"...They shall mount up with wings like eagles..." Isaiah 40:31
A view of Rising Eagle Resort as seen from the lake.
Welcome to Rising Eagle Resort, your home away from home! We know that vacations do not come often enough and thus we are totally committed to help make your vacation at Rising Eagle Resort a wonderful experience for you, your family, and your friends. There is nothing like relaxing by a fire, listening to the sounds of nature and the water lapping against the shore, or the sight of a beautiful sunrise and sunset to restore the body, mind, and spirit. So come and "get away from it all" at Rising Eagle Resort!
We are located in north central Minnesota in beautiful Itasca County on Big Jessie Lake, all within the boundaries of the Chippewa National Forest! Our location makes us the perfect choice to spend your next "up north" vacation for several reasons!
We also happen to be located between two of the Scenic Byways Minnesota has to offer. The Avenue of the Pines scenic byway and the Edge of the Wilderness scenic byway will both take you through the Chippewa National Forest.
We are situated on the very quiet and private northwestern most point of Big Jessie Lake. Our resort faces the lake to the east which allows everyone to see those spectacular sunrises over the lake! A perfect place for a "getaway." With only two private homes and no other businesses around us, we do not have a lot of boat traffic up our way. This allows for greater enjoyment of those who enjoy exploring the lake in our kayaks, canoes, and/or paddleboat.
Our quiet and private location also allows for the sighting of the many different animals and birds among us, including bald eagles! Many times, bald eagles are spotted flying right over us. On the lake, common loons, blue herrings, pelicans, wood ducks, mallards, and Canadian geese are seen throughout the fishing season. Swans are seen swimming in the early spring as the lake begins to thaw out. Beavers, minks, muskrats, and turtles are seen swimming in the lake as well. Deer, osprey, downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, and hummingbirds are also commonly seen. Hummingbird feeders are placed at all of our rental units where you are sure to get a close up view of these beautiful birds. There are moose in the area and on September 20, 2013 we got to see a couple of them across the lake from our lodge! Check out their picture on our "Photo Gallery" page.
Big Jessie Lake is a 1740-acre sand bottom lake with 9 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 42 feet. It is 4-1/2 miles long and over a 1/2 mile wide at its widest point. It is said to be the 18th largest lake in Itasca County. Due to its size, it offers wonderful fishing opportunities as well as water sport activities. Big Jessie Lake is first and foremost known for its walleye fishing. There currently are no slot limits in place on the lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) manages the walleye population of this lake and have stocked the lake in recent years, including the past 5, as follows:
Big Jessie Lake also has great populations of crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and northern pike. Crappie and bluegills are seen every year that measure 12+ inches and/or 1+ pounds. The trick is finding where they are hiding! Largemouth bass are also part of Big Jessie.
Click here to view and/or print different maps of Big Jessie Lake provided by the MN DNR.
Our location is also perfect because we are in one of Minnesota's notorious counties known for its beauty, natural resources, year-long recreational activities, and its great fishing, of course! Itasca County is Minnesota's 3rd largest county with about 3,000 square miles or about 2 million acres.
Itasca County is named after Itasca Lake, which is the source of the Mississippi River. The name Itasca was created by a combination of the Latin words veritas (meaning "true") and caput (meaning "head"). Therefore, Itasca means "true head" in reference to the source of the Mississippi River. The word Itasca was formed by using the 6 middle letters of the both of the words verITAS and CAput.
Itasca County alone has over 1000 lakes, so that is not bad considering the state of Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." This allows our guests to quickly travel to any of the many different nearby lakes! With all of this land and water, there are plenty of sights to see and activities to do here!
Itasca County not only has many parks, but is partly located within the boundaries of the Chippewa National Forest. Therefore, a multitude of recreational opportunities exist here for everyone, including a myriad of trails for hiking, biking, ATVs, snowmobiling, and skiing. Itasca County also offers golfers four 18-hole championship golf courses and several other 9-hole golf courses. In addition, throughout the summer there are several different festivals and events that take place within the county. For the arts lovers, Itasca County also offers an array of cultural facilities and activities.
Grand Rapids is the county seat of Itasca County and is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Grand Rapids is also the birthplace of Judy Garland, best known for her role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." One can visit her childhood home and the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids.
Please see our "Area Attractions" page for more information on what Itasca County has to offer you.
According to the Chippewa National Forest's website, the Chippewa National Forest is home to the highest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 United States and over 150 pairs of the magnificent birds live among the pines and lakes of the Forest. We certainly see them here at Rising Eagle! The forest itself also offers a tremendous amount of family fun and activities such as bicycling, climbing, fishing, hiking, climbing, horse riding, nature viewing, scenic driving, and outdoor learning. Come see for yourself the beautiful Chippewa National Forest!
To learn more information on the Chippewa National Forest, click here to go to their website.
To share an exciting fact regarding our area, The Chippewa National Forest provided the Christmas tree that was placed at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 2014!