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Make Spending More Time Outdoors Your New Year’s Resolution

Monday, January 1st, 2018

New Year's Resolution at Leech Lake Minnesota

It’s New Year’s Day and nearly everyone is looking to start their new year’s resolutions. Most people are going to set a goal of self-improvement like going to the gym more or reducing your stress. Others are going to set goals that focus on their finances or spending more time with family and friends.

 

What if we told you that you could set one goal to accomplish all the above?

 

Planning adventures to and around Leech Lake should be your New Year’s resolution. Here’s why:

 

“Getting in Shape”

Leech Lake is surrounded by healthy outdoor activities including biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing trails. In the summertime, you can spend your days swimming or kayaking. There are plenty of ways to stay active when you plan an outdoor adventure to Leech Lake.

 

“Spend More Time With Loved Ones”

We can’t think of a better way to spend time with your family and friends than renting a cabin and spending the days out fishing and your nights around the campfire. Many of our resorts even offer boat or ice house rentals.

 

“Save Money”

Gym memberships are expensive and if we are being honest, how often do you even use it? But guess what, hiking trails are free!

 

“Be Less Stressed”

We would bet anything that enjoying a campfire, listening to the crickets chirp outside your door, sunbathing on the beach, or relaxing in a boat on the lake would help to alleviate some of your stress!

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Whether you’ve already made your resolution or not, find a way to let Leech Lake help you make 2018 your best year yet!

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Leech Lake is a prime destination for your next sled ride. With miles and miles of snowmobiling trails, there is no doubt that you and your group will have the time of your lives.

Snowmobiling trails near Leech Lake Minnesota

Leech Lake offers multiple snowmobile trails where you can explore some of the most beautiful areas in Minnesota. From the Chippewa National Forest to the Paul Bunyan State Trail you’ll find that there are so many trail and so little time.

 

Here are a few of our favorite trails:

 

  • Heartland State Trail: This 49-mile trail was one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country. This state trail also connects with the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

  • Paul Bunyan State Trail: This trail is 115 miles long, with the exception of a couple short on-road connections through the cities of Baxter and Bemidji. The Paul Bunyan trail extends from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park. It is the longest state trail in Minnesota and the longest paved rail-trail in the country.

  • Eastern Region Chippewa Forest: With more than 315 miles of trails in the Chippewa National Forest you’ll see scenic lakes, woodland areas, and frozen wetlands.

Don’t forget to book your lodging on your snowmobiling adventure. Our resorts and inns are some of the best in the State and you can always find a great deal.

Winter Wonderland

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Winter break is on its way and family plans are being made. We may be a bit bias, but we think the best place to spend the holiday is on the shores of Leech Lake.

Whether you love the snow and are an avid ice fisherman or snowmobiler, or if you prefer to tuck away with a book in front of the wood burning fire, our many resorts and inns can fit your needs.

Family Vacation in Leech Lake, Minnesota

Many of our lodging partners offer special deals to help celebrate the holiday and ring in the New Year. The area has several open houses and celebrations to check out, including an abundance of Christmas lights and celebrations throughout the town.

Check out our lodging page to book your next winter getaway with us here on Leech Lake.

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!

Things To Do In Walker Expanded Restaurant Edition

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

Some comments shared disappointment there were not more restaurants listed on our prior guide of restaurants in Walker. This post is an attempt to remedy that. While it won’t be comprehensive, we plan on making this guide as close, as possible in the time we have available. Walker and the immediate area around Leech Lake are filled with amazing restaurants and we wouldn’t want anyone to go hungry, so read this post in preparation for those days when your stomach is grumbling and there is no waiting for a meal at home. We all know that special type of hunger that creeps up and pounces after a long day out on Leech Lake, be prepared for it and review the Walker Restaurant list.

 

  • Benson’s Eating and Drinking Emporium  is a Walker favorite the perfect place to quench your thirst and enjoy an amazing pizza. With its late hours, gluten free options, delicious sandwiches and one of a kind pizza’s, Benson’s is perfect for large groups looking for casual dining and great service after a day on the water.
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  • The Alpha Cafe A newcomer that just recently opened in Walker the Alpha Cafe is set inside a historic Walker home and focuses on local and organic fare. If you are a vegan or vegetarian this will be the perfect option for you. Best known for their amazing hot dogs and brats topped with local ingredients, and hearty and delicious breakfast options.

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  • The Boulders: Known for its delicious and diverse array of dinner entrees the boulder will provide you with a wealth of truly delicious options. From Crab Crusted Grouper, Gorgonzola Ribeye, Penne Jambalaya, Walleye, and much more. The Boulder is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so be sure you make a reservation if you plan a meal at prime times. Prepare yourself for difficult choices when choosing what to order, there are so many great options, you will want to try them all. Casual dinner and delightful entrees.
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  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant: If you are looking for a truly filling breakfast or a Homestyle meal this is the place for you! Known for their large breakfast dishes that will fill your plate and you up. If you’re looking for Homestyle Broasted chicken and mashed potatoes or meatloaf, Jimmy’s is not to be missed. Be sure to bring your appetite, and eat  like a Lumber Jack. Minnesota Home cooking from their kitchen to your table.
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  • Cafe Zona Rosa Felling like a taste of the southwest while you enjoy the comfort of the lakes of the Northwoods? Cafe Zona Rosa is perfect for those seeking a little bit of spice. A favorite of locals, be sure to try the sizzling fajitas and the large burritos. Known for its large portions, taco bar, festive atmosphere, and unbeatable chips.

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  • The Piggy: Kansas style BBQ made to perfection, in Leech Lake Minnesota. With BBQ briskets, ribs, pulled pork and more, the piggy focuses on one genre of food and strives to achieve perfection. Expect long waits on most occasions and don’t be surprised if they sell out of food before closing. Once you sit down though, and take your first bite you will find the wait more than worth the while. Melt in your mouth BBQ, made in Minnesota.
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  •  The Lucky Moose  This bar and grill provides a truly northwoods feel and is sure to please with an amazing variety of appetizers and a large bar. Some customer favorites include their delicious Walleye cakes, juicy burgers, and the one of a kind chipotle Bloody Mary’s. Perfect for both large and small groups.
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  • 502 Restaurant: Dine in style, on the shores of Leech Lake. Best known for their wild rice bread and “award winning” Black Angus prime rib, enjoy a night out you won’t soon forget. While you’re there enjoy drinks (and a happy hour) from the area’s largest bar, where you’re sure to find your drink of choice. Lakeside dining, drinks, and deliciousness.

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  • The Village Square Looking for that perfect combination of hot and cold? Does ice cream and pizza fit the bill? If the answer is yes, look no further than the village square. Whether it is their delicious morning coffee, delightful sandwiches, ice cream to cool off, or a pizza to finish the day (or a breakfast pizza to begin it!).
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  • The Outdoorsman Cafe The epitome of the small town northwoods diner, where locals start out the day with delicious eggs and hash-browns, a thick blueberry pancake, or just a cup of dark coffee and a homemade caramel roll. This is the small town diner you see on TV shows and the movies.

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  • Bayside Bar & Grill  If burgers and beer are what you seek look no further, Bayside has a large local tap selection and almost as many burger and sandwich options.

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It’s not comprehensive, but we hope there are enough amazing dining options here to ensure you can find the perfect atmosphere and the perfect meal. From southwestern cuisine, organic and vegan fare, to delicious pizza’s, small town diners, award winning BBQ, and much more. There are a huge number of restaurants in Walker compared to its size. After a long day on Leech Lake your options are varied and always sure to be delicious.

If you haven’t planned your Leech Lake vacation yet, find the perfect resort now. If you already have… See you on the water!

 

 

 

Things To Do In Walker MN – Summer Edition

Monday, June 12th, 2017

It’s summer and there are so many things to do in Walker Minnesota, whether it’s enjoying a day out on Leech Lake, exploring all the delightful shops of downtown Walker, or catching a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Get the absolute most out of your next vacation, with our summer guide to things to do in Walker, MN. In this post we will aggregate all our past invidual guides into one post so it’s easier than ever to find the activities you are interested in.

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On The Water

  • Fishing – Walker sits on the shores of Leech Lake, Minnesota’s third largest. With some of the best fishing in the state, whether you are a first time fisher or an expert the experienced is not to be missed. Whether you are looking for that prize muskie or just looking to catch a ton of pan-fish to fill the freezer, the lake is large enough that everyone can have a fishing experience that matches their skill level.
  • Boating  - Most lakes never seem to have the space to fully take advantage of all the amazing performance aspects of the modern boat or wave runner. With over 160 square miles of pristine water, boating options don’t get much better than in the Walker area.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing - With innumerable small inlets, among the many secluded bays there is some amazing kayaking and canoeing to be done. Whether you want to explore one of the small inlets that are inaccessible to other craft or drift through  the large field like growths of wild rice under the sun. With so much water, there is always an adventure to be had.
  • Water-sports – Large and open doesn’t mean windy and wavy, with all the areas protected bays calm water are easy to come by. Spend the day water skiing, wake boarding, or tubing.

Places To Eat In Walker

Among the many things to do in Walker, after a long day outside under the sun, dining tops the list. Few want to come back to their cabin after a day on the trails or water and have to prepare a meal, that’s why Walker’s many restaurants are always busy and always offer the best food. If you are on the search for great food in Walker, be sure to check out our dining guide, where we give a quick rundown of the top rated restaurants in the area.

Bike Trails In Walker

With the states longest bike trail running directly through Walker be sure to bring your bikes. The Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails offer many miles of paved bike way that passes beneath canopy’s of green trees. If you are not sure what you will need to make your walker bike trip a success, check out our Walker biking guide.

Hiking

Walker sits right next to the Chippewa national forest, which offers miles of wooded hiking trails where you can experience nature in an environment as natural as any in Minnesota. Take a peak at our Hiking guide for more information.

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Shopping In Walker

Of the many things to do in Walker, shopping is still one of the most popular, with small boutiques carrying trendy clothing or kitchenware, to novelties, and outdoor gear among many other great shopping options. Walker offers stores unique to the area that you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you plan your next shopping trip with the Walker shopping guide.

From shopping to boating, indoors and outdoors, there are so many things to do in Walker that you are certain to find an activity everyone in the family will enjoy. The summer always passes faster than we would like so be certain to plan your trip before the leaves change and the water cools.

Leech Lake Campgrounds

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Leech Lake campgrounds are prepping their rv and camp sites and getting ready. With warm weather and summer days well over due, it’s the perfect time of year to plan your summer camping trip to Leech Lake. There are a variety of great Leech Lake campgrounds to choose from all of them offer easy lake access so you can spend your day on the beach or the water, under the warm summer sun. Leech Lake campgrounds are also a great option for pet owners. In this post we will share some great leech lake campgrounds, so you can spend your vacation closer to nature and the lake. Want to see all the great lodging options Leech Lake has to offer, look no further!

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Top Leech Lake Campgrounds

Below you will find an alphabetical list of the top Leech Lake campground options. Prep your tent, RV, or camper and reserve a site today, with these options you are certain to have an amazing Leech Lake camping experience.

  • Acorn Hill – This campground has 24 RV and campsites available, with easy lake access. Each full hook-up RV site also includes a picnic table, fire-pit, and deck. This campground also offers a grocery delivery service so you can focus on enjoying your vacation. RV guests have access to a new private shower facility, and indoor pool. Rates are based on 2 people with a $10 charge per additional person. RV sites are $45 a day, and Tent sites are $30 per day.
  • Agency Bay – Great lakeside RV sites on the beach. This campground lets you pull right up to the beach to enjoy the splendor of Leech Lake. Rates are based on 2 people, their is an additional charge of $2 per additional person. Daily campsite rates are $45 per day.
  • Bayside Leech Lake – This classic Leech Lake resort offers several lakeside RV campsites. Offering great views of the water and easy access. Site rates are based on 2 people. Daily rates are $40 until June 10th and then only weekly sites are available at $200 per week.
  • Hiawatha Beach – This beach side resort campground offers a pool coin operated laundry, on-site restaurant-bar and more. With both tent and full hookup sites. Rates are based on 2 adults and are $51 per day + $6 for additional individuals.
  • Huddles Resort – Offering large Leech Lake RV sites, a protected harbor,  easy lake access, and on site guides. Be sure to bring your boat as this resort campground is well known for it’s fishing. Huddles RV sites are $50 a day or $250 for a week. Book yours today.
  • Moonlight Bay Resort & Campground – Moonlight Bay is situated just north of downtown Walker in a well protected point on Leech Lake. This Leech Lake campground includes both full hook-up sites ($42 a day for 2 people + $5 per additional person) with water, electric, cable, cable and sewer, as well as “Primitive” sites ($35 a day for 2 people + $5 per additional person) with no hook-ups. All sites include a fire-pit so you can enjoy the night under the stars.
  • Oak Point Resort – With 5 wooded RV sites this Leech Lake campground offers privacy and seclusion, combined with the comforts of a full hook-up site. Located just off of Walker bay for great fishing. Rates are based on 4 people and are $35 per day or $225 per week.
  • Shores Of Leech Lake – This great Leech Lake campground option is the home of the Leech Lake regatta and offers tent, RV and Camper sites as well as boat slips in the large Marina. With full hookups for RV’s and Campers including lodge access to Cable and Wifi. Sites are available nightly, weekly, or seasonally. Nightly rates for RV/camper sites are $54 and Tent sites are $39, with a $17 fee for marina slip rentals for your boat.
  • Steamboat Bay – A fishing resort with a variety of RV sites that include full hook-ups. This resort also offers covered boat slips, a large beach and easy water access. Rates vary by site.
  • Sugar Point – Located on the eastern side of Leech Lake near Federal Dam this resort campground offers easy lake access, full showers, and on-site laundry. The resort drive is fully paved making for easy RV or camper access to each of the sites. This campground also offers access to a fully protected harbor for your boat, and pool. Rates are based on 2 people (+$8 per additional person). Full hook-up sites are $45 per day, Tent sites are $38 per day.
  • The Shores At Pine Point – With a variety of full hook-up RV sites this fishing campground offers easy water access and a protected harbor area, as well as fish cleaning facilities and more. Rates are based on 2 people with an additional charge of $10 per person over 2. Daily rates are $50.
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If you don’t feel like camping be sure to check out all our lodging options, Leech Lake is the perfect fishing and family vacation destination whether you stay at a campsite, a hotel, or one of the many great cabins.

See you on the water!

Walker MN

Friday, March 24th, 2017

In Walker, MN and the surrounding Leech Lake area the ice is still fairly thick and the fish are still biting, but we can tell spring will be in Walker, MN soon. Many of the resorts, hotels and other lodging options around the area are already booked for the spring months and at most resorts June is almost completely booked solid. We like to procrastinate as much as the next person, but if you want to stay in the Leech Lake area this spring or summer you don’t have much time to reserve your room or cabin in Walker, MN. Our lodging search tool and functionality offer the perfect way to find the perfect lodging for yourself, your friends and your family. Never heard of Walker? Check us out in Minnesota Monthly. Otherwise if you are ready to find lodging use the tools below.

 

Walker MN Advanced Lodging Search Tool

Our advanced lodging search tool is used regularly be people throughout the region to find the perfect lodging options for their needs. Need a resort that’s pet friendly, offers boat rentals, and has laundry facilities? Our advanced resort and lodging search tool can help you find just the right place, no matter what your criteria. Looking for a campground near Walker, MN with RV hookups and electricity, no problem. Don’t wait to try to book a cabin for the summer in June because there won’t be any openings until October by then! Use the advanced search tool now, and reserve the perfect lodging.

Walker MN advanced resort search

The Best Source For Lodging Deals In Walker, MN.

Find the latest deals and savings on lodging using our specials page. Offering savings you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to stay on Leech Lake for less don’t miss out on this great tool. Resorts and lodges regularly upload their top specials and deals here, check back often and you will find amazing savings. Whether it’s a discount on all cabins or a free night if you stay an more than a week, you will often find savings here from 15-60% off! So bookmark our Walker, MN Specials Page and start saving today!

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Last Minute Openings In Walker, MN

While it doesn’t often happen (because no one willingly loses out on a vacation to the area!) if you procrastinate and find all lodging options are booked full, their is a chance you could get lucky and still get a cabin if you check our last minute openings page. If someone happens to cancel their stay you can find out almost immediately  on our Last Minute Openings page. Check often, last minute openings don’t stay open for long!

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Walker Lodging Map

Is location the most important criteria for choosing a lodging option. Do you absolutely need to stay on Walker Bay or do you love to fish and swim in Traders Bay? Well our lodging map offers a quick and easy way to find the optimal location for your upcoming stay!

Walker MN Map

Spring and then summer will arrive in Walker, MN much faster than you think. Much of the snow is gone, the ice will soon follow and green grass, warm water, and summer fun will be upon us. Don’t miss out on a stay in the beautiful Minnesota north-woods, use our great lodging tools and find yourself the perfect accommodations. June is almost fully booked at many establishments, and July and August are quickly filling up. Don’t wait, find the perfect lodging, and book today!

 

Looking for more things to do in Walker before you plan your next trip? We hope you found the perfect place and that we see you on the water this summer!

 

 

Minnesota Cabin Rentals

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Minnesota is well known for it’s amazing fishing, beautiful lakes (all 10,000 of them), and quiet serenity. We think the best way to experience all of that is with a Minnesota cabin rental. A cabin rental provides all the comforts of home combined with the serenity and beauty of the outdoors.  Minnesota cabin rentals offer an affordable and family friendly way to enjoy spring, summer, fall, or winter without the struggle that camping often entails. Cabins have been a staple of the family vacation in Minnesota for over a century and it’s easy to see why, in this post we will explore the history and relationship between Minnesota families and cabins.

Already, ready to find your perfect cabin? Explore resorts and cabins now.

 

The First Minnesota Cabin Rental

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Minnesota’s First Lodge. Photo by Thompson Photography

Minnesota’s first ever resort and rental was built in 1865 and was know as the Lakeside Hotel, but it wasn’t until the late 1880′s and early 1900′s that the traditional Minnesota cabin rental came to the fore, with fishermen and families moving out from the cities during the summers to enjoy the beauty and splendor of a summer in the north-woods outside of the hustle of city life. For the next several decades Minnesota resorts and their lakeside cabins continued  to enjoy steady growth in popularity as the cities of the Midwest and plains region continued to prosper and expand so did the desire of people from these places to escape and enjoy the relaxation afforded by a secluded cabin on the lake.

While the popularity of Minnesota cabin rentals and resorts saw steady growth from the 1880′s through the early 1900′s it wasn’t until the roaring 20′s that cabins and resorts became a truly universal family vacation. This period saw an unmatched explosion in Minnesota resorts growing over 500% in under 10 years to 1300 in total. This coincided with the mass adoption of the automobile and a growing middle class, these two factors provided families with the ability and wherewithal to pack up the family and drive north to one of Minnesota’s many lakeside cabins. This period marked the beginning of the Minnesota lakeside retreat so many families across the state and country have chosen to make a part of their vacation. It also marked the growth of the Leech Lake Area into a north woods retreat, a distinction it still holds today.

 

The Modern Minnesota Cabin Rental is Born

After a period of struggle and stabilization during and after the great depression, the post war period starting in the mid 1940′s saw a resurgence and reestablishment of the classic Minnesota cabin rental in Leech Lake and the rest of the state. What had previously been small log cabins with only the bare essentials provided became full service cabins with full plumbing, electricity and all the other comforts associated with home at the time. This time also marked the period where the main lodge would become cemented in so many memories as a staple of any stay at a Minnesota resort cabin. Cabins would continue to modernize throughout this period, with the modern resort, cabin and lodge combination reaching their zenith from the mid 1950′s through the late 1960′s. This period in the history of the Minnesota cabin left an indelible mark on so many children of the period who still fondly remember summers spent in the cabins and on the lake. In the Leech Lake area many of the resorts can trace their origins to this period and most still exist today. Looking for more historic information on Minnesota Cabin Rentals, take a peak a Ren Hollands Minnesota resorts blog.

 

Minnesota Cabin Rentals Today

Minnesota Cabin Rentals

A Leech Lake Resort

At present Minnesota cabins and resorts are seeing a resurgence in popularity as families seek a temporary escape from the city and technology. Nearly all of today’s Minnesota cabin rentals come with WiFi, cable, and all the other modern conveniences of home, but the beauty, relaxation, and water sports that come along with a lakeside cabin nearly always take precedent. Phones, laptops and tablets become an afterthought to sunny days on the water and warm nights around the campfire. Today’s cabins and resorts help families come together and provide those same lasting memories visitors from decades past still think fondly of. Whether it’s learning to water ski or wakeboard, making new friends, catching that first fish or just taking a break, a Minnesota cabin rental is the perfect place to spend your next family’s next vacation.

 

Looking for a Minnesota Cabin for your next vacation, but not sure about where you want to stay in the state? Think about the Leech Lake area. With Minnesota’s third largest lake, some of the states best fishing, award winning resorts and cabins, and a long history of providing families with amazing memories and  one of a kind experiences, it is not to be missed. Explore Leech Lake Resorts and Cabin Rentals Now.

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See you on the water!

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Fishing Resorts – Leech Lake

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Minnesota has so many lakes and so many fishing resorts it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect combination. Some base their choice on the type of fish they most enjoy catching, or the lakes limits on particular species of fish. Some base their choice on the type of lodging they are looking for; whether that be a rustic cabin or a luxurious lake home, and some choose the perfect Minnesota fishing resort based on the fishing potential of the lake on which it is located. Of these three categories Leech Lake tics all the boxes for those seeking out the perfect Minnesota fishing resorts. With nearly a dozen different species of fish with healthy populations, well over 20 different lakeside fishing resort options, and the third largest lake in Minnesota, you would be hard pressed to find another location that offers all these features in such abundance. Need more detail on why all the best Minnesota fishing resorts are on Leech Lake?

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Fishing Resort Options

With nearly 30 fishing resort options you can afford to be choosy when you take your next fishing trip. Many offer boat and fishing gear rentals in the spring, summer and fall seasons. Then when winter arrives they offer all you could need to make your ice fishing trip a success, including large ice houses! Several resorts have full lodges with restaurants and more, so after a long day on the water and ice fishing you don’t need to drive to town or cook a meal, you can get everything you need in one location, which means more time to fish and explore Leech Lakes nearly 103,000 acres and 195 miles of varied and beautiful shoreline. Need more reasons to choose a Leech Lake resort during your search for the best Minnesota fishing resorts. How about free fish cleaning and packaging as part of your stay! Many resorts in the area offer this amazing service few appreciate until they have to clean a half dozen fish for the family! We have an amazing amenity/features search tool that can help you easily choose the perfect fishing resort for your needs, check it out now and get matched with the perfect resort.

 

Fish Slot Limits on Leech Lake

  • Walleye – Leech Lake has a unique slot limit for Walleye compared to most other lakes in Minnesota. It allows a slot limit of four Walleye and all Walleye between 20-­26” must be immediately released and one over 26” allowed in possession.
  • Northern Pike – These large predators have a growing population on Leech Lake. You can take three but may only keep one over 30″.
  • Muskie – Leech Lake has provided some of Minnesota’s largest Muskie’s, with the size of the lake allowing them to grow to truly amazing weights. Their is a limit of one and it must be over 54″.
  • Bass – These challenging catches can be quite aggressive on Leech Especially during the sunrise hours. The slot limit is 6 total (small &  large-mouth) from May 28th to September 11th. During the winter their a 6 catch limit for Large-mouth and catch and release only for small-mouth.
  • Crappie – Most often found around Moonlight bay and the surrounding area their is a limit of 10.
  • Sunfish- Slot limit of 20. Leech Lake holds the state record for largest Sunfish at over 1 lb.
  • Perch – Leech Lake is especially well known for it’s abundant perch population  with a 20 a day slot limit.
  • Eelpout – No Limit!
  • Trout – Sometimes found around the inlets and outlets, there is a 5 catch limit and a season from May to October.
  • Whitefish – Another slot limit unique to Leech Lake, their is a limit of 25. Leech Lake holds the record for largest Whitefish at 12 lbs.
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There are many Minnesota fishing resorts to choose from throughout the state, but one would be hard pressed to find such a concentration of fishing resorts anywhere else. The quantity of choices and fish species available to anglers on Leech Lake makes every trip a s success. If your not having luck with Bass you can just switch to targeting Walleye or one of the many other species and because Leech Lake is so large their is always another spot to try. As one of Minnesota’s top 21 fishing lakes a fishing trip here is not to be missed. Your search for Minnesota fishing resorts is over, you have found the Leech Lake Area!