5 Don’t-Miss Events in the Leech Lake Area this January

January 10th, 2019

As the hum of the holidays dies down, life begins to normalize again. New Year’s resolutions are set, and red hearts begin to fill the stores. It is firmly the off-season for vacationers. This makes January and February the perfect time for a vacation in northern Minnesota. It is a time for fewer crowds, great savings, and perfect snow. Take advantage of a bold northern adventure. While you are making plans for your winter getaway, here are events in the Leech Lake/Walker, Minnesota, area that you don’t want to miss.

 

 Leech Lake Art League

 

A recurring Thursday event, Leech Lake Art League displays the budding local art scene. It is the perfect time for professional and amateur artists to come together for critiques, networking, and exciting discussions. Visitors and artists are welcome. Bring your painting along for a lesson, or just share an excellent visit with fellow artists.

 Live Music at The 502

 

The 502 offers lakefront dining with rave reviews. This open-kitchen restaurant, in an Arts and Crafts setting, offers a wonderful place to enjoy a winter view of Leech Lake. Several nights through the month of January, The 502 partners with local Mike Morse to bring a great variety of live music events to the Leech Lake area.

 Wildfire on Ice

 

The Walker Community Center hosts another annual installation of Wildfire on Ice. It’s a day of family fun, food, fundraising, and the great game of hockey – a Minnesota tradition. The firefighters face off in an almost-no-rules hockey game to raise money and awareness for wildfire prevention. It’s great entertainment for a great cause.

 Ice Fishing for Individuals With Disabilities

 

Beautiful Camp Bliss, nestled in the woodlands of Walker, Minnesota, is hosting a winter weekend retreat for ice fishing, fun, and relaxation for all individuals dealing with disabilities. The ticket pricing is reasonable, and the views are exquisite. The fishing is fantastic, just as with any Leech Lake adventure. If you or someone in your family or group of friends has a disability, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy accessible fun. Additionally, it’s a great way to learn about ice fishing.

 

Leech Lake and the greater Walker area have so much to offer. Visiting in the winter provides a peaceful, snowy setting for some of the best events of the year. Check out our resorts to plan the perfect getaway during any of these great events. If you rather, come just to relax and hide away. No matter what, Leech Lake can provide the winter vacation you and your family desire. Make a New Year’s resolution to make time for adventure.

 Winter trail in the forest

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Vacation in Walker!

December 17th, 2018

 

 

Walker, Minnesota is calling your name! If you’re craving a white Christmas filled with winter sports, crackling fires, and hot mugs of cocoa, come to Leech Lake and the surrounding area for Christmas vacation. There is more than enough to do in the region – all enjoyed from a cozy private spot in one of the area’s many esteemed resorts.

 

From ice fishing and snowmobiling to sleigh rides and visits with Santa, there is something for everyone in Walker. You’ll have a holiday to remember whether you’re an area local or visiting from out of town. Come see our winter wonderland for yourself!

 

Winter Sports and Activities in Walker, MN

 

Thinking of a holiday getaway in Walker? There’s no better place to be when Jack Frost comes a-knocking. People come from all over to stay in a resort near the beautiful Leech Lake and enjoy the myriad things to do in nature’s winter paradise. Outdoor sports and activities include:

 

  • Ice fishing in heated ice houses
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding
  • Sleigh riding
  • Horseback riding
  • Winter hiking
  • Skiing

 

You’ll find over 150 miles of cross-country ski trails through the Chippewa National Forest in the Walker Lakes area, as well as hundreds of miles of pristine snowmobiling trails. This region is truly a winter lover’s dream.

 

Holiday Events and Family-Friendly Fun

 

Walker is the perfect winter vacation destination for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to unplug and spend quality time with your loved ones in a private cabin in the woods or you want to mingle to live music at one of the local establishments, Walker has you covered. Here are just some of the many things to do in the area the month of December:

 

  • Live Entertainment at the 502 with various artists
  • Night Before Christmas at the Walker Bay Theatre
  • Northern Namaste Yoga
  • Chinese nights at Charlie’s
  • Meat raffles to support the Leech Lake Youth Hockey Association at Lucky Moose and Charlie’s
  • Sing We Now of Christmas dinner and a show at Charlie’s
  • Leech Lake Art League meetings
  • Several holiday open houses
  • Annual holiday fundraisers, bingo nights, trivia nights etc.
  • Holiday Customer Appreciation shopping sales

 

Check out the full calendar of events for more information and options! You’re sure to find something fun for everyone in the Walker Lakes area. Start planning your trip, booking your resort room, and getting the family excited for what’s sure to be your best Christmas vacation yet. Happy Holidays from the Walker, MN community and Leech Lakes Tourism Bureau!

Attend Holiday Events at Leech Lake in December 2018!

December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year on Leech Lake! From Christmas-themed plays and live entertainment to ice fishing and snowmobiling, there are a variety of exciting holiday activities and events for the whole family. Staying at a resort on Leech Lake in December is a winter lover’s paradise, with sparkling snow and something to do for everyone. Grab your coat, bring the family, and head to the Walker Lakes, Minnesota area for an unforgettable winter vacation!

 

What to Do on Leech Lake in Winter

 

On top of the outdoor activity opportunities the lake has every year, local businesses have also planned several exciting holiday-themed activities in the area. If you stay nearby in December, you’ll have easy access to the following fun things to do:

 

  • Meat Raffles. Lucky Moose will have meat raffles as a fundraiser for Leech Lake Youth Hockey from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday in December. Charlie’s will also host meet raffles for the hockey association on December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.
  • Leech Lake Art League. Relax and tap into your creative side by joining the ongoing weekly painting group at Leech Lake. It’s open for both members and first-time visitors. If you’d like to work on your own form of art, you’re welcome to do so! The League meets from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Thursday.
  • Leech Lake Chamber Holiday Open House. Socialize, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate the holidays with the Chamber Holiday Open House on December 18th. It’s free to attend!

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of things to do on and near Leech Lake in December. You can also enjoy The Night Before Christmas at the Walker Bay Theatre, plenty of other holiday open houses, and shopping sales at Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters (with photos with Santa). View the full calendar of events and start planning your trip!

 

Where to Stay on Leech Lake

 

One of the best things about staying on Leech Lake is the different local resorts that will make you feel at home. Choose a small, private setting on Pine Point at Adventure North Resort and enjoy ice fishing in a heated ice house, a cozy cabin with a fireplace, and fish-cleaning services. Enjoy an indoor pool and hot tub near the Heartland Trail for snowmobiling at Hiawatha Beach. Or, spring for a luxury getaway in a resort room at Bradley’s Harbor in the north woods.

 

There are over a dozen places to stay on Leech Lake when the temperatures drop – all of which offer unique activities and amenities for winter guests. You’re sure to have a memorable time no matter which resort you choose. Enjoy the snow and all it has to offer from a cozy spot in a renowned resort location in Minnesota. What are you waiting for? Book your dreamy winter getaway on Leech Lake today!

 

 

Winter Vacation

November 29th, 2018

Thinking about taking a vacation this winter? Why not think about heading to the Leech Lake Area. With plenty of snowmobile trails and ski trails and enough lake to spare we make for the perfect winter get away. Think about it, being outside all day snowmobiling or ice fishing and then coming back to a nice comfy lodge. It sounds nice!

 

You could even surprise your family with a holiday vacation. We are sure the kids would love to spend there time outside sliding at some of our perfect sledding hills. For the parents think about stopping at Portage Brewing which is open year round! Spend your holidays with us being carefree and having lots of fun!

 

Don’t forget to plan a day to explore Walker, MN and experience a handful of shopping and dining options. You might even be able to finish up your holiday shopping! Walker also offers arts and entertainment, museums, and a casino!

 

Don’t worry about where to stay, Leech Lake offers a ton of lodging options. Check out our lodging page for more information and to contact the lodges that are open now.

 

We hope you enjoy your stay in Leech Lake!

Spend Thanksgiving Weekend in the Leech Lake Area

November 15th, 2018

 

The Leech Lake area has a lot to offer guests of all ages. From family activities to craft beer tastings, you are sure to find something to do this holiday season. Plan a quick trip this year and get away from the chores of cooking and dirty dishes. We’ve got plenty of activities to enjoy, giving you a much-needed break from the holiday stress. Take a look at some of the fun activities happening in the area for Thanksgiving weekend 2018.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Immanuel Lutheran is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who wants to celebrate. There is no cost for the event, just a welcoming community of people to share the holiday. Pack your bags and celebrate in the beautiful area of Leech Lake. The event is from 11 am to 2 pm.

 

Beergo

 

Play the new craft beer Bingo known as Beergo at the Portage Brewing Company. Compete for prizes, all of which relate to craft beer, and treat the whole family to a night of fun. Those 21 and older can indulge in the craft beers, but guests of any age are welcome to the Brewing Company. They offer a whole menu of food and appetizer choices, making it a great stop after Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Black Friday Hike

 

A Black Friday hike is happening in the Paul Bunyon State Forest. Avoid the crowded stores and get ready to climb off the extra calories from the day before with a beautiful hike through the Chippewa National Forest. For more details, call 218-432-3910.

 

Night Before Christmas

 

Revisit the classic children’s tale, Twas’ the Night Before Christmas in this rendition by the Walker Bay Theater. Get the kids ready for the Christmas season after the turkey has settled. Tickets are available for $16 for adults and $11 for seniors and students. The show starts at 7:30 pm on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th or at 3:00 pm on Sunday the 25th. Contact the theater at mnfltheatre@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Makers Market

 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping this season. The Makers Market at the Portage Brewing Company is your one-stop shop for all things local. The taproom turns into an open-air market, so grab a craft beer and sip your way around shopping this season. The market opens at noon on Saturday, November 24th.

 

Festival of Lights Parade

 

A variety of holiday activities will be happening in the area on Saturday. One of these is the Festival of Lights Parade. It happens in downtown Walker, getting everyone into the festivity of the season right on time.

Yoga

 

Get your mind and body ready for the holiday season with Yoga at the Portage Brewing Company. Purchase a four-class pass for the last classes of the season or drop in for one session. Yoga instruction by Northern Namaste Yoga. This program happens on Sunday nights in November starting at 5:30 pm.

 

With all of these local activities, you are sure to find something fun for you and your family this Thanksgiving weekend. Pack your bags and head for the woods of Leech Lake

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!