Welcome To Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

From Our Family To Yours

The Ruttger family has been welcoming folks like you to their premier Bay Lake resort in northern Minnesota for more than a century. Much has changed over the years, but the essence of Ruttger’s resorts near Brainerd remains the same… The peace of a scenic lake shore sunset, time spent golfing, fishing and relaxing with the ones you love, a good meal, and the welcoming smile of an old friend. We welcome you and your family here to share in the warmth of our hearth and hearts because that’s the Ruttger’s Way. That’s how it has always been at our Minnesota resort and always will be.

tree icon

Minnesota's Family Resort

play button

Watch The
Ruttger's Way Video

tree icon

Sharing Stories

play button

The Lewandowskis

They’re Keepers

Over the 50 years they have fished at Ruttger’s, Jerry and Connie Lewandowski have named all their bass hot spots after their fishing buddies. They’ve caught more than their share, but the memories of good days on Bay Lake are the real trophies.

“We’ve traveled all over the world and Ruttger’s is one of our favorite places to come home to.” – Connie and Gerry

play button

Let's Hug It Out

Meet the Huggers

Paul and Roxy have been coming Ruttger’s for many years. They are known for their kindness, love of a good meal and their BIG hugs!

play button

Care to Dance

Frankie & Josh

Frankie met Ruby’s Dining Room server Josh at Oktoberfest and the two hit it off instantly. Their friendship started with an Oktoberfest dance and has grown through the years into something truly special.

play button

Ryder Cup Rematch

One Round, Two Winners!

Ross from London and Kevin from Fargo played their very own Ryder Cup rematch last summer. Reports are that the match ended all square.

play button

A 70-Year Tradition Grows

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Monica Bieter began coming to Ruttger’s with her grandmother 70 years ago and has been coming back ever since. She and her family started a new tradition by coming to Ruttger’s for Thanksgiving and built a snowman.

play button

The Petersons

Unforgettable Family Memories

It’s often the simple things in life that are most important. This video, created by Becca Peterson about her family’s Ruttger’s vacation, reminds us that memories of the times we spend laughing, joking, playing, sharing a meal, relaxing and simply hanging out with family will last a lifetime.

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

What people are saying...

“When we walk out the door, we never say goodbye to Ruttger’s. We say see you later.”

– Paul and Roxy

“This year was our ninth family getaway to Ruttger’s. We started a golf tournament. Thanks for another great summer at your exceptional resort!”

– Jane Dierberger

“There’s no place like Ruttger’s. I call it my happiest place on Earth.”

– MaryKaye Husnik

“If it wasn’t for Ruttger’s, we probably wouldn’t have met.”

– Frankie, about server and friend Josh