The Minnesota resort tradition since 1898

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Ruttger's golf course during the fall
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only a Two-hour drive from the Twin Cities

We welcome you and your family here to share in the warmth of our hearth and hearts because that’s the Ruttger’s way.

Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort is located on Bay Lake in Deerwood, MN.

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Traditional German food and entertainment all weekend. A Ruttger's classic!

Oct 18
Oct 19
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Find the Perfect Space for Your Next Vacation

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a golfing excursion, or just looking for cabin rentals where the whole family can relax and have a good time, Ruttger’s has it all.

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Ruttger's Bay Lake Villa bedroom

Your Own Piece of Paradise

Own one of these beautiful Luxury Lakeside Cottages that are specially designed for personal use and rental income.

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The Most scenic Golf Courses in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Championship golf is a Ruttger’s tradition. Quite simply, it is a must-golf northern Minnesota destination.

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Golfing at Ruttger's Bay Lake
Golfing at Ruttger's Bay Lake
Ruby's Dining Room

Places to Eat at Ruttger’s

Good food has been an essential part of a Ruttger’s vacation since the resort’s founding more than 120 years ago. No matter what you’re hungry for, our selection of restaurants is sure to please!

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The Ultimate Wedding & Group Getaway

Beautiful facilities and legendary guest service will make your event a guaranteed success. Our group vacation packages include everything you need to make your event unforgettable.

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Ruttger's wedding reception tables
The Trondson Family swimming
The Trondson Family

Swim Lessons

As a young boy, Bob Trondson learned to swim at Ruttger's. A generation later, he returned to Ruttger's and taught his own kids to swim in the peaceful waters of Bay Lake.

The Diffley's
The Diffleys

Our Ruttger's "Cabin"

Meet the Diffley family. A few years back when they were shopping for a cabin in the area, they discovered Ruttger’s. After falling in love with the comfortable, family friendly vibe of the resort, they decided life would be a whole lot less work if Ruttger’s became their cabin. The result is a lot of stress-free family time at Bay Lake.

Frankie performing
Frankie's Story

Ruttger's Celebrity

Meet Frankie. She’s a bit of a celebrity here at Ruttger’s. It might be because of her infectious personality, or her abundant kindness. Or, it might be that she can sing like an angel and can often be found on stage with the band.

The Norton's
The Nortons

A Love Affair with Bay Lake

In 1944, Heather Norton’s grandparents trekked to Ruttger’s from Kansas for summer vacation. It started a love affair with Bay Lake and a relationship with the Ruttger’s family that has stood the test of time. In fact, Heather recently fulfilled her life-long dream of retiring on the shores of Bay Lake.

The Petersons
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.

The Lewandowskis
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

Great News From Lake Country

Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort is now part of the Odyssey Resorts family.

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