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The Birchmont Beach Hotel at the north end of Lake Bemidji offered luxury accommodations. This photo was taken about 1940. Beltrami County Historical Society

Ruttger's started as Birchmont Beach Hotel

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Along the northwest shore of Lake Bemidji, one resort has been a destination for tourists and locals for nearly a century.

It started as Birchmont Beach Hotel and became Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge more than two decades later.

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