A spacious and secluded modern lodge on the Mississippi River.
Andrew and Joy Ballard
- english, spanish
About Andrew and Joy Ballard
We are a husband/wife team, Andrew & Joy. For years we have dreamed of having a space where friends, family and guests can retreat to out of the hustle of life and enjoy some quality time together. The moment that we walked into the River Lodge with our 4 young children, we fell in love with it. We are honored and excited to provide our guests with an exceptional retreat experience!
Andrew and Joy Ballard purchased this Lodge in 2018
Why Andrew and Joy Ballard chose Aitkin
We love retreats--whether intentionally organized, or simply for the fun of getting away from our busy lives for a while. The River Lodge provides the space for a lot of people to sleep, but also enough space to cook together, eat together, hang out and have fun together. It was important for us to create an environment where a large number of people could be comfortable and feel at home. This is why we have put a lot of care into the furnishing choices, layout and quality. It is a special place where our guests can gather with their family and friends and make lasting memories!
What makes this Lodge unique
It's a true home away from home, plus more! There is a fully stocked kitchen, multiple living areas for all ages to enjoy and a partial wrap-around porch where you can enjoy the view and sounds of the Mississippi River. It also features in-floor radiant heating and wheelchair accessibility.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Small events are allowed with an additional fee.
$100 non-refundable fee, dogs only
Please beware of stairs, hot tub and river bank.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The River Lodge was nothing short of magical. It was beautiful yet cozy, functional and so much fun! The location was perfect—quiet, but near the highway to get to nearby towns, and the river and trees peaking with fall colors was jaw-dropping. Joy made the whole process easy, and was always available to communicate. I’ve recommended this place to several friends and family, and already have plans to rent the place themselves very soon!
Nice cabin. Very quiet location. Good spaces for our group of 14. Easy to use kitchen. Owner was easy to communicate with.
Thank you for staying at The River Lodge! We are glad to know you had a great time and hope you come back soon!
Great property for a multigenerational family get together! Lots of space for everyone to be together, and also plenty of space to break off as needed!
Thank you for choosing The River Lodge! We are so glad you enjoyed your time together and hope you come back soon!
This property was great for our biennial reunion. 4 families stayed with plenty of room to spare! Gathering spaces including the kitchen were very nice. Andrew and Joy were friendly and accommodating when we wanted to preview the place prior to booking. Highly recommend!
Thank you so much for choosing The River Lodge! It was a pleasure to have you and we are so glad you enjoyed your time together there! Come back soon!
Annual Family Trip
Our group had a great time at the River Lodge. We loved the large gathering spaces, both inside and out.
Thank you so much for choosing the River Lodge! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time and look forward to having you back!
Best Vacation Ever!!! Just so sad our week is over.
We had a wonderful family vacation. Great, great everything!!! Lots of spaces to hangout. Used the main family room for dance parties, sing a longs, charades, games, little kids played with toys. The deck was awesome to just chill on. And the yard was huge. We played tennis, bad-mitten, bocce, bags, had a campfire, kayaked in the river. The kitchen was great for eating all our huge meals, playing card games and the horse-racing game (poker). And it was spacious enough for many cooks. The sleeping arrangements total worked. Many rooms and beds. And insulated enough that you could still play games and be loud while the littles were resting.
We are all checking schedules again to see if we could do this again next summer.
Thank you so much!!!!
Thank you for such a kind review! We are so happy to hear you had a great time! Come back soon!