“Open Water” Season Sunsets at The Lodge on Lake Detroit

“Open Water” Season Sunsets at The Lodge on Lake Detroit

Come for the Sunsets, Stay for the Experience!

The Lodge on Lake Detroit is located on the shore of Big Detroit Lake which provides breathtaking views of sunset. The lake view in general and the sunset views in particular are a favorite of our guests. This Sunset Gallery is for the months when the lake is not covered in ice. The images are in chronological order from the beginning of the ‘open water’ season in April, to its end in late November. Click on any image to go to the large/Lightbox view where each image includes a title to indicate the date it was taken. These images are from 2010 through 2023. In spite of the different years, you will see the continuity of the views as the months progress. Pick your sunset and book your stay!

For those unfamiliar with the seasons of Minnesota with lakes that freeze during the coldest weather of the year, there are words that describe the season when the lake has no ice. The months when Big Detroit Lake is not completely covered with some minimal thickness of ice is typically referred to as the “open water” season or “ice-free” season. This usually occurs from late spring (average April 20) to early fall (average November 27), an approximate average of seven months per year. During this “open water” time, the lake is used for typical water recreational activities such as swimming, paddleboarding, boating, and fishing. It’s important to note that even during the open water season, the weather can still be cold, so pay attention to weather forecasts before arriving so you can always dress comfortably.

Be sure to view our “ice in” Winter months gallery, as well as “lake views” that will show you how you will enjoy the lake from inside and outside of The Lodge.

“Wonderful hotel! Has a `lodge’ theme, and you can tell that a lot of thought, money, planning, and effort went into the building of this hotel. Lots of natural wood throughout the building. Hotel is right on a lake, has a dock, and strongly promotes its `green’ theme, which is nice. Rooms are quiet and were very clean. High-end toiletries. Hotel is within walking distance of a beautiful nature walk/bike trail and gas station/convenience store, with eateries/other stores within one to two miles.”


“Amazing hotel!  They pride themselves on the eco-green atmosphere with biodegradable products and opportunities to re-use, re-new and refresh. The in-house spa features massages, facials, the whole pedi-mani routine. There is a perfect size pool and the rooms are fantastic. There is even a night light system in the bathrooms for any late night visits. Big oversize chairs to lounge in and comfy beds with beautiful linens. The staff is friendly and responsive. A great place to unwind and have an enjoyable glass of wine in the lobby while watching the sunset over the water.”


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