Lake Osakis, located in west central Minnesota, is a 6,300 acre lake that attracts visitors for its fishing and recreational opportunities. It is known as one of the premier fishing lakes in Minnesota for walleye, northern, sunfish, crappie and large and small-mouth bass. Bird watchers are also drawn to the area to view the rare Clark's greve and a variety of terns, egrets, herons and waterfowl. The area is also rich in history. The 1938 discovery of human remains, later dubbed "Sauk Valley Man," were dated to be from 2410 to 2240 B.C., indicating the presence of humans in the area dating back to the Archaic period.
Located on the southeast shore of Lake Osakis, Linwood Resort (linwoodresort.com) offers camping facilities for RVs and tents. The campsites are wooded and include picnic tables and fire rings. Camping sites measure approximately 40 feet by 50 feet, and provide sewer, water and electrical hook-ups. The resort's amenities include shower and bathroom facilities, wireless Internet, a lodge and game room, a sunbathing dock and a swim raft. Pets are welcome.
Two Mile Trailer Park and Campgrounds
The Two Mile Trailer Park and Campgrounds (no website; 451 County Road 10 Southeast, Osakis, MN; 320-859-2075) is located 2 miles from the town of Osakis on the west side of Lake Osakis. The campground offers both seasonal and overnight camping for tents and RVs. RV sites include full water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. Facilities of the campground include a shower house, laundry facilities, dock service, fish-cleaning facilities and a screen pavilion. Horse shoe pits and a ballpark provide recreational opportunities.
Head of the Lakes Resort
Head of the Lakes Resort (headofthelakesresort.com) is a full-service resort located at the northeast corner of Lake Osakis near the channel to Lake Little Osakis. The resort offers both RV and tent camping. RV sites offer water and electrical hook-ups, and there is a dumping station at the resort. Guests of the campground have access to all of the resorts services, including boat rentals, a bait and tackle shop, groceries, fish house rentals, a fish cleaning shack, boat docks and a dockside gas station. Recreational facilities include a volleyball court, horse shoe pits, a swimming beach and a playground for children.
Midway Beach Resort and Campground
Located on the southeast corner of Lake Osakis, the Midway Beach Resort and Campground (midwaybeach.com) offers RV camping with water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. This family-oriented resort offers a large lawn area and a sandy beach. Facilities include dock service, boat rentals, bait, fish-cleaning facilities, a store with groceries and a gift shop. For recreation, the resort offers volleyball, yard games, a playground, a swimming beach, paddle boats and horseshoes.
- Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce: index
- United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service: Sauk Valley Man was discovered in 1935
- Linwood Resort: Camping
- Lake Osakis MN: Two Mile Trailer Park and Campgrounds
- Head of the Lakes Resort: Tour the Resort
- Midway Beach Resort and Campground: Index
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