Fall Colors Road Trip

October 16th, 2017

Leech Lake Fall Color Trip

Who doesn’t love a crisp fall afternoon, sipping on something pumpkin spice and driving around taking in the autumn scenery? With fall colors at its peak here in the Leech Lake area, there has never been a better time to pack up the car, grab the GPS and spend a day enjoying the beautiful Minnesota fall colors.

 

Walker

If you start your drive in Walker, you can head out of town on Highway 371, on your way to MN 200 you will catch some awesome views of the bright colored leaves reflecting off the lake. Once you get to MN 200 you will proceed east along the southern portion of Leech Lake catching plenty of views of beautiful colors as you move towards County Road 8 NE.

 

County Rd 8

After passing the southern part of Leech Lake, you will turn North on County Road 8 NE, wherein the Chippewa National Forest you will get a burst of colorful trees amongst dark green pine tree of the forest. Get ready to take your camera out to document the beauty of this forest! If you’re looking for a little bit more of an adventure, we highly recommend a detour off of County Road 8 onto taking a left on Forest Road 3033 right before you reach Bena. This detour is truly beautiful, and you won’t be disappointed. The drive is down a narrow dirt road with red, yellow and orange trees arching over the road, making colorful tunnels.

 

US 2

If you’re looking to continue the drive, you take US 2 west towards Bemidji and out of the Chippewa National Forest and towards the world famous Paul Unyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statue. Now if you want to keep this trip more on the nature side, you can take a leisurely stroll along the shores of the lake by turning right onto Roosevelt RD SE and you enter the town and then North on Lake Ave SE along the shores of Lake Bemidji. After you’ve explored your way through Bemidji, make your way South towards US 71 and make your back to Leech Lake.

US 71

If you’re looking for a straight and fast ride back to Walker, this is the route for you. As you reach Kabekona Corner take MN 200 back east towards Leech Lake. Don’t panic, you won’t be on the highway long, soon you will be headed deep into a forest of many different fall colors.

 

Minnesota State Highway 64

Take a right on MN 64 and head South on the beautifully lined birch highway of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. This route is the perfect way to experience a Minnesota fall drive. This route offers a wide array of fabulous shades of yellow as you pass by whitened birch trees lining the highway. This narrow highway through the forest is the perfect drive, with gentle hills, fabulous color, and gentle turns.

 

Blue Trail Forest Road

Not long after you pass Kabekona Road keep an eye out for Blue Trail Foret Road and turn left off Highway 64 onto this winding path. This route is lined with trees that offer a wonderful sight. This is the perfect route to soak in fall colors because this allows you to drive slower due to the little amount of traffic that uses this road. After leisurely driving down this road, turn North onto Parkway forest road and make your way to County Highway 39, and head on back to Walker, where you started your beautiful Leech Lake fall color drive.

If you’re looking to get the most of the beautiful fall colors in the Leech Laka area, and want to do it at your own speed this is the route to go. This route takes you on low traffic roads, National Forest, State Forets and the best colored offered in this area. So go ahead, pack up the kids, grab lunch and go explore all the beauty that Leech Lake in the fall has to offer! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Looking to make an entire weekend of fall exploring? Explore all of your lodging options o our lodging page. We look forward to seeing you!

Attractions in Leech Lake

October 16th, 2017

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean Leech Lake is! To many, Leech Lake is a summer’s paradise, and they are right, but there is a lot more to do in leech then hang out at the resorts or on the lake. So instead of having to search around for things to do not on the water, we’ve decided to do the work for you! Northern Minnesota is the perfect place to explore any season of the year and we are here to show you how much the Leech Lake area has to offer! Walker, MN is a beautiful town that is known for its shopping, festivals and wonderful community. Below is a list of attractions that is sure to make every member of your family happy!

 

Casinos

Northern Lights Casino

6800 Y Frontage Raod
Walker, MN 56484

The Palace Casino & Hotel

16599 69th Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633

White Oak Casino 

45830 US-2

Deer River, MN 56636

 

 Winery/Brewery

Portage Brewing Company

107 5th St S

Walker, Mn 56484

 

 

Forestedge Winery 

35295 State Hwy 64 (218)

Laporte, MN 56461

 

Museums

Cass County & Walker Museum Historical Societies

Hwy 200 & 371 Box 505

Walker, MN 56484

 

 

Sugar Point Battle Monument 

Walker, MN 56484

East side of Leech Lake

Cass County Museum/Historical Society, Pioneer School & Wildlife/Indian Art Museum

PO Box 505

Walker, MN 56484

 

 Recreation

Shingobee Recreation 

MN-34

Walker, MN 56484

 

Paul Bunyan State Recreation Trail

Baxter, MN 56425

 

 

 

 

Bird Watching in the Chippewa National Forest 

44109 MN-46

Deer River, MN 56636

Geocaching 

Baxter, MN 56425

Long Bow Golf Club

6516 Long Bow Trail NW

PO Box 1027

Walker, MN 56484

Tianna Country Club 

7470 State 34 NW

PO Box 177

Walker, MN 56484

Minnesota Duck Hunting (early October)

10215 Rifle Range Dr. NW

LaPorte, MN 56461

Hiking

Heartland Trail 

Walker, MN 56484

North Country National Scenic Trail 

Walker, MN 56484

Lake Country Scenic Byway 

Walker, MN 56484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the great things to check out when visiting Leech Lake. Make sure to come back and check out the beautiful fall colors, the great skiing and snowmobiling trails and the Eelpout Festival in February! We look forward to seeing you!

Fall Activities in Leech Lake

September 27th, 2017

Leech Lake Fall Activities Guide

It’s that time of the year ago, where the days are shorter, the nights cooler and the leaves start to change. That doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the flag and start your winter hibernation quite yet, there is still so much to do here in Leech Lake in the fall. Who doesn’t love sipping a warm apple cider, while walking through the leaves and enjoy the fresh crisp fall air? Here’s how to can enjoy these next couple of months before the snow flies.

Hiking

  • Heartland Trail: Near to Walker, the Heartland Trail is northern Minnesota’s oldest paved trail. The trail is 27-miles long and travels from Walker to Park Rapids. The segment southwest of Walker is praised not only for its beautiful rugged lakes and forest scenery, but also its frequent wildlife, native flowers, and beautiful fall colors. In this part of the trail, you can connect to Chippewa National Forest’s Shingobee Recreation Area. Thia trail also offers about 21 miles of unpaved glory connecting to the Paul Bunyan trail, before crossing the historic railroad trestle at very beautiful Kabekona Narrows on Leech Lake.
  • North Country National Scenic Trail: Fortunately for Leech Lake Area visitors, the Cass County portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail is complete. The entire trail, when finished, will be a magnificent 3,200 miles long walking trail connecting the Lewis & Clark Trail in western North Dakota with the Appalachian Trail in upstate New York. It will be the longest continuous footpath in the United States. Here, though, it is ready to be enjoyed. This path also meets up the Paul Bunyan’s Recreation Trail and Shingobee Recreation Area.  This trail offers pristine, wilderness lakes and wetlands, and through glorious, hundred-year-old stands of white and red pine forest.
  • Lake Country Scenic Byway: Highway 34 southwest from Walker through Park Rapids and on to Detroit Lakes was recently added to the list of Minnesota Scenic Byways. The drive takes in the north woods lake country along the way, and a spur about midway leads to Itasca State Park.

Fishing

It may not be summer anymore, but the fish are still biting here on Leech Lake! Pack a lunch, put some cocoa in a thermos, bundle up, grab your pole and head out to catch some fish! Fish bite year round here on Leech Lake!

Shopping

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co: If you are looking for an eclectic shopping experience ranging from home décor to wild rice and everything in between, you must take a trip to Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. Here you will find a wide variety of native Minnesota wild rice products, cabin friendly and up north style, home décor, food, Leech Lake branded clothing, jewelry, women’s clothing and much more! Christmas Point really does have something for everyone and you are sure to leave with something wonderful.
  • Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters: If you love the outdoors Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters is a must. This large local outdoor store has something for any outdoor enthusiast. With high-end rods, tackle, and many more fishing items you will want to stop at Reeds before you hit the water and start casting. However, fishing gear is only a small part of what Reeds has to offer. It also has a massive selection of Men’s and Women’s outdoor and active apparel, firearms, footwear, water sports equipment (Skis, Kayaks, Tubes, SUP’s Etc.) and so much more we can’t even list it all here. Any trip into Walker requires a stop at Reeds.
  • Walker General Store: The Walker General Store offers a beautiful interior, unique candies, old-fashioned sodas and many other treats. It also offers clothing, toys and more. Walker General Store truly has something for all ages, it is the perfect place the whole family can visit and everyone can find something for themselves. If the whole family is with you Walker General store is the perfect location, and don’t forget to pick up some great Leech Lake Souvenirs while you’re here.
  • Jenny & Company: For the chef or cook in your life Jenny & Company will be heaven.  Offering an astonishing variety of kitchen gadgets, bake-ware, accessories, gourmet foods, spices, teas, freshly roasted coffees and more. If you love to cook or know someone who does, we guarantee you will find some wonderful gifts for them or yourself here. Don’t forget to get to grab a cookbook to match your new cooking supplies and try a new recipe!
  • Green Scene: Well now that you have a cookbook you may want some local and or organic food from the Walker area, look no further than the Green Scene. Offering local vegetables and fruits, grass-fed beef, and a wide variety of other local produce, you can be sure to eat well in Leech Lake. The Green Scene also offers a small deli with fresh ready-made items for a quick, but delicious meal, and don’t miss out on a delicious wood-fired pizza available Thursdays at the Walker Farmers market. A foodies dream.

Dining

  • The Boulders: Known for its delicious and diverse array of dinner entrees the boulder will provide you with a wealth of truly delicious options. From Crab Crusted Grouper, Gorgonzola Ribeye, Penne Jambalaya, Walleye, and much more. The Boulder is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so be sure you make a reservation if you plan a meal at prime times. Prepare yourself for difficult choices when choosing what to order, there are so many great options, you will want to try them all. Casual dinner and delightful entrees.
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant: If you are looking for a truly filling breakfast or a Homestyle meal this is the place for you! Known for their large breakfast dishes that will fill your plate and you up. If you’re looking for Homestyle Broasted chicken and mashed potatoes or meatloaf, Jimmy’s is not to be missed. Be sure to bring your appetite, and eat like a Lumber Jack. Minnesota Home cooking from their kitchen to your table.
  • The Piggy:  Kansas style BBQ made to perfection, in Leech Lake Minnesota. With BBQ briskets, ribs pulled pork and more, the piggy focuses on one genre of food and strives to achieve perfection. Expect long waits on most occasions and don’t be surprised if they sell out of food before closing. Once you sit down though and take your first bite you will find the wait more than worth the while. Melt in your mouth BBQ, made in Minnesota.
  • 502 Resturant: Dine in style, on the shores of Leech Lake. Best known for their wild rice bread and “award-winning” Black Angus prime rib, enjoy a night out you won’t soon forget. While you’re there enjoy drinks (and a happy hour) from the area’s largest bar, where you’re sure to find your drink of choice. Lakeside dining, drinks, and deliciousness.
Best of all, fall is the perfect time to reconnect and spend time with those that matter.With school and activities in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, life can get busy, which is why a fall getaway to Leech Lake is the perfect way to decompress.
If you’re looking for lodging or other things to do make sure to check out our site! We look forward to seeing you!

About Leech Lake

September 21st, 2017

Leech Lake is the third largest lake within the Minnesota’s border, coming in at about 112,00 acres and 230 miles of shoreline. The lake is geographically located in three glacial zones and has an irregular shape with very large bays and very small bays. The lake is surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest and most of the lake lies within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The deepest part of the lake is near Walker Bay where the depths can reach around 200 feet! Much of the lake is pretty shallow and has thousands of acres of wild rice. The lake is most popular for its Walleye and Muskie fishing but also is known for its Largemouth Bass, Northerns, Crappies and Sunfish.

History

  • The Leech Lake area was initially settled by the Sioux Indians, who eventually were driven out of the territory by the Ojibwe in the 1700′s.
  •  In the last 1700′s the first European French fur traders came to the area.
  • In 1785 the Northwest Company established two trading posts and started an influx of settlers to the area in the 1800′s.
  • In 1882 the Army Corps of Engineers built the Federal Dam on the Leech River. The Dam was initially built to control the river flow, but eventually, it started to raise the water level of the lake, which made it easier to navigate into Walker Bay. This was good for floating logs to the railroad in Walker.
  • In 1896 the town of Walker was founded after the railroad came to Leech Lake from Brainerd. From 1896 to 1925 Walker supported a booming logging industry, which gave the town revenue, so hotels, camping facilities, and public launching became available.
  • In 1898 the Battle of Sugar Point happened between the U.S Federal troops and the resident Ojibwe Indians. This was the last true Indian battle that happened in the United States. Since the Indians won the battle, it began a chain of events that eventually led the government to control the national forest land and the creation of the Chippewa National Forest.
  • In the early 1900′s Walker started to see an increase in tourism, which is when resorts and cabins started to pop up all around the lake and Leech Lake became what it is today.
Any way you look at it, Leech Lake has a rich history and a lot to offer. The old centuries have followed by a new century full of lodges, hotels, resorts, campgrounds, excursion boats, roads, canals, churches, shopping and so much more. If you are interested in learning more about the deep history of Leech Lake, check out our local museums and monuments.

Leech Lake Boat Rentals

August 23rd, 2017

Are you planning a last minute summer trip to Leech Lake and are in need of a boat? We have some good news for you, there is a multitude of different places that offer boat rentals in and around Leech Lake. This post will fill you in on all of the different locations that you can rent a boat for the day or even for the week.  I’m sure that after your first day out on the water, you won’t be able to bring the boat back at the end of the day! Provided below will be a detailed list of the locations, rates, and types of boat rentals that the different companies offer.

Acorn Hill Resort

Acorn Hill Resort

218-547-1015

4691 Acorn Hill Ln

Walker, MN 56484

BOAT, MOTOR & HARBOR

  • New Lund 1875 Impact Sport fishing boats with 115 HP, 4 stroke Mercury motors, fish/depth finders, console steering, marine band radios, 2 live wells.

Daily: $195

Weekly: $89

  • 18′ Lund with 25 hp electric start

Daily: $75

Weekly: $350

  • 18′ Lund with 70 HP Honda 4 stroke, console steering, fish/depth finder, live well, with marine band radio

Daily: $125

Weekly: $595

  • Misty Harbor pontoon 2 – 22′ pontoons with 40Hp Honda, fish/depth finder, and live well.

Daily: $150

Weekly: $750

  • Harbor slips

Daily: $10

Weekly: $50

•Gas not included

•Launch Fee $5

 

 BlueWater Lodge

bluewater lodge

7051 Wintergreen Trail

PO Box 486

Walker, MN 56484

866-649-9222

22′ Southbay with a 50 HP Yamaha

Pontoon Features:

- 12 Passengers

- sun canopy

- ladder

- stereo

$75.00 per hour with 2 hour minimum

4 hours $175.00

6 hours $280.00

Additional hours $60.00

Guest is responsible for own fuel cost. Fuel tank comes full and must be returned full. Additional cost apply if returned otherwise. Rental contract to be provide upon day of rental.

 

Birch Ridge Resort

birch ridge resort

218-654-3721

12797 N Shore Ln NW

Cass Lake, MN 56633

  • 18 ft. Canadian Crestline with 40 HP Electric Start Motor

Daily: $79.00

Weekly: $395.00

  • 18 ft. Kodiak w/40 HP Electric Start Motor

Daily: $89.00

Weekly: $445.00

  • 22 ft. Weeres Tritoon with 90 HP Electric Start Motor

Daily: $165.00

Weekly: $695.00

  • 20 ft. New Bennington with 70 HP Electric Start Motor

Daily: $165.00

Weekly:695.00

  • Personal Boat (Weekly Includes Launch)

Daily: $15.00

Weekly: $75.00

  • Launch & Assisted Launch

Daily: $5.00

 

Hiawatha Beach Resort

Hiawatha Beach Resort

800-442-3224

10904 Steamboat Bay Loop NW

Walker, MN 56484

  • Houseboats

3-day weekend or mid week 4-day: $1515

  • Speed Boats

Daily: $210

Weekly: $1050

  • Pontoon Boats

Daily: $250

Weekly: $1250

  • Fishing Boats

Daily: $260

Weekly: $1300

 

 

Leech Lake Eelpout Fishing

August 21st, 2017

Leech Lake is one of Minnesota’s top fishing destinations, especially when it comes to the Eelpout fishing. Eelpout fishing is a big deal around here, and we are proud to hold the International Eelpout Festival every February. You’re probably thinking, can I only fish for Eelpout in the winter? And the answer is no. You can fish Eelpout year round, but the best time to fish for Eelpout is in late February. It is said that it is best to fish for Eelpout right before the first light of the day, or from sunset and on.International Eelpout Festival- Leech Lake

What is an Eelpout?

A Burbot, also known as an Eelpout, is a deepwater fish that is a cross between an eel and a catfish. Eelpout’s colors often times vary from yellow-brown to a dark olive with different color patches, which gives it camouflage like appearance. They often times have small scales, slimy skin, and nostrils that resemble a catfish.  They usually weigh around six pounds and are less than 28 inches long. They typically have a very long body with smooth skin and a single whisker under its chin. Eelpout is known to be great predators and is excellent to eat. Bubot can most commonly be found in northern Minnesota lake and river, including Lake Superior, but can also be found in part of the lower Mississippi River. The Burbot is a good indicator of a healthy watershed. They typically require water temperatures lower than 70 degrees in the summer and are a rare catch, but come winter the freshwater predator comes very much alive and active

 

Burbot-Eelpout

How to catch an Eelpout

Most Eelpouts are accidently caught by anglers who are targeting other fish such as walleye. When deciding what bait to use, they typically are drawn to minnows on a spoon or jig that is hanging out in the lower muddy areas of the lake.  It’s important that when fishing for an Eelpout that you keep a watchful eye on your line because they have a very sensitive bite and if you wait too long, you will end up losing your opportunity. Eelpout typically is active during the lower light hours of the day.  If you’re lucky enough to catch an Eelpout, you have a good fish feed in your future!

International Eelpout Festival-Leech Lake

 

Fishing in Leech Lake

Want to find out how well the fish are biting this week? Check out our fishing report!

 

Leech Lake Public Access: Boat Landings

July 28th, 2017

Leech Lake has a number of well maintained public access boat landings surrounding the lake, to ensure everyone has easy access to the water. In this post we have aggregated all the public landings into one easy to navigate layout so you can find and quickly get directions to the nearest Leech Lake public access point. Another, even easier way to get on the water and enjoy the lake is to stay at one of the Leech Lakes beautiful resorts, which all have on site boat landings. Most resorts will also allow non-guest boat landing use for a fee as well. If you are looking for a boat landing and somewhere to stay we recommend the stone and two birds solution - find Leech Lake lodging now. If you just want to test the waters before taking a long week at one of the resorts (no one comes to Leech Lake just once!), below you will find details on each Leech Lake public access point, including directions.

Leech Lake Public Access Points

 Erickson’s Landing

Offering easy public access right off the highway onto Walker bay and directly next to the inlet to Kabekona bay this boat landing offers a sizable parking area and a wide ramp. The landings name also has some interesting background. According to local recollection, it is called Erickson’s Landing in remembrance of the one armed truck driver who originally owned the property, that is now public access.

 

Walker City Park Boat Landing

This is one of Leech Lakes best maintained public access landings, and often the busiest. Located just off downtown Walker and within the park the location is central to Walker Bay and offers very quick access to Agency Bay as well.

 

Shingobee Bay Public Access

This Leech Lake landing puts you in the very far south-western edge of the lake in Shingobee but is often quiet and offers extremely easy access to Agency and Walker Bays.

 

Stony Point Landing

The Stony Point landing offers one of the most central landings on the lake, it offers easy access to the center of the lake and is located between Traders Bay and Pelican Island.

 

Whipholt Roadside Public Access Point

Located directly between Rogers and Diamond points on a long sandy beach this landing offers easy access to the central southern portion of the Lake.

 

Brevik Town Boat Landing

Located just outside of Headquarters bay and near the southern tip of Bear Island this landing offers quick access to nearby weed beds surrounding the eastern side of Bear Island. This quiet public landing is gravel and offers limited parking.

 

Battle Point Leech Lake Public Access

Located nearly in the intersection of Boy and Headquarter’s Bays this well maintained landing offers a large parking area and a wide ramp with easy access.

 

Federal Dam Boat Landing

This very well maintained landing offers a large paved parking area and a very wide paved ramp. Offering easy access to great fishing around the inlet and easy central lake access.

 

Sucker Bay Landing

Another recently updated landing, this Leech Lake Boat landing offers a long gradual ramp a sizable paved parking area and quick access to the central lake.

 

We hope this post helps make getting on the water easier than ever before. Leech Lake Public Access points provide quick and easy access to all parts of the lake, allowing you to easily enjoy the water, whether you want to spend the day fishing, cruising, tubing, or skiing. If you just want to spend a day on the water or want to test the waters on your first visit to the area public access landings are a great option. However, if you are looking to truly enjoy all the area has to offer check out area lodging, and plan your next trip to Leech Lake. See you on the water!

 

 

Leech Lake Muskie Fishing

July 11th, 2017

The ultimate freshwater trophy fish, the muskie can be an elusive predator, adept at avoiding even the most appealing lures. Leech Lake Muskie fishing can be challenging, but that just means you can spend longer on the water relaxing! While you are relaxing, waiting for that inevitable Muskie bite (this being Leech Lake, it’s inevitable), you can prepare yourself for the perfect trophy Leech Lake muskie photo. In this post we will share some of the top summer spots and tactics on Leech Lake, one of the states best muskie lakes. We intend to make getting that muskie trophy photo easier than ever before, using this post you are certain to need a new profile photo – one that includes you, and a certain monster fish!

leech lake muskie fishing

Leech Lake Muskie Spots

The first thing to do before you launch the boat, is pull out that vegetation map, or use our maps, and find the “cabbage” – AKA weed beds.  In summer the muskie stick to the edge of weed beds, where food is easy to come by, more specifically they prefer the deeper edges of these beds. So once you’ve found the cabbage, put that depth finder to use, and cast to hit the deepest edge. Getting more granular the bays to target are…

  • Sucker Bay – With thick cabbage and lots of food this is a top spot for muskies on Leech, however lot’s of Muskies, does not always mean lots of bites in Sucker Bay. With all that food and easy pickings, the muskies in Sucker can be quite lethargic in the summer, catch them in an aggressive mood here, and you will have that trophy fish in no-time.
  • Walker Bay Narrows – The weeds have thinned out in the narrows over the years, but the mix of boulders still makes it a great spot, stick within the narrows and you will likely get a hit or two.
  • Agency Bay – If you’re not having any luck in the narrows it’s only a short ride into Agency Bay. The North-Western and Eastern edges of Agency Bay can often provide some very aggressive muskies, that have moved out of the Walker Bay narrows.
  • Bear Island Narrows – With some thick pond-weed beds, Leech Lake muskie are known to congregate on the eastern tip of Bear Island, as you push into Headquarters Bay through the narrows. This location, often missed by most anglers can be a great location, and a less crowded fish. If they aren’t biting in the narrows, just move up the shore along the South-Eastern edge of Bear Island and start hitting the edge of the reed beds there.
  • Portage Bay – Push into the points on Portage Bay and hit the deeper edges of the weed beds around the 15 foot drop off or push in a little shallower. The thick cabbage and heavy bait fish presence makes this a Leech Lake muskie feeding ground.
  • Black Duck Point – This location just on the edge of the extremely thick Boy Bay weed beds can result in some serious pulls, we’ve found it tends to be slow during the day, but at dusk there is a complete shift. Think about finishing off your day here.

 

Leech Lake Muskie Spots

Find the Muskie and the green circle to find the top spots.

Leech Lake Muskie Tactics

There are two primary tactics that show the best results with Leech Lake muskie once you’ve found the right location. If you are hitting deeper into the cabbage natural colored shallow spinners show some amazing results, and as you move out to the edges put on a heavier spinner that is a little brighter, but not obnoxious (neon green is definitely not a winner). If you are hitting a mix of rock and light cabbage, or just rock we highly recommend a smaller Reef Hawg, however this bait does not do well in heavy cabbage areas. On occasion, we have also seen some great results with surface baits in the summer over the top of very thick cabbage.

leech lake muskie lure

Leech Lake has some aggressive muskie in the summer, the hard part is finding them. Being such a large lake with so many different bays and shores, every spot on Leech is like fishing a completely different lake, except you don’t have to trailer in and out. So keep moving, and use a vegetation map to explore even more areas that could be hiding lurkers. We hope this Leech Lake muskie hot-spot guide gets you that trophy fish faster than ever before, if you have any additional spots and are willing to share, please add them to the comments. If you haven’t caught that trophy muskie yet or want to try fishing Leech for the first time, find a place to stay now. Otherwise, See you on the water!

 

 

 

Things To Do In Walker Expanded Restaurant Edition

June 26th, 2017

 

Some comments shared disappointment there were not more restaurants listed on our prior guide of restaurants in Walker. This post is an attempt to remedy that. While it won’t be comprehensive, we plan on making this guide as close, as possible in the time we have available. Walker and the immediate area around Leech Lake are filled with amazing restaurants and we wouldn’t want anyone to go hungry, so read this post in preparation for those days when your stomach is grumbling and there is no waiting for a meal at home. We all know that special type of hunger that creeps up and pounces after a long day out on Leech Lake, be prepared for it and review the Walker Restaurant list.

 

  • Benson’s Eating and Drinking Emporium  is a Walker favorite the perfect place to quench your thirst and enjoy an amazing pizza. With its late hours, gluten free options, delicious sandwiches and one of a kind pizza’s, Benson’s is perfect for large groups looking for casual dining and great service after a day on the water.
bensons wlaker
  • The Alpha Cafe A newcomer that just recently opened in Walker the Alpha Cafe is set inside a historic Walker home and focuses on local and organic fare. If you are a vegan or vegetarian this will be the perfect option for you. Best known for their amazing hot dogs and brats topped with local ingredients, and hearty and delicious breakfast options.

alpha cafe walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Boulders: Known for its delicious and diverse array of dinner entrees the boulder will provide you with a wealth of truly delicious options. From Crab Crusted Grouper, Gorgonzola Ribeye, Penne Jambalaya, Walleye, and much more. The Boulder is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so be sure you make a reservation if you plan a meal at prime times. Prepare yourself for difficult choices when choosing what to order, there are so many great options, you will want to try them all. Casual dinner and delightful entrees.
Lamb shank
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant: If you are looking for a truly filling breakfast or a Homestyle meal this is the place for you! Known for their large breakfast dishes that will fill your plate and you up. If you’re looking for Homestyle Broasted chicken and mashed potatoes or meatloaf, Jimmy’s is not to be missed. Be sure to bring your appetite, and eat  like a Lumber Jack. Minnesota Home cooking from their kitchen to your table.
Hashbrowns
  • Cafe Zona Rosa Felling like a taste of the southwest while you enjoy the comfort of the lakes of the Northwoods? Cafe Zona Rosa is perfect for those seeking a little bit of spice. A favorite of locals, be sure to try the sizzling fajitas and the large burritos. Known for its large portions, taco bar, festive atmosphere, and unbeatable chips.

cafe zona rosa walker

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Piggy: Kansas style BBQ made to perfection, in Leech Lake Minnesota. With BBQ briskets, ribs, pulled pork and more, the piggy focuses on one genre of food and strives to achieve perfection. Expect long waits on most occasions and don’t be surprised if they sell out of food before closing. Once you sit down though, and take your first bite you will find the wait more than worth the while. Melt in your mouth BBQ, made in Minnesota.
Pulled pork dinner
  •  The Lucky Moose  This bar and grill provides a truly northwoods feel and is sure to please with an amazing variety of appetizers and a large bar. Some customer favorites include their delicious Walleye cakes, juicy burgers, and the one of a kind chipotle Bloody Mary’s. Perfect for both large and small groups.
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  • 502 Restaurant: Dine in style, on the shores of Leech Lake. Best known for their wild rice bread and “award winning” Black Angus prime rib, enjoy a night out you won’t soon forget. While you’re there enjoy drinks (and a happy hour) from the area’s largest bar, where you’re sure to find your drink of choice. Lakeside dining, drinks, and deliciousness.

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  • The Village Square Looking for that perfect combination of hot and cold? Does ice cream and pizza fit the bill? If the answer is yes, look no further than the village square. Whether it is their delicious morning coffee, delightful sandwiches, ice cream to cool off, or a pizza to finish the day (or a breakfast pizza to begin it!).
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  • The Outdoorsman Cafe The epitome of the small town northwoods diner, where locals start out the day with delicious eggs and hash-browns, a thick blueberry pancake, or just a cup of dark coffee and a homemade caramel roll. This is the small town diner you see on TV shows and the movies.

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  • Bayside Bar & Grill  If burgers and beer are what you seek look no further, Bayside has a large local tap selection and almost as many burger and sandwich options.

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It’s not comprehensive, but we hope there are enough amazing dining options here to ensure you can find the perfect atmosphere and the perfect meal. From southwestern cuisine, organic and vegan fare, to delicious pizza’s, small town diners, award winning BBQ, and much more. There are a huge number of restaurants in Walker compared to its size. After a long day on Leech Lake your options are varied and always sure to be delicious.

If you haven’t planned your Leech Lake vacation yet, find the perfect resort now. If you already have… See you on the water!

 

 

 

Things To Do In Walker MN – Summer Edition

June 12th, 2017

It’s summer and there are so many things to do in Walker Minnesota, whether it’s enjoying a day out on Leech Lake, exploring all the delightful shops of downtown Walker, or catching a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Get the absolute most out of your next vacation, with our summer guide to things to do in Walker, MN. In this post we will aggregate all our past invidual guides into one post so it’s easier than ever to find the activities you are interested in.

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On The Water

  • Fishing – Walker sits on the shores of Leech Lake, Minnesota’s third largest. With some of the best fishing in the state, whether you are a first time fisher or an expert the experienced is not to be missed. Whether you are looking for that prize muskie or just looking to catch a ton of pan-fish to fill the freezer, the lake is large enough that everyone can have a fishing experience that matches their skill level.
  • Boating  - Most lakes never seem to have the space to fully take advantage of all the amazing performance aspects of the modern boat or wave runner. With over 160 square miles of pristine water, boating options don’t get much better than in the Walker area.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing - With innumerable small inlets, among the many secluded bays there is some amazing kayaking and canoeing to be done. Whether you want to explore one of the small inlets that are inaccessible to other craft or drift through  the large field like growths of wild rice under the sun. With so much water, there is always an adventure to be had.
  • Water-sports – Large and open doesn’t mean windy and wavy, with all the areas protected bays calm water are easy to come by. Spend the day water skiing, wake boarding, or tubing.

Places To Eat In Walker

Among the many things to do in Walker, after a long day outside under the sun, dining tops the list. Few want to come back to their cabin after a day on the trails or water and have to prepare a meal, that’s why Walker’s many restaurants are always busy and always offer the best food. If you are on the search for great food in Walker, be sure to check out our dining guide, where we give a quick rundown of the top rated restaurants in the area.

Bike Trails In Walker

With the states longest bike trail running directly through Walker be sure to bring your bikes. The Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails offer many miles of paved bike way that passes beneath canopy’s of green trees. If you are not sure what you will need to make your walker bike trip a success, check out our Walker biking guide.

Hiking

Walker sits right next to the Chippewa national forest, which offers miles of wooded hiking trails where you can experience nature in an environment as natural as any in Minnesota. Take a peak at our Hiking guide for more information.

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Shopping In Walker

Of the many things to do in Walker, shopping is still one of the most popular, with small boutiques carrying trendy clothing or kitchenware, to novelties, and outdoor gear among many other great shopping options. Walker offers stores unique to the area that you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you plan your next shopping trip with the Walker shopping guide.

From shopping to boating, indoors and outdoors, there are so many things to do in Walker that you are certain to find an activity everyone in the family will enjoy. The summer always passes faster than we would like so be certain to plan your trip before the leaves change and the water cools.