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Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444-8544
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#1 of 3 hotels in Deerwood
Located on the quiet side of the Brainerd Lakes area, this family-run resort is the oldest continually owned family resort in the state of Minnesota. The Ruttger family has been welcoming guests to the shores of Bay Lake for 120 years. The property is open between April and November.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Kids club
Hot tub
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Golf course
Tennis court
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Mike V wrote a review Sep 7
Rochester, Minnesota28 contributions
We stayed for the first time at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. As you may know this has been one crazy year. We had worked with the reservations crew several times and they helped us book the right time. We normally arrive for our lake vacation when at most resorts the activities are done for the summer. So it was a pleasure to arrive the last week of august and be able to enjoy those. The pontoon rides were one of our favorites. We stayed in the bay lake villas which are very nice . The resort plan made it easy for us to plan what food to bring with . The resort food was great.We enjoyed the alecs 9 course . The entire staff was great!! We had such a good time we booked next years stay already. The resort did change ownership while we were there. Even so we may have found a new favorite. time will tell....
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Date of stay: August 2020
marmie1a wrote a review Aug 2020
Crown Point, Indiana138 contributions29 helpful votes
We just spent a week here. We had planned on fishing everyday. However, I had a great deal of trouble getting in and out of the fishing boats. The boys on the dock were very helpful but it still was tricky. Also, the boat we had was a pull start and when we got out into the lake, it was difficult to get it going again. I think electric start boats would be so much easier for us older folks. So we fished only once but my hubby golfed a few times but only once at Ruttgers. The food was great. The service was wonderful. Martha, the manager of the restaurant, was more than accommodating and our two favorite servers were Maggie and Kristen. Everyone was warm and wanted to make sure we had a good time. Our one room condo unit was fine except for our view in the back was a hill on the golf course. So when we wanted to sit on the patio, we only saw a grass hill. We could have walked up the hill to the fire pit but that wasn't very convenient for us. We spent some time at the pool. It needs painted. The carpet in the main lodge dining area was very worn and dirty in spots. I think old hardwood floors would look great in there and really spruce it up. Also the chairs in the bar area need reupholstered..they are really worn. All in all it was a good trip and very relaxing.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: I think the cabins facing the lake would be wonderful to stay in.
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Minneapolis_MNLegs wrote a review Jul 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota220 contributions50 helpful votes
My husband and I rented a studio cabin for 3 nights. The cabin was very clean, the sheets were soft and fresh (no scent), the towels were also soft and good quality. Toiletries as well as a coffee pot and coffee were provided. Staff was more than willing to run additional items to the cabin if needed. With covid-19, housekeeping did not enter the room to clean, but instead provided needed items and took away the trash that we left outside for them. The staff was very nice, very helpful and very friendly. That was the greatest selling point; everyone was working hard to provide good service. The only low point was the food. We didn't have meals included, but ate at the restaurant two nights. The walleye itself was a good quality, but it was bland both pan fried and broiled. The steak was very fatty. We tried the pizza and that was good. They have a coffee shop, souvenir shops, a bar and 3 restaurants. We would not hesitate to return here, but would re-evaluate eating here.
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Date of stay: July 2020
jakejakejake38 wrote a review Jul 2020
Deephaven, Minnesota7 contributions
I've been to Ruttger's Lodge several times with family and it is a great place to visit. Bay Lake is a very calm lake that isn't too far from Brainerd, or the Twin Cities, but is also far enough removed where you feel isolated. There are lots of amenities and always something to do on campus. I'd definitely recommend for people without cabins who want the weekend off up in Northern Minnesota. Fishing is decent, some good Bass and Pike.
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Date of stay: June 2020
thorsmom12 wrote a review Nov 2019
Saint Paul, Minnesota7 contributions1 helpful vote
We have been staying at Ruttgers for their Oktoberfest for many years. We also bring our adult children and their families. This year we notice a significant decline in the dining experience and what was included in the package. We were disappointed, as we have experienced the gradual decline over the years. We may reconsider our family vacation dollars as we budget for the future.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Traditions Mini-Golf (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lonesome Pine Restaurant and Bar, The Deerstand, and Coach's Corner.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.