Northern Minnesota is widely known as one of the most exciting locations of the Midwest, perhaps even the nation. Its many lakes and preserved wildlife make it a go-to vacation for families, adventure-seekers, and sportsmen of all kinds. Between the parks and recreation opportunities and the hospitality, there’s plenty to do.
Birch Forest Lodge in Orr, MN is dedicated to providing memorable experiences for our guests. We want you to have a good time, so we’ve made this guide to help you get a sense for what’s up here – and how you can come ready for your adventure. Read on to learn more.
Parks & Forests near Orr, Minnesota
Did you know that Minnesota has 75 state parks? Of these, some of the most popular areas are in the northern part of the state. Visitors from around the continent come for the sights and experiences and the quality park system is a big reason.
If you’re looking for a sure thing to add to the itinerary, Orr sits on the precipice of Kabetogama State Forest – which itself holds a vast variety of local parks and camping opportunities. Or, if you want something a little more low-key, the City of Orr Park and Beach is an easy-to-access, highly-rated park perfect for young families looking to stay close to the Orr resort.
Hiking & Biking
Not far from our resort is the Orr Bogwalk, which is an easy, family-friendly boardwalk stroll that takes you deep (though only a half-mile!) into thick wildlife. From there you can see a wide range of swamp life and marshes, home to otters, pelicans, eagles, and much more.
Mountain bikers with an adventurous edge need to look no further than the Gheen Hill Trail System, which is just a few miles south of Orr. In total, there are about 4.5 miles of trails that include opportunities for dynamic sites and varying vegetation. For more information on trails and natural sights, check out these other area attractions.
Golf in Orr
Looking to hit the links on a beautiful summer day in Orr? Take just a quick drive down Highway 53 and you can find Vermilion Fairways neighboring Lake Vermillion as well as the beloved Wolfridge Golf Course. Knock in a few birdies, enjoy the wind on your face, and be back in time for supper.
Fill Your Stomach
Orr is proud to be home to some of the best restaurants in the area. There’s The Dam Restaurant, a rustic and charming spot with a nice big patio. And closer to town you could also visit T. Pattenn Café for some delectable comfort food. Finally, the Northland Lodge offers a wide range of fresh fish and high-quality entrees – make sure you get your reservation in early!
Fishing in Orr
What we would call the main event here in Orr: fishing on Pelican Lake. Pelican’s 11,000 acres and over 50 miles of shoreline provide ample opportunities for families and dedicated fishermen to really experience the best fishing Northern Minnesota has to offer.
When it comes to types of fish, you can catch the usual suspects here at Pelican Lake:
- Northern pike
Of course, even as an experienced fisherman, you may not be an expert at this massive lake’s best spots. That’s where a guide can come in. Orr and—if we may brag for a moment—Birch Forest Lodge are home to fishing guides with a contagious passion for the sport.
Don’t be afraid to get in touch with a guide while you’re here and pick their brains for some advice. You just may catch your limit!
Where to Stay on Your Orr Family Trip
Birch Forest Lodge has been around for 90 years. At our family-run resort, you can find two- and three-bedroom cabins, quality rental boats, an amazing beach for swimming and relaxing, and some of the best sunsets you’ll find in Minnesota. Our owners have been proud to call Birch Forest Lodge home since 2015.
Let us know how we can help you make your Orr vacation memorable. Get in touch with a quick call or check availability online today.