Archive for October, 2017

Leech Lake Ice House Rentals

Monday, October 30th, 2017

As much as you don’t want to believe it, ice fishing season is right around the corner, so it’s important that you start to plan your ice fishing getaways. Not only is Leech Lake the perfect place to catch your limit’s worth of fish, but it is also the best place to rent an ice house for your ice fishing excursions. There are a handful of locations that offer a wide variety of different kinds of ice houses available to rent. Here are some of the locations available to rent ice houses:

Come experience the thrill of fishing through an eight-inch hole in the ice! Our Ice House is approximately 7′ x 14′, with six holes, propane heater, a kitchen stove, and 12 volt lights.

Contact: 

800-422-3224
email - info@hiawathabeach.com
Ice House Rental in Leech Lake Minnesota

This year Tom has a selection of deluxe sleepers along with day house rentals. Each of the houses is equipped with vented/thermostat heaters, bathroom area, oven/cooktop stoves, stereo, 4 bunks, rattle reels and cedar interior. 12v powers the lights and stereo that Tom provides. Along with a well-equipped fish house,  Tom will help you as much as he can to catch fish.

2 man sleepers do not have bathrooms or ovens but do have cooktops.

 

Contact: Tom Wilson

218-368-6424

email – tdwilson@paulbunyan.net

Formerly Walker Fish House Rentals. Same owners, New name.

Various fish house sizes available, from an 8×12 house to the spacious 8×16 houses. All houses feature sleeping bunks, kitchenettes, rattle reels, multiple fishing holes, and are accessible by plowed roads.

Contact: Chris and Ashley Whitney

218-547-0073

Fish Leech Lake with Walker’s huge selection of comfortable and custom-built fleet of houses which span across the entire lake. Their “ice team” is dedicated to ensuring you and your guests have assistance to finding the houses in the best locations, already warm and ready to drop the line. Many of their houses are located within minutes of shopping, food, and beverages in downtown Walker.

 

Units Available

10×20 – Sleeps 6 (w/ Bathroom)

 9×22 – Custom Sleeper

 8×20 – Sleeps 6 (w/ Bathroom)

 8×18 – Sleeps 4 (w/ Bathroom)

 7×16 – Sleeps 4 (w/ Bathroom)

 7×16 – Sleeps 4 (no Bathroom)

 8×16 – Sleeps 4 (no Bathroom

 

Contact:

218-330-9999

info@lakewoodlodges.com

Outright offers a package deal which includes a basic ice trip lasting around 4-5 hours and includes the following: heated portable shelters, augers, rods, reels, tackle, bait and lake transportation as needed. They stay with you, being mobile and drilling as many holes as necessary ($125 a person). Outright Ice Angling can fully customize trips to meet your needs, including dawn-to-dusk or multi-day trips. Accommodations and discounts are available for large groups and families. Snow machines are utilized when conditions warrant and can cover the entire lake, even during heavy snow years. Comfortable stationary fish houses are also available.

Contact:

218-209-6285

outrightanlging@gmail.com

Those are just a handful of the many options you have for ice house rentals on Leech Lake. If you want to make an entire weekend out of it, many of the resorts on Leech Lake offer ice house rentals when you stay with them. Whichever way suits your needs, we hope you take advantage of the time of these upcoming winter months and make memories out on Leech Lake!

 

Make sure whatever option you end up picking, you reserve your ice house soon as they go quick!

Fall Cabin Weekend at Leech Lake

Monday, October 30th, 2017

For many travel destinations, summer is the best time to take a vacation or weekend getaway, but that’s not the case in Leech Lake. Leech Lake prides itself on being a year-round travel destination, offering something special each season, especially in the fall.

Fall is a time to unwind from the crazy busy summer and time to relax before the hectic upcoming holiday season. Take this little slice of time to recharge along the shores of Leech Lake in one of the cozy cabins available. It’s the perfect time to sleep in a bit, sip on your morning coffee watching your kids play out in the fall crisp air and really spend time with the ones that mean the most.

One of the biggest benefits of staying at Leech Lake during the fall is the price cut on almost all cabins. There are cabins available for every kind of budget and taste!

Now when you’re at Leech Lake, apart from spending time at your cabin, there is a large variety of different things to do.

  • Biking on one of the many paths in and around Walker

  • Bird watching around your cabin

  • Fishing from the shores of your resort, or if you’re brave enough to head out onto the water. Leech Lake has GREAT fishing!

  • Hiking around your resort or all around Walker

  • Hunting. Walker offers great locations for duck hunting and has shooting ranges to practice up on your shooting skills

Really use this time to unplug, get down and dirty with your kids, allow this time to be spent making memories that will last a lifetime.  Plus, Leech Lake is an awesome spot to get some good family photos! Start a fire and have your kids help cook the meals on there and end the day sitting around the fire all bundled up talking about the day and eating s’mores! Dust off those board games from the closet at home that you never have time to play, or even teach your kids new games!

Whenever you decide to visit Leech Lake, we hope you take that time to truly make memories with your family and have stress-free fun!

For trip planning idea, check out our “plan your trip” option on our site and we look forward to seeing you!

Fall Colors Road Trip

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Leech Lake Fall Color Trip

Who doesn’t love a crisp fall afternoon, sipping on something pumpkin spice and driving around taking in the autumn scenery? With fall colors at its peak here in the Leech Lake area, there has never been a better time to pack up the car, grab the GPS and spend a day enjoying the beautiful Minnesota fall colors.

 

Walker

If you start your drive in Walker, you can head out of town on Highway 371, on your way to MN 200 you will catch some awesome views of the bright colored leaves reflecting off the lake. Once you get to MN 200 you will proceed east along the southern portion of Leech Lake catching plenty of views of beautiful colors as you move towards County Road 8 NE.

 

County Rd 8

After passing the southern part of Leech Lake, you will turn North on County Road 8 NE, wherein the Chippewa National Forest you will get a burst of colorful trees amongst dark green pine tree of the forest. Get ready to take your camera out to document the beauty of this forest! If you’re looking for a little bit more of an adventure, we highly recommend a detour off of County Road 8 onto taking a left on Forest Road 3033 right before you reach Bena. This detour is truly beautiful, and you won’t be disappointed. The drive is down a narrow dirt road with red, yellow and orange trees arching over the road, making colorful tunnels.

 

US 2

If you’re looking to continue the drive, you take US 2 west towards Bemidji and out of the Chippewa National Forest and towards the world famous Paul Unyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statue. Now if you want to keep this trip more on the nature side, you can take a leisurely stroll along the shores of the lake by turning right onto Roosevelt RD SE and you enter the town and then North on Lake Ave SE along the shores of Lake Bemidji. After you’ve explored your way through Bemidji, make your way South towards US 71 and make your back to Leech Lake.

US 71

If you’re looking for a straight and fast ride back to Walker, this is the route for you. As you reach Kabekona Corner take MN 200 back east towards Leech Lake. Don’t panic, you won’t be on the highway long, soon you will be headed deep into a forest of many different fall colors.

 

Minnesota State Highway 64

Take a right on MN 64 and head South on the beautifully lined birch highway of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. This route is the perfect way to experience a Minnesota fall drive. This route offers a wide array of fabulous shades of yellow as you pass by whitened birch trees lining the highway. This narrow highway through the forest is the perfect drive, with gentle hills, fabulous color, and gentle turns.

 

Blue Trail Forest Road

Not long after you pass Kabekona Road keep an eye out for Blue Trail Foret Road and turn left off Highway 64 onto this winding path. This route is lined with trees that offer a wonderful sight. This is the perfect route to soak in fall colors because this allows you to drive slower due to the little amount of traffic that uses this road. After leisurely driving down this road, turn North onto Parkway forest road and make your way to County Highway 39, and head on back to Walker, where you started your beautiful Leech Lake fall color drive.

If you’re looking to get the most of the beautiful fall colors in the Leech Laka area, and want to do it at your own speed this is the route to go. This route takes you on low traffic roads, National Forest, State Forets and the best colored offered in this area. So go ahead, pack up the kids, grab lunch and go explore all the beauty that Leech Lake in the fall has to offer! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Looking to make an entire weekend of fall exploring? Explore all of your lodging options o our lodging page. We look forward to seeing you!

Attractions in Leech Lake

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean Leech Lake is! To many, Leech Lake is a summer’s paradise, and they are right, but there is a lot more to do in leech then hang out at the resorts or on the lake. So instead of having to search around for things to do not on the water, we’ve decided to do the work for you! Northern Minnesota is the perfect place to explore any season of the year and we are here to show you how much the Leech Lake area has to offer! Walker, MN is a beautiful town that is known for its shopping, festivals and wonderful community. Below is a list of attractions that is sure to make every member of your family happy!

 

Casinos

Northern Lights Casino

6800 Y Frontage Raod
Walker, MN 56484

The Palace Casino & Hotel

16599 69th Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633

White Oak Casino 

45830 US-2

Deer River, MN 56636

 

 Winery/Brewery

Portage Brewing Company

107 5th St S

Walker, Mn 56484

 

 

Forestedge Winery 

35295 State Hwy 64 (218)

Laporte, MN 56461

 

Museums

Cass County & Walker Museum Historical Societies

Hwy 200 & 371 Box 505

Walker, MN 56484

 

 

Sugar Point Battle Monument 

Walker, MN 56484

East side of Leech Lake

Cass County Museum/Historical Society, Pioneer School & Wildlife/Indian Art Museum

PO Box 505

Walker, MN 56484

 

 Recreation

Shingobee Recreation 

MN-34

Walker, MN 56484

 

Paul Bunyan State Recreation Trail

Baxter, MN 56425

 

 

 

 

Bird Watching in the Chippewa National Forest 

44109 MN-46

Deer River, MN 56636

Geocaching 

Baxter, MN 56425

Long Bow Golf Club

6516 Long Bow Trail NW

PO Box 1027

Walker, MN 56484

Tianna Country Club 

7470 State 34 NW

PO Box 177

Walker, MN 56484

Minnesota Duck Hunting (early October)

10215 Rifle Range Dr. NW

LaPorte, MN 56461

Hiking

Heartland Trail 

Walker, MN 56484

North Country National Scenic Trail 

Walker, MN 56484

Lake Country Scenic Byway 

Walker, MN 56484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the great things to check out when visiting Leech Lake. Make sure to come back and check out the beautiful fall colors, the great skiing and snowmobiling trails and the Eelpout Festival in February! We look forward to seeing you!