Where in the World is Maplelag?
Maplelag is located in Becker County, 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, MN, and about one hour northeast of Fargo-Moorhead. We are four and a half hours northwest of Mpls/St. Paul and four hours south of Winnipeg and four hours east of Bismarck. Located on Little Sugarbush Lake in a maple-basswood climax forest, prairie lands are just five miles west of us, with no forests to speak of until the Rockies. To our east and north, you will find a mix of aspen, hardwood and pine stands. Itasca State Park (the source of the Mississippi River), is less than an hour away. And, it is half an hour to the Tamarack National Wildlife Refuge. Maplelag is located within the White Earth Reservation boundaries. The surrounding area, which includes Maplelag, was settled by Finnish pioneers around 1918.
How to get to Maplelag?
Coming from the Mpls/St. Paul area, we recommend taking I-94 to Clearwater. Then, cut over to Clear Lake which is on Hwy. 10. Go north on Hwy. 10 to Detroit Lakes and turn right (or north) at Washington Ave. (Amtrak station). Go north to Hwy 34. Take a right on 34 and go to 21 or Richwood Rd and take left and go north. Follow the resort signs. We find this route almost ½ hour faster or more than taking I-94 to Fergus Falls. In the winter, this is especially valid as you eliminate the blowing snow between Alex and Fergus.
Coming from the west and the Fargo-Moorhead area also use Hwy. 10 (or use the shortcut through Hitterdal, MN).
From Winnipeg, Hwy. 59 South is a direct shot.
Air service to Fargo, ND (which is an hour drive from Maplelag) is provided by Northwest and United Express airlines. Car rental is available at the airport from Avis, National, Budget and Hertz. The Amtrak passenger train comes into Detroit Lakes both after midnight(not the greatest time), the westbound from Chicago and the eastbound from Seattle. But the romance of the train trip can be most exciting and this sometimes outweighs the burden of the odd times. Greyhound Bus also comes to Detroit Lakes twice a day eastbound and twice a day westbound. Please check with us in advance so we can help make arrangements for a shuttle service for you.