After making a living by farming and raising exotic animals like Rocky Mountain elk, mountain lions, ostrich, peacock and bear, Darv Oelke was ready to pursue a dream. Overcoming many obstacles along the way, he bought Bowstring Shores Resort in 2008.
A historic resort dating back to 1937, it now sports 13 cabins, a welcoming lodge, and a heated outdoor pool. The 9,200 acre Bowstring Lake is one of the top walleye lakes in Minnesota, and fall and winter bring guided bear hunts and icefishing. Spring and fall fishing are excellent as well.
Darv and Marjean are great hosts and offer many programs kids are sure to love, including minnow races, Tie Dye Tuesdays, campfires, and marshmallow roasts.
Bowstring Shores Resort
49231 County Road 173
Deer River, MN 56636-2536