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Grand Rapids, MN is the perfect drive destination to serve small to medium sized groups with safe social distance practices and extra safety precautions put into place during COVID-19. You can be assured that our convention staff are taking COVID-19 serious, and going above and beyond to ensure your group feel safe while meeting in Grand Rapids. Staff wear masks at all times, and conducting additional thorough cleaning in between all meetings. Food service is handled through no touch methods. Our convention properties offer state of the art technology so meetings can stream virtual attendees as well. You safety is our top priority.




Convention, Meeting, and Banking Spaces

  • Multiple hotel/resort/banquet spaces to accommodate your group
  • 2,500 maximum seating capacity
  • 800+ lodging rooms
  • Lakeside & outdoor venues
  • Intimate meeting spaces
IRA Civic Center - Facilities in Grand Rapids, MN

IRA Civic Center

IRA Civic Center - Facilities in Grand Rapids, MN

IRA Civic Center

Events and Groups

1401 NW 3rd Ave
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-2500

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Capacity: Banquet, 1,500; Theater, 2,800; Classroom, 2,000; Bleachers, 2,500.
Special Features: Main public address system and portable auxiliary, video player, flip charts, office equipment (copier and fax). Experienced with trade show configuration.
Food Service: Catering available from outside vendors.

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Sugar Lake Lodge & Conference Center

Sugar Lake Lodge & Conference Center

Conference and Event Center

Contact: Chad Simons - Director of Sales
37584 Otis Ln
Cohasset MN, 55721
Phone: 218-322-4585

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Capacity: Banquet 275; Conference 275; Theater 350; Classroom 240; Rounds, 300

Meeting Facilities: All of our meeting rooms are conveniently located under one roof in the main lodge. This versatile environment helps you remain flexible to easily adapt to last minute changes. Your group can utilize 6 rooms ranging in size from 200 square feet to 4300 square feet, accommodating functions from 3 to 300. Free high-speed Gigabit Wireless internet is available throughout the property. We feature state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment for all of your presentation needs. Keen to get the creative juices flowing? We offer various outdoor meeting spaces from lakeside fire pits to pontoon rentals and more.

Meeting Services: No matter what your unique requirements may be, our professional staff is dedicated to making your event a complete success. Our new Leadership Center at Sugar Lake Lodge has partnered experts in the Leadership Development world, including trainers and facilitators in all things team development. We boast the only Pacos-style ropes course in Northern Minnesota, available with the hire of a ropes course expert. Head to our website for more information and don’t forget to ask about our "Exclusively Yours" program.

Special Features/Equipment: High-speed Gigabit Wireless Internet (over 100Mbps!), LCD, Video Conferencing, whiteboard, flip charts, overhead projectors, 16mm movie projectors, 35mm slide projectors, projection screens, television monitors, laser pointers, microphones, public address systems, office equipment (copier, fax and modem).

Food Service: In-house catering for coffee breaks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special themes for parties and barbecues are available. Two restaurants are located on-premise: The Main Lodge Dining Room and Otis’s Grill & Bar.

Accommodations: 164 units including Lakefront Suites, Lodge Room, Lakeside Cabins and Golf Course Townhouses.

Amenities: 18-hole championship golf course, full marina (sailboats, row boats, fishing boats and pontoons; kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards), Best Resort Beach in Minnesota as named by Star Tribune, heated outdoor pool, tennis, volleyball, pickle ball, bocce ball, horseshoes, bon fire pits, and endless hiking and biking trails.

All Room Dimensions & Seating Capacities

Conference RoomDimensionsTheatreClassroomBoardroomRounds
ALEX I39 x 4816080-128
ALEX I & II82 x 48350240-300
ALEX II43 x 4816080128
ALEX III20 x 3250321464
Otis45 x 50175110-140
Maple28 x 3260322548
Birch19 x 1930201216
Asplin19 x 2030161218

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Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Event Center

Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Event Center

Events Center and Meetings

Contact: Kacey Hron- Event and Catering Manager
144 SE 17th Street
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 866-800-2200
Phone: 218-326-2600

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Meeting Facilities: Featuring over 10,000 square feet of flexible function space and pre-function space, the event center is an ideal destination for events of up to 625 guests.

Special Features/Equipment: TimberLake Event Center features leading-edge technological amenities that create the ideal environment for productive meetings and help keep business objectives moving forward.

  • Wireless Internet In Function Space & Guest Rooms
  • CAT5 Data Jacks for Lightening-Fast Internet Access
  • Audiovisual Equipment & Support Including LCD Projectors, VHS & DVD Players, Cable Television & More
  • Tele-Conferencing Capable

Food Service: On-site restaurant & lounge, full service banquet food service and event planning on site.

Accommodations: 84 upscale and unique rooms; All guest rooms non-smoking.

Amenities: Waterpark with oversized hot tub, 98 foot slide and kiddie slide; large, comfortable rooms and suites with flat screen televisions; extended stay suites with mini or full kitchen; fitness room; business services; and hot breakfast buffet served each morning.

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Grand Rapids Riverfest

Grand Rapids Riverfest

Welcome Grand Rapids Riverfest Attendees! We are excited to have you in Grand Rapids.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Visit Grand Rapids staff at 218-326-9607. Thank you!

*Note: Make sure when you book, you mention Code: Riverfest. Thank you!

Below are the lodging properties that have set-up room blocks:

1812 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 212-1842
13 double Queens @ $130.00+tax
Release 30 days prior

Country Inn & Suites
2601 Highway 169 South, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 327-4960
25 Two Queen Beds $110.00 per night
Release date 8-27-21

Hotel Rapids
680 US-2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 326-3458
5 rooms in the block for Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th.
Single unit rooms at a rate of $119/night + tax.
Release date: 30 days prior to arrival

IM Hotel
1702 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 327-1108
2 single queens $120
3 double queens $125

Sugar Lake Lodge
37584 Otis Ln, Cohasset, MN 55721
(218) 327-1462
20 (2) Bedroom Units
Studios from $126
2-bedroom villas from $268
3-bedroom villas from $378
Lakefront Suites/Cabins from $273

Timberlake Lodge
144 SE 17th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 326-2600
10 room blocks
5 Executive King at $169/night
5 Double Queens at $174/night
Release date: 30 days prior

The following lodging properties cannot set-up room blocks, so we encourage you to contact them directly for availability:

Forest Lake Motel
Phone: 218-326-6609

Green Heron Bed & Breakfast
Phone: 218-999-5795

Hotel Rapids
Phone: 218-326-3458

Itasca Motel
Phone: 218-326-3489

Pine Grove Motel
Phone: 218-326-8501

Mallard Point
Phone: 920-350-9220

Brewed Awakenings Air B&B
Phone: 218-259-6606

The Doc House Suites
Phone: 218-259-5946

The Hideaway
Phone: 651-398-4839

Navaeh Properties
Phone: 763-381-4252

White Pine Lake Home
Phone: 218-245-1470

Buckhorn on Caribou
Phone: 218-256-0089

Bowstring Shores Resort
Phone: (218) 832-3101

Jessie View
Phone:(218) 259-2594

Loon's Landing on Big Jessie Lake
Phone: (218) 832-3693

Loon Point Resort
Phone: (218) 245-1470

First Avenue Suites

Antler Lake Retreat
Phone: 218-245-1470

Lakeshore Haven
Phone: (218) 832-3101

Camp Hiawath
Phone: 218-410-7655

Wildwood Resort
Phone: 218-328-5858

Moose Lake Resort
Phone: 218-246-8675

Pokegama Lake Resort
Phone: 218-301-0428

Rising Eagle Resort
Phone: 218-832-3955

Camping Options:

Itasca Fairgrounds - see below camping map

Pokegama Dam Campground
Phone: (218) 326-6128

Prairie Lake Campground
Phone: (218) 326-8486

Trout Lake Campground
Phone: (218) 256-3093

American Legion Campground
Phone: (218) 256-0822

Camping Map

Itasca Fairgrounds Camping Map:


Recreation & Attractions

  • Championship golf courses
  • Millions of acres of unspoiled forest land
  • Thousands of pristine lakes for fishing & recreation
  • Hundreds of trails for hiking & biking
  • Unique shopping & attractions for the entire family
  • Fine dining for every taste

Visit Grand Rapids Services

  • VIP familiarization tours available
  • Professional banquet planning and site selection
  • Registration coordination and coordination with conference facilities
  • Maps, vacation guides and area information
  • Assistance in bid preparation and presentation
  • Other support services available upon request


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