Archive for January, 2016

37th Annual Eelpout Festival

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

February 18th through the 21st, as many as 12,000 people will make their way to Walker and Leech Lake Minnesota for the 37th Annual Eelpout Festival. Festival goers will be ice fishing, racing, bull riding, competing in games while celebrating what is possibly Minnesota’s ugliest fish: the eelpout. Festival participants have been affectionately given the name “Pouters”. But, how do you know if you are a Pouter?

You Might Be a Pouter…

  1. If you don’t get luck from four leaf clovers but from kissing an eelpout, you might be a Pouter.

  2. If 0°F is your idea of swimsuit weather, you might be a Pouter.

  3. If a game of curling requires frozen eel pout, you might be a Pouter.

  4. If you lick your lips when you hear the phrase “eelpout nuggets”, you might be a Pouter.

  5. If you have spent time in an ice castle made of 40,000 pounds of ice, you might be a Pouter.

  6. If your version of auto racing requires a lake, you might be a Pouter.

  7. If you’ve seen men get a little too excited about the “Ice Fishing Show” on Friday, you might be a Pouter.

  8. If you love eelpout so much that you take a Plunge to swim with them in the middle of winter, you might be a Pouter.

  9. If you’ve been in an ice house traffic jam, you might be a Pouter.

  10. If you’ve ridden a bull in a snow suit, you might be a Pouter.

If you’re not a pouter, you might want to become one! This year the International Eelpout Festival will be held February 18th-21st on Leech Lake.The International Eelpout Festival has so many events and activities throughout the weekend, there are a lot of ways for you to become a Pouter.

Photo Via EelpoutFestival.com

Ice Fishing

Decorate your ice house head on Leech Lake Minnesota to try your luck at catching the biggest eelpout. Last year’s winners categories included Top Ten Biggest Pout, Top Ten Individual Tonnage, Team Tonnage, the Punt Pout Winner, and the Kids Perch Jerk.  With the biggest ‘pout last year weighing in at 10.55lbs competition is tough. Be sure to check out our latest fishing reports and the Leech Lake Fishing Map before you head out to be on top of your game. The weekend ends with the Fishing Contest Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 21st from 11:00am-11:30am.

Kiss an Eelpout

The key to a great weekend is to start it off with a kiss with the star of the show: the eelpout! Pouters swear that this is lucky and is a must for any first time festival goers. Pucker up!

Photo Via Eelpoutfestival.com

Go Curling

Curling at the International Eelpout festival is not exactly like the Olympic curling you’ve seen on TV. There is still ice and a target to aim at, but when you see what you have to throw at the target you might begin to think something is a little fishy with this game. In honor of the eelpout, the fish has become part of the game by freezing them in blocks of ice as the game pieces. This unique take on the game of curling will give you something to tell friends about and certainly make you a life-long pouter.

Try Something New

Real eelpout nuggets fried with goose antler batter? YUM! If you haven’t had your chance to try this delicacy before, this is your chance to. The eelpout fish fry will be held in the Coors Keg Castle Tent Saturday, February 20th from 10:00am-8:00pm making it the perfect treat for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Party in a Castle

Coors Keg Castle is a 40,000 pound ice castle that plays host to food and drink specials, a dance party and karaoke contest, fish fry, and fishing show. There’s no better place to celebrate Minnesota’s winter than in a castle made of ice!

Take the Eelpout Plunge

Friday, February 20th from 1:00pm-3:00pm is the Polar Pout Plunge. Get a group of friends together, put on the craziest outfits you own and plunge into the frigid waters of Leech Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. If jumping in to frozen waters isn’t your style, you can still help raise money and watch as fellow pouters take the plunge.

Photo Via EelpoutFestival.com

These are just a few of the ways that you can become a pouter at this year’s International Eelpout Festival. Take in the whole festival by spending the night on the ice or by planning your stay in one of our local resorts, cabins, or hotels.  Planning your pouter vacation a little last minute? No problem, watch our last minute openings page so you don’t miss out on the fun! Find the list of all the events and plan your trip to Walker to see the 37th International Eelpout Festival and all the other attractions Walker Minnesota has to offer.

How to Create the Ultimate Man Cave

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Ultimate Man Cave

Man caves are a great place to step away from everyday life and relax. Whether you are looking to have friends over and entertain or are looking for a relaxing evening by yourself, here are a few ways for you to make the most out of your man cave.

Recliner or Couch

The quickest way to relax is by having a great recliner or couch (or both) to sink in to. By adding a recliner and couch to your man cave, you’re setting yourself – and your guests – up for a relaxing evening of watching movies, sports, or enjoying great conversation. If you want your room to be a space for entertaining – the seating doesn’t have to break your budget. Check out the local thrift store or Goodwill to see if there is any seating you can fix up. Or keep your hammock up full time for an easy spot to jump in to and relax.

TV

No matter the season or sport, you need an awesome TV to sit and watch the game.  We like huge, flat screen, wall-mounted TVs because they give you more storage room and they make you feel like you’re right there in the game. Not in to sports? Try out a projector to watch all of you favorite movies. Projectors take up even less space and can show images as large as your wall.

Games

If you are looking to have some friends over, games are an essential part of your man cave. Here are some of our favorite gaming items to get so you can be prepared for all number of guests.

Games for Two People: Dart boards can be purchased inexpensively and are a great game to play if you are just having one buddy come over, and can be picked up easily at your local Target or Walmart. If you have a little bit more room, a game of pool or Foosball is always enjoyable.

Games for up to 4 People: Let’s throw it back with an N64.  Sure, you can get the latest version of Xbox or PlayStation but you can also bring it back to the 90′s and play some of the best videos games. Golden Eye, Zelda, Super Mario anyone?

 Marshmallow shooter

We’ve featured this marshmallow shooter before – and we still love it.  Even though hunting season has come and gone, you can stay sharp all year round with this awesome marshmallow shooter. Bonus – it doubles as a snack delivery system.

Bar and Snacks

Easy access to food and beverages is must when it comes to your man cave. Who wants to leave the room to go get a refill? If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur – or a homebrewer, get a kegerator to have all of your favorite beers on tap. We love this DIY idea of taking an old computer desk and turning it in to a basement bar.

Not in to beer? You can have carbonated water on tap as well. Try adding in flavors to give your water an extra boost. Having and fridge and a microwave in the man cave makes snacking easy.  Grab chips and dip, pop a bag of popcorn, or snag some cheese to snack on. Having kitchen basics in the man cave simplifies your relaxing day.

Neon Sign

We love this neon sign from ManCavePlus.com to welcome visitors to the man cave. Try it out above the doorway or behind the bar and let visitors know they’ve arrived. If you want something more personalized, check out Neon and More for their customizable neon signs.

Speakers

If you are having friends over to play some poker and hang out, a good set of speakers are the next thing you need for your man cave. Try out some Bluetooth speakers so everyone can take turns playing DJ. By syncing your smartphone with the Bluetooth, you can play your favorite Pandora station or Spotify playlist without getting up.

Bathroom

If you already have a fridge and bar, the next logical thing to have included in your man cave is a bathroom. Then you will never really have to leave the cave – until you have to get more food. To give the bathroom a more “manly” touch, try using a Craftsman door cabinet for your counter and storage.

Photo via Houzz

Decoration for the Outdoorsmen

Whether it’s fishing, duck hunting, deer hunting, or all of the above – use your man cave to display your gear. Hang a display box with filled with your duck calls, or make your trophy antlers the focal point in your room. Just because you’re sitting inside doesn’t mean you have to lose touch with the outdoor man at heart. If you want to create even more or an outdoor feel, try decorating with a camouflage couch, pillows or a camouflage blanket.

Plan your getaway weekend to Leech Lake this winter, and catch the perfect musky for your wall!