Four Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Leech Lake Area

October 24th, 2018

 

Just because the weather’s cooled down doesn’t mean the Leech Lake area slows down. Summer is over, but the fall season offers places to visit and things to do beyond fishing and water-based activities. Here are four ways you can enjoy the Leech Lake area through the fall season.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tasting

Located in Laporte, on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest is Forestedge Winery. Among the 16 quality wines made with a variety of fruit is the award-winning Rhubarb Wine, for which Forestedge Farm proudly grows most of the rhubarb.

Want to relax and enjoy the fall season in the sun? Sip some wine and lounge on the cobblestone patio with family and friends. Too cool to be outside? Visit the gallery with art and fine crafts on display by MN artisans. The winery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

 

Go Hiking

After the heat of summer, the cool, fall weather is enjoyable for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Shingobee Recreation Area is located along Highway 34, southwest of Walker. A part of Shingobee River Valley, the Shingobee Recreation Area offers 6 miles of outdoor exploration for hiking, hunting and bird watching. If you’re up for the adventure, primitive camping is also available. Breathe in the fresh air of fall while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

 

Take A Scenic Drive

Nothing says fall like taking a drive and enjoying the changing seasons. As a part of the Lake Country Scenic Byway, you can drive from Walker all the way to the Detroit Lakes. Enjoy the wooded lake country and take a detour to Itasca State Park for some more hiking trails if you need to stretch your legs along the way.

 

Explore The Arts Outdoors

If you choose to take the Lake Country Scenic Byway, but don’t want to drive the entire length, consider stopping at the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. Located in the Park Rapids area at the intersection of Hwy 34 and Rt 71, this park showcases modern art by different studios. Materials include mostly steel, but some artists utilize copper, stone and granite. Enjoy smaller pockets of Fishhook Lake and don’t forget to admire the namesake red bridge on display.

 

Don’t mourn the end of summer; enjoy all that fall has to offer in the Leech Lake area. Grab some family and friends and make the most of the seasonal change.

MUSKIE FISHING ON LEECH LAKE CAN’T BE BEAT!

September 7th, 2018

If you’re in search of the perfect trophy fish, look no further Leech Lake is the HOT spot!  The Muskie is well known for being an elusive predator, able to avoid even the most appealing lure. While it can be challenging, it also means that you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of Leech Lake that surrounds you.  Take your time, relax and wait for that Muskie to bite (inevitable on Leech Lake) before you know it you will have your trophy photo with you and this monster fish! Leech Lake is one of the best Muskie Lakes in the state of Minnesota. Take some tips from Troy Linder Fishing, Troy recently had an opportunity to fish with the AnglingBuzz/Fleet Farm contest winner on Leech Lake. Sounds like they had a great time!

Pull out your vegetation map, or use our maps, and find the “cabbage” – AKA weed beds. Muskie like to stick to the deeper edges of the weed beds where food is easy to come by. Here are some spots we recommend:

  • Sucker Bay – Offers thick cabbage and plenty of food, this is a top spot for Muskies on Leech Lake. If you are able to catch them in an aggressive mood you are sure to get a big bite in no time.

  • Walker Bay Narrows – Although weeds have thinned out over the years, boulders still make it a great spot.

  • Agency Bay – If you’re not finding much luck in either in the narrows head over to Agency Bay. Not too far away, the edges can provide some very aggressive muskies that have moved out of the narrows.

  • Bear Island Narrows – This spot has thick pond-weeds. Leech’s muskies are known to hangout on the eastern tip of Bear Island. This location is often missed by most anglers but can be a great location, less crowded with fish.

  • Portage Bay – Hit the deeper edges of the weed beds, right around the 15 ft. drop off or push in a little shallower.

  • Black Duck Point – On the edge of thick Boy Bay weed beds may result in some serious pulls. Finish off your day here, slow during the day but at dusk there is a definite shift.

We hope this gets you excited to find the perfect spot on Leech Lake to get that trophy Muskie! If you know of any additional hotspots please feel free to share in the comments. Whether you are looking for that trophy muskie or looking to try fishing Leech Lake for the first time, find your perfect lodging with us. Hope to see you on the water!

THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN! LEECH LAKE FISH SPECIES & REGULATIONS

September 6th, 2018

Every year the Minnesota DNR is tasked with counting fish, not just a few but A LOT of fish! They do this so they can better manage fisheries and set appropriate fishing regulations. Using their DNR LakeFinder, we are able to see the results for Leech Lake. Let’s take a look at what they had to say!

Leech Lake in Cass County, near the town of Walker, MN has a wide variety of fish to be found in the lake: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Cisco Species, Hybrid Sunfish, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tullibee (Cisco), WALLEYE, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Bowfin (Dogfish), Shorthead Redhorse, White Sucker, Banded Killifish, Bigmouth Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Stickleback, Central Mudminnow, Common Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Logperch, Longnose Dace, Mimic Shiner, Mottled Sculpin, Sand Shiner, Spotfish Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and Trout Perch. Whew that was a mouthful!

Leech Lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide or border water regulations for certain species and take precedence over general fishing regulations.

  • Walleye: All from 20-26” must be immediately caught and released. One over 26” allowed in possession. Possession is limited to four.

Leech Lake Indian Reservation:

  • Cisco: Limit 50 possession.

  • Whitefish” Limit 25 possession

General and inland water fishing regulations can be found on the MN DNR website if you need additional info before heading out. We also would like to remind you to please “Be a Hero, Transport Zero”, help prevent the spread of invasive species. MN DNR has also found both Zebra Mussel and Eurasian Watermilfoil in Leech Lake.

Now that you know the regulations and just how many different species your plan your trip with us today! Your Leech Lake fishing get-away is sure to be exciting! What will you catch? Hope to see you there!

Photo submitted by: Ben Wasson

FEATURED MINNESOTA RESORT MEMBER: ANDERSON’S NORTHLAND LODGE

August 10th, 2018

Get your last chance Summer Vacation in with the kids at Anderson’s Northland Lodge located on beautiful Leech Lake. This is the Minnesota family vacation destination. Anderson’s Northland Lodge is a kid-friendly resort with a sandy beach for the kids to enjoy swimming. They offer FREE paddle boats, kayaks, water bikes, water trampoline, canoes and more! Sand volleyball & a full children’s jungle gym near the beach offer fun for all ages.  In addition to the never-ending lake fun, the kids can also enjoy the scheduled resort activities which include turtle races, coin digging, crafts, contests, scavenger hunts and more! After a long day sit on the beach, roast marshmallows, share laughs and stories from the day before!

Not only is Anderson’s Northland Lodge a great MN family vacation destination but is also a great place for Minnesota fishing getaways! In 2017 they had the best fishing in 33 years, right in front of the resort! Leech Lake is one of Minnesota’s largest and most premier fishing lakes where fishermen can enjoy reeling in Walleye, Muskie, Northern Pike, Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Pan-fish, Eelpout and more! Anderson’s Northland Lodge provides fishing boat rentals and Leech Lake fishing packages at excellent rates.

So plan a Summer Minnesota resort vacation today and enjoy the comforts of home in one of Anderson’s Northland Lodge’s vacation home rentals on Leech Lake before Summer passes us by! You won’t be disappointed.

Leech Lake Regatta 2018 – 47th Annual

July 25th, 2018

August is almost here and Leech Lake is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming 47th Annual Regatta! Leech Lake Regatta is an annual sailing festival that will bring sailors from all over to sail the Shores of Leech Lake. The Leech Lake Regatta is one of Minnesota’s largest Regattas, it offers two fleets of mono and multi sailboats that race in multiple divisions. This year’s three-day festival will be held from August 10th through August 13th.

Leech Lake Regatta 2018 Itinerary:

Friday, August 10th – Race packet pick-up begins at 4 pm. Teams will have boats in the water and set for the first day of racing! The Shores of Leech Lake Resort offers Regatta participants space to sleep in boats, tents, and other various areas for a fee. Settle in and the fun begins at 6:30 with Live Entertainment “Dessert Blues Duo.”

Saturday, August 11th – Starts early with free coffee and donuts7 am 7am and race meeting to follow with the blessing of the fleet. Let the racing begin! Racers and onlookers will be able to see all the different sailboats ready to launch from the shore. Races continue thru the day followed by a fish fry, campfire and music. Fellow racers and friends will share stories around the campfire, the perfect end to the day.

Sunday, August 12th – Again we start early with free coffee and donuts starting followed by the race meeting. Whether you’ve come to race or watch there will be no shortage of fun, race to be in the lead or view with friends from the comfort of your boat. Come in from the water to the delicious BBQ while you enjoy the sounds of live entertainment from “Kellogg Duo” under the big tent. If your not too exhausted from the days events sit around the campfire and relax before the final day of racing.

Monday, August 13th – Last day, last chance for teams to advance in rankings. The final day will end before 3 pm and be followed by the awards banquet at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, two ticket are included in race packet additional tickets are available to purchase online or at Friday packet pickup.

Races will take place about 10:30 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Saturday and Monday races will be in Walker Bay and the races on Sunday will be out on Leech Lake. Best places to watch the races are from the city dock or city park in Walker, MN.

The Leech Lake Regatta, a tradition since 1971 is an event not to be missed. If you haven’t registered yet there is still time, register online with The Shores of Leech Lake Resort. Whether you come to race or cheer on your favorite team, the Regatta offers wonderful entertainment on and off the water! If you need lodging please visit our lodging list. Hope to see you out on the water!

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!