Archive for June, 2016

Fourth of July In Leech Lake: Where to Watch the Fireworks

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

We all love a good fireworks display in Minnesota (or anywhere really) especially one reflected over the beautiful waters of Leech Lake just after dusk, where the colors blend perfectly with the calm waters and the darkened night sky. To ensure you have all the options to watch them available to you, we will be providing a detailed guide on where the Walker Fireworks will be launched from, the best places to view them and how to get there by land or by water!

 Walker lighthouse

The Walker / Leech Lake fireworks will be launched from Walker City Park (Google maps) over the waters of Walker Bay, it’s the place with the lighthouse. If you are going to be watching the show from land in the park. You may want to arrive up to an hour early as the best spots along the water are claimed early and quickly and the entire park will fill up. If you get there early enough you may be able to claim a spot on one of the docks that extend underneath the awesome display. If you show up later expect to have to park several blocks away and make the journey into the park from further in town.  Here are some tips we hope will make your fireworks viewing a little better.

  • If you show up early be sure to bring a cooler with snacks and beverages
  • Parking further away isn’t always a bad thing, traffic will be thick after the fireworks are done. Walking to your car parked far away often is a quicker exit than parking close.
  • Enjoy the Show!

 

 

If you are Lucky enough to live on Leech Lake or are visiting with a boat you have the opportunity to get the best seat in on the lake, but there is still a large amount of boaters who will come to see the display so the earlier you arrive the better position you can get. After so many years of boating out to the displays we have found there are a few must haves before you pull away from the dock and head over to Walker Bay

  • Anchors, Anchors, Anchors – You will not have a very good time if you show up in an area crowded with boats and don’t have any anchors. One will do, but we actually prefer three heavy ones so the boat stays steady and we don’t have to worry about changing seating positions as the fireworks progress.
  • Make sure your lights are functioning – there are going to be a lot of boats out on the water on the Night of the fourth make sure everyone can see you.
  • Avoid falling pieces – There is an area in front of the park over the water where much of the small debris from exploded fireworks will land. Anchor yourself about 600-800ft off shore to avoid these pieces landing in your boat.
  • More than one show – If you’re comfortable with your boating skills in the dark after the Walker fireworks show is over, stay on the water and take a cruise on Leech Lake, you will likely find many private but still great fireworks displays along the shore.
Leech Lake Fireworks
Photo By Maria Wagner

Every year is a little different but the fireworks in Walker are always great and they seem to get better every year. We hope you find our Walker / Leech Lake Fourth of July fireworks tips helpful, if you have any other tips of your own please share them with us on Facebook or Twitter and see you on the water!

Shopping on the Shores of Leech Lake

Monday, June 20th, 2016

downtown walker mn

The Leech Lake area truly has something for everyone. After days of enjoyment out on the water and nights around the fire under the stars at one of Leech Lakes many wonderful resorts you may find yourself looking to bring a souvenir and some gifts back home, in addition to photos, to remember your great experience at Leech Lake.  With our Leech Lake shopping guide you are certain to enjoy a day of good times and great shopping!

Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. 

Leech lake sweaters

 

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

outside of reeds 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

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 

kitchen utensils

 

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, fresh 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 get to grab a cookbook to match your new cooking supplies and try a new recipe!

 

 

Green Scene 

green scene walker

 

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.

 

 

All the shops in our guide are in walking distance from each other so you can easily visit them all with just a few minutes of walking. The Leech Lake area truly has everything, from beautiful lake-shores, cozy resorts, wonderful restaurants, and amazing shopping, there is always something to do. There are many other shops in the Leech Lake area but unfortunately we don’t have the space to list them all here, you will have to explore all of them yourself!

Looking for somewhere to stay? See our resorts directory, otherwise, see you on the water!