Pelican Lake in Orr, MN provides a great northern escape

Pelican Lake in Orr, MN provides a great northern escape

Are you looking for your family vacation in Northern Minnesota? What about an escape on Pelican Lake at Deer Lodge Resort? This family friendly resort is a pet friendly resort too! Open May through December, this resort has many activities for everyone to do enjoy.

Orr, Minnesota has an abundance of wildlife, nature preserves and forestry. Located near the gateway to Voyageurs National Park and on the shores of its own beautiful lake, Orr offers the very best in all outdoor activities in a pristine wilderness setting. Pelican Lake is a state wildlife lake, consisting of many crappies, walleye and northern pike. While fishing, admire the large and majestic birds that call this lake home. Other wildlife include North American Bear, osprey, fox, whitetail deer, otters, coyotes, beavers, badgers, eagles and hawks. Get the camera ready, this is going to be an upfront look at wildlife in its natural habitat. That is a great educational opportunity for the kids.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place to see wild black bears in their natural environment from the expanded viewing deck. It is operated by the American Bear Association. Thousands of visitors witness the daily lives of over 80 bears in Orr, Minnesota at this sanctuary. To learn about how to vacation in your Orr, MN cabin without any bear incidents, check out the website for tips, education, photos, and rates.

Deer Lodge Resort in Orr, MN is the entrance to Voyageurs National Park. Voyageurs share a northern border to Canada and a western border to the Boundary Waters Area Canoe Wilderness, making this a top destination in Minnesota for your family vacation. Enjoy the natural water park that is truly unique. Tour the 13 visitors centers including the Ellsworth Rock Garden and Kettle Falls. Great photography opportunities! Some of these rocks are older than those of the Grand Canyon.

Voyageur National Park

Deer Lodge Resort is your home away from home. Experience these pet friendly cabins for yourself. Our suggestion? Book in the spring when wildlife begins to wake up from a cold winter or in the fall when the leaves begin to change, the crowds thin out, and the northern lights shimmer off the pristine lake.

Enjoy sitting by the fireplace at night while drinking your hot cocoa and watching a movie on the Satellite TV. Deer Lodge Resort has 5 cabins total with fire rings, jacuzzi tubs, and large decks overlooking the lake. Kids love the many activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking and roasting s’mores. The on site playground is great for little ones. The sand beach is a gradual slope for extra precaution with your pets and children.

A True Up North Adventure awaits…

This new pet friendly listing is so close to Canada you could hike there! In Grand Marais, this 2 bedroom cabin is located right on Poplar Lake with your own private deck and dock. This is part of 9 cabin resort that we will slowly be introducing thoughtout the next few weeks. This resort has all the amenitites so no need to go far… enjoy all the lakeside activities, hiking opportunites, fish the boundary waters, and explore for a few days the abundant area that surround you in northern Minnesota. Rent just one or all of them! To inquire more about this 2 bedroom cabin, head to our details page to view photos, rates, and to inquire directly with the owner. is a vacation rental listing website that allows vacationers to book directly with the owners to avoid high comission fees. Explore our other states at:,, www.,

Let’s go for an off-road #ATV ride in #Minnesota

ATVing and Off highway vehicles, OHV for short, are growing in popularity and is quite possibly one of the most popular outdoor sports in Minnesota. We want to share with you some of the best places to ride.

ATVing in Minnesota

Before we get in to all the good trail information, let us give you a few facts before you hop on.

  • riders born after July 1st 1987 has to pass a required safety course for ATVs and OHMs ( off-road motorcycles)  if you’re under the age of 16.
  • nonresidents will also need to posses registration papers if the vehicle is not registered in Minnesota. This registration costs 21.00*. riders also don’t need it if they are related to the person’s property if the trail is owned by a relative or spouse.
  • also be sure to check for current conditions on trails as this year’s roads could have been washed out due to heavy rain.

Rates could change, check with local DNR to see current rates.

Minnesota has over 1,000 miles of off-road trails and range from easy to difficult with challenging courses. One of the areas known for OHV riding is Iron Range. This area has over 4,000 acres of land and 36 miles of various types of trails. This park has no entrance fee currently and is open almost all year round except for Minnesota’s firearm deer hunting season. This area has 3 gas stations.

The next recreational area you should know about is the Moose Lake/Deer River area; called the SOO Line North Trail. This could be one of the easiest areas for ATVs and OHMs so bring the beginner or the kids along and hit the trails with ease. You will find food, gas and lodging. We suggest renting a Deer River cabin on Moose Lake for less of a hassle and the ultimate experience that this lodging can offer.

This old abandoned railroad trail unwinds its 15 mile course along many little ponds and hardwood forest.


Our favorite trail for MN snowmobiling (or the ski-doo or Arctic Cat) is the Paul Bunyan Trail that leads us through 15 different towns. Of course, we recommend you rent cabins in Brainerd and cabins in Walker. The Paul Bunyan trail is free to access and is well marked for recreation users throughout its 112 miles. This makes it the longest trail in Minnesota and 19 of those miles are paved! With so many lakes alongside the trail, this trail offers fantastic views of nature, wildlife, and various Minnesota towns. Walker sits on Leech Lake, the 3rd largest lake in Minnesota. Walker has magnificent Pine trees, a great beach, and panoramic views of bluffs. This trail also offers many activities, contest, games and local events — make sure your next vacation stay is right alongside this trail. Get a group together, bring the snowmobiles and enjoy all that our Leech Lake vacation rentals have to offer.

A quick reminder about our website. Once you find a vacation rental(s) you like, you inquire and book directly with rental owners – booking direct is the only way to assure you are getting the best rental rate. Booking through other 3rd party websites likely means your paying more for the same rental because of the booking-commission. BOOKING DIRECT JUST MAKES SENSE.