Minnesota’s Original Family Resort!
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is the oldest continually owned family resort in Minnesota. Joseph Ruttger began a century-plus tradition when he opened the resort on the shores of Bay Lake in 1898.
The resort began humbly when Joseph and his wife, Josephine, opened their Bay Lake home to weary travelers and fishermen and shared a home-cooked meal. Enough people enjoyed Josephine’s food that word spread and soon people were coming from far and wide to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of Minnesota’s lake country, a nice meal and Ruttger’s legendary hospitality.
Ruttger’s has grown over the years, adding Minnesota’s first resort golf course in 1921, and then a second 18-hole championship course, but the essence of Ruttger’s remains the same as the day Joseph first opened his home to fishermen… The peace of a northern Minnesota lake, time spent with the ones you love, a good meal, and a warm and welcoming smile.
Just as it was in 1898, you’re welcome here; not as a guest, but as a friend. That’s the Ruttger’s Way. It always has been and always will be.
Please watch Jack Ruttger, Joseph’s grandson, as he recounts some of Ruttger’s incredible history.