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“2nd time just as nice!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Northern Lights Resort & Outfitting

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Northern Lights Resort & Outfitting
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kabetogama
Somonauk
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“2nd time just as nice!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed at NLRO for the 2nd yr. in a row and it was just as lovely as before! The first few days were rainy but the last few made up for it! We did catch a few more fish than last year but not as many as we thought we would (might have a little to do w/a 4 yr. old being on the boat?) but it is such a peaceful place to be and enjoy! We stayed in the Northern cabin this yr.as the Muskie wasn't available. Very clean and nice!! The queen bed in the one bedroom was a little uncomfortable for me and I slept in the twin instead. The chipmunks were a big hit again and the girls(4&13) even got to see a turtle laying it's eggs. The Eagles are my favorite and we saw one eating a seagull. Never knew they would eat a gull but now I do!! Also caught my first Walleye it was 18 inc. so we had to release it but it was fun to catch! We had a great trip and it went way to fast again. Still no time to hike but maybe next year. Thanks to all who are there and run the place for another great vacation!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank somonaukmomoftwo
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St. Paul, MN
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

When we drive 5 hours up to the northern country, we do so for a variety of reasons. Some folks like to get up early and fish, some like to commune with nature and spend time swimming and hiking, and some folks just like to sleep in.

Well, 2 out of three isn't bad.

We enjoyed our cabin at Northern Lights, and most of the staff we met were SO helpful and kind, but the retreat is setup for folks to spend a week there, and if you deviate from this by - oh, wanting to stay over on Saturday - you'll pay with loud mowers and leaf blowers outside your window at 7am.

Apparently 7am on Saturday is the only time they can do the mowing and leaf blowing, or so I was told by one staff member who replied to my low-key complaint, "I shall direct your comments to our management..." in an 'offended concierge' accent which was meant to relay his contempt for the slovenliness of down-stater city folk who can't get with the 7am lawn manicure program.

We had a great time, but it's pretty sad when our busy street in St. Paul city proper is quieter than Voyageurs National Park (and has less gas-fueled noise, at that!)

Room Tip: The Bass Cabin is on the direct road to the boat ramp, so expect a LOT of trailers going by early in...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank modeknit
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Somonauk
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

What a great time we had at Northern Lights! All of the staff was wonderful and friendly. The cabin was beautiful and clean. All the comforts of home except a/c which we only really needed one or two nights but there were fans so it wasn't unbearable. Over all we had a wonderful vacation we wished we had another week to stay as the lake is so big it took a couple days to explore and find good honey holes to fish, but we had fun seeing the wild life and had chipmunks that would eat out of our hand come to the deck of our cabin. Our two girls (12& 3) loved it!! The water tower was fun for our 12 year old and our 3 year old had fun on the beach, I was looking forward to going on a hike but never made it as we stayed on the water so much. Just one more reason to go back!!! So glad we went !!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank somonaukmomoftwo
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Boone, Iowa
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

Although I've been fishing "Kab" for nearly 30 years, this is the first time I've stayed at NLRO. My oldest son took advantage of the Iraq/Afgan veterans discount and he, his younger brother and I spent a great week with great people (Heidi & Harlan), superb weather each day, beautiful scenery to enjoy and FANTASTIC walleye fishing. I would recommend Northern Lights to anyone interested in enjoying what "God's Country" is all about. Our thanks to the owners and managers who made this trip possible. Definitely coming back SOON !

Steve, Jeff & Scott Peasley

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank exchief
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

We hosted my daughter's wedding at Northern Lights - and booked the resort for our friends and family. Everyone had a wonderful time, the service and help from the staff was unbelievable, and the wedding was a huge success - even with the rain! Friends and family loved the cabins which are beautifully decorated and very clean and welcoming. Lots of fun water activities, campfires, horseshoes, and beautiful scenery. What a great place!!!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Lori B
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Minneapolis
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2010

The breathtaking and panoramic views of God's creation here are surpassed only by the friendly, outgoing, catering personalities of the staff. They make you feel at home the minute you arrive. Fishing is better in spring and fall but as a family, we enjoy the many water activities that the resort and the lake have to offer. We have been coming here for at least 6 years and wouldn't trade one minute of it. On a few occasions, we have even been able to witness the magnificent northern lights! Our kids our older now, but they do offer activities for smaller children to give parents a break. If you're looking for quiet, serene setting with good fishing possibilities, this is your place. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lubeesue
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Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2010

Have stayed at the Northern Lights Resort three years running for a weekend in the fall.
Beautiful resort, all the amenities, The managers Heidi and Harlan do such a spectacular job that we always have them to the cabin for a big meal. How often does that happen anywhere else? The owners Pat and Tom Ossell are definitely top shelf and go way above what is necessary to insure a fabulous stay. Usually we like to try different resorts but are so enamered with NLO that we reserved the biggest cabin they have for next summer and are inviting our children and grandchildren to share our unforgettable experiences. We surely will have stories for the holiday get togethers from the trip. Maybe we can get Tom to sleep with the little ones in the tree fort. Love this place and have recommended it to all of our friends and family.

Dave and JoAnne Ebnet
Hoyt Lakes, MN

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KingdaveMinnesota
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Property: Northern Lights Resort & Outfitting
Address: 10179 Bay Club Dr, Kabetogama, MN 56669-8061
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Kabetogama
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kabetogama
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Northern Lights Hotel Outfitting

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