When you stay at The Wilds Resort there are areas where you can engage in lots of fun activities. We provide a clean sandy beach, a swimming area, a playground, and an area behind The Lodge where you can heat up the competitive sports. There you can pitch some horseshoes, have a bocci ball contest, hit the tetherball, or play a volleyball game. Winner gets bragging rights!

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Lots To Do at the Resort

What can you fun seekers do at our cabins for rent near Itasca State Park? You can kick off your shoes and build castles in the sand at our beach area. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming area or catch some rays on one of the deck chairs on the beach. Play with the water toys or if you’re feeling adventurous, go paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, or utilize the ATV and UTV trails. The kids can venture to the swings in the playground. It looks like a fort, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s a castle. It could be a pirate ship! Whatever their imagination tells them, they are sure to have lots of fun.

  • Playground, Basketball & Volleyball
  • Swim Area, Beach & Water Toys
  • Canoes & Kayaks
  • Pontoons, Boats, Motors
  • Boat Launch
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Not Far From the Resort

Did you know that the Mississippi River is the world’s third longest river and it begins just a few miles from here as a small stream in Itasca State Park? It was preserved as parkland in 1891, making it Minnesota’s oldest state park.

We are next to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, home to dozens of waterfowl species, bald eagles, whitetail deer, black bear and coyote. It is a prime spot for birding and wildlife watching.

We are located halfway between Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes. We are just a ten minute drive away from the Smoky Hills State Forest.

The Hubbard County Historical Museum and The North Country Museum of Arts are in Park Rapids, and there are numerous craft shops in the nearby area. Every August, Detroit Lakes hosts one of the largest country music festivals in the world, WeFest, where many of the top stars in the field perform.

ATV Trails

We have miles of trails for four wheeling in the area of Park Rapids. Guests can ride right from our resort to the large trail system in Smoky Hills State Forest that is about four miles away. There are also 3 state forests near Park Rapids with 200 miles of ATV trails. They are Two Inlets State Forest, Paul Bunyan State Forest, and Huntersville State Forest.

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“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” ~Herbert Hoover

Winter at Wilds Resort

Some people wear cross-country skis, others wear snowshoes, some prefer to wear comfortable old winter boots. Whatever you have on your feet there are lots of ways to maneuver through the snow and enjoy The Wilds Resort in the winter. This is the season that brings a hush to the Northwoods. The frogs, crickets and cicadas are silent, migrant song birds went south months ago, and the loons left well before the lake froze over. Gone until next year are the summer sounds of family picnics, boat motors, lawn mowers, and children having fun in the water. There is a quiet peacefulness to the outdoors that belongs only to winter.

When your active day has ended, we encourage you to listen and hear what we hear…the quiet of a winter’s evening at The Wilds Resort. The garden has long been bereft of its produce, the flower beds are memories, the lawnmower has been enjoying a long winter’s nap. The doldrums have settled in and it’s how many months until the spring thaw??? Don’t suffer from the wintertime blahs. Un-tarp those snowmobiles, dust off the cross-country skis, dig out those ice fishing poles and head to The Wilds Resort! Ride for an hour or for a day, miles of snowmobile trails await the adventurous. The woods and hills are dressed in winter white, the air is crisp and cold. You’ve donned your snowmobile suit and helmet, revved up the engine of your machine, and off you go. A cup of hot chocolate awaits your return.

Didn’t catch enough fish this summer? They’re still out there in the lake under the ice, waiting to be enticed by a nice bit of jigging. Put on the stocking cap and warm winter gloves, grab your ice fishing gear and persuade those fish to take the bait. That catch tastes as good in winter as it does in summer. Maybe even better.

Ready to Get Wild?

The Wilds Resort and Campground invites you to come and relax and experience a vacation to always remember.