Minnesota Attractions
Explore MN - Near Bemidji and Blackduck!

 
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Chippewa National Forest:  The Chippewa National Forest was the first of its kind established east of the Mississippi River in 1908. The forest boundary encompasses about 1.6 million acres and has 700 lakes, 920 miles of streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands. The forest's landscape is a reminder of the glaciers that blanketed northern Minnesota some 10,000 years ago.  The Chippewa National Forest also boasts the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the continental U.S., with 150 active nests found throughout the forest. 

The Chippewa National Forest makes maps available at the Blackduck Ranger Station for most of their hiking and biking trails, ranging from .5 to 68 miles. Some trails are known for their eagle viewing, others are self-guided nature tours. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Chippewa National Forest: Bike, Hiking and Nature Trails, Camping, Canoeing, ATV, Fishing, XC Skiing, Hunting, Scenic Byways and Snowmobiling 

Distance: 15 miles away
Chippewa National Forest
 
 
Camp Rabideau CCC: Take a step into the past at historic Camp Rabideau, one of three remaining Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps preserved Camp Rabideauout of the 2600 that were established in 1935. Today, 15 of the original 25 buildings remain and 4 are maintained to honor those who served as CCC corpsmen. Interpretive displays highlight the buildings and history of the area. A one mile trail runs through Camp Rabideau and an open air picnic shelter is available. The camp is located County Road 39 in Blackduck and tours are conducted Sunday and Wednesdays.

Distance:  6 miles away
Camp Rabideau
 
 
 
Itasca State Park - Headwaters of the Mississippi River: The headwaters of the Mississippi is located in Itasca State Park. At this park you can actually walk across a path of rocks over the Mississippi River by foot. Facilities include The Headwaters History Center, Douglas Lodge and the Museum. Amenities include large stands of pine, paved bike trails, Wilderness Drive, U of M Forestry and Biological Stations, Indian cemetery, and Peace Pipe Vista, and endless miles of hiking trails. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Itasca State Park: Bike and Hiking and Nature Trails, Swimming, Playing, Camping, XC Skiing, Snowmobiling and Snowshoeing. On site bike rentals can be arranged while spending a day at the park. Click on www.itascasports.com for rental information.

Distance:  55 miles away
Itasca State Park
 
 
 
The Lost Forty: In 1882 a mapping error described the land of the Lost Forty as being underwater, part of a lake, in fact. This caused the virgin pine of the area to be left behind by loggers at the turn of the century. Now a one-mile self guided nature trail winds its way through the majestic Lost Forty, a 144-acre tract of white and red pine, located in the Chippewa National Forest. Many of these trees are up to 350 years old and between 22 and 48 inches in diameter.

Distance: 15 miles away
The Lost Forty
 
 
 
Paul Bunyan and Babe: The home of Paul Bunyan and Babe are located on the shores of Bemidji Lake in Bemidji. These two statues are in the National Register Of Historic Places. Paul stands 18' tall and Babes horns are 14' across. Visitors from all over the world stop here to get their photo taken with these two icons.

Distance: 27 miles away
Paul Bunyan and Babe
 
 
Blackduck Public Golf Course: This 9 hole course offers a very well maintained course for a day of golf. Just be on the look out for visiting deer. They have a really good deal for 10 rounds of golf at $110. Golf carts are also available for rent. Contact 218-835-7757 for information.

Distance:  2 miles away
Blackduck Public Golf Course
 
 
 
Stein's Winding River Guest Farm: This farm offers horseback riding adventures for those 8 years and older. They can accommodate groups of 6 people or less. They also have pony rides for younger children as well as wagon rides for groups. These trail rides are all guided thru 100's of acres of private land. It is best to book after arriving at White Birch Resort, so you are able ensure a nice day for riding. Contact 218-243-2629 for information or visit their website at www.steinsguestfarm.com.

Distance: 15 miles away
Stein's Winding River Guest Farm
 
 
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway: This Lady Slipper Scenic Byway in MN 28-mile byway runs through the Chippewa National Forest. Formerly known as "Scenic Highway, the byway was renamed in honor of the state flower. Visitors can hike, bike, fish and boat at Norway Beach Recreation Area on the southeast shore of Cass Lake. This scenic highway extends from Cass lake thru Pennington and onto Blackduck. Pine and aspen are interspersed with large open areas of wetlands, lakes and river systems which will keep your interests as you travel along. Along your route you will come upon a slice of history at Camp Rabideau, one of three 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in the country that are being preserved. Also, with all this water you're sure to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Located on county 39 between state 2 and 71. Visit their website for more information at:www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/chippewa/
recreation/ auto_touring/scenic_hwy.php

or call 218-835-4291.

Distance:  4 miles away
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway
 
 
 
Restaurant Options: The Blackduck/ Bemidji area offers an extensive range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options unique and varied for your individual tastes in food. When you're in a hurry, the list of fast food franchises awaits with all your favorites. When the occasion calls for either lively fun or more leisurely dining enjoyment, you'll find the area home to relaxed sports bars, family style restaurants, supper clubs as well as numerous fine dining establishments. The closest family style restaurants and supper clubs are as close as 2 miles away from White Birch Resort in Blackduck. Click on this list of local eateries. Remember, this is just a selection. www.visitbemidji.com/dining/index.html
Restaurant Options
 
 
 
Buena Vista Ski Resort: Downhill Skiers, Snowboarders & Tubers will find Buena Vista to be the area's premier spot to enjoy their sport. Sitting astride the continental divide, there are 16 downhill runs, the longest 2,000 ft. boasting a 230 ft. drop. The ski area features 4 chairlifts, a beginners tow, and a three-story chalet with warming fireplace and cafe.

Buena Vista Ski Resort: Downhill Skiers, Snowboarders & Tubers will find Buena Vista to be the area's premier spot to enjoy their sport. Sitting astride the continental divide, there are 16 downhill runs, the longest 2,000 ft. boasting a 230 ft. drop. The ski area features 4 chairlifts, a beginners tow, and a three-story chalet with warming fireplace and cafe.

Buena Vista Ski Resort offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including; downhill skiing, xc skiing, tubing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, Annual Logging Days Celebrations, Buena Vista Ranch, Covered Wagon Rides, Scenic Tours on the Continental Divide. Contact 218-243-2231.

Distance: 15 miles away
Buena Vista Ski Resort
 
 
 
Blackduck Woodcarvers's Festival: The Woodcarvers's Festival showcases wood working crafts of all kinds from craftsman across the nation, not just statewide. You will see vendors lining the Blackduck Wayside Park in Blackduck. Join us for a variety of arts and crafts and great food! The festival is located at the Wayside Park in Blackduck along Hwy. 71 across from Timberline Sports/Shell Gas Station. The festival is held the 3 Saturday in July. 

Distance: 3 miles away
Blackduck Woodcarvers's Festival
 
 
 
 
Pine Tree Park: Pine Tree Park in Blackduck is a well groomed park offered to the public for bird watching, nature walks, picnics and enjoying the children's playgrounds. If you are lucky enough, you just might be able to view one of Blackduck's longtime eagle families perched upon their nest, if you look close enough. It is also common to see deer wandering thru the park or loons and ducks swimming at the waters edge. The park is located across the road to the West from the Blackduck Golf course and aside the Blackduck Public Water Access. Picnic shelters are located at each end of the park and toilet facilities are also provided.

Distance: 2 miles away
Pine Tree Park in Blackduck
 
 
 

Casinos:  Casinos are abundance in Minnesota.  Guests can choose from any of the following: 

Northern Lights Casino, Walker     Distance:  40 miles away

Red lake Casino, Red Lake   Distance:  20 miles away

Palace Casino Hotel, Cass Lake   Distance:  21 miles away

White Oak Casino, Deer River       Distance:  45 miles away


Casinos
 
 
 
Lake Bemidji State Park: This park is the perfect playground any time of the year, offering Lake Bemidji State Parkvisitors swimming, boating, fishing, bird watching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year round naturalist led activities. Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady's slippers, pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer.
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lake_bemidji/index.html

Distance: 25 miles away
Lake Bemidji State Park
 
 
 
Concordia Language Village: Visit the unique educational and cultural grounds of Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji. Students come to live the culture and speak the language of 13 different languages with five permanent Villages located in Bemidji: Norwegian, German, Finnish, French and Spanish. Special events to the tradition of the village you’re visiting are available. "International Day" held once in July and again in August gives the public an opportunity to visit and experience the villages. Contact: 218-586-8600 or 800-450-2214 For information

Distance:  23 miles away
Concordia Language Village
 
 
 
Winterfest on Lake Bemidji: Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is a fun filled winter event lasting for two days scheduled in February. Exciting events for the family to enjoy include: Bemidji Pond Hockey Tournament, Bemidji Fishing Challenge, Curling Bonspiel, Broom Ball, Golf on Ice, Berrrmidji Polar Plunge, Cornhole and more. For more information, visit the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce website at www.bemidji.org and choose the category "Events - Calendar".  Feb. 7-8, 2014.

Distance: 27 miles away
Bemidji Polar Daze
 
 
 

Movie Theaters: 

Blackduck Theater - Blackduck.  Offer Matinee and evening shows.  

 

Distance:  5 miles away 

Bemidji Theaters - 5284 Theater Lane NW Bemidji, Contact 218-759-0324 for information and show times.  Offer matinee and evening shows. 

 

 Distance:  28 miles away


Movie Theaters
 
 
 

Local Shopping: For those shopping enthusiasts, shopping can be explored in a wide range of stores, ranging from antique stores, boutiques shops, gift shops, shopping mall, outdoor specialty stores and grocery stores. A few of the favorites are local crafts, north country specialties and outdoor specialty stores. A few local favorite stores in the area can be found at Bemidji Woolen Mills, Morell's Chippewa Trading Post, The Old Schoolhouse and Lady Slipper Designs, The Duck Antiques, Northlander Gifts, Anderson's Fabrics, Gander Mountain and of course Target and Wal-Mart. Great towns to spend a day of shopping can be found in the following:

Blackduck Distance: 3 miles away

Bemidji Distance: 25 miles away

Deer River Distance: 45 miles away

Walker Distance: 60 miles away


You can click on this list below provided by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce to give you a better idea of what stores you can choose from. Remember, this is only a selection of local stores in the Blackduck/Bemidji area. www.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/busdir/SearchResults.jsp?qlid=23

 

Berry Picking: 

June and July are great months in Minnesota to spend a fun few hours strawberry and blueberry picking. You can pick your own or buy them fresh picked.

Mistic's Berry Farm: Pick-your-own or pre-picked strawberries & raspberries. Containers provided. Charming restaurant, clean restrooms and playground. 22 miles north of Bemidji on Cty Rd 15. Call for availability. Contact 218-243-2587 for information.

Distance: 7 miles away

Uncle TL's Berry Ranch: Pick your own blueberries. From Lake Avenue go east 3.9 miles on Powerdam Road, then south on Frohn Road approximately 700 feet on west side of Frohn Road. Call Ahead Contact 218-751-0830 for information.


Berry Picking
 
 
 
Pumpkin Patches: Enjoy a fall tradition in the Northwood's of Minnesota by picking your very own pumpkin with family or friends. These are a few local farms which offer pumpkin picking, wagon rides, hay rides, walking thru corn maze, playing with the farm animals, catching a bite to eat or buying those specialty gifts.
Pumpkin Patches 

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Pick-a-Pumpkin Patch:
 
 

Blackduck Bowling Lanes:  Enjoy a fun game of bowling just in town of Blackduck located at Summit Avenue, Blackduck next door to Timberline Sports Shell Gas Station.  Contact 218-835-6620 for information

Distance: 3 miles away


Blackduck Bowling Lanes
 
 
 
Putt-N-Go Amusement Park: It’s a bonanza of fun in one place with a giant waterslide (smooth riding fiberglass flume, heated pool water, curves, drops & tunnel), go carts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cage, showers, changing rooms and special attractions for children. Open 7 days a week Mid-May to September. 11am-10pm located at 3115 Hwy. 71 N., Bemidji in front of Wal-Mart. Contact 218-751-7333 for information.

Distance: 26 miles away
Putt-N-Go Amusement Park
 
 
 

Paul Bunyan Play House:  Bemidji's professional theatre is nationally recognized as the longest continually operating summer repertory. Now located in the historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse in MNChief Theatre at 314 Beltrami Ave NW in downtown Bemidji. Performances are scheduled throughout the year. Contact Ticket Box Office 218-751-7270. Performances are 8pm nightly except, NO performances on Monday & Tuesday.  First Sunday of month offer matinee performances at 2 pm.   



Paul Bunyan Play House
 
 
 
Snowmobile Trails: The Minnesota Northwood's is known for is vast amount of snowmobile trails.  The most popular snowmobile trail our guests at White Birch Resort follow is the Blue Ox Trail from Bemidji, MN up Hwy. 71 N to International Falls, MN.   Our guests  drive their snowmobiles down the roadside trails from White Birch Resort to Countryside Restaurant parking lot and take off on the trail from there. We do have a new trail right out the door of your cabin at the resort that will take you into the woods of northern Minnesota. The trails are all groomed and are not traveled by snowmobilers very much so you will really enjoy your self on these trails. 

Distance:  3 miles away
Snowmobile Trails
 
 
 

Paul Bunyan Animal Land:  Feed and pet tame wildlife including pygmy goats, lambs, calves, ponies, fox, raccoons, exotic birds and everyone’s favorite deer (4 species).  Trout pond.  Over 85 animals representing every continent.  Home of the legendary whitetail deer,  BJ.  Feed him, pet him and take your picture with him. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 days a week 10am-6pm.  Located at 3857 Animal Land Dr. SE, Bemidji.  Contact 218-759-1533 for information

Distance: 34 miles away

 


Paul Bunyan Animal Land
 
 
 
Beltrami County Historical Center: The Great Northern Depot is of historical significance since it was the last depot built by "empire builder" James J. Hill.  It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.  Built in 1912, the arched framework of the Depot windows represents a neo-classic design.  The depot is also associated with two statewide historical events:  Agricultural Development and Railroad construction and the Northern Minnesota Lumbering era, all of which took place between 1870 and 1920.  The depot represents a broad diversity of people who lived and continue to live in this area.  The depot has been restored to house the Beltrami County History Center , a full-service history center which includes a three gallery museum, research library, gift shop, meeting room and public archives.  Open Mon - Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-4pm.  Open Saturdays May thru October 10am-4pm.  Located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji.  Contact 218-444-3376 for information.

Distance:  27 miles away
Beltrami County Historical Center
 
 
 

Forestedge Winery:  At Forestedge Winery , wine makers Paul and Sharon Shuster and John Wildmo produce seven to eight thousand gallons of wine per year, but yet craft their wines in small batches.   The winery produces nine different specialty single fruit wines as well as blended wines including Summer Blush (strawberry rhubarb), Headwaters Classic Red (chokecherry rhubarb), raspberry rhubarb, and blueberry rhubarb.  All of these wines are available for tasting and sale in the winery tasting room.

The winery is open May through December, six days a week and closed on Mondays. Tours are available and are designed to allow you to see how these fine wines are crafted, aged and bottled.  Remember, "It's not just grapes that make fine wine!" As Paul bottles a batch of Forestedge Wines, craftsmanship and pride go into every bottle.

Forestedge Winery also carries a wide range of wine-related items and gifts in their gift shop and gallery.  Orders are taken year round.  Open Mother's Day thru December Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Closed Mondays.  For more information on Forestedge Winery and Farm, view website at www.forestedgewinery.com or contact 218-224-3535 Forestedge Winery is located at 35295 State 64 Laporte, MN 56461

Distance: 46 miles away

Forestedge Winery
 
 
 
ATV: ATVing is popular in Beltrami County and surrounding counties of Northern Minnesota.  If you have been looking for places to ride your ATV, this is the place for you in the Minnesota Northwoods.  Here are a few great places to ride your ATV, where people will welcome you, and your vehicle.  Your closest ATV trails are in the Chippewa National Forest.

DNR Rules & Regulations: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/ohv/ohv_regs.pdf

DNR ATV Trail Map: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/map.html

ATV Trail Map
 
 
 

Dog Sled Rides: 

DOG Sled Rides Trips available by reservation only.  Half day and Full day trips.  Evening and overnight excursions.     Contact 218-751-2757 for more information or send email to ejhudson@paulbunyan.net.

Dog Sled Rides
 
 
 

Grocery & Convenient Stores:

Blackduck Family Foods/Super Value Located at 288 Frontage Rd. in Blackduck.  This is a small country grocery store.  Call 218-835-4244 for hours and information.

Distance:  4 miles away


Timberline Sport "N" ConvenienceLocated at 209 Summit Ave. SW in Blackduck.  This is a bait store/gas station and convenient store which sells convenient foods, prepared pizzas and prepared subway sandwiches.   Call 218-835-4636 for hours and information.

Distance:  3 miles away


Wal-Mart Super Center Located at 2025 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW in Bemidji.  Call 218-755-6120 for general store information. 

Distance:  27 miles away


Marketplace Food and Drug Located at 2000 Paul Bunyan Dr. in Bemidji.  Call 218-444-1406 for general store information. 

Distance:  27 miles away