FEATURED MEMBER: ADVENTURE NORTH RESORT

July 5th, 2018

Adventure North Resort makes it easy to get away from everyday life. They take care of the little things so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation. Located on Leech Lake in Walker, MN. You can’t help but be drawn to this beautiful resort, from families to fisherman, all are sure to enjoy this private resort setting.

They offer large reunion log homes, lake homes, and cozy cabins for two! They can accommodate groups of up to 15 people! Their clean “Up-North” lake homes offer full kitchens and baths, sun decks or screened patios, air-conditioning and magnificent views of the lake.

There is always something to do at Adventure North Resort! During the Summer months they offer the perfect family vacation destination, with amenities such as:

  • Heated outdoor pool with slide.

  • Sandy beach with kayaks.

  • Playground.

  • Lake toys with Jungle Jim Pyramid

  • Kids activities

This resort is also a fishermans paradise. They offer amenities to make the fishing fun and easy such as:

  • Protected covered harbor with slip rental.

  • Full service harbor staff.

  • Free launch service for your boat.

  • Free fish cleaning and packaging for travel.

  • Free trailer storage.

  • Boat and pontoon rental

This small private resort focuses on customer service. They aim to make sure all guest enjoy their time at the resort. They are happy to direct you to many additional activities in the Walker area that you can also enjoy while you stay with them, such as:

This resort is open year round and also offers many winter activities as well. They are Handicap Accessible and pet-friendly. If you are interested in booking a stay with them now is a great time, they are offering a special starting July 7th through July 14th. Give them a call at 218-547-1532 or visit their website www.adventurenorthresort.com.

Leech Lake Summer Solstice – A New Season Begins

June 19th, 2018

Summer is here again in Leech Lake. June 21st, 2018 is Summer Solstice. This is the official first day of Summer and the longest day of the year. Here are a few fun facts about Summer Solstice:

 

 

The further north you are, the more sunlight you’ll see during the solstice. Leech Lake is definitely “Up North” and a great place to soak in the extra rays of sunshine. Our beautiful resorts offer limitless opportunities to watch the sunset over the lake.

The name “solstice” comes from the fact that the sun appears to stand still. While the sun will appear to stand still, the sun’s relative position in the sky at noon does not appear to change much during the solstice and its surrounding days.

Many in the Leech Lake area will be dancing the night away. Summer Solstice 2018 falls on the first day of Moondance Jam in Leech Lake. Moondance Jam is an annual rock and classic rock festival held in mid-July in the Leech Lake Area near Walker, Minnesota. It is recognized as Minnesota’s largest rock festival and the premier classic rock festival in the United States. The Jam has gone from being a party for a few hundred family and friends back in 1992, to a rock ‘n’ roll and camping celebration that entertains tens of thousands today. This is mainly due to the fact that it has maintained a clean, safe, and friendly atmosphere, along with open festival seating for general admission ticket holders.

The world’s biggest bonfire was part of a solstice celebration. In 2010, a world record for the tallest bonfire was set in celebration of Summer Solstice! The people of Alesund, Norway created a 132.71 ft. celebratory bonfire!

Although we would discourage visitors to attempt a world record-breaking bonfire, we hope to see more than a few campfires.

Hot weather follows the sun by a few weeks.  If solstice is the longest day of the year and gets the most sunlight, doesn’t the weather heat up for a few more weeks? It’s because water, which makes up most of the Earth’s surface, has a high specific heat, meaning it takes a while to both heat up and cool down. Because of this, the Earth’s temperature takes about six weeks to catch up to the sun.

Lucky for Leech Lake our extended forecast for June/July predicts highs in the mid 70’s to low 80’s for the next few weeks!

The Earth is actually at its farthest from the sun during the solstice. Many people think that Solstice is when the earth is closest to the sun in actuality the earth is closest to the sun during Winter in the northern hemisphere. Winter is also a beautiful time for visitors to head to Leech Lake but let’s not talk about Winter quite yet.

Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate. Last year, 37,000 people attended. Many have long believed that Stonehenge was the site of ancient druid solstice celebrations because of the way the sun lines up with the stones on the winter and summer solstices. Despite no proven connection between Celtic solstice celebrations and Stonehenge, these days, thousands of modern pagans gather at the landmark to watch the sunrise on the solstice.

While most of us won’t head to Stonehenge, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Leech Lake. Choose from one of our amazing lodging options – view the sunset from the lake, the beach or the dock. Maybe head to Moondance Jam in Walker, MN. However, you decide to celebrate we hope you decide to stay with us at Leech Lake!

Last Minute Travel? Head to Leech Lake

June 7th, 2018

Thinking about taking a last minute vacation? We’ve got great news for you! Our extended forecast in June will make Leech Lake your perfect last minute travel spot! Temps are predicted to be in the upper 70’s to lower 80”s with very little rain for the whole month of June.

Who doesn’t love the idea of dropping everything to surprise your friends, family, significant other, or even your fishing buddies with an impromptu trip to a warm vacation destination! Take time out of your busy life for a short get-away, you’ve earned it!

Walker, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas offer endless options to help you take advantage of this beautiful weather- fishing, boating, and sailing on the beautiful waters of Leech Lake. The area also has two golf courses, a handful of dining and shopping options, and countless attractions including hiking and biking trails.

Some say there is no greater escape than relaxing in the sun with a fishing pole in hand. Leech Lake offers world-class fishing! The lake is also a beautiful destination for boating, kayaking, and swimming. Many Leech Lake resorts even offer boat and kayak rentals, so anyone who joins you will enjoy a hot day on the lake. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

So now that you know where you’re headed, your boss has given the greenlight for a few days off and your bag are all but packed? Where will you stay? How many people in your group/family? What is your budget? Leech Lake offers numerous lodging options, whether you are looking to “rough” it at a campground, bring your RV, stay in a cabin, or at a resort. Check out our Lodging Page and contact resorts find the out what is open NOW. Need a little more time to plan? Use our Plan Your Trip tool to narrow down and customize your search.

Have a great time! Enjoy the nice weather! We can’t wait to see you here!

Leech Lake Family Vacation Planning

May 22nd, 2018

As the weather becomes warmer outside, our minds drift off to those long vacation summer days. Where the smell of campfire in the air mingles with the sound of children’s laughter, as you are making memories that will last forever! If you haven’t already planned your family’s getaway this summer, now is the time. Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota offers a wide variety of family fun that is sure to appeal to everyone in your family.

Walker, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas offer fishing, boating, and sailing on the beautiful waters of Leech Lake. The area also has two golf courses, a handful of dining and shopping options, and countless family attractions including hiking and biking trails.

Leech Lake offers world-class fishing. But what if not everyone in your family enjoys fishing? The lake is also a beautiful destination for boating, kayaking, and swimming. Many Leech Lake resorts even offer boat and kayak rentals, so the whole family can easily find a way to enjoy a day on the lake.

Once you’ve made a short list of all the activities your family wants to make part of your unique Summer vacation at Leech Lake, it is time to decide where you will stay. How many people in your family? What is your budget? Is where you stay as important as what you do while you stay there? Leech Lake offers numerous lodging options, whether you are looking to “rough” it at a campground, bring your RV, stay in a cabin, or at a resort. Check out our lodging page to find the best options for your family or use our Plan Your Trip tool to narrow down and customize your search.

 Plan, pack, and go. Most importantly have a great time, we look forward to seeing you here!

Minnesota Fishing Opener: Leech Lake Facts & Fish

May 7th, 2018

Man holding walleye on leech lake mn

Fishing opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. This weekend, on May 11th, marks the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener! Planning to celebrate by fishing on Leech Lake? Here are a few facts about Leech Lake and a list of the fish that can be found there to help get you excited for this weekend!

  • Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota. It covers 111,527 acres, has approx. 230 miles of shoreline. Its depth reaches a maximum of 150 ft. even though over 80% of the lake is less than 35 ft. deep.

  • Walker, Cass, and Federal Dam, MN offer several lodging options on the shores of Leech Lake to help you plan the perfect fishing vacation. This includes resorts, lake cabins, camping grounds, RV parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts.

  • Although several rivers feed into the lake the only major outlet is Leech River.

  • The lake is surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest. Most of Leech Lake also lies within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

What are you hoping to catch on Leech Lake? Whether you’re dreaming of a “Big Catch” to mount on the wall or just hoping to catch dinner there are several types of fish to be caught on Leech Lake. If your looking for a guide to fishing  Leech Lake Fishing Reports is a great place to start!

  • Walleyes: The most sought-after fish on Leech Lake. The fishery is presently at peak levels with populations of fish from 13 in. to over 25 in.! Leech Lake has a 4-fish limit with a protected slot of 20” to 26”.

  • Northern Pike: These fish are fighters, putting up a good fight and making fishing fun! Located throughout the lake they are sure to be a staple in your fish dinner.

  • Muskie: This fish is what legends are made out of. Due to catch & release ethic, Leech Lake is the home to more “Big Catches” than ever. Your fish story could easily feature a Muskie over 50”.

  • Bass: If you find yourself in shallow water with heavy cover get ready to catch some largemouth bass! Leech Lake is unmatched in the Midwest for these easily looked over fish.

  • Perch: Aggressive in the fall but fun to catch all season these fish are the best eating fish in the lake.

  • Sunnies: Aka Bluegill or Sunfish, these tasty panfish will remind you of childhood days spent in the sun with a cane pole and garden worms. Fun to catch for the entire family!

  • Crappie: This elusive fish is most often found on warm spring days, midsummer night’s and again in the fall. Leech Lake hosts a youth crappie tournament in the  Spring.

  • Eelpout: This freshwater cod is easy to catch through the ice but stays deep during open water season.

  • Prey Species: This is what the gamefish are having for dinner. Primary prey for gamefish in Leech Lake are perch, crayfish, and minnows. Insects and invertebrates also play a part in the food chain.

Remember whatever you are fishing for have fun and be safe! Goodluck!

Minnesota Golfing: Leech Lake Edition

April 17th, 2018

Leech Lake MN golfer back lit

 

As the weather is getting warmer (or at least Mother Nature keeps leading us to believe…oh the way she toys with us here in Minnesota), golfers across the Midwest are daydreaming about getting outside and hitting a few rounds of golf.

 

If that sounds like you, pack up those golf clubs, throw the family in the car, and head to Leech Lake. The Leech Lake area is home to two golf courses and they are both open to the public.

 

LongBow Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship golf course and is guaranteed to offer a challenge to even the best golfers. LongBow is also home to a driving range so you can warm up that rusty winter swing before taking on the full course.

 

Tianna Country Club has been open for more than 90 years, and when you visit you’ll see why. This 18-hole, par 72 course, is right on the edge of the Chippewa National Forest so, while you get your game on, you can also take in Northern Minnesota’s most scenic views. Once you wrap up your game you can head into Tianna’s restaurant. Check out their menu.

 

The best part of visiting the Leech Lake area for your golfing trip is that it doesn’t have to be a day trip. Leech Lake offers many lodging options, including camping, hotels, bed & breakfasts, and rustic “Up North” resorts.

If you have any questions or are interested in visiting the Leech Lake area, please contact us or sign up for our bi-monthly email updates.

 

Your Guide to the Chippewa National Forest

April 4th, 2018

The Chippewa National Forest was the first National Forest east of the Mississippi River. President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated it a National Forest in 1908.

head shot of Theodore Roosevelt

The Chippewa National Forest is home to over 1,300 lakes (including two of Minnesota’s largest lakes – Leech Lake and Lake Winnie), 925 miles of river, over 400,000 acres of wetlands, campgrounds and hundreds of miles of hiking and snowmobiling trails.

 

GET OUTSIDE

 

Fishing

Home to over 1,000 lakes and miles of river, the Chippewa National Forest is a great place to go fishing. Leech Lake is home to a large Walleye population and provides you with fresh fish all year long. Here are some of our favorite tips to catch a walleye, so you can show off to your friends and family. Don’t forget to check our weekly fishing report so you can stay up to date on the best spots to reel in a fish and know exactly what’s biting each season.

man bird watching with binoculars

 

Bird Watching

Coniferous forests to the north, hardwood forests to the south, and prairies to the west. The Chippewa National Forest’s diverse ecosystem makes it a great place to go bird watching and see all types of different birds. Additionally, the Chippewa National Forest has the highest breeding population of Bald Eagles in the continental US. Grab your binoculars, paper, and a pen to record what you see while exploring!

hand holding a blackberry

Berry Picking

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries can all be found in the Chippewa National Forest. Depending on the time of year and location – you could fill up your bucket with fresh sweet berries.

HIT THE TRAILS

 female in hiking boots

Migizi Trail

Named for the Bald Eagle in Ojibwe, the Migizi Trail is a 18 mile paved loop that surrounds Pike Bay. The trail has four access points – Forest Supervisor’s Office in Cass Lake, the Norway Beach Recreation Area, the South Pike Bay picnic area, and across from the Cass Lake Wayside Rest. Take a portion of the trail for a day hike, or bike the entire trail.

Heartland Trail

The 50 mile long trail goes from Walker to Park Rapids and is one of the oldest paved trails in Northern Minnesota. The portion of the Heartland Trail southwest of Walker is home to beautiful lakes, forest, and wildlife. The Heartland Trail also works to connect other trails and recreation areas, including Chippewa National Forest’s Shingobee Recreation Area.

Shingobee Recreation Area

Located just 5 miles southwest of Walker, the Shingobee Recreation Area is a place for various activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching and camping. After a long day out on the Shingobee, fill up with hearty, authentic, Kansas style BBQ at The Piggy – located in Walker. The Piggy, raved reviewed by the New York Times, is a must stop – but make sure you get there early!

Plan your trip to the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake easily by checking out our lodging options and specials. We’ll see you on the trails.

 

Spring Is Here…Almost

March 20th, 2018

hiking backpack boots and hat

It’s finally starting to warm up and spring fever has started to sink in (even if there is still snow on the ground). With spring brings new activities and more opportunities to travel and be outdoors. Leech Lake offers a vast amount of activities to choose from like golf, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, sailing. So much family fun!

Leech Lake Activities To Get You Outside This Spring

1. Golf:  Leech Lake has four wonderful golf courses to choose from.

 

2.   Hiking and Biking: Leech Lake offers so many trails to choose from you won’t know where to start. Check out:

  • Heartland Trail, located just south of Walker which is one of the oldest paved trails in Minnesota’s North woods. It offers breathtaking views and a hiker’s paradise.

  • Paul Bunyan State Recreational Trail,  an easy going trail that offers beautiful scenery.

 

3. Fishing and Boating: Leech Lake in Cass County is about 112,000 surface acres and 150 feet in depth at its deepest point, although a majority of the lake is roughly 35 feet deep. Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is a great place to take the family to teach them how to fish or enjoy each other’s company while fishing. Leech Lake and the lakes around it offer a wide variety of fish including:

  • Walleyes

  • Pike

  • Muskies

  • Crappies

  • Sunfish

  • Perch

Visit Leech Lake This Spring

Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is the perfect place to visit this spring. Leech Lake offers many outdoor activities to keep your family having fun for days. So if you are looking for a place to visit this spring, Leech Lake is the place for you. Check out one of our many Leech Lake lodging options from hotels to resorts and book your stay today!

Eelpout Festival Review

March 5th, 2018

The last weekend in February was the annual Eelpout Festival. More than 270 eelpout were caught throughout the two-day tournament held on Leech Lake.

Here is a summary of the leaderboard. All of the 2018 International Eelpout Festival Tournament Results can also be found on the Eelpout Festival website.

Top Ten Biggest Pout:

1. Jesse Friedrich, 10.66 lbs

2.  Matthew Christopherson, 10.2 lbs

3. Jim Poncelet, 9.98 lbs

4. Greg Johnson, 9.77 lbs

5. MJ Dickman, 9.26 lbs

6.  Greg Johnson, 8.81 lbs

7. MJ Dickman, 8.29 lbs

8. Cole Joslyn, 8.25 lbs

9. MJ Dickman, 8.25 lbs

10. Grant DeVries, 7.97 lbs

Top Ten Individual Tonnage:

1. Greg Johnson, 33.58 lbs

2. MJ Dickman, 33.1 lbs

3. Cole Joslyn, 27.91 lbs

4. Grant DeVries, 24.71 lbs

5. Todd Felix, 24.11 lbs

6. Jim Poncelet, 23.85 lbs

7. Steve Troyna, 22.76 lbs

8. Brandon Yeats, 20.65 lbs

9. Rik Cole, 20.15 lbs

10. Austin Stein, 19.81 lbs

Teem Tonnage:

1. Team Gene, 221.37

2. Bayside Plumbing, 199.22 lbs

3. The Burbs, 43.93 lbs

4. Pout Laws, 36.39 lbs

5. Pouty Animals, 19.49 lbs

6. Rustad Rebels, 16.42 lbs

7. SamSquanch, 5.57 lbs

8. Shake and Bake, 1.65 lbs

9. Three Stooges, 1.18 lbs

10. Burbot Bandits, 1.16 lbs

Puny Pout Winner:

Dan Thompson. 0.33 lbs

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Snowy Outdoor Get-Away? Leech Lake is Minnesota’s Premier Cross Country Ski Location

February 21st, 2018

It’s easy to bundle up and stay indoors during a Minnesota winter. But why would you want to do that when the Leech Lake area offers so many fun winter activities?

cross country skiing in Minnesota

Cross country skiing is one of the many winter activities that can get you moving during the cold winter months and the Leech Lake area offers a variety of public trails for cross country skiing. Some of which include the Chippewa ski trails, Heartland, Itasca State Park trail, and many more.

If you are new to cross country skiing, have no fear because even though XC skiing can be an intense workout, any skill or exercise level can participate.

When you are visiting Leech Lake make sure to check out all of the local shops and restaurants of nearby Walker, MN, and end the day where you can rest and relax at one of Leech Lake’s many year-round resorts.