The Black Lantern Resort 20 miles North of Itasca State Park 25 min. West of Bemidji, MN 612-812-7309
The Black Lantern Resort20 miles North of Itasca State Park25 min. West of Bemidji, MN612-812-7309 

Ideas to do while you are here!

Roasting over the Fire:  S'mores, hot dogs, or a masterpiece over your campfire! We reccommend "Hobos" Wrap hamburger, carrots, potatoes, lots of butter, seasoned salt, and onion in strong tinfoil and set over the fire, turning it periodically. mmmmmmm


Have a Picnic Under the Pavilion, or nightime cocoa/cider when all the Christmas lights come on at sundown under the pavilion and the stars come out. The pavilion is outfitted with 100 amps of electricity so if your family wants to organise a potluck there are places to plug in a radio and crockpots/warmers. 


Go Fishing: Cast a line in right off the dock, or take out one of the paddled boats into the litle lake and peer into the weeds to try to see turtles and schools of fish. Watch the sunset off the end of the dock to and sometimes the mist will roll in off the creek at sunset- a sight to see. Bait can be bought in Bagley:   Cenex 1309 central ST West. 218-694-6228.


Go Paddling: There are canoes, kayaks and an oar boat on the lake to tool around on. It is a pretty little lake. There are life jackets in the dock house to use, this is NOT a swimming lake, it is too weedy.


Photography: There are soooo many beautiful flowers, fungi, trees, insects, and wildlife on the property that it is fun to take the camera and log your trip. 


ATV's are Welcome: There are ATV trails crisscrossing our property and some on the adjoining county memorial forest. They are fun to explore the backroads on. Your ATV must have insurance on it in order to bring it on our property. Not all trails accommodate side by sides.  


Bring a Sprinkler: If you have little ones and are worried about the heat, bring a sprinkler for them to run through! It is fun and passes the time. 


Playground:  Swings and slide.


Explore the Trails: There are multitudes of trails on the property including one in a small abandoned gravel pit that is grown in with trees, a fun place for the kids to play in the sand. There are trails that take you deep in the woods too.


Bring a Bicycle: We see lots of families bring bicycles, it gives kids and parents a little extra freedom and enables them to cruise the property easier. 


Get Romantic: Under the ceremony arches in the venue area. Many couples have said their vows here, or proposed, love is in the air here! A great place to tell your loved one how much you care about them!


Bonfire: For company parties or family reunions, we will build a huge bonfire depending on the weather. The bonfire lasts till the wood runs out and there are no quiet hours for it and it costs $100.


Pick a Wildflower Bouquet:  Keep your eyes open along the trails or roads.







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