Nestled in the heart of Minnesota’s Northwoods, Cohasset is a charming city with a rich history, inviting landscapes, and a myriad of activities for those seeking a secluded and tranquil Northern Minnesota vacation. It’s also the hometown of Sugar Lake Lodge. We may be a bit biased, but we’re pretty proud of our little town, and we speak very highly of the things to do in this area. It’s a place for families, friends, and even business associates to gather, explore, and enjoy.
There’s a lot to do at Sugar Lake Lodge, you can explore our website to see everything from golfing to fishing, watersports, and more, but we wanted to take a moment to appreciate the surrounding areas we call home.
There’s a lot to see and do here, so let’s explore the area and history of Cohasset, from its beginnings to the experiences that await you.
Cohasset: A Brief Trip Back in Time
Cohasset’s roots trace back to the late 19th century when it was initially settled as a logging and milling community. The city’s growth was intertwined with the flourishing timber industry that shaped the landscape and laid the foundation for Cohasset’s development.
In the beginning, the City of Cohasset was the railway village of Bass Brook Township. It received its name from the town Cohasset, Massachusetts. Today, Cohasset’s population is 2729 people. It’s small, and that’s what makes it a quiet destination for people looking to disconnect from the larger cities in Minnesota. It’s located at the edge of Chippewa National Forest and right near Grand Rapids. This gives you access to a lot of natural resources and sights to see, as well as the history, culture, and arts present in the city of Grand Rapids.
Exploring Cohasset and Northern Minnesota
Surrounded by lakes and lush forests, Cohasset boasts picturesque landscapes. The city offers a serene escape that is geared towards those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. There are many things to see and do here, including:
- Tioga Beach: while we love Sugar Lake, we also can’t forget about many of the other lakes in the area. Visitors can enjoy the shores of Tioga Beach on beautiful Pokegama Lake. Whether it’s swimming, sunbathing, or a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, Tioga Beach is a haven for relaxation.
- Mississippi River Scenic Byway: get in your car and take a scenic drive along the Great River Road, part of the Mississippi River Scenic Byway. You’ll be able to take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River and discover many charming towns along the way.
- Judy Garland’s Birthplace: if you love history or movies, visit the birthplace of Hollywood icon Judy Garland. The small house where she spent her early years is a historical landmark and offers a glimpse into the early life of this legendary actress. It’s located right in the city of Grand Rapids.
- Grand Rapids: this bigger city to the east is filled with art and history. Take a look at the many things you can do here.
- Go hiking or biking: embrace the outdoor spirit with activities like hiking, biking, and birdwatching in the surrounding Chippewa National Forest. The area’s abundant wildlife and pristine landscapes make it an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Looking for places to go? We have a mini guide to hiking spots!
Get in Touch with Nature
Cohasset is right in the heart of the Minnesota Northwoods! There’s so much to explore. This is where you want to be during the spring and summer months. There are lakes everywhere (it’s Minnesota, isn’t it?). That means you can grab a boat, kayak, canoe, or other watercraft and go exploring on:
- Sugar Lake
- Lost Lake
- Loon Lake
- Pokegama Lake
- Lake Sylvan
- Rice Lake
- Blackwater Lake
That’s just to name a few.
Want to get outside and explore nature? Try one of the many trails located a short distance from Cohasset and Sugar Lake Lodge. Get out your hiking shoes or your mountain bike and explore:
- The Mesabi Trail
- Chippewa National Forest
- The Tioga Mountain Trail
- The Sylvan Point Trailhead
- Legion Trail
- Simpson Creek Trail
- Suomi Hills
- Sugar Hills
We really could go on all day, and so can your hiking and biking trip.
What else can you do? How about taking in a sunrise or sunset? Sit around a roaring bonfire? You can check out the incredible view of the stars at night. Go golfing. Just enjoy the fresh air.
Did we mention that there’s plenty of things to do outside?
Find Your Peace (or Excitement!) at Sugar Lake
Whether you want to fish and kick back by the lake or explore everything Northern Minnesota has to offer, Cohasset and Sugar Lake Lodge are the places to set up a base camp. Our resort has everything you need for a weekend, but don’t be afraid to stay longer and see the natural beauty of the Minnesota Northwoods.