Welcome To The Drake Motel
In The Center of Northern Minnesota's Vacationland
"Let us be Your Year Round Vacation Destination!
Explore The Blackduck Area
The Drake Motel is located in a central location for many outdoor pursuits. We are a great place to stop in and rest on your trip or stay for an adventurous vacation. Only 20 miles north of Bemidji on Highway 71 the activities and God's country are here for your pleasure.
Current information for Blackduck and Upper Red Lake activities can be found in the message center. You can also ask questions.
There are numerous lakes within a 30 mile radius with different types of fishing, Blackduck Lake, Red Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake and Cass Lake are just a few.
World class crappie, walleye and pike fishing can be found only minutes away on Upper Red Lake or check out Blackduck lake for some of the best walleye fishing in Minnesota, as well as excellent perch fishing during ice fishing season. If you're looking for perch Winnibigoshish is just down the road.
There are several other lakes in the area that also produce walleye, northern and crappies, as well as big sunnies, bull bluegills & and perch. There is also a stocked trout lake just down the road. So just let us know what type of fishing you are looking to do and we'll try to point you in the right direction. When you come back from fishing, you can clean your fish in our heated fish cleaning room.
Hunting is great for for deer, grouse, goose, duck, bear and waterfowl.
Birdwatching & Wildlife
There is a tremendous variety of songbirds and ducks. In addition, loons, bald eagles, osprey, deer, wolf, beaver and otter live in the area. People come from areas as far away as California, Florida, Texas, and Canada to enjoy the exceptional wildlife in the area.
If you enjoy snowmobiling there are many groomed snowmobile trails with a trailhead right next door. Many miles go through beautiful forested trails.
Are you a golfer? There are four challenging golf courses within 20 miles for you to enjoy. Call us and we can set-up a tee time for you.
The Woodcarvers Festival is always the last Saturday in July and is located right next door to us at Wayside Park.
There are nearby Casino's, The Buena Vista Ski Area, Camp Rabideau (CCC Camp), Chippewa National Forest, Scenic Highways, Swimming, Hiking, Lost Forty Park, Itasca State
Park, Bear Festival, and The Koochiching Co. Fair.
The Chippewa National Forest and the Scenic Highway are right outside our backdoor.
Standard, Kitchenettes and the Large Unit are available. For information on room rates and descriptions, please click here.
Each room has 2 double beds, color cable TV with HBO, in-room coffee, and air conditioning. Kitchenettes and large 5 bed unit with full kitchen available. There are also outdoor plug-ins, a fish and game cleaning room, deep freeze to store your fish and game in, area to hang deer and bear. A gas grill and picnic area for our guests are available during the warm weather months.
A Bait shop, two restaurants, supper club, grocery store, banks, gas stations, movie theatre, bowling alley and more are located within a two block radius.
Kenneled pets welcome with prior permission. Cash, Checks, Visa or Mastercard accepted. .
- One of the top Walleye lakes in Minnesota for the fishing opener, according to the Minneapolis Tribune.
- One of the top 20 Walleye lakes in Minnesota, according to Midwest Outdoors.
- Plenty of structure and weedbeds, with 90% sand and 10% muck bottom - water clarity of 9 feet.
- Fish include walleye, northern pike, perch, sunfish, crappie, rock bass, largemouth bass and bullhead.
Hot Spot Outdoors
IceLeaders Ice Fishing
Outdoors with Jonny P
Waskish Minnow Station
Three Day Notice on Cancellations Required