Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bayside Resort

Bayside is an old resort that is still operating today.  It is on Agency Bay and here is it's website.

I have often driven by on the lake and looked at this resort.  It is a really nice looking, very clean resort.  The yellow cabins look great!

I have a few older pictures from postcards that I have bought, including the back side of an old postcard when it was Heinie's Bayside Resort.  A postcard from another era(1955), it says write for reservations!

I would love to hear your stories from the Bayside Resort!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sugar Point Resort and Herman's Resort

I have been to Sugar Point Resort a couple of different times just to cruise through and check it out.  It has been a few years ago and the resort has changed hands since the last time I was there.  I remember that it is a beautiful piece of property on the east side of Leech and they have a lot of great cabins.

I emailed the current owners, Christie and Jamie and Christie responded with a little bit of information about the resort:

"Sugar Point Resort was once comprised of 2 resorts,  one of them being Herman's Resort. The owners were Herman and Florence Storhaug. 

There is certainly a lot of history in our neck of the woods!

We took over in 2015. The previous owners were here 34 years. They are going to put together some resort history to share with us."

Thanks for that Christie.  I thought I would post the following information for Sugar Point.

The address and website for Sugar Point Resort is:

10125 Sugar Point Dr. NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641

I'm looking forward to hearing more from Christie and Jamie.  

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Doc's Lodge

It's postcards say JUST A GOOD SPOT!  It certainly was!

It was located on a beautiful piece of property on Stony Point.  I think it was closed in the last 10-15 years.  When my kids were little, we used to camp at the Stony Point campground.  We would stop at Doc's Lodge for things occasionally.  I really thought it was JUST A GOOD SPOT!

I have seen it on lake maps dating from the 40's.  It was a really beautiful place!  I'm sure it has a very interesting history!  I would love to know more about it.  Your stories are always welcome.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pine Point Resort

Pine Point resort has one of those old beautiful lodges that made us go ah!  It had over 25 cabins at one point.   It was a beautiful large old resort on one of the prime fishing areas on Leech Lake.

This old resort is now called the Shores at Pine Point.  The BEAUTIFUL old lodge is still up and is available to be rented according their website.  There are two other cabins that appear to be older cabins from the resort and are rented by the season.  There are two other newer ones that are available to rent as well.  The majority of the old resort area is now occupied with mobile homes.  It is still a beautiful area.

The resort has been operating since at least the 40's by my weak research looking at the old maps of the lake with the Resorts on it.  Most likely it could have dated back to the 30's.

Some old postcards of Pine Point.  My favorite of all of them is the last one with the people walking around the resort.  That looks like it was probably from the 40's? I'm guessing.  I always wondered about the dad/grandpa walking with the small child, the other people in the picture, what were their stories.  Great stuff.

It has been around for decades, I don't know a whole lot of the history of the resort.  Any stories would be appreciated!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Shady Knolls Resort

Shady Knolls was located just a little bit south of Walker on Walker Bay.  It operated as a resort through the 2000's I believe.  It has been sold off in parts.  The part south of the harbor is private and the area north of the harbor is still intact with some of the old cabins there.  I'm not sure of the ownership of that part.

There are a couple of beautiful old log cabins, and some bigger ones still there.  It is a beautiful piece of land, and a great harbor.

One of the things that I found interesting about Shady Knolls is that the railroad tracks ran right by the beach area and the side of the resort.  I'm sure it got noisy sometimes!

It certainly was a cool looking place.  I'm sure many memories were made by a lot of families through the years.

I'd love to hear your stories.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ivanhoe Resort

Ivanhoe Resort started out it's resort life as Allen's Resort on the south tip of Walker Bay.  I was told that Mr. Allen was a contractor and built the resort cabins either in the 20's or 30's to keep his workers busy during down times.  The earliest I found any mention of the resort was 1932.  I was told that some of the cabins started life out as small logging cabins that were pulled out of the woods and used for guests.   All had some sort of additions, some were built new, and they are almost all still there.

It was next called M-J-M Resort.   The letters stood for the names of the three owners, Merle Meyer, Jack Meyer, and Mable Mitchell.  I could not find out for sure when it changed from Allen's resort to M-J-M Resort.

It was M-J-M for quite some time up through the early 60's when it was sold to Ivan and Irene Flowers and became Ivanhoe Resort.

The Flowers ran Ivanhoe until 1976 when they sold it to Bill and Mary DeVries.  Bill and Mary ran the resort through 2012 when they sold it and it became a private resort called South Walker Bay.

Today it looks much as it did when Bill and Mary ran it as Ivanhoe resort.  Part of the cabins were sold off as private homes, and the rest are run as seasonal leases, but it all looks the same.

I have heard many great stories from Bill and Mary about their time running the resort, great stories from others that have been long time renters at the resort, and I would love to hear your stories.  Feel free to post!  Pictures would be great.

As a note of disclosure, I am a seasonal leaser at South Walker Bay Resort and it is a great place!

Here are pictures as Allen's Resort.

As M-J-M Resort

As Ivanhoe Resort

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Big Leech Resort

It has been a while since I posted.  I wish I had an excuse, but I just haven't done it.  I'll try to blog more.

I spent a lot of time fishing off of Pine Point on Leech this summer and as always I spent a lot of time looking at the maps and pictures of Leech and the resorts that I have aquired over the years.  I began to wonder about Big Leech Resort.  I know that it was on the south side of Pine Point on Trader's Bay.  I know it was around in 1982 as it was on the Chamber of  Commerce map.  It was owned by Dave and Jan Filkens at that point.  It appears on maps from the 40's as well.

It is now called Adventure North Resort and is still operating as a resort.  It has a beautiful harbor.  I'm going to do a little more exploring next summer!

It had a dining room, a store, and no harbor as you can see the boats on the shore.  I loved the pictures and the cabins in the pictures.  From the pictures, it appears that there were around 10 cabins in the resort, possibly more.

Anyone that has any stories and/or pictures, I would love to hear from you!

I added 3 more pictures from postcards sent in the middle 70's.  The lodge looks so cool.  I wonder if it is still there?