Canary Beach Resort Summer Activities


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The secret to Canary Beach Resort is in our name!

Your family can always find privacy somewhere on the resort’s thousand feet of sandy beach.

Since 1920, our guests have stated that we have the finest beach in the Pope County area.

This groomed shoreline is ideal for sand castle building contests or to just relax in a lounge chair while reading a good book and digging your feet into the sand. As you do so, you can watch your children and/or spouse slide down the 18-foot FreeFall Water Slide!

Lake Water Park

Guests of all ages enjoy our Lake Water Park. Attached to the slide is a 16-foot Rebounder with Balance Log and additional smaller slide.

Paddle boards, canoe and paddleboat are also in our lake water park and are free for all guests. An AquaGlide Splash mat is also part of the fun – a flexible, slippery, 90-square-foot floating mat that’s downright wiggly with fun!

Located near our beach are a Rainbow Playground, swings, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and sand volleyball, along with a variety of activities to do on the water.

Boating On Lake Villard

Our guests are welcome to bring boats or jet skis. We have a boat landing on site for easy access to the lake, with ample overflow parking space available to store trailers.

While in Lake Villard, boats can be pulled up on our sandy shoreline. There is also a public landing available ¾ of a mile east of our resort.

Guests can also enjoy a leisurely ride around beautiful Lake Villard on our pontoon.

Fishing boat and motor rentals are available. Life Jackets are provided.

All-Season Fishing

If fishing is your calling, then Lake Villard is the lake for you!

We are the only resort on this 536-acre lake. There are many fishing hot spots and some of the best fishing can be done right on our docks.

You will have plenty of excitement with your children as you teach them new skills.

Lake Villard is home for northerns, walleyes, bass, perch, crappies, and sunfish.


On Friday and Saturday evenings (and by appointment), guests can enjoy a 25-minute hayride down quiet local roads, while observing wild life in their natural environment.

Deer, turtles and eagles have been sighted!


Enjoying a campfire adds to a traditional Canary Beach Resort vacation!

Fire barrels and campfire roasters are available.

We regret firewood cannot be brought onto our property in an effort to keep our trees safe from invasive species.

Firewood is available for guests at the Lodge.

Don’t forget to pack your marshmallows!

News & Specials

We still have some availability during our most popular vacation dates, but our cabins do book quickly!

Click the “Check Availability” button below to find your preferred accommodations and dates. 

Call us at 320-554-2471 to make your reservations today!

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