Area Attractions

The Green Heron Bed and Breakfast is a 4-season vacation destination located in “Minnesota’s Nature”.  We are situated at the gateway to the North Woods with a myriad of outdoor recreation options and incredible natural beauty.   The area is also rich in culture, historical attractions, family friendly activities, and parks and forest.

Come explore the area’s rugged wilderness in the Chippewa National Forest or examine the area’s largest open pit mine. Visit our own claim to Hollywood fame at the Judy Garland Birthplace. Experience life in a logging camp, hike the trails, or participate in a variety of exciting new programs being offered at our own Forest History Center. The Reif Center, our theater and music hall,  has an amazing schedule of programs lined up, and there are inspiring artists being featured downtown at the MacRostie Art Center across the street from our historic Central School (new shops here too).

We’re surrounded and crisscrossed by hiking, cross-country skiing, biking , ATV and snow mobile trails. Four 18 and three 9 hole golf courses are near by. The Duluth waterfront and shopping, as well as the Iron Range Cities are to the East; Brainerd, another lake vacation hub is South; and Bemidji an easy drive to the West. (think headwaters of the Mississippi River, giant Paul Bunyan and Babe statues and the Chippewa National Forest). We can serve as your home base while you explore or our beautiful backyard playground (summer or winter) can be the destination itself.

For more complete information on the what to do in this North Woods vacation retreat, check out these links below to help plan your trip.


White Oak Casino
Mesabi Trail
Klockow Brewing Company
Rapids Brewing Company
Reif Center
Visit Grand Rapids
Forest History Center
Pokegama Golf Course


Grand Rapids MN

The City of Grand Rapids, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is located approximately 80 miles northwest of Duluth and 175 miles north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The City serves as the county seat of Itasca County and is situated at the junction of U.S. Highway 169 and 2 and State Highways 38, 6, 46 and 65. The population is 10,869. Grand Rapids is in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful resort and recreation area.

For more information on Grand Rapids, visit: or


Pokegama Lake

The Green Heron Bed and Breakfast is located on Pokegama Lake, a destination in itself for recreation and fishing in both summer and winter!  The 6,612 acre lake is one of Minnesota’s largest, but you would never know it with the many bays and arms. There are several public landings, with parking, on Pokegama. The closest to the Green Heron is Kings Landing, on Golf Course Rd (you can see it from our beach) and Tioga is minutes away.  We also have room for you to park your trailer and you can tie up at our dock or beach.  If you don’t have your own boat there are a couple places in town and on the lake to rent from and our local guides will pick you up and drop you off right at our dock. Check the Lake Link at the bottom of this page to see a map and for an idea of the variety of fish found here.

Pokegama is a lake with many personalities. Depending on the season and time of day you may experience visits from our resident bald eagles, great blue herons, loons and many other ducks, a variety of woodpeckers and our namesake…green herons, which have had a rookery in our side yard every spring. Deer, grouse and turkey have also been known to wander through.   Other times you can experience the excitement of fishing tournaments, fireworks displays, hockey  tournaments, boiling maple syrup…the list goes on and on.

More information on Pokegama lake can be found at:

Lake Link – Pokegama Lake, MN