Bemidji, the first city on the Mississippi, is about 38 miles southwest of Northshore Bay Resort on paved roads and offers a host of metro-style amenities.  The Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theater has a summer long series of plays that usually run two weeks each and hosts numerous entertainment events. It is the states oldest professional summer theater. The famous 18 foot statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox on lake Bemidji are sentinels to the logging history of the Bemidji area and are next to the amusement park specializing in rides for children. Art and artifacts galleries are located in the Loggers Hall of Fame, Historical and Wildlife Museum, Bemidji Community Arts Center, Bemidji State University and Gallery North. To go with the variety of shopping venues, there is also an outdoor water slide, raceway, movie theaters, bowling, roller skating, carriage rides, curling, ice skating and more to keep you busy all summer!