Activities on site

DO IT ALL!

Everything you expect for a fun family resort vacation is here at Two Inlets Resort.

Our sandy beach is always full of activity.

Two Inlets Lake is great for skiing and tubing, with very little boat traffic and plenty of open water.

Kids swimming on the raft at dusk.

We provide the important "toys" for a fun family resort vacation.

  • 20 foot Water Whoosh for all ages
  • Stand-on paddle boards - a great way to travel the lake
  • Paddlebike - the perfect after-ice cream ride
  • Canoes - paddle up close to turtles and loons
  • Kayaks - explore the "two inlets"
  • Sailboat - thrill-of-a-lake-time
  • MONSTER float boards - sunbathe or race your sister
  • Swimming - safe swim area perfect for children - no steep dropoffs
  • 4 Adult Bicycles - take a ride around the lake
  • Fishing
  • Golf - 5 courses within 35 minutes of the resort
  • Tennis - adjoins the resort
  • Bicycling - Itasca State Park and Heartland trails, just minutes away
  • Playground - featuring shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, tetherball, horseshoes, Two Inlets Kid's Castle and "little digger" crane

DO NOTHING!

Northern Minnesota resorts are a great place to do nothing, which can be very appealing. It's your vacation and your schedule. No responsibilities.

At Two Inlets Resort you will enjoy quiet mornings and peaceful evenings. Bring a good book and enjoy being unproductive. It's easy to relax since our lake cabins are spaced for privacy and arranged to take advantage of cool lake breezes.

Read what our guests say about Two Inlets Resort!

Happy boy with a plate filled with hot dogs and potato chips.

Itasca State Park

Two Inlets Resort offers lodging near Itasca State Park. Just north of Park Rapids, Minnesota, it's the most visited state park in Minnesota and is right in our back yard! Most people who stay at Two Inlets Resort spend at least a day or two at the park while they are on vacation.

Itasca State Park is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Aiton Heights Fire Tower (one of the few towers open to the public), Minnesota's Record Red Pine, a variety of naturalist programs and historical buildings. Hiking, biking, fishing and boating are very popular recreational activities within Itasca State Park. For your convenience, Itasca Sports rents bikes for you to use on the many paved bike trails that the park has to offer. If you'd rather go hiking, there are over 30 miles of trails within Itasca State Park's unique old growth pine ecosystem. Coborn's Lake Itasca Tours offers naturalist narrated boat tours to the Mississippi River Headwaters.

Attractions

In addition to activities at the resort you will find plenty to do in the surrounding area.

Itasca State Park - just 10 minutes away and offers hiking, biking, the world famous Headwaters of the Mississippi and other historical sites. 

Character Challenge Course - a new high ropes course boasting 10 high elements that reach 35 feet in the air! Participants push past fears in an exhilarating, yet safe, environment.

Summerhill Farm - 7 quaint buildings of great gift shopping and you can also have lunch and fine wine on the Sun Porch Cafe.

Evergreen Fun Park - just 7 minutes away with go carts, bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag and more for family entertainment.

Rapid River Logging Camp - eat like the lumberjacks did at this historical logging camp.

Lake Country Scenic Byway - 88 designated miles revealing diverse history and culture in pristine natural settings.

Dorset - eat a meal every day at this "Restaurant Capital of the World."

Restaurant Options - the Park Rapids area has many options, from good burger joints to fancy Italian restaurants.

Golf - 5 courses to choose from.

Shopping - find a treasure at one of the area antique stores or unique gift shops.

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge - Federal Reserve for many waterfowl, and it also has an interpretive center.

Woodtick Theater- a singing variety show with some flavor of Branson.

Pine River Riding Stable - take a guided horseback ride through this 240 acre family owned stable, or visit the on site petting zoo

Fishing

Minnesota resorts are a great place to stay when you want to go fishing. Welcome to the Two Inlets Resort fishing page. For those in your party who have their sites set on fishing walleyes, crappies, bluegills, bass or northern pike, this is the perfect starting point. I will tell you a little bit about each species and give you an overview of the lake itself.

Overview - Two Inlets Lake is a great Minnesota fishing lake, especially in the spring/early summer and fall. Even if fishing is not your primary reason for coming to Two Inlets Resort, you should consider it as an activity for a couple hours or a day. We offer several opportunities for fishing if you don't own your own boat. We have 14' Princecraft boats with 8 horse Yamaha motors for rent by the week or by the day. If you want something bigger we have an 18' Crestliner with a 50 horse Yamaha, 4 pedestal seats, trolling motor, fish locator, live well and the works. Maybe you just want to introduce your kids to fishing in which case you may want to take advantage of our dock fishing, our fishing pier, or fishing out of one of our canoes, kayaks or paddle boat. If you are bringing your own boat, you'll be pleased to know that we have high quality, sturdy docks with excellent bumpers. And dock space is always FREE (one space per cabin). (Check out our boat rental information).

Although we love to see catch and release, we also know that part of the fun of catching is the eating. Our fish cleaning house is always ready for your use. If your day was more fishing than catching, you might consider keeping an eye on the fish cleaning house in the late morning or evening, as more than a few first class fishermen from the resort have shared information with other guests to improve their catching. If you can't find anyone around the fish house, come up to the lodge and talk to me (Bob) and I can give you some tips to get you started as well as a free lakemap from the lodge. We stock leeches, crawlers, crappie minnows, and sucker minnows. Is there is a special type of minnow you are looking for? Just let us know and we will get it for you. We also have premium gas and oil, minnow buckets, life jackets and landing nets available.

Two Inlets Lake is 578 acres in size with a maximum depth of 60 feet. The clarity of the lake is 6 feet which makes fish (especially walleyes) more likely to bite during the daylight hours. Two Inlets Lake has a lot of structure and weed growth for supporting gamefish and their forage. This includes points, islands, inlets, humps, flats and bays. The weed that I look for the most is cabbage. Cabbage is a tall broadleaf plant which provides a lot of shade and cover for both baitfish and predator fish. Two Inlets Lake has a concrete public access with a dock in the northwest corner, about a mile and a quarter from the resort. The main forage fish in the lake are ciscoes, perch and shiners. You can find more information on census, stocking data, and lakemaps by clicking here.

Walleyes - Two Inlets Lake has a good population of walleyes and is unique in that it benefits from both stocking and successful natural reproduction. Walleye fishing starts out slowly depending on the weather in May, and really gets going the last week in May first week in June. We usually start out with small jigs and minnows for opener and move to a light lindy type rig with a leech or crawler by June. Walleyes will start out in the shallows near the spawning areas and move out to the nearest structure or bait shortly thereafter, eventually setting up on midlake structure or in cabbage beds near the shoreline. As the water warms and midsummer approaches, walleyes move deeper off of the structure and come up only to feed. There is a population of fish that roams the basin just above the thermocline chasing ciscoes. If I have one tip to give walleye fishermen at Two Inlets Resort it is GO SLOW. You need a fish locator to find the fish and then once you find them you need to work them very slowly. When September arrives and the water begins to cool, walleyes become more active and we eventually switch back to jigs and minnows until freezeup. Walleyes can be caught throughout the summer by experienced fisherpeople, but the best most dependable bites occur the first two weeks in June, the last two weeks in September and first two weeks in October.

Northern Pike - Two Inlets Lake has a large population of smaller northern pike in the 2-3# range that are willing and able to bite at any time. This provides great action and great eating to those who are looking for an action filled afternoon of fishing. These fish are usually caught trolling or casting an artificial bait like a rapala or spinnerbait or some other artificial with some flash and vibration. There are also good numbers of trophy size northerns in the lake and each year a few are taken by guests who are looking for a monster. These fish usually succumb to a 6-10" sucker minnow either trolled slowly or fished under a bobber in 3-5' of water. Trophy northern are usually most active beginning in July.

Largemouth Bass - The largemouth bass population in the lake has steadily increased over the last 10 years and they are now a fish that are targeted by our guests. We are having many bass caught throughout the summer and several in the 5# range. Topwater baits can be effective early in the morning or in the evening, but most bass are caught on plastic worms, lizards and crawdads fished either with a Carolina rig or an up and coming technique called wacky worming. The lake has a nice mix of pads, rushes and cabbage which all support largemouth.

Crappies, Bluegills and Sunnies - One thing I have learned over the past 13 years is that people who fish panfish are very serious and passionate about it, and there is no better place for your passion than Two Inlets Lake. The population of panfish is very healthy in both size and numbers. I continually see numbers of crappies ranging from 9 to 13" and bluegills in the 9" category. In May and June these can be caught off of our docks, and in later summer off of deeper cabbage beds and midlake structure. These can be caught in a variety of ways including tube jigs tipped with crappie minnows, power bait, or beetle spins and roadrunners.

Plan a trip to Two Inlets Resort for your Minnesota resort vacation and give the fishing a try! If there is anything we can do to help you with your Minnesota fishing experience, please let us know. See you in the fish house!
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Huge Northern Pike caught at Two Inlets Resort.

Huge Walleye Bass caught at Two Inlets Resort.

Huge Largemouth Bass caught at Two Inlets Resort.

Crappies caught at Two Inlets Resort.

Lodge Amenities

BRAND NEW IN 2012 - Our vintage lodge underwent a complete "re-do" and is better than ever! With all the charm of a Minnesota family resort, the lodge has a large lakeside screen porch, pool table, games, books and activities. We sell clothing, hats, candy, pop, ice cream novelties and pizza. The lodge provides activity and entertainment and is also a spot for visiting and relaxing.

We have FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS for your wireless ready device, and we also have full cell coverage in our immediate area.

Our lodge is provided for your convenience. The large lakeside screen porch is a great place to have a little "quiet time" away from your cabin.

We think a quaint lodge, in addition to our lake cabins, will enhance your Minnesota resort vacation. Minnesota resorts are famous for their lodges.

Lodge porch.

Lodge interior shot with pool table.