Summer is so close that we can practically smell the mouthwatering aroma of grilled cheeseburgers, feel the gentle lake breeze wafting through our hair, and hear the waves lapping onto our sandy beach. It’s exceptionally tough to beat a mid-summer family vacation on a pristine Northern Minnesota lake. Luckily for you, Big Sandy Lodge & Resort rests on a quiet, beautiful, and sizable lake deep in the Northwoods near McGregor, MN. Whether you’re hoping to paddle around uninhabited islands, snag a trophy walleye, or blaze through the steady waves on a jet ski, you’ll quickly discover that Big Sandy Lodge & Resort is a special place. All of our fully-equipped Big Sandy Lake cabins and villas are steps away from a day filled with seemingly endless water activities, beach relaxation, and delicious home cooking!

Paddling Adventures

Our rustic yet contemporary Big Sandy cabins and villas are steps away from over 6,500 acres of possible paddling exploration. Not only is Big Sandy Lake a massive, beautiful body of water, but it’s also home to 25 islands, most of which are unpopulated. Our guests have access to kayak, canoe, peddle boat, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, but you’re certainly more than welcome to bring along your favorite watercrafts for an afternoon of exploration, relaxation, and rejuvenation. There’s nothing quite like paddling through a calm lake under the warm Northern Minnesota sunshine! Remember to bring along a waterproof camera to snap photos of the natural beauty. Kayak fishing, a new American craze, is a great way to combine two fantastic water activities!

big sandy lake cabinsWalleye Fishing

While you’ll have an opportunity to hook beautiful black crappie, monster northern pike, northern cisco, and yellow perch this summer, the fish of choice here in Big Sandy Lake is the elusive walleye! During the summer months, walleye school in the deeper, darker water to remain cool, which is why we recommend fishing in the early morning or evening when they swim into shallower waters. It’s also not uncommon to snag a rare bullhead as they tend to sit in the surrounding river beds. For those in need of a fishing or pontoon boat, Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has rentals available. One of the best aspects of a mid-summer fishing expedition on Big Sandy Lake is the fact that we have the only Northern Minnesota lodges in the area, so you’ll rarely cross paths with anyone but lakefront residents!

Wave-Running Thrills

Big Sandy Lodge & Resort does have one WaveRunner available for rent by the hour, but most guests bring along their own watercrafts. Because there are over 6,500 acres to explore, Big Sandy Lake is quite popular among wave-running enthusiasts. The lake is large enough to house hundreds of anglers, kayakers, and wave-runners at the same without disturbing one another. You could spend all day on the water and never jet past the same place twice!

Rustic yet Modern Big Sandy Lake Cabins

Start each morning with a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and a hearty, homemade breakfast inside one of our deluxe Big Sandy Lake cabins. Most cabins are fully-equipped with large decks, fireplaces, laundry machines, and queen-sized beds! To book a well-deserved summertime vacation to tranquil McGregor, MN, please give us a call today at 1-218-426-5040. Or visit our website, and enjoy a getaway to McGregor, MN, where natural wonders never cease.