Minnesota’s Legendary Fishing and Hunting Resort Opens for its 97th Year

On May 12, 2018, Anchor Inn Resort opens for its 97th year of continuous operation. On the banks of the Bowstring River, Anchor Inn opened in 1921 when William Osufsen constructed a hunting lodge to draw customers to the northwoods where they could enjoy opportunities to hunt plentiful waterfowl, deer, bear, and ruffed grouse. He soon extended the resort’s open season with much-sought-after fishing for walleye, northern pike, crappie, bluegill, and perch.  The “resort bridge” at the junction of the Bowstring River and what is now County Road 4 became a well-known place for excellent fishing.  Thru the years, the bridge has been replaced several times and it continues to be a hotspot for fishing and catching of all species.  Guests return year after year to enjoy the geography of the chain of lakes here that provides a variety of fishing structure, lake size and shelter from changing weather conditions.

In 1946, the Chaplain family purchased and operated the resort.  Then in 1968, the resort was purchased by Howard and Naomi Kitterman who moved to northern Minnesota from Indiana to pursue their love of the area and offer Hoosier Hospitality to their guests.  That tradition continues today with 50 years of Kitterman family and three generations of ownership.  The facilities and charm of the original lodge and several of the cottages maintain the character of the original days with modern day upgrades to ensure today’s needs of customers are met.  Over the years, additional cottages have been added to allow more people the opportunity to experience the charm of the Chippewa National Forest.  The building and finish carpenter skills of the Kitterman family are evident in the facilities today.  












As we ready for this year’s Fishing Opener weekend, the ice is gone on our lakes while others in the north country are still waiting for ice out. 

We have cottages still available for 2018 vacations.



We invite you to check availability and make your reservations online or give us a call at 218-659-2718.  We’d be happy to assist you in planning your adventure to this beautiful area.  We look forward to hearing from you and hosting you during your stay.    — The Kitterman Family




For more resort history – click here.

Meet The Kittermans – click here.