Balsam Lake is in Balsam Township, Minnesota, under 30 miles from Grand Rapids. For other big-city trips, Bemidji and Duluth are under 120 miles away.
The Range Regional Airport is under miles away, and the Duluth International Airport is under 105 miles away. There are three hospitals under 35 miles away, including Bigfork Valley Hospital, Fairview Range Medical Center, and Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.
Spanning 715 acres, Balsam Lake is a large lake that offers residents many different opportunities for relaxation and fun.
Popular activities include boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and enjoying the views. Many homes have docks, but a public access point is on the southern tip of the water.
Anglers can find black bullhead, bluegill, brown bullhead, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, yellow perch, and more.
If you’re interested in learning the history of logging in this part of the state, head down to the Forest History Center. You can see a recreation of a white pine logging camp from 1900, listen to stories from loggers and forest service patrolmen from different eras, or get a bird’s eye view from a 100-foot fire tower.
Follow the yellow brick road to the Judy Garland Museum, where you can get a glimpse at the world’s largest Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz collection, including the world-famous ruby-red slippers from the movie.
If you’re getting hungry, you can check out the great restaurants that Grand Rapids has to offer, like Mitu Srilankan and Indian Cuisine, Donkey Taqueria, and Heritage Restaurant.
Those seeking luxurious living with plenty of space for various activities will love calling Balsam Lake home.