Rapids Lodge is a family resort on the shore of Medicine
Lake in the Bemidji Area of northern Minnesota. We have 45 well-groomed
acres and a beautiful one-half mile of pristine shoreline.
Our entire grounds are at lake level with all cottages close
to the lake for easy access. Come experience the peace
and solitude, as we are the only resort on the
At Cedar Rapids Lodge, we offer a variety of resort
activities and excellent fishing. Our lake features
walleye, northern, bluegill, crappie, and largemouth
bass. The beach area is a gradual sand slope absolutely
ideal for swimming. The wildlife is fabulous!
Please consider Cedar Rapids Lodge for your family vacation this year.
We know that you will love the peace and quiet of the Northwoods and invite you to experience the same.
We hope that you'll come and see for yourself why our
guests find it so hard to leave this special place any
time of the year.
VACATION PHOTOS: Take time to view our family vacation photos. Picture your family at Cedar
Our family are the 4th owners of Cedar Rapids Lodge, built in 1933 by
Harry Archer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He built the cabins by hand with
tamarac logs harvested around the lake. Ray and Norma Williams owned the
resort from 1944-1971, adding a swimming pool in 1965 to create a "family"
resort atmosphere. Don and Vivian Helgeson bought the resort in 1971 and
raised their 4 daughters here, staying until 1987 when they sold the
resort to us! We moved here from Illinois in 1987 with 4 young children
and have grown to our extended family.
Our 13 cabins are vacation
homes, available for rent from mid-May to October. Our cabins are all
air-conditioned with the comforts of home. Monday Night Potluck is a
tradition started in the 40s and continues every week...good food...good
We cater to kids and their families. We welcome each
cabin's guests each week with a plate of cookies and an offer to help
unload the car...we treat our guests like family and enjoy spending a
vacation with them!