Kathryn & Lyle Wallentine
Squaw Lake, MN. 56681
The Avenue of Pines snowmobile Trail are known for being some of
the best groomed trails in the Chippewa Ntl Forest. This trail connects to the Bushwacker trail that travels south
to Deer River, Cohasset & Grand Rapids then continues east to the iron range trails. The Avenue of Pines trail
also connects to the Winnie trail, the Bowstring trail then up to the Blue Ox trail. From there the skies the limit.
Off of county road 35, 20 miles from the inn, lies a highly
significant piece of Native American and national history. The Turtle Oracle Mound, which resides on the portage between Little
Cut Foot Sioux and Bowstring Lakes in the Chippewa National Forest, is one of the handful “intaglio effigies”
ever recorded. Also a hallowed battle ground where Ojibwe and Sioux fought, the Turtle Oracle Mound is considered one of the
most important sites to our area’s aboriginal history.
During the 1700’s,
the Ojibwe and Sioux were bitter enemies. Always competing for abundant resources and territory, the two tribes were essentially
at war with each other for 100 years. Eventually, the Ojibwe would drive out all Eastern Dakota people into the Western plains.
The Sioux began to fall to the Ojibwe as they advanced technologically, thanks to the introduction of firearms by the French
fur traders. Many battles were fought between the two tribes, including two that were fought where the Turtle Oracle Mound
would be built.
The modern-day Cut Foot Sioux region was occupied by the Sioux but
was always coveted by the Ojibwe for its rich resources. The tension between the tribes led up to a major battle in 1748.
The Sioux defeated the Ojibwe and in commemoration of the victory, built the turtle mound. The turtle mound is today considered
an “intaglio effigy.” An intaglio mound is one that is built into the ground rather than built on top of it. There
are less than a dozen intaglios in the world ever recorded. The Sioux’s turtle mound had its head pointing north to
signify that the enemy had been driven out in that direction.
Though the Ojibwe were
defeated in the first battle, they returned to the area in the summer of 1748, with more drive to defeat their enemies. They
surrounded the Sioux and killed the entire village. In celebration, the Ojibwe changed the direction of the turtle’s
head so that it faced south. They also built a snake around the turtle to signify that the Sioux had been surrounded and annihilated.
The head of the snake was pointed south like the turtle’s head, as a warning to other Sioux tribes.
Turtle Oracle Mound today is seen as such a significant piece of history because of the fact that it is an intaglio. Archaeologists
classify mound-related structures into four categories: linear, conical, effigy, and intaglio. A linear mound is a low, long
mound of dirt that is usually straight. It is thought that linear mounds were used as defense. Conical mounds are heaps of
dirt piled three to six feet high. Conical mounds are what most people think of when they hear the term “burial mound”
(conical mounds were used for burial). Effigies are mounds that are in all different shapes and sizes and are usually animal
shaped. Intaglios are essentially the opposite of mounds. They are not built on the ground, but rather dug into the ground.
The Turtle Oracle Mound is considered a intaglio effigy because it is both dug into the ground and in the shape of an animal.
As previously stated, there are only a small handful of intaglios in the world, and one of them is right here in Itasca County.
Other intaglios can be found in California, Arizona, and Peru.
piece of history came out of the battles at the Turtle Mound—Cut Foot Sioux Lake’s namesake. The story goes that
the morning after the Ojibwe’s victorious attack, some Ojibwe found an unconscious Sioux warrior lying on the shore
of the lake with an almost severed foot. From then on, the lake was referred to by the Ojibwe as “Lake of the cut foot
The Turtle Oracle was listed on the National Register of Historic
Places because of its prehistoric and historic significance in 1974. It is still seen as scared ground and its unique
construction is such a rarity. How lucky we are to have such a historical treasure so close to home.
Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station is
the oldest remaining ranger station building in the Forest Service’s Eastern
Region. Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, located on State Highway 46 near Cutfoot Sioux Lake. 218-246-8233
divide passes thru the hwy 46 area running west thru the 3rd river township of Dixon Lake and on to Blackduck.
Water shed flows north to Hudson Bay or south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway:
This 28-mile byway runs through the Chippewa National Forest. Formerly known as "Scenic Highway, the byway was renamed
in honor of the state flower. This scenic highway extends from Cass lake thru Pennington and onto
Blackduck. Along your route you will come upon a slice of history at Camp Rabideau, one of three 1930's Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC) camps in the country that are being preserved. Located on county 39 between state 2 and 71. website... www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/chippewa/recreation/auto_touring/scenic_hwy.php 218-835-4291 .
Area Golf Courses
|Eagle Ridge Golf Club ||6,245 ||69.4|
|Yes ||218-245-2217 ||One Green Way|
Hwy 169 East, Coleraine
|Pokegama Golf Club ||6,105 ||68.5|
|Yes ||218-326-3444 ||3910 Golf Course Road|
|Sugarbrooke Golf Club ||6,548 ||72.2|
|Yes ||218-327-1462 ||Located at Ruttger's|
Sugar Lake Lodge
|Wendigo Golf Club ||6,641 ||70.7|
|Yes ||218-327-2211 ||750 Golf Crest Drive|
|Blueberry Hills Golf Course ||3,121 ||34.6|
|Yes ||218-246-8010 ||1 mi. N of Deer River on|
Hwy. 6, turn E on G.C. Rd.
|Golf on the Edge ||2,963 ||66.8|
|Yes ||218-743-3626 ||1.5 miles E of Bigfork|
Cty Rd 261 & G.C. Rd
|Blackduck Golf Club ||3,029 ||68.7|
|No ||218-835-7757 ||
"Lost Forty" Actually 144 acres, is one of the few places in Minnesota to experience truly
virgin forest land that never has been logged. Less than 2 percent of Minnesota’s forests are considered old growth
today. These trees are up to 400 years old and between 22 and 48 inches in diameter. A one-mile self-guided trail
winds its way through the majestic pines of the Lost Forty. Visit the Chippewa National Forest Hiking page for more information. or www.onlyinourstate.com/minnesota/lost-40-mn/
ATV Fun in Northern Minnesota
is popular in the Chippewa national Froest! If you have been looking for places to ride your ATV, this is the place for you.
This area host dozens of back roads trials for ATV enthusiasts. Get on Your ATV and just go right from here.
Bicycling in the Chippewa
biking trails are just 3 mls from the inn
Norway Beach paved trails 22 mls from Dixon Lake.
Paul Bunyan and Babe:
The home of Paul Bunyan and Babe are located on the shores of Bemidji Lake in Bemidji. These two statues are in the National
Register Of Historic Places. Paul stands 18' tall and Babes horns are 14' across. Visitors from all over the world
stop here to get their photo taken with these two icons.
Horseback Riding / GERALD &
Teddy Rd. NE
Midway Bowling & Mini Golf located on Highway 169 North in Grand Rapids, Minnesota has bowling, a lounge,
miniature golf course and batting cages. Call 1-218-326-5950
BlueBerry Bowl located just north of Deer River, Minnesota on Highway 6 has 10 bowling lanes, the Lucky Strike Lounge and
a large dining room. 1-218-246-8048.
Blackduck Bowling Lanes located on Summit Avenue in
Blackduck, MN is open to the public.
Putt-N-Go Amusement Park
This family amusement
park, open May through September, features go-carts, bumper boats, batting cages, waterslide, and a miniature golf course.
Putt-N-Go is located in Bemidji Minnesota at 1915 Highway Avenue Northwest. 218-751-7333
Logging Days Held each year the first Saturday of every
February, this event includes activities and events such as a lumberjack pancake feed, sleigh rides, old-time music, sawing
contests, axe chopping and throwing contests, chain saw sculpting, woodcarving, crafts, and a Paul Bunyan Magic Show, as well
as a variety of historic exhibits that are on display. /http://www.bvskiarea.com/loggingdays.html Bemidji, MN / 218-243-2231
Deer River Wild Rice Festival For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the
World's Largest Wild Rice Festival. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate
the abundance of one of the area's natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some of the
area lakes and rivers, the advent of "paddy rice" which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made
the once regional product a national available commodity.Like the rice itself, the Wild Rice Festival has evolved as well.
Today's wild rice festivals sponsored by the Deer River Lions Club feature a full schedule of activities designed to bring
the whole Deer River Area Community together for a weekend of fun, food, entertainment, and fellowship. Whether you are young
or old, there is always something to see and do at the festival.www.wildricefestival.com
Trout Lake Semiprimitive Non-motorized Area & the Joyce Estate offer 6,000 acres of forest
with 26 miles of shoreline on 11 lakes. Ten miles of old roads and trails provide for hunting, hiking or skiing. The rolling
terrain provides scenic views over area lakes wrapped with maple, aspen, birch and scattered pine.Visitors can tour the grounds
of the Joyce Estate and view the rustic log architecture and stickwork characteristic of the Adirondack tradition. The Joyce
Estate is located 13 miles north of Grand Rapids, one mile east of the intersection of County Road 60 and State Highway
Blandin Paper Company Tours UPM-Kymmene purchased the Blandin Paper Mill in October of 1997,
making it the first North American mill for UPM-Kymmene. Blandin was founded in 1901 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and employs
about 500 people. Making it one of northern Minnesota’s largest employers, with approximately 2,000 more jobs being
indirectly attributable to the company’s local operations.
Suomi HillsThe remote setting
of the Suomi Hills semiprimitive nonmotorized area is made up of rolling hills, clear lakes and some of the most spectacular
fall color in the area. There are 21 miles of trail, numerous small lakes and several primitive campsites for day or overnight
hiking, biking, skiing and canoe trips. The rolling topography offers cross country and mountain bike trails for intermediate
and advance skiers and bikers. The trails are groomed and track-set in the winter and mowed in the summer.North Suomi Hills
is the site of the Day Lake Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC), which became a prisoner of war camp during World War II.Suomi
Hills is located 14 miles north of Grand Rapids on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway (State Highway 38).
and Blueberry Picking June and July in northern Minnesota mean succulent strawberries and blueberries. Pick your
own or buy them fresh-picked!
Blueberry Meadows - 34471 Eight Mile Road, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744.
Phone: 218-326-0671. Directions: travel south of Grand Rapids on Highway 169 to Eight Mile Road. Pick-your-own blueberries
beginning the last week in July.
Lavalier's Berry Patch - County Road 441, Grand Rapids, MN.
Phone: 218-327-9199. Directions: travel Highway 2 East to SE 7th Avenue; turn right onto SE 7th Avenue, and then take a left
onto River Road; follow River Road to County Road 441; turn left onto County Road 441. Pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries
usually available around July 1 and blueberries around Aug. 1. Call for current prices and to place orders for pre-picked
Lunemann's Luney Berries Strawberry Farm - From Grand Rapids: 9 miles on County Road
63, left hand side of the road. From Deer River: East on Hwy. 2. Turn right on County Road 11 (Deer River Shortcut) to Hwy.
6. South on Hwy. 6 to County Road 63. Left on 63 for about mile and a half. Watch for Signs. No Appointment Necessary! Picking
begins in July.
Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway Take the afternoon to drive and
enjoy the 47-mile Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway that meanders from Grand Rapids north to Effie on Minnesota’s
State Highway 38. The region is studded with lakes and thick with aspen, birch, pine and maple trees that pop with color
in the fall season. The road winds around 36 lakes, and through state and national forest. The Chippewa National Forest
is home to the largest population of bald eagles in the continental United States. Keep your eyes on the sky to see them
soaring above the byway.
Itasca Heritage Center Museum And Judy Garland Exhibit Explore the people,
places and resources that make up Itasca County history. The Itasca Heritage Museum captures the flavor of the turn of the
century and the stories of the people, places, and resources that shaped this region. For more information call 218-326-6431
or visit their website at: www.itascahistorical.com.