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The Chippewa National Forest offers many area attractions for young and old. Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, water sports. There are over 1000 lakes in Itasca County!

Northwoods Links


Big Jessie Lake has a very good natural population of Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bass and Jumbo Perch. In addition, the DNR has stocked Big Jessie every 3 years, including several million Walleye fry in the ’90s alone. These fish are now fun to catch and the perfect size to make a shore lunch feast! (Jessie Lake fish data)

View and print out a lake map of Big Jessie Lake, available in PDF or TIF format

Our resort is an easy few minutes’ drive from both Lake Winnibigoshish and Bowstring Lake, two other popular Northern Minnesota fishing destinations.
We host the annual Jessie Lake Father’s Day Fishing Contest, a family-oriented event packed with tons of prizes and fun for everyone!


he hardwoods of north-central Minnesota that make up the Chippewa National Forest offer the absolute finest ruffed grouse hunting in the state. Take the following link to learn more about this fantastic upland game bird.

The abundance of public land and shoreline in this area also lends itself to great hunting of ducks. From local mallards and wood ducks to late-migrating divers, duck hunters will find ample opportunity to take advantage of the fall flight. The Minnesota DNR keeps up-to-date waterfowl information posted.

Northern Minnesota has always been famous for the quality of whitetail deer it produces. Recent mild winters have allowed the herd to rebound nicely. Check the DNR for deer data (we’re in area 168). For more whitetail deer information, visit Whitetails Unlimited and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Whether pursuing by bow or by rifle, Jessie View can be your hunting camp without the hassle!

Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for other fishing/hunting information


Great golf is close by! Bring your clubs and head to Blueberry Hills, a 9-hole course in Deer River, Edge of the Wilderness, a 9-hole course in Bigfork, or visit Grand Rapids for the exceptional 18-hole courses in the Grand Slam of Golf, which include Pokegama, Wendigo, Eagle Ridge, and Sugarbrooke.


Grand Rapids is home to many cultural venues, including the Reif Center, a 645 seat performing arts center, the MacRostie Arts Center, the Judy Garland Museum and . the Forest History Center.


The resort is located very near the expansive Bowstring Snowmobile Trail, which links to even more and more trails that traverse all of Minnesota! More snowmobiling information can be found at the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association. Look here for Trail Maps northwest of Grand Rapids, or contact the DNR for maps.

Other links:

Welcome to the Grand Rapids area!!

Welcome to the Deer River area!!

Minnesota Fishing Reports

Outdoor News online ‘zine

Ducks Unlimited

“Rediscover connections”

This page last updated on Tuesday, October 7, 2003.