We provide a wide array of activities, including:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe
  • Playground Equipment
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tetherball
  • Volleyball
  • Fishing

The surrounding Chippewa National Forest offers plentiful berry picking and an abundance of wild life. Runners and hikers won’t have to worry about traffic on our peaceful two-mile road, except, perhaps, for an occasional whitetail deer! We also provide picnic tables, lawnchairs, swings, a new screenhouse, BBQ grills, and a campfire area for roasting marshmallows while visiting with the other guests.

In addition to all the activities you will experience at Sand Lake Lodge, the area also offers many attractions and things for the entire family to experience. Here’s some of the other activities you might be interested in:

  • Forest History Center Through it’s modern exhibits and its outdoor historic reconstruction and nature trails, the Minnesota Historical Society’s Forest History Center unfolds the story of the forest and the changing ways in which humans have used them over time. The Interpretive building contains dramatic displays, as well as films and exhibits. The 1900 Logging Camp recreates lumberjack life from the early days of logging. Watch costumed staff show you how blacksmiths, cooks, clerks, and lumberjacks lived and worked through the long winters and hot summers. The center also has a woodland trail which follows the Mississippi River, where you can walk through a second growth forest. The Forest History Center is located just southwest of Grand Rapids. (218) 327-4482
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park Hill Annex Mine offers the only tour of an open pit natural ore mine. Learn how this mine played an important role in state, national, and world history. Miner’s Day is the third Saturday in June and offers half price admissions, parades, etc. Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call for times. (218) 247-2715
  • Itasca Heritage Center & Judy Garland Exhibit Discover the past in the present. Walk back in time and discover Judy Garland’s childhood and family life by exploring the museum. There is a gift shop and research center as well. (218) 326-6431
  • Mississippi Melodie Showboat Relive the excitement of the showboat rounding the bends of the Mississippi River with songs, dancing, and comedy. Performances are held: July 9-11 and 16-18 at 9 p.m. with a matinee every Saturday at 5 p.m. (218) 327-1823 or (800) 722-7814
  • Tall Timer Days Festival A fun-filled family weekend of lumberjack shows, chainsaw carving, arts & crafts fair, running & canoe races, food, storytelling, and a Sunday parade. Always the first weekend in August. (218) 326-5618
  • White Oak Society & Rendezvous This Rendezvous was voted in the top 7 of Minnesota Festivals by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. This event features over 200 tents and 1,000 reenactors showing the living history of the fur trade hundreds of years ago. Also features food, music, crafts, and, of course, a blackpowder shooting competition. The festival runs the first weekend after the 4th of July. (218) 246-9393 or (800) 472-6366
  • Wild Rice Festival The Deer River Lions Club sponsors the Deer River Wild Rice Festival on the first weekend after the Fourth of July each summer. This festival has become a time to meet old friends as well as participate in the many activities provided. Every day is bingo day in the Lions bingo booth. What’s a festival without food? Whether your preference is turtle stew, wild rice hotdish, turkey, or hamburgers, there is a lot of good food as church groups and others prepare traditional meals each year. A large flea market has become part of the festival. There are all types of contest – from the Wild Rice Medallion hunt to baking contests. Sports fans will find a range of activites in wich to participate or watch – from the Wild Rice Run (or walk) to softball tournaments.

    The parade on Sunday, with its colorful floats, is well attended and is one of the highlights of this celebration.

    From The Sportsman’s Club Turtle Feed on Friday throught the Variety Show on Sunday, this weekend provides something for everyone.


  • Deer River Flea Market Deer River has a flea market open every Thursday June 1st – October 1st.  
  • Golfing Eagle Ridge, (218) 245-2217
    18 holes, driving range, bar/food, pro shop and instruction. Features large greens and wide fairways.
    Pokegama Golf Club, (218) 326-3444
    18 holes, driving range, bar/food, pro shop and instruction. On the shores of Pok. Lake since 1926.
    Sugarbrooke Golf Club, (218) 327-1462 or (800) 450-4555
    18 holes, driving range, bar/food, pro shop and instruction.
    Wendigo Golf Club, (218) 327-2211
    18 holes, driving range, food, pro shop and instruction. Golf Digest’s 8th best Minnesota public course.


For a listing of other activities and things to do across the area, call or write the Minnesota State Office of Tourism:

  • Out-of-State: (800) 657-3700
  • Twin Cities Area: (612) 296-5029
  • Write: 500 Metro Square, 121 Seventh Place, St. Paul, MN 55101-2146
  • Visit their Web Site.