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Attend Holiday Events at Leech Lake in December 2018!

Monday, 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!

 

 

Spend Thanksgiving Weekend in the Leech Lake Area

Thursday, 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

FEATURED MINNESOTA RESORT MEMBER: ANDERSON’S NORTHLAND LODGE

Friday, 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.

FEATURED MEMBER: ADVENTURE NORTH RESORT

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Adventure North Resort makes it easy to get away from everyday life. They take care of the little things so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation. Located on Leech Lake in Walker, MN. You can’t help but be drawn to this beautiful resort, from families to fisherman, all are sure to enjoy this private resort setting.

They offer large reunion log homes, lake homes, and cozy cabins for two! They can accommodate groups of up to 15 people! Their clean “Up-North” lake homes offer full kitchens and baths, sun decks or screened patios, air-conditioning and magnificent views of the lake.

There is always something to do at Adventure North Resort! During the Summer months they offer the perfect family vacation destination, with amenities such as:

  • Heated outdoor pool with slide.

  • Sandy beach with kayaks.

  • Playground.

  • Lake toys with Jungle Jim Pyramid

  • Kids activities

This resort is also a fishermans paradise. They offer amenities to make the fishing fun and easy such as:

  • Protected covered harbor with slip rental.

  • Full service harbor staff.

  • Free launch service for your boat.

  • Free fish cleaning and packaging for travel.

  • Free trailer storage.

  • Boat and pontoon rental

This small private resort focuses on customer service. They aim to make sure all guest enjoy their time at the resort. They are happy to direct you to many additional activities in the Walker area that you can also enjoy while you stay with them, such as:

This resort is open year round and also offers many winter activities as well. They are Handicap Accessible and pet-friendly. If you are interested in booking a stay with them now is a great time, they are offering a special starting July 7th through July 14th. Give them a call at 218-547-1532 or visit their website www.adventurenorthresort.com.

Last Minute Travel? Head to Leech Lake

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Thinking about taking a last minute vacation? We’ve got great news for you! Our extended forecast in June will make Leech Lake your perfect last minute travel spot! Temps are predicted to be in the upper 70’s to lower 80”s with very little rain for the whole month of June.

Who doesn’t love the idea of dropping everything to surprise your friends, family, significant other, or even your fishing buddies with an impromptu trip to a warm vacation destination! Take time out of your busy life for a short get-away, you’ve earned it!

Walker, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas offer endless options to help you take advantage of this beautiful weather- fishing, boating, and sailing on the beautiful waters of Leech Lake. The area also has two golf courses, a handful of dining and shopping options, and countless attractions including hiking and biking trails.

Some say there is no greater escape than relaxing in the sun with a fishing pole in hand. Leech Lake offers world-class fishing! The lake is also a beautiful destination for boating, kayaking, and swimming. Many Leech Lake resorts even offer boat and kayak rentals, so anyone who joins you will enjoy a hot day on the lake. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

So now that you know where you’re headed, your boss has given the greenlight for a few days off and your bag are all but packed? Where will you stay? How many people in your group/family? What is your budget? Leech Lake offers numerous lodging options, whether you are looking to “rough” it at a campground, bring your RV, stay in a cabin, or at a resort. Check out our Lodging Page and contact resorts find the out what is open NOW. Need a little more time to plan? Use our Plan Your Trip tool to narrow down and customize your search.

Have a great time! Enjoy the nice weather! We can’t wait to see you here!

Leech Lake Family Vacation Planning

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

As the weather becomes warmer outside, our minds drift off to those long vacation summer days. Where the smell of campfire in the air mingles with the sound of children’s laughter, as you are making memories that will last forever! If you haven’t already planned your family’s getaway this summer, now is the time. Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota offers a wide variety of family fun that is sure to appeal to everyone in your family.

Walker, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas offer fishing, boating, and sailing on the beautiful waters of Leech Lake. The area also has two golf courses, a handful of dining and shopping options, and countless family attractions including hiking and biking trails.

Leech Lake offers world-class fishing. But what if not everyone in your family enjoys fishing? The lake is also a beautiful destination for boating, kayaking, and swimming. Many Leech Lake resorts even offer boat and kayak rentals, so the whole family can easily find a way to enjoy a day on the lake.

Once you’ve made a short list of all the activities your family wants to make part of your unique Summer vacation at Leech Lake, it is time to decide where you will stay. How many people in your family? What is your budget? Is where you stay as important as what you do while you stay there? Leech Lake offers numerous lodging options, whether you are looking to “rough” it at a campground, bring your RV, stay in a cabin, or at a resort. Check out our lodging page to find the best options for your family or use our Plan Your Trip tool to narrow down and customize your search.

 Plan, pack, and go. Most importantly have a great time, we look forward to seeing you here!

Your Guide to the Chippewa National Forest

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

The Chippewa National Forest was the first National Forest east of the Mississippi River. President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated it a National Forest in 1908.

head shot of Theodore Roosevelt

The Chippewa National Forest is home to over 1,300 lakes (including two of Minnesota’s largest lakes – Leech Lake and Lake Winnie), 925 miles of river, over 400,000 acres of wetlands, campgrounds and hundreds of miles of hiking and snowmobiling trails.

 

GET OUTSIDE

 

Fishing

Home to over 1,000 lakes and miles of river, the Chippewa National Forest is a great place to go fishing. Leech Lake is home to a large Walleye population and provides you with fresh fish all year long. Here are some of our favorite tips to catch a walleye, so you can show off to your friends and family. Don’t forget to check our weekly fishing report so you can stay up to date on the best spots to reel in a fish and know exactly what’s biting each season.

man bird watching with binoculars

 

Bird Watching

Coniferous forests to the north, hardwood forests to the south, and prairies to the west. The Chippewa National Forest’s diverse ecosystem makes it a great place to go bird watching and see all types of different birds. Additionally, the Chippewa National Forest has the highest breeding population of Bald Eagles in the continental US. Grab your binoculars, paper, and a pen to record what you see while exploring!

hand holding a blackberry

Berry Picking

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries can all be found in the Chippewa National Forest. Depending on the time of year and location – you could fill up your bucket with fresh sweet berries.

HIT THE TRAILS

 female in hiking boots

Migizi Trail

Named for the Bald Eagle in Ojibwe, the Migizi Trail is a 18 mile paved loop that surrounds Pike Bay. The trail has four access points – Forest Supervisor’s Office in Cass Lake, the Norway Beach Recreation Area, the South Pike Bay picnic area, and across from the Cass Lake Wayside Rest. Take a portion of the trail for a day hike, or bike the entire trail.

Heartland Trail

The 50 mile long trail goes from Walker to Park Rapids and is one of the oldest paved trails in Northern Minnesota. The portion of the Heartland Trail southwest of Walker is home to beautiful lakes, forest, and wildlife. The Heartland Trail also works to connect other trails and recreation areas, including Chippewa National Forest’s Shingobee Recreation Area.

Shingobee Recreation Area

Located just 5 miles southwest of Walker, the Shingobee Recreation Area is a place for various activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching and camping. After a long day out on the Shingobee, fill up with hearty, authentic, Kansas style BBQ at The Piggy – located in Walker. The Piggy, raved reviewed by the New York Times, is a must stop – but make sure you get there early!

Plan your trip to the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake easily by checking out our lodging options and specials. We’ll see you on the trails.

 

Spring Is Here…Almost

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

hiking backpack boots and hat

It’s finally starting to warm up and spring fever has started to sink in (even if there is still snow on the ground). With spring brings new activities and more opportunities to travel and be outdoors. Leech Lake offers a vast amount of activities to choose from like golf, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, sailing. So much family fun!

Leech Lake Activities To Get You Outside This Spring

1. Golf:  Leech Lake has four wonderful golf courses to choose from.

 

2.   Hiking and Biking: Leech Lake offers so many trails to choose from you won’t know where to start. Check out:

  • Heartland Trail, located just south of Walker which is one of the oldest paved trails in Minnesota’s North woods. It offers breathtaking views and a hiker’s paradise.

  • Paul Bunyan State Recreational Trail,  an easy going trail that offers beautiful scenery.

 

3. Fishing and Boating: Leech Lake in Cass County is about 112,000 surface acres and 150 feet in depth at its deepest point, although a majority of the lake is roughly 35 feet deep. Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is a great place to take the family to teach them how to fish or enjoy each other’s company while fishing. Leech Lake and the lakes around it offer a wide variety of fish including:

  • Walleyes

  • Pike

  • Muskies

  • Crappies

  • Sunfish

  • Perch

Visit Leech Lake This Spring

Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is the perfect place to visit this spring. Leech Lake offers many outdoor activities to keep your family having fun for days. So if you are looking for a place to visit this spring, Leech Lake is the place for you. Check out one of our many Leech Lake lodging options from hotels to resorts and book your stay today!

Looking for a Snowy Outdoor Get-Away? Leech Lake is Minnesota’s Premier Cross Country Ski Location

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

It’s easy to bundle up and stay indoors during a Minnesota winter. But why would you want to do that when the Leech Lake area offers so many fun winter activities?

cross country skiing in Minnesota

Cross country skiing is one of the many winter activities that can get you moving during the cold winter months and the Leech Lake area offers a variety of public trails for cross country skiing. Some of which include the Chippewa ski trails, Heartland, Itasca State Park trail, and many more.

If you are new to cross country skiing, have no fear because even though XC skiing can be an intense workout, any skill or exercise level can participate.

When you are visiting Leech Lake make sure to check out all of the local shops and restaurants of nearby Walker, MN, and end the day where you can rest and relax at one of Leech Lake’s many year-round resorts.

Ice Fishing Season Is Here

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Been yearning to catch some walleyes out on the ice? What are you waiting for? Leech Lake is known for its excellent ice fishing conditions, and this year is no different!

Leech Lake Minnesota Ice Fishing

The latest fishing report for Leech Lake says that fishing has been best off the north and south ends of Walker Bay in 25 to 35 feet.

Another place to try your hand on Leech Lake is Sand Point, which has produced a few walleyes and the occasional perch in 10 to 12 feet. Main-lake walleye reports have been limited to a few fish on the 12- to 20-foot structure.

If you decide to make the trip to Leech Lake for some ice fishing, why not make it a weekend event and book a stay at one of our many area resorts! The Leech Lake area offers a variety of resorts that are open in the winter and are the perfect place to relax after a long day on the lake and share you best ice fishing stories.

Many of the resorts even offer ice house rentals, so you can stay on the ice your entire weekend! Renting an ice house from one of the area resorts is convenient and will allow you to spend the most time possible doing what you love, fishing!

There is no better place to take an ice fishing getaway this winter than Leech Lake! Plan your trip today; we hope to see catch you soon out on the lake!