The Original Family Resort…Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

North Woods Feel and Family Culture Make This a True Minnesota Gem

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is the oldest continually owned family resort in Minnesota. Joseph Ruttger began a century-plus tradition when he opened the resort on the shores of Bay Lake in 1898.

The resort began humbly when Joseph and his wife, Josephine, opened their Bay Lake home to weary travelers and fishermen and shared a home-cooked meal. Enough people enjoyed Josephine’s food that word spread and soon people were coming from far and wide to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of Minnesota’s lake country, a nice meal and Ruttger’s legendary hospitality.

Entrance to Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in 1975

“Ruttger’s began solely as a traditional fishing resort and we still cater to anglers today, but now we view ourselves as a family resort,” said Dave McMillan, Marketing Manager of Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.  “When families come to Bay Lake and Ruttger’s, they can wet a line, hit the links, enjoy the water and indulge in great food, but more importantly they can reconnect with each other and nature.”

Ruttger’s has grown over the years, adding Minnesota’s first resort golf course in 1921, and then a second 18-hole championship course, but the essence of Ruttger’s remains the same as the day Joseph first opened his home to fishermen… The peace of a northern Minnesota lake, time spent with the ones you love, a good meal, and a warm and welcoming smile.

Guests enjoying Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in 1926

“I would say one of the things that set us apart from other resorts is that our culture still revolves around family based traditions,” stated Dave.  “We don’t have guests or customers at Ruttger’s, we have extended family members.”

Ruttger’s has several lodging options, including the Five Pines Lodge, individual cabins or the Bay Lake Villas.  Regardless of where you plant your head after a long day of enjoying the fabulous fishing on Bay, you’ll be positioned to go to bed and walk up taking in the essence of the north woods of Minnesota.

Northwoods style cabin’s at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Next weekend (Sunday, October 1st) Ruttger’s will open its doors and shoreline to host the Brainerd Warrior High School Fishing Trail Championship.  So if you are in the area and want to take in some fantastic fall scenery, have a bite to eat at one of their fabulous restaurants and see a young duo of angler’s walk away with a brand new Lund Fishing Boat, then stop on by and say hi!

Despite some cool nights, the waters of Bay Lake haven’t turned over yet, so this still has the bass feeding on bait along the many weedlines of the lake.  But with this event still a week and a half away, the bass will more than likely be up shallow come the event feeding up for the winter ahead.  “The early mornings offer some great topwater fishing opportunities for anglers,” said Dave.  “We have a lot of pike in the lake as well, so angler’s will need to be weary of getting bit off.”

The piece and serenity of Bay Lake!

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