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May paddle-boarding Dad on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge. Water is still cold!

Northwind Lodge invites you to come and enjoy it with us, the blue skies, green trees, blue water and the loons singing. That’s the nature of living in the woods when the closest cabin is 100 feet away through the woods. Our guests arrive to relax and enjoy themselves here at  Northwind Lodge, a traditional, “ma & pa”  Minnesota resort

Cabin #2 June 26 through July 3rd

Weekly Rate Reg $1199 NOW $999.95 for the first 4 and $50 per person up to 6 people.

Nightly Rate Reg $200 Now $139.95 a night for the first 4 people and $10 a night per person up to 6 people, 3 night minimum required

Cabin #3 June 26 through July 3rd RENTED

Weekly Rate Reg $1099 NOW $879.95 for the 2 people

Nightly Rate Reg $185 Now $119.95 a night for 2 people, 3 night minimum required

Cabin #5 June 26 through July 3rd

Weekly Rate Reg $1099 NOW $879.95 for 2 people.

Nightly Rate Reg $185 Now $119.95 a night for 2 people, 3 night minimum required

Boats are included, but motors are extra. You have free use of the kayaks, SUP’s, paddle boat and beach canoe.

Call 218-365-5489 to book your reservation.

SpringTime at Northwind Lodge

Jasper lake Loons

We are getting ready for a summer of fun at Northwind Lodge. The ice is gone from the lake and the loons are already singing. Its starting to green up here.

Jasper Lake

Jasper creek is showing off!

Jasper Creek

Its’ time to book your reservation for a summer of fun at Northwind Lodge!

Call 218-365-5489 and if no one answer leave a message we are getting everything ready for you!

Little Lake, Big Fish

This is what you get when you have a little lake in NE Minnesota and a kid who likes to fish.  This is John Pconka,  friend of Ben and Andrew Westphal who joined the brothers and their dad, Jeff on a week-long adventure at Northwind Lodge.

John caught this beauty off on dock at Northwind Lodge.

He didn’t have a landing net so he grabbed  this big, honkin’ northern with his hand over the edge of the dock and lifted him out of the water.

Big Northern from off the dock at Northwind Lodge Summer 2020
Probably about 40″ long!

I would say a little bit of luck with a majority of skill would be at play here with John.  Heck, I don’t believe that would have ended well for me.  Pretty impressive for a 17 YO kid from the Chicago area!

This fish was released quickly back into Jasper to continue to maraud and laugh at fishermen who wish they had this chance.  Well done, John!

I have to chuckle.  For my entire life in the resort business right here, I’ve heard countless people who won’t consider a “smaller” lake for fishing because  they believe incorrectly that “there are only big fish in big lakes”.    Time and again, they’ve been proven wrong.

Remember, this fish was caught “off of a boat dock”.

So, how come you aren’t coming to Northwind Lodge to cast off the docks?  If you don’t fish, we also do painting classes.  You can also sit at the beach, paddle a kayak, take out a canoe, paddle a paddle board, peddle a paddle boat, or just read a book – all with social distancing, no crowds, out in the woods.  No masks required for playing outside.  218-365-5489 to see what is currently open in cabins.

Working on Art at Northwind Lodge

Commissioned piece for a public library. I’ve pretty much been painting seven days a week years now. It never gets old.

Spring ???

March 27 – when most of the world is in Spring, our Spring is a bit different at Northwind Lodge. You would think after 60 years of watching -for the most part- the same weather play out, every single year, I would be on to it. “It” being the fact that getting stuff done outside is pretty impossible because our winters are like this far more often than not. Looks like projects will be compressed into the first two weeks of May yet again. Ugh…

Looking for a Northwind Lodge cabin to get away from it all? Book soon. This is going to be another summer of natural social distancing. Early June is a good time. Few bugs yet, and usually hungry fish. 218-365-5489 or call my cell 218-235-1951.

Normal day

I’m in my studio painting commissioned art for clients and a friend messages me that he just shot a 10 pointer and could use my help gutting it because he’s only gutted one before. I changed my boots, grabbed a knife, a little saw, a gallon of water and my deer hunting cap so I wouldn’t get my butt shot off as easily from newbies walking around with deer rifles. (Nobody was out there there, but just in case.)

I jump in the van, and get to him in a desolate parking lot about 8 minutes from his phone message to my arrival. There he is with a 10 pointer that he managed to wrestle up into the box of his truck and he’s not without some physical issues. I’m still amazed that he got that buck into the box of the truck. That dude is pretty tough. It was a larger deer.

He said he was at another landing wandering around and 50 yards away, there is a deer facing directly at him. He couldn’t tell if it had antlers because the brush was too thick and in hazelnut brush, everything looks like it has antlers. So, he just waited, gun up and watching. After an eternity, the deer turned his head and that which could have been hazelnut and alder brush became antlers. He squeezed off a round, dead-center-chest. A hop and a drop.

Upon gutting it, I could see what a great shot it was. He sheared the top of the heart off and removed a lobe of the liver. There would be no chasing around in the brush with a textbook shot like this. I marveled and envied his good shooting fortune. Most of the deer I’ve shot are running by me at a weird angle and usually going 70 mph with a jet-pack strapped to their backs. Then I would have to run around with them. As per my friend’s request, I saved the heart, liver and found one kidney. He’s eatin’ tonight, lucky dog!

And now, I’m back in my studio painting people’s beloved pets on acrylic discs. How strange our “normal day” must look to somebody not from here.

New! Northwind Lodge Activities

Loons at Northwind Lodge Ely MN

Resort sponsored activities are planned for

Tuesday through Thursday each week.

Painting Classes

During select weeks at Northwind Lodge, join us for our weekly activities.  To see when they begin,

The Activities Low Down

Painting Classes
Get your creative juices going by taking a painting class during your stay.  Classes are scheduled for Tuesday evenings.  Also, depending on schedule availability, classes can be held at other times and for private groups.  We paint rocks and Christmas ornaments in the two-hour sessions.   Other longer classes and programming is available at different price rates as well.  For more information about our regular art programming options, please visit our non-profit art education organization.

Tuesday night 7:00 to 9:00 pm (this can be changed upon request)  $35.00 each.  Reservation required


Wednesday Campfire
It’s S’mores time, come to the fire ring by Jasper Creek Falls to enjoy an evening  sitting around the campfire.  Bring your s’more components.  Wiener sticks – the whittled kind – are provided.

8:30 pm at the fire pit by the creek.  June 1st through August 31st.

Potluck Dinner

NEW – Thursday Potluck
New for 2021!  Potluck Dinner on Thursday evening!  Get to know some of the guests at the lodge and join us for dinner!   Bring a dish, bring dessert, bring yourself.  Dress is casual, conversation entertaining, dining is outside.

5:30 pm by the lodge building June 1st through August 31st

What a fun way to get together to greet and eat!  Joe will be cooking as well.  Who knows?  It may be gastronomical adventure!  That’s why “luck” is part of the word used to describe it!

Call us at 218-365-5489

Time Lapse Video – Joe Baltch Rock Painting

18 minutes cut down to 2.5.  I wish I could paint this fast for real!  LOL.
Come take an Art Lesson at Northwind Lodge!

Fishing Fun at Northwind Lodge

Come on up!

It was a great summer and now we are heading into fall time at Northwind Lodge! Cooler days and early fall colors are making us a great place to “get outta Dodge”. Give us a call, come on up, and get on the water!

The Hansen Family – 5 days of Social Distancing, Northwind Lodge Style

Take a look at these beautiful photos!  This is the Hansen family who spent 5 days and 4 nights here at Northwind Lodge.  I’m exhausted just looking at how much they managed to pack into 5 days!  They fished hard, paddled a lot, hiked, ate fish, played with the dog, got up early, and so on.  Mom and daughter even took a 2 hour painting lesson and successfully produced two works of art which also serve as cool trip mementos.

This is THE WAY to socially distance.  I had so much fun with their photos, I will be joining them for their stay the next time they come up.   They don’t have a choice in the matter.

“Where’s Joe?”

“He’s staying with the Hansen family for the week.  There is no cell reception so, you’ll have to just wait ’til he gets back.”

“But, he’s just over in Cabin #8.  It’s like 400 feet from here.”

“He’s on a great vacation.  Leave him alone!”

(My dreams…..sigh….)