FAQs

Amenities and Conveniences

For the safety of all our guests, we are a pet-free resort.

Local pet boarding options include:

Yes, we offer coin-operated laundry facilities. For your convenience, laundry soap is also available for sale in the Lodge.

Yes, we have fiber optic installed and are now one of the few family resorts in Minnesota to offer complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the resort and guest accommodations.

All eleven of our cabins are furnished with most everything you need!  Our kitchens include a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, silverware, utensils, toaster, coffee maker, and blender.  You will find televisions with DirecTV, air conditioning, charcoal grill, and soft water within each unit.  All cabins are provided with bedding, kitchen and bath towels.

Ten of our spacious cabins were also designed for the enjoyment for all four seasons of family fun and include a fireplace and in-floor heat!  Our Wren’s Den also has a washer and dryer for your convenience.

Please bring hand soaps for the bathrooms, your own personal toiletries, any paper products (towels/plates/napkins), and any tinfoil or plastic baggies.  You will not want to forget your charcoal for grilling or a beach towel to enjoy our 1,000 ft of natural sand beach!

We offer limited groceries, ice, bait, snacks, ice cream, clothing, and souvenirs in the Lodge. For a greater selection, it’s a quick and easy drive to Tom’s Market in Glenwood (9 miles) or in Alexandria there is a Super Walmart, Eldens Fresh Foods or Cub Foods (14 miles).

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Reservations

We accept Cash, Check, Debit Card, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and ACH.

A deposit will be refunded less a $50 administrative charge if the cancellation is received 90 days prior to the start of the vacation.  Other refunds will be handled on an individual basis.

Reservations by phone will be held for five days or can be secured by credit card. Cabin rentals require a 50% deposit. The balance is due at check in.

Campsites rentals require payment in full upon booking.

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Event Center

Our Event Center is available for rent during our off season in 4-hour increments.  This one level area with a cozy fireplace is perfect for hosting your gatherings of any kind!

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Activities

When you’re a guest at Canary Beach Resort, you will find many activities to keep you as busy as you want to be. There is something fun for everyone, especially barrel train and hayrides throughout the summer!  Spontaneous movie nights tend to “pop up” when the weather interferes with our outdoor fun.  

*To find out more about what we have planned throughout the year and what special activities will be happening around the local area, be sure to check our Activities Calendar.

Alexandria is a short 14 mile drive through the scenic countryside.

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Camping

Dry firewood is available for purchase in the Lodge. In order to help prevent invasive species in our area, the DNR has asked us to not allow wood to be brought in.

Yes – the Lodge has a county-approved storm shelter.

We have four overnight sites available with a 3 night minimum on the weekends.

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Fishing and Boating

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own boat, pontoon or jet ski. We have a boat landing on site for easy access to the lake. There is also a public landing available 1/2 of a mile east of our resort.

There is plenty of trailer parking in our overflow lot on the west side of the resort. While in Lake Villard, boats can be pulled up onto our level, sandy shoreline or there are docks available on a first come, first serve basis.

These water amenities are free for the enjoyment of our resort guests!

During the summer, we typically offer night crawlers and leeches for sale in the Lodge.

Fishing licenses are available through the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us

There is great fishing in Lake Villard, where you can catch bass, crappies, northerns, sunfish, perch and walleyes.

Usually walk-on ice fishing begins around December 15th to Christmas time. The ice is typically thick enough to drive onto by January and ends around March 1st, with walk-on ending a few weeks later.

For more details, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=61006700


Our Fish Cleaning House has two cleaning bays with sprayers. We keep it very clean and ensure the fish waste is composted.

In the winter, we relocate our Fish Cleaning House to the Lodge so that our guests have a warm, properly-lit, and well-sanitized facility to take care of their winter cleaning.

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General Questions

It will normally take you about 2 hours from the center of the Twin Cities. If you are travelling on a Friday, it might take you a bit longer due to traffic — Minnesotans love to go “up to the lake” on weekends.

Canary Beach Resort is open all year long, so conditions vary dramatically by season. Summer highs are in the low nineties and winter lows can reach 30 below. Lake Villard typically freezes over in early December and the average ice-out is mid April. Lake temperatures are perfect for swimming from mid-May through late August.

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