In the heart of summer, the lodge allures nature enthusiasts of all kinds, including backpackers searching for a place to rest (and play) before and after a woodland excursion inside a nearby state forest. We’re ideally situated in between three hilly, rugged state forests: Savanna, Hill River, and Solana. There’s enough acreage here to appease thousands of backpackers at once. As one of the fastest-growing backpacking destinations near the Twin Ports, we look forward to welcoming your group to Big Sandy Lake’s edge this summer!
Despite the fact that over 500,000 Minnesotans celebrate Fishing Opener by throwing a line into one of the state’s 10,000 lakes (it’s actually 11,842, but who’s counting?), you won’t be bumping elbows with other gleeful anglers this May. There are approximately 2.6 million acres of lake water in the scenic, serene North Star State; thus, there’s ample acreage for all anglers to cast for walleye or northern pike, especially here on sweeping Big Sandy Lake. The aptly-named Big Sandy Lodge & Resort rests along the granular shores of this 6,500-acre hidden gem north of McGregor, where you’ll surprisingly discover some of the best walleye fishing in Minnesota.
One of the planet’s most mystifying yet awe-inspiring natural marvels remains an aurora, also known as an “aurora borealis.” Here in Minnesota, we know this dazzling display as the “northern lights.” Depending on the destination, the northern lights in Minnesota typically boast many hues of green and purple as they slide and contort across the starry sky. Night owls have seen their fair share of auroras over the years here along the banks of Big Sandy Lake as the northern lights “visit” our serene slice of Northern Minnesota every year, sometimes bi-annually.
Not surprisingly, we’ve seen an influx of winter enthusiasts in recent months here at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Yet, we cannot help but daydream about spring’s gradual thaw, mainly because this peaceful, frozen tundra transforms into a sloppy, raucous refuge for ATVers of all ages and levels of expertise. If you’ve ever trekked into the heart of Aitkin County, you likely already know that these dense woods, rolling hillsides, and abandoned railways are home to some of the gnarliest ATV trails in Minnesota.
A couple of years ago, we wrote about a Big Sandy Lodge & Resort specialty: fall weddings. We briefly discussed ceremony possibilities, autumn-focused receptions, and on-site lodging. This time around, we’re going to dive a little deeper into what makes our particularly picturesque slice of the Midwest one of the premier Northern Minnesota wedding venues. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the property, 10 on-site photo ideas, a look at the four seasons, and a handful of ways to start your long-overdue honeymoon!
We toss on our long johns, ski jacket, and pom hat with a wide grin on our face because we know that an authentic Minnesotan adventure lies ahead. Big Sandy Lodge & Resort is revered for its romantic cabins, snowmobile meetups, and utter seclusion, all of which combine to create an alluring wintertime escape for Iron Range and Twin Cities residents alike. Compiling a handy list of fun things to do in Minnesota in the winter is easy, especially since our modern Big Sandy Lake cabin rentals rest near countless acres of pristine wilderness.
With Halloween and autumn’s peak officially in the rearview mirror, the majority of Minnesotans gleefully turn their attention to the long-awaited snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing season. There’s just something truly magical about exploring Northern Minnesota amid falling snow with your loved ones. For those searching for a festive, scenic, and affordable mid-winter escape, look no further than Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Our idyllic year-round getaway is home to some of the largest lake cabin rentals in MN, all within two hours of the Twin Cities.
Nestled deep in the Northern Minnesota wilderness along scenic State Highway 65 rests a rustic, picturesque lakefront resort: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Not only is our lakeside haven consistently ranked as one of the premier Northern Minnesota resorts, but we’re just minutes away from a wide variety of state parks, wildlife refuges, interconnected ATV trails, and, of course, can’t-miss hidden gems.
The backwoods near Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, located in McGregor, MN, feature particularly stunning Northern Minnesota fall colors. You’ll observe a heartwarming meld of crimson, amber, marigold, and kelly green as you venture along backcountry roads, peaceful hiking trails, and serene lakes. Before departure, make sure to consult the always up-to-date Minnesota fall color map, which is collated by the Department of Natural Resources.
The chances are high that you’ve searched for “live music near me” once or twice in your lifetime, hoping to find a venue that provides entertainment, dining, and an ice-cold beverage. Finding “live music near me” can be quite challenging in the Northern Minnesota wilderness for those who’re planning to spend a week in a small town such as McGregor, MN. But luckily for you and your group, Big Sandy Lodge & Resort now offers live entertainment nearly every weekend.