poor tribe the revenue to build a world-class museum to preserve their heritage. When I grew up in Minnesota, the Ojbwe were dirt poor, and their main source o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
(320) 532-3632