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Our Story

When you stay at Niemeyer’s Rugged River Resort you become a part of its history. The Native Ojibwa, trappers, fur traders and loggers all called this land their home and now we do too.

The property was used for a logging camp in the early 1900’s and some of the cabins were initially built to feed and house the lumberjacks!   By 1935, the logging industry had changed and trappers lived in the bunk houses when Ted and Bess Stallman bought the property, and turned it into Fun-Stal resort.

Lyle and Judy Niemeyer bought the resort in 1977 and made it their family’s home. In 2002 their two oldest children, Kelly & Corby along with their families, decided to continue the tradition, welcoming some of the same families who have been vacationing at the resort for generations.

In many ways the resort remains much as it was back in the 1930’s & 40’s. Cabin #1 was Ted & Bess Stallman’s first home at the resort and Cabin #6 was their garage. They built a second home in the mid-forties. This home is in the center of the resort and Judy & Lyle Niemeyer still live there. A small rambler was built for Bess Stallman in the late 60’s. This house and garage were turned into the office and owner living quarters in 2002. In 2008 we added an in-ground heated pool and hot tub, to accommodate families as well as fishermen.

At well over 100 years old Cabins, 2, 4 & 5 were in much need of repair. Cabin #2 was a cook’s shanty & dining hall and has now been remodeled and updated into a spacious 1 bedroom cabin. Cabins #4 & #5 were torn down and rebuilt in 2014. We were able to build in essentially the same location and incorporated parts of those nostalgic cabins into the new 3 bedroom log cabins you see today.

Located on a peninsula, these well-spaced cabins still sit on the edge of the beautiful Mississippi River, surrounded by 100 acres of Northwood’s scenery, giving you a real sense of privacy.

Spend your vacation at Rugged River Resort and experience its history and tranquility.

Come make us part of your family’s tradition.