We just returned from a fantastic stay at the Black Water Lodge near Brainerd Minnesota. We had a large family get together with 30 people coming and going from all areas of the country. None of us had ever experienced anything as wonderful as BWL. This beautiful log lodge is huge, but very comfortable. The finest quality in wood and stone interiors with huge ceilings and windows everywhere such that you were always connected to the lake and trees. There are 5 massive bedrooms, 4 with huge stone fireplaces. The 5th BR is a huge bunk room with log bunk beds that sleeps 7 kids. Our teenage daughters were in heaven. There is also a theater room that the boys found to qualify as a 6th sleeping area as well.
The lodge is on a great lake to ski, wakeboard and tube on. It has a private dock with a water trampoline that the kids were on all day. We fished, swam, boated and enjoyed the huge lakefront yard with summer games and family gatherings. At night there is a bonfire pit by the lake that we enjoyed late evening gatherings on. My favorite spot was the huge hammock by the lake that we all took turns napping in. Inside there were huge common areas to cook, eat, or just lounge. We never felt over-crowded.
We truly had a great time and all of us want to find a way to get back.
The owners, Sandy and Chris met us at the lodge when we arrived and showed us around. They are great people and the perfect icons for "Minnesota Nice".
I highly recommend Black Water Lodge for any families that want a stunning and comfortable place to stay in the Minnesota Lakes area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5BR 4BR 2 Master Suites on Lake frontage 100ft to beach. 7500 plus square feet of Log Cabin on crystal clear Blackwater lake and 25 acres of privacy. The entire structure is log beams, wood floors and stone. 5 Massive stone fireplaces and 40" SONY PLASMA TV with 110" HD SONY Home Theater room. The cabin has a 100 plus windows with floor to ceiling soaring views of the lake and many large white pines. All stainless steel WOLF and SUBZERO appliances including WOLF BBQ Bar-b-Que. ... more less