Winter Activities


Fall Hunting


Ruffed grouse                    Duck Calling Tips & Tactics                   

The Grand Rapids area offers some of the best hunting in Minnesota. Good habitat, well-managed and abundant public land, and an accommodating hospitality community combine for a desirable location for the serious outdoorsman.  Just a short distance from the resort you will find thousands of acres of prime hunting land.



When the snowy winter white blanket covers the northland Snowmobile Fever takes hold. Soon begins a winter long task as groomers from thirteen snowmobile clubs prepare the 900 miles of premier snowmobile trails around Grand Rapids and Itasca County.  For your winter adventures, snowmobiling through snow-packed forests and onto the more than 1000 area lakes is pure exhilaration at its best.

There is direct access to the to Pokegama Lake and the Driftscippers trail system. Bring your own snowmobile of contact us ahead of time to rent assist you in renting one for your stay.


Ice Fishing


With 1000 Grand Lakes in Itasca County there is a bounty of ice fishing opportunities. At first safe ice Pokegama Lake and as well as many area lakes are dotted with small cities of ice shanties and portables. There are several lakes close to Southwood Resort as well as Pokegama that offer a wide variety ice fishing and spearing action.

You can diddle your ice rod, set a trap for monster northerns with your tip up, or try your hand spearing northerns through the ice, a true up north tradition. Some of the nicest walleye and northerns are taken during the winter months when the fair weather fishermen are curled up in there easy chairs. We have 2 ice houses and3  portables available to rent if you don't have you own.


Dog Sledding

Experience the beauty of Minnesota's wintry landscape and the poetry of fourteen dogs working in unison. There is no more exhilarating experience than being one with nature in the beautiful north woods. Experience the feeling of riding on a dog sled, surrounded by the beautiful serene winter season. We can set you up with a trip of a lifetime. The season fills up fast, so reserve early. Click on the links below for more information.

Krystal Kennels

Tandem sledding on Big Trout Lake     

      Suomi Hills Kennel


Cross Country Skiing

For those wishing to enjoy winter's solitude with Nordic skiing, the Grand Rapids area is home to 19 ski areas with more than 200 kilometers of groomed trails for both classic and free-style techniques. Enjoy a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert. Snow covered pines, rolling white hills and the glisten of the lake ice in the moonlight are all part of the experience. These trails are only a short drive from Southwood Resort.

Winter Rates

Now offering 25% off per night weekend stay. That's $100 per night for Cabins 1-2 and $115 per night for Cabin 5 (for 4 people). A fee of $25 per night will be charged for each person over 4. To view our cabins and availability follow the link below.






 Southwood Resort

32460 Southwood Road

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

(218) 259-8886

Toll Free: 1 888-815-6645


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