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    About Paper Mill Reservoir - Grand Rapids Twp
    Itasca County, Minnesota

    Paper Mill Reservoir, also known as Blandin Reservoir, is in Grand Rapids Township, Minnesota.

    The Range Regional Airport is 38 miles away, and the Grand Itasca Hospital is under five miles away. For international travel, the Duluth International Airport is under 85 miles away.

    On the Water Fun

    Spanning 490 acres, Paper Mill Reservoir is an impoundment on the Mississippi River, controlled by a dam at Blandin Paper Company.

    Popular activities include boating, kayaking, canoeing, watersports, swimming, fishing, and taking in the views.

    Anglers can find black bullhead, bluegill, brown bullhead, largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, and more.

    Explore Grand Rapids

    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.

    Cozy and Quaint

    Those looking for a taste of small-town life will love living on Paper Mill Reservoir.