The Trestle Inn is a secluded unique restaurant and saloon nestled deep in the Superior National Forest. Constructed of huge Douglas Fir timbers from a railroad trestle...
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How it all started...
In 1947, Lee and Neta Schumacher acquired a plot of land on Crooked Lake as a wedding gift. In the years to come, many camping trips and overnights at the Crooked Lake Resort brought them back to the true wilderness that anyone seeks in a vacation. When in 1974, Crooked Lake Resort came up for sale, Lee and Neta saw their dreams ahead of them - to live and retire on a resort in the Superior National Forest.
Having both grown up in the resort business, Lee and Neta knew just what they were doing when they purchased Crooked Lake Resort. While still operating Sandy Point Resort on Gull Lake, they managed to move up to Crooked Lake Resort and start in on some remodeling. Working as a team, with some help from their son, the cabins were insulated and remodeled and new ones were built. And then there's Gramma, who tended the store from 5am. to 9pm. daily, selling everything from hamburgers, pop and ice, to night crawlers.
In the early spring of 1980, while on a snowmobiling adventure, Lee and son Kurt came across an abandoned railroad trestle last used in the 1920's. With permission from the Forest Service, they disassembled the bridge. One at a time, with Lee's 1948 Willys Jeep, they hauled the 8 x 16 x 33 ft. long Douglas Fir timbers (weighing 1950 pounds each) five miles back to the resort. There they were piled for future use. By this time, the resort on Gull Lake had sold and the Schumacher's put full time effort into Crooked Lake Resort.
Lee and Kurt labored at punching a snowmobile trail south to intersect with the North Shore Corridor Trail. Snowmobilers could now come from Duluth or Grand Marais - and they did! It was time to open a trail towards Ely - known today as the Tomahawk Trail. The snowmobilers poured in.
With eleven year round cabins, a bait shop, gas station and off-sale liquor, business was booming in more ways than one. Kurt and his wife, Patty, have operated the resort since 1986. The fishing in Crooked Lake is great. If you can't seem to catch a walleye, you're sure to latch onto some bass or maybe a muskie. Fall brings on a most spectacular show of colors as the birches turn yellow and the maples take a glow of oranges and deep reds. Hunting grouse, bear and moose are among the popular things to do along with hiking and fishing.
But it was the snowmobilers that came from all directions that really kept the Schumacher's on their toes. When the 3.2 bar inside the store could no longer handle the crowds, it was time to put those timbers to use. Crooked Lake Resort needed a building to accommodate those looking for food, drink and a place to relax. Thus, the Trestle Inn was created. Central indoor facilities were included in the construction for the added convenience of the cabin renters. The Trestle Inn, a unique restaurant/saloon, was completed and opened in the fall of 1985. It became a popular stop for travelers of all kinds. Lee and Neta did whatever they could to help with the resort while they operated the Trestle Inn for many years.
1997 marked the 50th wedding anniversary for Lee and Neta. No one is prouder than their kids of all their accomplishments throughout the years.
In the fall of 2000, Susan Butler bought the Trestle Inn from the Schumacher’s and continues the restaurant & saloon operation with great success. Together, we have many, many loyal customers that keep the Trestle Inn hopping all year long! So many great memories happen at the Trestle…our history together runs deep.
Thank you everyone!