Lakeside Weddings

If you are looking for a romantic MN lakeside wedding, but don’t want to sacrifice quality over affordability, Campfire Bay Resort is the perfect destination. Making that “tie the knot” moment special is important and Campfire Bay Resort, nestled on the shores of historic Fish Trap Lake, provides guests with a cozy up-north feel that you just won’t find anywhere else.

We cater to the DIY couple who doesn’t want to pay thousands of dollars to have a beautiful wedding. If all you need is to rent a memorable space and a few cabins, then that’s exactly what you can do. We won’t force any plans or planners on you, but if you want some direction, we can certainly connect you with some of the best we know. And yes, you can BYOB :)


Wedding Accommodations

Campfire Bay Resort offers accommodations for up to 200 people in 2 to 4-bedroom cabins, most situated right on the lake. Want more privacy? We have one cabin nestled in the woods on a hill right on the water or the owners have a beautiful little cabin, fully equipped with plumbing, electrical, and wireless internet, right on a small island just in view of the resort.

Regardless of your tastes, we have the right accommodations for a private getaway or honeymoon on the lake.

A family of 3 young men, a father with a beard, a mother with blond hair pulled up, and a young bride holding a bouquet stand in front of the woods on a beautiful fall day

Bonus Wedding Activities

We have a nice sandy swimming beach with lots of kayaks, paddleboards, and water bikes that are free for guest use.

In our lodge, you can grab a latte or cold scoop of ice cream in a homemade waffle cone while shopping for a last minute wedding gift or souvenir. You can play video games, pinball, or ping pong in our game room or curl up with a book in the lodge fireside area.

There are hundreds of DVDs to check out for free and watch in your cabin or if you’re looking for a quiet evening out on the lake, we have a selection of fishing boats and pontoons for you to rent.

Wedding ceremony under a chuppah on a stunning blue lake on a sunny day wwith blue sky

Wedding Resources

Our on-site Rec Center is not only a great location for the reception, but it also has a day spa with a licensed stylist and massage therapists available any time by appointment. On the waterfront, our spacious lawn is perfect for that outdoor MN lakeside wedding. As there is a fire pit there, we have a cute bridge available free to use that covers it.

Since we specialize in DIY weddings, you can use whoever you want for every aspect of your event. But that doesn't mean you can't ask for advice! We've learned a lot from past weddings and can share what we've learned.

There are several local caterers in the area, a great florist, and several photographers. Our favorites are Kelley Jo Imaging, who took who many of the pictures on our site and another local photographer who has taken many family photos at the resort, Christina Johnson.

Bride and Groom at wedding processional with sparklers at Campfire Bay rec center near Brainerd, MN


Check out what previous guests who got married at Campfire Bay Resort have to say!

Campfire Bay Resort made our wedding day the best day of our LIVES!! The building is beautiful and it was easily decorated into exactly what we wanted it to be. The cabins are stunning, clean with plenty of room to get ready in with a large group of people. The lake view was breathtaking and perfect for photos among other unique spots. Brian and Heather along with their oldest sons were so hands on, helpful, and easy to work with. We had so many compliments from our guests AND they were able to stay with us! Truly an incredible venue inside out with amazing owners. Thank you for the wonderful day, stay, and memories we will forever cherish!
- Angie and Jake Johnson

We chose to celebrate our wedding day at Campfire Bay resort and we couldn’t be happier! I grew up going to the resort for family Christmas getaway’s. We got to watch Brian and Heather transform the resort into a rustic, comfortable, serene getaway over the years and we couldn’t picture a more fitting venue. We wanted our guests to have a true “lake country” experience because lake life is so important to us. We were not disappointed! From the First Look on the dock, to the picturesque backdrops of the lake and woods, we were swept away with how beautiful our pictures turned out. The church was right down the road, so we rode on a horse drawn wagon to Campfire Bay where we held the reception in a quaint, inviting tent. Brian and Heather were more than accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process and we are so grateful they let us create our perfect day at Campfire Bay!
- Katelyn and Cody Hendrickson

bicycle with flowers in the basket at MN lakeside wedding
Wedding welcome sign on an easel and programs on a white tulle wrapped pedestal outside by people in chairs for the ceremony

Event Venue Rental Costs:

Facility/Location Space dimensions Tables (CBR has 50)/ chairs (CBR has 200) Max # of people Cost of rental only
Lakeside Lawn 100 x 100ft 200+ chairs fit 250 $200
Lodge Gathering Room 20 x 72ft 100 + chairs fit, 20 8ft tables 100 $30
Rec Center 47 x 75ft 50+ 6ft tables fit, 200+ chairs 200 $450/4hrs, $100/hr over 4
Lawn in Front of Lodge 6000 ft2 50+ 6ft tables fit, 200+ chairs 300 $100
Chair Rental White plastic folding chair Not applicable 200 $1/chair
Table Rental 30” X 72” 50 6ft tables available, 20 8ft, 2 5ft round tables Varies $7/table


Important Wedding Venue Information

Facility rental rates do not include tax. Tax does apply.

The Rec center is in demand 7am to 11pm, so we have a time limit that you can rent the gym exclusively during those hours unless you have rented all of the cabins at the resort as well.

Any day between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day Weekend: 4 hrs

Saturdays between Labor Day and Memorial Weekend (off season): 6 hrs

Other days between Labor Day and Memorial Weekend (off season): 10 hrs

Set up & take down – We specialize in DIY weddings so you do everything yourself, including set up and take down of tables and chairs, or hire our staff to do so at $30/hr per person. Tables are not all stored in one location on the resort property due to their use throughout. You will be responsible for collecting and then returning all tables to their original locations or pay us to do so.

Note: In order to use our facilities for a wedding you must be renting at least one cabin at the resort.

What to Expect in a DIY Wedding

Our "do it yourself" weddings save you money because you are not paying us to plan, organize, prepare, etc for your wedding. We are simply providing a beautiful, safe, clean place to celebrate. If you want us to do more, we can, but that costs extra as noted above. Please check out our DIY Wedding Expectations for more information.

If you want to know how much your wedding with us will cost, decide on where at the resort you want your ceremony, your reception, and the number of tables, chairs, etc you need and add that all up using the chart above. Easy!

Next, we strongly suggest you schedule a tour of the resort to see if it's a good fit and if it is, then you will sign a Wedding Contract (last updated 2/15/2024) with us and pay a deposit of half down.

Cancellation policy

In the event that you need to cancel your wedding and you let us know more than 6 months in advance, you will be responsible for just $200 of the wedding venue cost. Lodging is separate and has a different cancellation policy, visit our FAQs page for more information. If you cannot let us know more than 6 months in advance, you will be responsible for 50% of the total wedding venue cost.