Archive for January, 2019

Ice fishing tips

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Here in Leech Lake we love to ice fish. What better way to relax from your crazy life, then to be on the ice on a sunny winter day reeling in the fish. Here are some fishing tips that can help you get everything you want out of your Leech Lake fishing trip:

#1

Be sure to ask the locals and resort owners where the fish are biting. They are the ones who know the lake best and are always willing to give you the best experience possible.

#2

You will be sure to find the best walleye action a little closer to Walker, MN. While your there you can stop in town and grab a bite to eat and get warm before heading back out to the ice.

#3

Catching pike is not the challenging part. Finding them is! But, once you have found them a tip up, a heavy line with a wire leader, and a plain old hook with a live minnow will work wonders.

#4

Look into a fishing guides. There are plenty here in Leech Lake that would love to get you on the fish!

#5

Book a stay at one our lodges! There are plenty of places to stay here in the winter. Check out which places offer ice house rentals and guide services so you can get out on the ice today!

We hope to see you on the ice this winter! Remember to look into our lodging packages to see where you can stay on your next fishing trip to Leech Lake, Minnesota’s Original “Up North”.


February Events at Leech Lake

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

February is upon us, and with it comes more winter weather and another month on beautiful Leech Lake. The later winter months are the perfect time to visit the area; the woods are covered with fresh snow, the ice is at its best, and our local lodges and resorts are the perfect cozy escape you’ve been looking for. Make sure you include these events in your February Leech Lake getaway!

 

Ice Fishing

 

If quirky festivals and buyers shows aren’t your speed, or even if you’re looking to catch a festival and sneak in a little ice fishing over a long weekend, there are still plenty of quiet corners of the lake. February makes for some solid ice fishing and is a great time to check out the Leech Lake/Walker area’s host of ice house rental options. Forgo the busy schedule and your hectic pace of life and spend some time on serene Leech Lake.

 

 

Frostfest

 

Saturday, February 9th marks the second annual Leech Lake Frostfest. Get out on the lake as the entire town gathers for an afternoon of food, live music, craft brews, and games galore for the younger members of the family. Stop by for the home brew competition and support the Deep Portage Learning Center, this year’s non-profit beneficiary. See you there! 

 

Valentine Candlelight Ski at Shingobee

 

Ski by candlelight with your Valentine and join us at Shingobee Hills Recreation Area February 14th. From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, skiers will be invited to start at the chalet and ski a half-mile candlelight loop at the base of the sled hill. Warm up afterwards with a fire and hot cocoa at the chalet and share this special evening with your loved ones of all ages. 

North Country Buyer’s Show

 

Leech Lake is proud to welcome the North Country Resort, Retail and Restaurant Buyer’s Show February 20th and 21st. In its 44th year, the Buyer’s Show features vendors both old and new from nearly every industry imaginable. Featured are clothing, advertising, software, insurance, boats, decor and more; if you have a business, chances are you’ll find something that interests you! Join us at the Northern Lights Event Center for this memorable event.

 

International Eelpout Festival

 

For 40 years, the International Eelpout Festival has celebrated one of the world’s ugliest bottom-dwelling fish with a party right on the surface of Leech Lake. Join in February 21st – 24th as we celebrate what’s been proudly named one of the “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never Knew Existed.” Experience live music, eelpout curling (see it to believe it), eelpout rugby, dog sled races, a jalapeño eating contest, a Beer Pong tournament, an ice bar, and more


From snowy afternoon festivals complete with live music and fun on the icy lake, to cozy nights by the fire in one of the many area lodges, from bustling wholesale buyer’s shows to peaceful fishing on a quiet inlet; no matter what your vacation preference, Leech Lake and Walker have it all this February. We say, “come for the festivals, stay for the friendships!”

Start your vacation planning now and take a look at one of our local resorts – there’s something for everyone!

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

Thursday, 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