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Best Places to Check Out Fall Colors in MN

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

The Leech Lake area is famous for its fantastic fall colors. The hundreds of acres of state & national parks and forests, such as Chippewa National Forest and Itasca State Park, as well as the miles and miles of world-class hiking and walking trails, make Cass County the perfect place to take in the beauty of fall in the Northland.

If you’re planning a trip to catch the fall colors yourself, we have some insider tips on the best places and ways to find the most memorable views!

Chippewa National Forest

Enjoy the Fall Colors at Chippewa National Forest

Established over 110 years ago, the Chippewa National Forest is one of the earliest National Forests, and the first to be established east of the Mississippi. It occupies more than 1.5 million acres of preserved and protected forest land, nestled right in the heart of Northern Minnesota.

The Forest offers nearly 300 miles of trails that wind throughout its trees and wetlands. You can find an online, interactive trail map by using the National Forest Service’s Interactive Visitor Map tool.

For those who seek to truly immerse themselves in the colors of fall, camping sites are available throughout the forest as well! Developed campgrounds (with electricity, a picnic table, fire ring, and parking) can be reserved for $14 to $26 per night. Backcountry camping sites are also available for those who prefer to “rough it” — these are free and cannot be reserved. Find more information on camping in Chippewa here!

Deep Portage Learning Center

See the best autumn colors at Deep Portage Learning Center

Located in Hackensack, MN, Deep Portage is a combination of an environmental education center and outdoor recreation center. You’ll not only learn about the surrounding environment, but also have plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it. When the fun is done, head inside the center for a delicious, family-style, home-cooked meal.

Surrounded by ten miles of forests and lakes, Deep Portage offers programs and activities including canoeing, archery, rock climbing, and bird-watching. It’s a great choice for families who plan to make a trip up North, as there’s truly something for everyone!

 

Forestedge Winery

Forestedge Winery near Leech Lake, MN

For those looking to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the fall colors in a more relaxed atmosphere, consider a visit to Forestedge Winery! As the name implies, Forestedge is located on the edge of the Paul Bunyan National Forest, meaning you’re just a short walk away from one of the largest State forests in Minnesota.

Not only does the winery offer 21 award-winning varieties of wines, with ingredients and infusions ranging from blueberries to rhubarb, but plenty of outdoor seating is available. You’ll enjoy not only the sights and sounds of fall, but also the tastes and smells as well!

 

As you can see, there are many, many ways to enjoy the fall colors in the Leech Lake area, whether you’re interested in a long weekend camping trip, or taking it easy with a glass of wine. For even more ideas on ways to check out the fall colors, stop by our Attractions page for a full list of forests, parks, trails, and more.

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

Four Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Leech Lake Area

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

 

Just because the weather’s cooled down doesn’t mean the Leech Lake area slows down. Summer is over, but the fall season offers places to visit and things to do beyond fishing and water-based activities. Here are four ways you can enjoy the Leech Lake area through the fall season.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tasting

Located in Laporte, on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest is Forestedge Winery. Among the 16 quality wines made with a variety of fruit is the award-winning Rhubarb Wine, for which Forestedge Farm proudly grows most of the rhubarb.

Want to relax and enjoy the fall season in the sun? Sip some wine and lounge on the cobblestone patio with family and friends. Too cool to be outside? Visit the gallery with art and fine crafts on display by MN artisans. The winery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

 

Go Hiking

After the heat of summer, the cool, fall weather is enjoyable for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Shingobee Recreation Area is located along Highway 34, southwest of Walker. A part of Shingobee River Valley, the Shingobee Recreation Area offers 6 miles of outdoor exploration for hiking, hunting and bird watching. If you’re up for the adventure, primitive camping is also available. Breathe in the fresh air of fall while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

 

Take A Scenic Drive

Nothing says fall like taking a drive and enjoying the changing seasons. As a part of the Lake Country Scenic Byway, you can drive from Walker all the way to the Detroit Lakes. Enjoy the wooded lake country and take a detour to Itasca State Park for some more hiking trails if you need to stretch your legs along the way.

 

Explore The Arts Outdoors

If you choose to take the Lake Country Scenic Byway, but don’t want to drive the entire length, consider stopping at the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. Located in the Park Rapids area at the intersection of Hwy 34 and Rt 71, this park showcases modern art by different studios. Materials include mostly steel, but some artists utilize copper, stone and granite. Enjoy smaller pockets of Fishhook Lake and don’t forget to admire the namesake red bridge on display.

 

Don’t mourn the end of summer; enjoy all that fall has to offer in the Leech Lake area. Grab some family and friends and make the most of the seasonal change.

MUSKIE FISHING ON LEECH LAKE CAN’T BE BEAT!

Friday, September 7th, 2018

If you’re in search of the perfect trophy fish, look no further Leech Lake is the HOT spot!  The Muskie is well known for being an elusive predator, able to avoid even the most appealing lure. While it can be challenging, it also means that you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of Leech Lake that surrounds you.  Take your time, relax and wait for that Muskie to bite (inevitable on Leech Lake) before you know it you will have your trophy photo with you and this monster fish! Leech Lake is one of the best Muskie Lakes in the state of Minnesota. Take some tips from Troy Linder Fishing, Troy recently had an opportunity to fish with the AnglingBuzz/Fleet Farm contest winner on Leech Lake. Sounds like they had a great time!

Pull out your vegetation map, or use our maps, and find the “cabbage” – AKA weed beds. Muskie like to stick to the deeper edges of the weed beds where food is easy to come by. Here are some spots we recommend:

  • Sucker Bay – Offers thick cabbage and plenty of food, this is a top spot for Muskies on Leech Lake. If you are able to catch them in an aggressive mood you are sure to get a big bite in no time.

  • Walker Bay Narrows – Although weeds have thinned out over the years, boulders still make it a great spot.

  • Agency Bay – If you’re not finding much luck in either in the narrows head over to Agency Bay. Not too far away, the edges can provide some very aggressive muskies that have moved out of the narrows.

  • Bear Island Narrows – This spot has thick pond-weeds. Leech’s muskies are known to hangout on the eastern tip of Bear Island. This location is often missed by most anglers but can be a great location, less crowded with fish.

  • Portage Bay – Hit the deeper edges of the weed beds, right around the 15 ft. drop off or push in a little shallower.

  • Black Duck Point – On the edge of thick Boy Bay weed beds may result in some serious pulls. Finish off your day here, slow during the day but at dusk there is a definite shift.

We hope this gets you excited to find the perfect spot on Leech Lake to get that trophy Muskie! If you know of any additional hotspots please feel free to share in the comments. Whether you are looking for that trophy muskie or looking to try fishing Leech Lake for the first time, find your perfect lodging with us. Hope to see you on the water!

THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN! LEECH LAKE FISH SPECIES & REGULATIONS

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Every year the Minnesota DNR is tasked with counting fish, not just a few but A LOT of fish! They do this so they can better manage fisheries and set appropriate fishing regulations. Using their DNR LakeFinder, we are able to see the results for Leech Lake. Let’s take a look at what they had to say!

Leech Lake in Cass County, near the town of Walker, MN has a wide variety of fish to be found in the lake: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Cisco Species, Hybrid Sunfish, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tullibee (Cisco), WALLEYE, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Bowfin (Dogfish), Shorthead Redhorse, White Sucker, Banded Killifish, Bigmouth Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Stickleback, Central Mudminnow, Common Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Logperch, Longnose Dace, Mimic Shiner, Mottled Sculpin, Sand Shiner, Spotfish Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and Trout Perch. Whew that was a mouthful!

Leech Lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide or border water regulations for certain species and take precedence over general fishing regulations.

  • Walleye: All from 20-26” must be immediately caught and released. One over 26” allowed in possession. Possession is limited to four.

Leech Lake Indian Reservation:

  • Cisco: Limit 50 possession.

  • Whitefish” Limit 25 possession

General and inland water fishing regulations can be found on the MN DNR website if you need additional info before heading out. We also would like to remind you to please “Be a Hero, Transport Zero”, help prevent the spread of invasive species. MN DNR has also found both Zebra Mussel and Eurasian Watermilfoil in Leech Lake.

Now that you know the regulations and just how many different species your plan your trip with us today! Your Leech Lake fishing get-away is sure to be exciting! What will you catch? Hope to see you there!

Photo submitted by: Ben Wasson

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.

Leech Lake Regatta 2018 – 47th Annual

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

August is almost here and Leech Lake is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming 47th Annual Regatta! Leech Lake Regatta is an annual sailing festival that will bring sailors from all over to sail the Shores of Leech Lake. The Leech Lake Regatta is one of Minnesota’s largest Regattas, it offers two fleets of mono and multi sailboats that race in multiple divisions. This year’s three-day festival will be held from August 10th through August 13th.

Leech Lake Regatta 2018 Itinerary:

Friday, August 10th – Race packet pick-up begins at 4 pm. Teams will have boats in the water and set for the first day of racing! The Shores of Leech Lake Resort offers Regatta participants space to sleep in boats, tents, and other various areas for a fee. Settle in and the fun begins at 6:30 with Live Entertainment “Dessert Blues Duo.”

Saturday, August 11th – Starts early with free coffee and donuts7 am 7am and race meeting to follow with the blessing of the fleet. Let the racing begin! Racers and onlookers will be able to see all the different sailboats ready to launch from the shore. Races continue thru the day followed by a fish fry, campfire and music. Fellow racers and friends will share stories around the campfire, the perfect end to the day.

Sunday, August 12th – Again we start early with free coffee and donuts starting followed by the race meeting. Whether you’ve come to race or watch there will be no shortage of fun, race to be in the lead or view with friends from the comfort of your boat. Come in from the water to the delicious BBQ while you enjoy the sounds of live entertainment from “Kellogg Duo” under the big tent. If your not too exhausted from the days events sit around the campfire and relax before the final day of racing.

Monday, August 13th – Last day, last chance for teams to advance in rankings. The final day will end before 3 pm and be followed by the awards banquet at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, two ticket are included in race packet additional tickets are available to purchase online or at Friday packet pickup.

Races will take place about 10:30 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Saturday and Monday races will be in Walker Bay and the races on Sunday will be out on Leech Lake. Best places to watch the races are from the city dock or city park in Walker, MN.

The Leech Lake Regatta, a tradition since 1971 is an event not to be missed. If you haven’t registered yet there is still time, register online with The Shores of Leech Lake Resort. Whether you come to race or cheer on your favorite team, the Regatta offers wonderful entertainment on and off the water! If you need lodging please visit our lodging list. Hope to see you out on the water!

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.

Leech Lake Summer Solstice – A New Season Begins

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Summer is here again in Leech Lake. June 21st, 2018 is Summer Solstice. This is the official first day of Summer and the longest day of the year. Here are a few fun facts about Summer Solstice:

 

 

The further north you are, the more sunlight you’ll see during the solstice. Leech Lake is definitely “Up North” and a great place to soak in the extra rays of sunshine. Our beautiful resorts offer limitless opportunities to watch the sunset over the lake.

The name “solstice” comes from the fact that the sun appears to stand still. While the sun will appear to stand still, the sun’s relative position in the sky at noon does not appear to change much during the solstice and its surrounding days.

Many in the Leech Lake area will be dancing the night away. Summer Solstice 2018 falls on the first day of Moondance Jam in Leech Lake. Moondance Jam is an annual rock and classic rock festival held in mid-July in the Leech Lake Area near Walker, Minnesota. It is recognized as Minnesota’s largest rock festival and the premier classic rock festival in the United States. The Jam has gone from being a party for a few hundred family and friends back in 1992, to a rock ‘n’ roll and camping celebration that entertains tens of thousands today. This is mainly due to the fact that it has maintained a clean, safe, and friendly atmosphere, along with open festival seating for general admission ticket holders.

The world’s biggest bonfire was part of a solstice celebration. In 2010, a world record for the tallest bonfire was set in celebration of Summer Solstice! The people of Alesund, Norway created a 132.71 ft. celebratory bonfire!

Although we would discourage visitors to attempt a world record-breaking bonfire, we hope to see more than a few campfires.

Hot weather follows the sun by a few weeks.  If solstice is the longest day of the year and gets the most sunlight, doesn’t the weather heat up for a few more weeks? It’s because water, which makes up most of the Earth’s surface, has a high specific heat, meaning it takes a while to both heat up and cool down. Because of this, the Earth’s temperature takes about six weeks to catch up to the sun.

Lucky for Leech Lake our extended forecast for June/July predicts highs in the mid 70’s to low 80’s for the next few weeks!

The Earth is actually at its farthest from the sun during the solstice. Many people think that Solstice is when the earth is closest to the sun in actuality the earth is closest to the sun during Winter in the northern hemisphere. Winter is also a beautiful time for visitors to head to Leech Lake but let’s not talk about Winter quite yet.

Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate. Last year, 37,000 people attended. Many have long believed that Stonehenge was the site of ancient druid solstice celebrations because of the way the sun lines up with the stones on the winter and summer solstices. Despite no proven connection between Celtic solstice celebrations and Stonehenge, these days, thousands of modern pagans gather at the landmark to watch the sunrise on the solstice.

While most of us won’t head to Stonehenge, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Leech Lake. Choose from one of our amazing lodging options – view the sunset from the lake, the beach or the dock. Maybe head to Moondance Jam in Walker, MN. However, you decide to celebrate we hope you decide to stay with us at Leech Lake!