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Welcome to the beautiful Minnesota north woods -  from Minnesota's oldest resort family!  The Ruttger Family's  tradition of hospitality goes back four generations, to 1898- that's more than 110 years of historic family resort operation in Minnesota.

Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge is located on the northwest shore of beautiful Lake Bemidji, just north of the bustling college town of Bemidji. Nestled in the lake and forest region of north central Minnesota, Bemidji offers the solitude of the north woods but the amenities of a much larger city. 

Resort Lodge from Lake


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Ruttger's is the perfect place for your romantic retreat, family resort vacation, or family reunion. The resort's  accommodations include lakefront rooms, suites, town homes, a whirlpool suite with fireplace, and cottages with 1 to 4 bedrooms, all spread out along our 1700' natural sand beach. Our guests enjoy the terrific golfing at the many nearby 9 hole and championship 18 hole golf courses.

Ruttger's, a full service family resort

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 The resort lodge and cabins are spread out along  a beautiful natural beach. Ruttger's offers a host of summer activities including fishing, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, sail boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and much more. In the summer months the resort also offers a complimentary supervised children's recreation program. Children love the supervised hiking, bonfires, treasure hunts, and other planned events, most provided at no additional charge. Resort guests are also welcome to use the resort's basketball court, canoes, and basic kayaks FREE of charge. So ENJOY!

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Kayaks, beach, resort lodge

     Guest Comment:   

"Stayed at your resort a couple of days ago and just wish to say that it was the best stay of our vacation, especially for the price. Having a double room with single beds for the kids was a bonus, great, reasonable food on site was a bonus, beach on site was a bonus, We really enjoyed the kayaks, and your staff was soooo friendly and helpful! Kudos to Melissa and Erin (waitresses, who if you didn't have any pink lemonade, conjured some up, and if you didn't have floats on the menu, could invent one, wow).  You didn't even have any mosquitos!  BONUS!!!  Thanks, Ruttgers.  I felt like we stayed at a place who knew what hospitality was all about. "        Nita, August 28, 2008


In the Fall and Winter seasons, some of the resort facilities close. The resort dining room and bar are closed. Ruttger's does keep several motel rooms, some town-home style units and cabins or Villas open during the colder months. The indoor pool, exercise rooms, sauna, and whirlpool are open all year long offering you and the kids a great Northern Minnesota winter family vacation spot.  In the fall, guests enjoy the beautiful Autumn colors in the woods surrounding the resort and Bemidji area. Hunters enjoy the abundant game population that our north-woods location provides. The deer, duck, and grouse hunting in the Bemidji area is hard to beat. 

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resort beach, iceberg, kayaks, kids

Wintertime activities include: Downhill Skiing at Buena Vista Ski area and Cross-Country Skiing on the many city, county and State Park cross country trails near the resort. Snowmobiling has also become very popular in our area, Ruttger's guests enjoy direct access to snowmobile trails right through the resort. Fishermen will love to fish Lake Bemidji in the wintertime too. Rental ice fishing houses are available on many area lakes and on nearby Red Lake.

In the summertime the resort has lodging and conference facilities for groups of 5 to 80 people. 

Please explore our website and find out why Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge in Bemidji, MN is the perfect spot for your vacation. 

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Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge
7598 Bemidji Rd NE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

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