Crane Lake Resort
Fun things to do in the Crane
If you need a break from boating, fishing, or
just want to check out some other fun things to do in the area,
there are some out of the way options just a short drive from
Scott's Peaceful Valley. Shifting gears (either by choice or
weather) could provide the memorable moment to your family vacation.
Golf Outing There are many
golf courses in the area with the closest one being Vermilion River
Greens. It is a 9-hole golf course located on the Vermilion River in
Buyck (pronounced bike) or as the local folks say:
“I Luyck Buyck”. Two other local
courses less than an hours drive and are located near Cook. One is
Vermilion Fairways and the other is Wolfridge Golf Course. Both are
9-hole courses laid out in rural woods settings.
Golf Outing and a Game of Chance
If you want to make a day of it you can combine golfing and gamming
at the Fortune Bay Casino Hotel on the Tower side of Lake Vermilion.
The 18-hole golf course makes the game a scenic adventure as well as
a golf game. Enjoy meals and refreshments at the pro shop or dine at
the casino for their tasty buffets and special dining offerings. At
Fortune Bay Casino there is a Bois Forte Heritage Museum and
Hit the Trail, the ECHO TRAIL:
Enjoy a rural drive along this 52 mile rustic trail along many lakes
and forests with occasional sightings of bear, deer, moose, ruffed
grouse, fox and pine marten. There is a Managed Ruffed Grouse
Habitat as well as Fire and Ice Sioux Overlook. Stop along the way
to enjoy one of the numerous hiking trails. Some of the more popular
ones include: Astrid Lakes Trail (2 trailheads), Norway Trail (2
trailheads) and Big Moose Trail Echo Trail. Ely has numerous points
of interest including the North American Bear Center, the
International Wolf Center, the Dorothy Molter Museum as well as a
variety of shopping opportunities.
South of the Border It maybe summer but visit
the cold capital of the USA, International Falls.
The city is on the Canadian border and only a 40 minute drive north
of Orr. There are a variety of shops, restaurants and bars available
to satisfy every palette. Voyageurs National Parks Rainy
Lake Information Center can also be found there. Be sure to
see Smoky Bear! This is a point of entry into Canada so if you do
cross the border ensure to have passports for all car occupants so
one can re-enter the USA.
Each rural town in our area has its own special character. The towns
Orr, Cook, Tower, and Ely all have unique shopping opportunities as
well as family oriented restaurants and bars.
The Comet Theater in Cook is not only a movie theater, but a unique
gift shop and coffee house. Also in Cook go to the Homestead Mills,
a working feed and seed mill for some of their specialty cereals and
food items. In Orr stop by the
Big Blue Gill for a picture and Patten’s Café for the big donut. In
Ely, Tower, and Cook there is a local grocery chain called Zup’s
that specializes in there fresh cut meats and sausages. A couple of
key specialty items to put in your cart include their homemade
sauerkraut and native hand parched wild rice.