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  • Lakeside Pergola

    Relax. Enjoy.

  • Famous Dog Benches

    Famous dog benches at Ruttger’s entrance

  • Lakeside Dining

    Lakeside Patio Dining

  • Kids on water toys

    Fun on the Water Toys

  • Indoor Pool

    Indoor Pool and Fitness Center

  • Aerial Beach View

    Ruttger’s swimming beach


Welcome to Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge, a Northern Minnesota Resort.

We have some exciting news to share.

Randy and Tina Ruttger have officially retired.  Of course, they will likely be seen around the resort this summer, but as guests now; relaxing and enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Your new owners come with previous resort experience, and maybe even a face you will recognize.  Mark and Karrie Nelson previously owned a resort on Cass Lake.  Karrie has been the Dining Room Manager here at Ruttger’s for the past few years.  We appreciate the history of this iconic resort and look forward to continuing the legacy that the Ruttger family has built.

As new owners, we will work hard throughout the next few years to revive this treasured landmark.  We will be actively involved in providing the very best vacation experience for all of our guests.  We understand that we are just the new keepers of Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge, and it really belongs to all of you.

Look for our new website coming soon with updates on our improvement progress.

Like us on FaceBook and follow our new Instagram page Ruttgersbemidji.

We cannot wait to meet you!

The Nelson’s and all of your Ruttger’s staff

We get it. We are still in awe…

Northern Minnesota, a truly magical place filled with the maniacal song of the loon, clean air, vast forests, and, of course, pristine lakes. After more than 100 years of historic family resort operation and three families of ownership, the Northern Lights still take our breath away. Sometimes, we withstand temperatures of 30 below. Yet, there is something mystical, even in that. We get it.

We love it here.

We understand why people, from all over the world, travel to see and experience where we live. We get it. We love it here. We understand why in 1915, a logger by the name of George Cochran fulfilled his dream and opened our resort on the northwest shore of this gorgeous lake called Bemidji. We understand why, in 1937, Don Ruttger, having just graduated from the University of Minnesota, decided to venture north to begin the Bemidji Ruttger tradition. And now we, Mark and Karrie Nelson, are aspiring to continue the legacy that the great individuals before us started.  We get it. We’re still here. 100+ years and going strong.

Relax. Enjoy.

Recent Galleries

circa 1918 Brochure
2010 Indoor Pool Building Remodel
2009 Malcolm Glenn Memorial Gardens