Ice shifts from lake into 100+ year old cabins at Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge

Photos courtesy of Visit Bemidji

The last of the remaining ice on Lake Bemidji has wrought havoc on one of the area’s oldest resorts.

According to a release from Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge, gusting winds on Saturday moved ice from Lake Bemidji onto the shoreline, first impacting the Ruttger’s boathouse.

Later in the afternoon, the winds shifted and the ice began to move towards unoccupied cabins.

Four cottages and the boathouse sustained damage. No estimated cost of damages has yet been released on the 107-year-old structures.

Ruttger’s will continue to operate as normal and say this is the first time that anything of this nature has happened at their location.

Ice-out on Lake Bemidji was reported on Sunday, May 8, by staffers at Lake Bemidji State Park.


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