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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

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!

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!

Eelpout Festival Review

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The last weekend in February was the annual Eelpout Festival. More than 270 eelpout were caught throughout the two-day tournament held on Leech Lake.

Here is a summary of the leaderboard. All of the 2018 International Eelpout Festival Tournament Results can also be found on the Eelpout Festival website.

Top Ten Biggest Pout:

1. Jesse Friedrich, 10.66 lbs

2.  Matthew Christopherson, 10.2 lbs

3. Jim Poncelet, 9.98 lbs

4. Greg Johnson, 9.77 lbs

5. MJ Dickman, 9.26 lbs

6.  Greg Johnson, 8.81 lbs

7. MJ Dickman, 8.29 lbs

8. Cole Joslyn, 8.25 lbs

9. MJ Dickman, 8.25 lbs

10. Grant DeVries, 7.97 lbs

Top Ten Individual Tonnage:

1. Greg Johnson, 33.58 lbs

2. MJ Dickman, 33.1 lbs

3. Cole Joslyn, 27.91 lbs

4. Grant DeVries, 24.71 lbs

5. Todd Felix, 24.11 lbs

6. Jim Poncelet, 23.85 lbs

7. Steve Troyna, 22.76 lbs

8. Brandon Yeats, 20.65 lbs

9. Rik Cole, 20.15 lbs

10. Austin Stein, 19.81 lbs

Teem Tonnage:

1. Team Gene, 221.37

2. Bayside Plumbing, 199.22 lbs

3. The Burbs, 43.93 lbs

4. Pout Laws, 36.39 lbs

5. Pouty Animals, 19.49 lbs

6. Rustad Rebels, 16.42 lbs

7. SamSquanch, 5.57 lbs

8. Shake and Bake, 1.65 lbs

9. Three Stooges, 1.18 lbs

10. Burbot Bandits, 1.16 lbs

Puny Pout Winner:

Dan Thompson. 0.33 lbs

 

 

 

 

Come Celebrate Eelpout Fishing on Leech Lake

Monday, February 5th, 2018

While Leech Lake is known for its fabulous walleye fishing, it is also known for its Eelpout. We are proud to hold the International Eelpout Festival every February. This year Leech Lake is celebrating the 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival on February 22 – February 25.

Leech Lake Minnesota Eelpout Festival

 

You can fish Eelpout year round, but the best time is in late February. It is said that it is best to fish for Eelpout right before the first light of the day, or from sunset and on.

 

An Eel-what?

A Burbot, also known as an Eelpout, is a deepwater fish that is a cross between an eel and a catfish. Eelpout’s colors often times vary from yellow-brown to a dark olive with different color patches, which gives it camouflage-like appearance. They often times have small scales, slimy skin, and nostrils that resemble a catfish.

They usually weigh around six pounds and are less than 28 inches long. They typically have a very long body with smooth skin and a single whisker under its chin. Eelpout are known to be great predators and are excellent to eat. Bubot can most commonly be found in northern Minnesota lakes and rivers, including Lake Superior, but can also be found in part of the lower Mississippi River. The Burbot is a good indicator of a healthy watershed. They typically require water temperatures lower than 70 degrees, so in the summer they are a rare catch, but come winter the freshwater predator comes very much alive and active

 

2018 International Eelpout Festival

Every February, Walker, Minnesota grows about 10 times its size as thousands of eager fishermen and women gather on Leech Lake to take part in the International Eelpout Festival.

However, fishing is only half of the fun. Attendees can attend the Fish Fry or take part in the Eelpout Curing, Rugby or Beer Pong Tournament.

Whether you come for the fishing, the events, or a combination of the two, know that Leech Lake has lots of winter lodging options for you and your friends and family.

 

Holiday Events Near Leech Lake

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

If you are anything like us, you might find yourself rushing through the Holiday season without really getting to appreciate it. So this year we plan to slow down and try to enjoy some of the community events that occur this time of year.

 

Pumphouse Bay of Leech Lake Minnesota

Photo By Theresa Felix “Fresh Winter View”

Here are some of the events we can’t wait for:

 

  • Tuesday, December 19: Leech Lake Chamber Holiday Open House

This annual party thrown by the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce goes from 2 to 4 p.m. located at 201 Minnesota Avenue East, in Walker, Minnesota.

 

  • Wednesday, December 20: Lucky Moose Holiday Open House

Everyone is invited to the Lucky Moose Bar & Grill rom 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the most magical time of the year.

 

  • Friday, December 22: Walleye Dinner

There’s no such thing as too much fish Northern Minnesota, especially when someone else is cooking it for you. Check out the Lake May Center for their Walleye Dinner.

 

  • Thursday, December 28: Holiday Ski/Snowshoe Hike

Meet at the Shingobee Recreation Area on Highway 34 at 11 a.m. to participate in this Leech Lake holiday adventure.

 

  • Sunday, December 31: New Year Nosh Party

Bring in the New Year and drink some great beer at Portage Brewery in Walker, Minnesota.

 

You can stay up to date on all Leech Lake events with this calendar.

 

Tell us below, what event are you looking forward to the most?

The Leech Lake Regatta – Sailing Since 1971

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Leech Lake Regatta running annually since 1971 will be here soon, as one of Minnesota’s largest Regatta’s it offers two fleets of mono and multi hull sailboats that race in multiple divisions over three days. With dozens of sailboats taking to the water daily it is truly a wonderful sight, as Leech Lake becomes a tapestry of multicolored sails and boats. The race is only one part of the daily Regatta happenings. Come prepared for great times, both on and off the water.

 

 

The first day (August 12th) of the Regatta starts at 4PM when racers arrive and check in or register receive their race information, packets, and tickets to the awards banquet, by this time most teams will have their 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 areas for $10 per night and allows boats parked on the grounds for $15 per night, and don’t forget to purchase tickets for the fish fry and BBQ. Once participants are settled in the real fun starts with live entertainment from the Desert Blues Duo on the grounds, starting at 6PM and going to 9PM, all are welcome.

 

Day Two (August 13th) starts early at 7AM with coffee and donuts on the front lawn of the Shores Resort and then team photos in front of the main lawn, followed by a quick race meeting and the blessing of the fleet. The Leech Lake Regatta then shifts into full swing at 9 AM when the first day of racing begins. This offers racers and viewers the perfect time to see all the different Sailboats gathered to launch from the shores of Leech Lake. The race then continues throughout the day. Finally after a long day of racing there will be a Fish Fry at the Walker Community Church, followed by music and a campfire at the Yardarm.  Enjoy the company of fellow racers and friends as you relax under the stars around a large campfire, the perfect way to end the day.

Day Three (August 14th) starts off early again with coffee and donuts and a race meeting. Then day two of the racing begins at 9AM. Enjoy another wonderful (hopefully windy) day on the water racing or watching the race from the shore or your boat as competitors jockey for position around Leech Lake. After you come in from the water (hopefully as the day’s leader), the large BBQ will be up and cooking while the Kellog Duo plays in front of the lodge. Don’t forget to bring your costume to celebrate the Leech Lake Regatta. Judging will start at 8PM. Finally if you’re not too tired, spend some time around the communal campfire again before the final day of racing.

Day Four (August 15th) marks the third and final day of racing. The last chance for teams to jump up in the rankings, while enjoying the wonderful waters of Leech Lake. The final day of Racing will end before 3PM and then participants will make their way to the Northern Lights Convention Center to enjoy their Awards Banquet.

 

 

The Leech Lake Regatta has been a tradition since 1971, and will continue to be for many years to come, if you haven’t registered yet there is still time, you can register with The Shores of Leech Lake Resort. For those not racing the Regatta still offers wonderful entertainment both on and off the water. If you need lodging for the Regatta please visit our lodging listings. Otherwise we will see you on the water!

Fourth of July In Leech Lake: Where to Watch the Fireworks

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

We all love a good fireworks display in Minnesota (or anywhere really) especially one reflected over the beautiful waters of Leech Lake just after dusk, where the colors blend perfectly with the calm waters and the darkened night sky. To ensure you have all the options to watch them available to you, we will be providing a detailed guide on where the Walker Fireworks will be launched from, the best places to view them and how to get there by land or by water!

 Walker lighthouse

The Walker / Leech Lake fireworks will be launched from Walker City Park (Google maps) over the waters of Walker Bay, it’s the place with the lighthouse. If you are going to be watching the show from land in the park. You may want to arrive up to an hour early as the best spots along the water are claimed early and quickly and the entire park will fill up. If you get there early enough you may be able to claim a spot on one of the docks that extend underneath the awesome display. If you show up later expect to have to park several blocks away and make the journey into the park from further in town.  Here are some tips we hope will make your fireworks viewing a little better.

  • If you show up early be sure to bring a cooler with snacks and beverages
  • Parking further away isn’t always a bad thing, traffic will be thick after the fireworks are done. Walking to your car parked far away often is a quicker exit than parking close.
  • Enjoy the Show!

 

 

If you are Lucky enough to live on Leech Lake or are visiting with a boat you have the opportunity to get the best seat in on the lake, but there is still a large amount of boaters who will come to see the display so the earlier you arrive the better position you can get. After so many years of boating out to the displays we have found there are a few must haves before you pull away from the dock and head over to Walker Bay

  • Anchors, Anchors, Anchors – You will not have a very good time if you show up in an area crowded with boats and don’t have any anchors. One will do, but we actually prefer three heavy ones so the boat stays steady and we don’t have to worry about changing seating positions as the fireworks progress.
  • Make sure your lights are functioning – there are going to be a lot of boats out on the water on the Night of the fourth make sure everyone can see you.
  • Avoid falling pieces – There is an area in front of the park over the water where much of the small debris from exploded fireworks will land. Anchor yourself about 600-800ft off shore to avoid these pieces landing in your boat.
  • More than one show – If you’re comfortable with your boating skills in the dark after the Walker fireworks show is over, stay on the water and take a cruise on Leech Lake, you will likely find many private but still great fireworks displays along the shore.
Leech Lake Fireworks
Photo By Maria Wagner

Every year is a little different but the fireworks in Walker are always great and they seem to get better every year. We hope you find our Walker / Leech Lake Fourth of July fireworks tips helpful, if you have any other tips of your own please share them with us on Facebook or Twitter and see you on the water!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing: Walleye Edition

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

While most anglers will be seeking a prize Eelpout in the coming days, Leech Lakes large Walleye population can provide you with the perfect opportunity to stock up on fresh fish this winter. While we hope everyone gets their fill of Eelpout; it’s best not to put all your minnows in one bucket. So with that we would like to make sure you come prepared to maximize your fishing potential with some tips, tricks, and equipment for targeting Walleye while you’re out on the ice.

 

Woman with walleye

 

Walleye Fishing Tips, Tricks and Equipment:

 

Use Light Lines: By using light fishing lines you’ll get less drag. This lets the walleyes suck in your bait and more importantly the hook it’s attached to, and prevents you from getting short strikes. We have found Walleyes tend to be picky but impatient eaters, thus when they come across a suitable meal, they inhale their prey and if this flow is prevented you will get short strikes.

 

Don’t Forget About Minnows: These are one among the best baits to use when catching walleyes, especially in cool and clear. 3inch 5inch minnows are sufficient when hooked appropriately behind the dorsal fins or through their lips by #1 to #4 hooks.

 

Jigging Poles: While not as convenient as a tip up if you’re looking to pull up Walleye, you’re going to want to bring some jigging poles, 32” inchers with recoil guides are the best option if you are serious about filling that fridge. While using jigging poles means a more involved ice fishing experience, you will be rewarded for your efforts, pull your fill up Friday and enjoy all the other activities the Eelpout Festival has to offer the rest of the weekend.

Guy with jig pole and walleye

The Right Spot: Get to know the layout of Leech Lake if you don’t already, Walleye have the heaviest presence in Walker Bay, Walker Narrows and Agency Bay. You will also get good results on point, breaks and other mid-lake humps. Keep close to the bottom, and most importantly get your spot early, the lake fills up quick.

 

Know What to Keep:

In terms of fish size and what you are allowed to keep, Leech Lake has special regulations that vary from much of the rest of the state. On Leech Lake, all walleye from 20-26” must be released and one over 26” is allowed in possession, total possession limit of four. For more info, check out the DNR’s “Lake Finder” for notes and data on the lake.

Leech Lake Map

 

Have a great Eelpout Festival, and remember just because you’re targeting walleye at some of your holes doesn’t mean you will miss out on a prize Eelpout, they tend to have somewhat similar biting and location habits to Walleye in the winter on Leech Lake.

See you on the Ice!