The area is a haven for golfers, with Thunder Bay Resort just 10 minutes away and the beautiful Elk Ridge Golf Course in Atlanta, 25 minutes away.

Thunder Bay Resort breeds their own elk herd on the grounds, and in the winter you can go for a sleigh ride and elk viewing with a gourmet dinner afterward. It’s a fabulous experience!


Fishing | Hiking, Snowmobiling & Cross Country Skiing | Boating | Horseshoe Pit


fishing - bass

Northern Shore Lodge is nestled peacefully between two beautiful lakes. At 195 acres, Long Lake is known for its trophy size pike, 10-15 lb. walleye and large lake trout. Ess Lake is 114 acres and boasts delicious perch and bass. Both lakes have crystal clear water and are approximately 100 ft. deep. You can watch the sunrise on one lake and the sunset on the other lake. There are two fishing boats available to take advantage of sitting quietly on either lake and enjoy the pristine view while casting your rod.
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Hiking, Snowmobiling
& Cross Country Skiing


A state park borders the Lodge on Ess Lake and is laced with trails that are exquisite to explore during the spring, summer and fall and loaded with fun while snowmobiling or cross country skiing in winter.

In winter months, it’s a paradise for snowmobilers with over 135,000 acres of state land, 1,000 miles of trails, 2 tracks and unplowed forest roads for you to ride. Groomed trails connect the communities of Atlanta, Lewiston and Hillman and more groomed trails leaving those areas will take you to Lovells, Grayling, Gaylord, Millersburg, the Straits area and more. And don’t forget the ice fishing!
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Under the pines at the beach on Ess Lake is a shed with water toys and life jackets for the kids. There are three docks, two paddle boats, and two ski boats for tubing. There are also eight kayaks, a canoe, a fishing boat and two pontoon boats on Long Lake.
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Horseshoe Pit

Closer to the Lodge, a horseshoe pit is ready to be the scene for a great contest between dads and sons, guys and girls— anybody wanting some old fashioned fun!
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