You don’t need an excuse to plan a summertime escape from the Twin Cities or Twin Ports en route to Big Sandy Lake, a genuinely peaceful, scenic slice of glorious Northern Minnesota. There’s no offseason for outdoor exploration or recreation here on the western edge of the sprawling North Woods. A classic Minnesota outdoors experience is all about embracing Mother Nature’s vibrance, richness, and beauty. Whether you relish crystal clear lake water, the dense forestry, or the warm sand, you’ll instantly find your calling here at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, one of the top-reviewed weekend getaways in Minnesota.

Northern Minnesota Outdoors: Find Your Wild Side

It’s no secret that the wild Northern Minnesota outdoors are dotted with curious wildlife, placid lakes, and quintessential small towns. Deep in the heart of Aitkin County lies a particularly serene slice of woodland paradise: Big Sandy Lake. Big Sandy boasts nearly 6,100 acres of aquatic availability, 25 uninhabited islands, and a thriving walleye population. Our family-focused resort sits at the southernmost edge of the lake. The property is large, accessible, and meticulously maintained. Not only are we steps from the vast Minnesota outdoors, but we provide an array of watercraft rentals, free games, and, yes, a pristine beach. Below, you’ll find 20 classic Northern Minnesota summer activities available on-site (or nearby).

  1. Big Sandy Lake fishing
  2. Swimming
  3. Beach life, including sunbathing, sandcastles, and beach reads
  4. Nearby hiking trails
  5. Sand volleyball
  6. Horseshoes
  7. Bean bag toss (also known as “cornhole”)
  8. Patio life: ice-cold beer, a light breeze in your hair, and the sun beaming down from above
  9. Photo of Kids Roasting Marshmallows in the Minnesota Outdoors.Pontooning on Big Sandy
  10. Paddling for all: kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding
  11. Close your eyes and simply float away on an inflatable raft
  12. Nightly bonfires, including the Friday night “marshmallow social”
  13. The water trampoline
  14. Water skiing and tubing
  15. Live music
  16. Jet skiing and wave running
  17. Bicycle trails
  18. Golf at Minnesota National Golf Course
  19. A seemingly endless array of ATV trails
  20. The northern lights (or stargazing, in general)

Family-Friendly Northern Minnesota Resorts

Photo of Big Sandy Lodge, Nestled in the Minnesota Outdoors.The Northern Minnesota outdoors has never been more inviting than they are today. True serenity can be obtained amid these towering jack pines and balsam firs, particularly when you’re cruising, drifting, or trolling atop azure Big Sandy Lake. Big Sandy Lodge & Resort gleefully provides swift (and complimentary) access to a wide range of summer activities in Minnesota’s North Woods. But we’re best known for our sublime on-site dining, handcrafted lodging, and supreme hospitality. Please don’t hesitate to browse through our various villas, cabins, and guest rooms to find an accommodation that suits your family’s size, style, and budget. You’re also urged to check availability online or give us a call today at 218-426-5040. With summer rapidly approaching, the time to book is now!