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Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge


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About Us

The Ruttger Family's tradition of hospitality goes back four generations, to 1898- that's more than 120 years of historic family resort operation in Minnesota.

Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge is located on the northwest shore of beautiful Lake Bemidji, just north of the bustling college town of Bemidji. Nestled in the lake and forest region of north central Minnesota, Bemidji offers the solitude of the north woods but the amenities of a much larger city.

Ruttger's is the perfect place for your romantic retreat, family resort vacation, or family reunion. The resort's accommodations include recently renovated Main Lodge rooms, Cedar Lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins with 2 to 4 bedrooms, all spread out along our 1700' natural sand beach. Our guests enjoy the terrific golfing at the many nearby 9 hole and championship 18 hole golf courses.

The resort lodge and cabins are spread out along a beautiful natural beach. Ruttger's offers a host of summer activities including fishing, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, sail boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and much more. In the summer months the resort also offers a complimentary supervised children's recreation program. Children love the supervised hiking, bonfires, treasure hunts, and other planned events, most provided at no additional charge. Resort guests are also welcome to use the resort's basketball court, canoes, and basic kayaks FREE of charge. So ENJOY!


  • We accept stays less than a full week
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Lodging & conference facilities for groups of 5 to 150 people.


Ruttger's Main Lodge
Ruttger's Garden Court Grill Restaurant
boat ride in our 1949 Chris Craft
Patio Dining
Patio Dining
Ruttger's Main Lodge and swim area
Ruttger's Cedar Lodge
Ruttger's indoor pool complex
popular water toys in the swim area
snowmobile wonderland
lake view from cabin #7
Kitchen Dining area Villa #26
King bed & hot tub, fireplace suite #31
lake view from #31
Living room & fireplace Villa 39
Lobby/Reception, main lodge built 1921
A nice place to be
weight training room in indoor pool complex
Aerobic room in indoor pool complex
beach view from cottage # 10