Our Favorite Things to Do in Walker, MN

July 11th, 2019

 

Planning a fishing trip or family vacation to the Leech Lake area and looking for the best things to do in Walker during your visit? We’ve compiled a list of all the best, can’t-miss activities for you and your family to check out while you’re in town!

 Hike Through the Chippewa National Forest

 

Home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest, the Chippewa National Forest offers abundant opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of trees, birds, and woodland creatures, as well as bubbling brooks and splashing fish! In addition to all the natural wonders, you’ll find within the Chippewa National Forest, the activities and exhibits in the Visitor Center provide many hands-on opportunities to discover the cultural and historical history of the area.

 

Check out this interactive hiking map provided by the National Forest Service to plan your hike!

Catch a Show at the Minnesota Folklore Theatre

 

The Minnesota Folklore Theatre is a non-profit theatre dedicated to producing and promoting enriching, family-friendly shows for the Walker, MN community. In addition to the stage itself, the Theatre houses a gallery of works crafted by local artists and provides classes and camps for younger actors.

 

The Folklore Theatre’s Summer 2019 season features a wonderful lineup of shows! From June 26 – July 7, catch The Taffetas, “A Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties!” The Taffetas pays tribute to the sounds of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters, and The Chordettes.  Up next, from July 23 – 28, hear all your favorite musical theatre show-stoppers at “Two Divas Sing the Best of Broadway,” featuring Kelly Grussendorf and Heather Cruse! The summer season at Folklore Theatre wraps up with Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” the tale of a retired vaudeville comedy duo who come together for one last show. “The Sunshine Boys” runs August 23 – September 1! To book your tickets to any of the shows at Minnesota Folklore Theatre, call 218-547-4044.

Hit a Jackpot at Northern Lights Casino

 

Featuring 900 slot machines, blackjack tables, daily poker tournaments, and specials, and weekly gaming promotions, there’s something for everyone at Northern Lights Casino! Of course, Northern Lights offers far more than just gaming. Stop by any of the three fantastic on-site restaurants, and there’s always incredible entertainment in the event center, from “Kickin’ It Old Skool” hip-hop jams to concerts by legends of country music. Best of all, you can book your stay in Northern Lights Hotel and stay as close as possible to all the action! Treat yourself to a two-room suite featuring a jacuzzi, fireplace, dining area, and more.

 

Check out the Northern Lights Casino Hotel website for more information and to book your stay!

female in hiking bootsThese are just a few of our favorite options for things to do in Walker, MN. For an even longer list of attractions, check out our Activities page!

Plan Your Family Vacation to Leech Lake

June 25th, 2019
Looking for the perfect place for your next family vacation? Here are a few reasons why Leech Lake is the perfect family vacation destination!

Take a Family Biking Trip on the Heartland Trail

With a paved, well-maintained pathway that winds through the natural beauty of Leech Lake’s hardwood forests, the Heartland Trail is a fantastic choice for a family bike trip! The 27-mile stretch between Walker and Park Rapids is fully paved and offers a number of rest stops along the way. If you have some younger cyclists in your group, the distance between many of the cities along the trail is usually about 5-6 miles — perfect for a ride of 30-45 minutes or so. Check out our Biking page for more information, as well as this handy trail map from the DNR!

See a Show at the Minnesota Folklore Theatre

The Minnesota Folklore Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting family-friendly arts, culture, and entertainment in the Leech Lake area! They offer shows throughout the summer, many featuring young actors in plays that other young theatre-goers are sure to enjoy. The Theatre also houses art exhibits and other events, so plan to stop by even if you aren’t seeing a show! Check out their website for more information.

Hit the Links with a Family Golf Outing!

Walker’s own Tianna Country Club not only offers a fantastic par-72 18-hole course featuring stunning views of Leech Lake, but they also offer three & four-day golf classes for younger golfers! The classes meet for two hours a day in the mornings, giving the older folks just enough time to get through a round of their own! Once everyone has finished up, head to the Clubhouse for a delicious brunch or lunch. With multiple sessions offered throughout the summer and rates as low as $50 for a three-day session, it’s a great way for younger folks to hone their golfing skills and enjoy the outdoors! Check out the Tianna website for more information.

Relax and Play Along the Shore

With so many fantastic resorts and lodges located right along the Leech Lake shoreline, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy what vacation is all about — some rest and relaxation! Many of the resorts and lodges in the Leech Lake area offer recreation areas, scheduled activities, game rooms, and more, so the older folks can rest assured that the younger folks are in good hands while they take their afternoon siesta. Check out our lodging page for a convenient list of all the available options!

As you can see, the Leech Lake area offers plenty of options and attractions that make it a perfect choice for your family’s summer vacation. You can find even more ideas on our Activities page, or request more information about specific events or attractions you’re interested in! Leech Lake MN golfer back lit

Treat Dad to an Unforgettable Father’s Day

June 16th, 2019

Father’s Day weekend is a perfect opportunity to say “thank you” to all the amazing men who have acted as fathers, mentors, role models, and spouses throughout our lives. The Leech Lake area is chock-full of ways to treat Dad to a weekend to remember! Read on for just a few of the many ideas.

 

Enjoy a Night at the Casino

Northern Lights Casino on Walker, MN features over 900 slot machines, live blackjack, and daily poker tournaments! Plan a dinner date at Dancing Fire Restaurant or eat your hearts out at the Northstar Buffet. With live entertainment, daily promotions and special offers, Dad is sure to enjoy an evening filled with fun.

If you’re interested in a more laid-back night of gaming and fun, check out either of Northern Lights Casino’s partner casinos, Palace Casino Hotel in Cass Lake or White Oak Casino in Deer River. Be sure to check out all the unique promotions, offers, and entertainment available at each casino!

Northern Lights Casino

Palace Casino Hotel

White Oak Casino

 

Plan a Fishing Getaway

Of course, what dad wouldn’t love a weekend of the best fishing spots that Minnesota has to offer? With a multitude of fantastic fishing resorts, campgrounds, and lodges nestled along the Leech Lake shoreline, there’s a perfect choice for anglers of all levels.

We know that different dads prefer to fish in different ways, so whatever type of angler you’re treating this Father’s Day, we have just the thing!

For those looking for all the modern conveniences that allow them to kick back in between trips onto the lake, try the fully-equipped fishing resorts of Steamboat Bay Resort, Woodland Resort, Acorn Hill Resort, Anderson’s Horseshoe Bay Resort, Hiawatha Beach Resort, Oak Point Resort, or Brindley’s Harbor Resort.

 

Book a Tee Time

One great thing about Father’s Day is that it takes place during a time of year that’s perfect for a few rounds of golf! The golf courses of the Leech Lake area feature breathtaking views of the lake and immaculately maintained grounds. In case Father’s Day weekend doesn’t work out for booking a tee time, you can also give a golfing gift certificate or tee time punch card!

These are just a few of the ways you can say “thanks” to the father figures in your life for all they’ve done. Still in need of some more ideas? Check out our Attractions page for other local highlights in the Leech Lake area, such as hiking trails, museums, and recreation areas. The Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce website features a database of restaurants, stores, and pubs in and around Walker. And don’t forget to check out our Lodging page to browse your options for your weekend stay.

Our Favorite Fishing Jokes Ever

May 29th, 2019

Lack of bites on the lake got you down? Need some ways to pass the time while you’re waiting for a nibble? We’ve got just the thing! We’ve compiled some of our favorite fishing jokes for your amusement (and possible groaning…).

 

It’s the Least He Could Do

Two old fishing buddies are fishing on the bank of a small stream, just off the side of the road.

As they sit and wait for a nibble on their lines, they hear the sound of several vehicles approaching. Soon enough, a line of cars in a funeral procession comes around the bend.

Upon seeing this, one of the men stands up, removes his fishing cap, and solemnly holds it over his heart until the entire procession passes by. He then turns back around, places his cap back on his head, and resumes his fishing.

His fishing buddy, taken aback by his companion’s unexpected display of reverence, comments, “gee, Bill, I’m impressed. Good on you for being so respectful.”

Bill shrugs and responds, “It’s the last I could do. We were married for 35 years, after all.”

 

Divine Intervention

After enjoying his usual pre-fishing routine of gulping down several beers at the local bar, Sven set out to do some moonlight ice fishing.

Upon reaching the lake, he took out his drill and began to cut a hole. As soon as he began to drill, a loud voice from above cried out, “There are no fish here!”

Though startled, Sven took it as a sign from above and moved to another spot on the lake. He began to drill again, and once again, a loud voice from the skies cried out, “There are no fish here!”

With growing concern, Sven crossed to the other end of the small lake. “This must be far enough,” he thought. “Surely there are fish here.” And so he began to drill once more. And, once more, a voice from the heavens cried out, “There are no fish here!”

In desperation, Sven cried out, “God, is that you?”

“No, you idiot,” the voice responded, “it’s the rink manager.”

 

Loaves and Fishes?

A young man was visiting a small woodland town that was known for its abundantly stocked lakes and delicious fish fries.

Excited to try some delicious fried fish for himself, he asked around town about the very best place for a meal. Everyone he asked told him of a small monastery deep in the woods, where lived a small group of monks known for their prowess in catching and cooking the best fish & chips anyone had tasted.

And so, the young man followed their directions, which took him along a small, well-worn path far into the forest.

Finally, he came across a small, stone monastery. He knocked on the wooden door, and a rather plump man in a brown robe opened the door.

“Hello,” said the young man, “are you the fish friar?”

“No,” he responded, “I’m the chip monk.”chip monk

 

We hope you enjoyed our jokes! What are YOUR favorite fishing jokes to get a laugh (or a groan) out of your fishing pals?

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Leech Lake!

May 8th, 2019

We’ve always thought that spring was the perfect time of year to celebrate Mother’s Day. The sight of fresh, green grass, budding flowers and trees, and the sound of songbirds all remind us that “Mother Nature” has woken from her Winter nap, not to mention that many critters & creatures become mothers around early spring. So, it only seems appropriate to celebrate the motherly figures in our own lives by spending some time in the beauty of nature with them! To help give you some ideas for planning the perfect Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Mother’s Day activities — and of course, they’re all great ways to enjoy the outdoors throughout the season!

 

Spend An Afternoon at Forestedge Winery

Located in Laporte, MN, just outside the Paul Bunyan National Forest , Forestedge Winery offers 16 different wines, all crafted using local berries and fruits — including the rhubarb grown on-site at the winery. You can take a tour of the winery to learn more about the production and bottling process, stroll through the winery gardens, or simply enjoy the fruits of their labors on the serene outdoor patio! Sample their award-winning black currant wine, their rhubarb – raspberry wine, or their white cranberry wine — you really can’t go wrong.

Plus, the winery’s proximity to the Paul Bunyan National Forest make it the perfect starting or ending point before a lovely afternoon hike through the woods. Note that the winery is open for business from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sundays, so plan your day accordingly!

 

Horseback Riding at the Pine River Riding Stable

Pine River Riding Stable offers private, guided horseback rides tailored to whatever kind of ride you’d prefer. So whether you and your group are novice riders looking for a new way to experience the great outdoors, or have some experience under your belt and want to feel the wind in your hair, the guides at Pine River Riding Stable will facilitate a horseback excursion that’s tailored just for you!

If you have a larger group, or are a little hesitant about riding horseback, the riding stable also offers hay rides and covered wagon rides. Both options include snacks and refreshments, including a brief stop at the bonfire to roast some s’mores during your ride! The stables are open year-round, seven days a week, and offer plenty of hourly options and specialty packages, so it’s a great option for any trip or day out!

 

Play a Round of Golf

For those motherly figures who enjoy some time on the links, the Leech Lake Area has no shortage of fantastic courses. From the Championship 18-hole course along the shore at LongBow Golf Club, to the gorgeous woodland setting of Tianna Country Club, a round of golf in the Leech Lake area promises a perfect blend of fantastic courses with spectacular views. Tianna Country Club features a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and LongBow Golf Club has partnered with local lodging venues to offer stay & play packages.

 

These are just a few of the many great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Leech Lake area. We hope our list gave you some ideas for planning your own Mother’s Day festivities, and you can always check out our Attractions page for even more fabulous options!mothers day

Is Your Fishing Gear Ready for Spring? – Part 2!

April 16th, 2019

After a particularly cold and snowy winter, isn’t the onset of bright, warm, sunny days such a relief? Finally, we can put away the long johns, extra-thick scarves, and hand warmers, and start looking ahead to time on the lake.

While we still have a few weeks until the opener, it’s never too early to ensure you have all your equipment and tackle in order. As you dig all your rods and tackle boxes out of storage, you might find that some of your gear is about due for an upgrade. We’ve done a little research to help narrow down your choices to the best in each category! This month, we’ll highlight different types of gear and equipment that are receiving great reviews from around the web.

Fishing Rod: KastKing WideEye Walleye Fishing Rod

While walleyes usually don’t take much effort to reel in once you have them hooked, they also have an extremely soft bite, meaning the real challenge is usually detecting that a walleye is nibbling your bait in the first place. As such, a good walleye fishing rod is crafted from a lightweight enough material for optimal sensitivity while still offering enough power and durability to quickly and effectively set your hook.

With that in mind, we found that the KastKing WideEye Walleye Fishing Rod offered the best combination of functionality and value. With weights as low as 3.4 ounces, but with the strength and durability of their carbon-fiber construction, these rods will respond to even the gentlest nibble from a curious walleye.

Check it out on Amazon!

 

Fishing Net: Frabill Conservation Series Landing Net

Of course, getting a fish on your line is only one part of the process — you need to get that prized catch actually in the boat! Few things are more frustrating to have a prize-worthy walleye on your line, only to fumble with your fishing net at the last second as your catch wriggles its way free.

Point being, don’t neglect how useful a high-quality fishing net can be! It might make the difference between bringing home a trophy catch or a story about “the one that got away.” One such high-quality net is the Frabill Conservation Series Landing Net. With a super-strong CAM-LOK reinforced handle and a deep, flat bottom base, this net makes snatching walleye a breeze.

As one reviewer on Amazon put it: “This net doesn’t get the treble hooks tangled in very much and overall is a HUGE improvement in landing a fish. You don’t want to have errors when you have a big fish on the line and near the boat and the extension in the handle is fantastic.”

Check it out on Amazon!

We hope you enjoyed our recommendations! What are YOUR must-have pieces of gear for 2019?

Is Your Fishing Gear Ready for Spring?

April 9th, 2019

After a particularly cold and snowy winter, isn’t the onset of bright, warm, sunny days such a relief? Finally, we can put away the long johns, extra-think scarves, and handwarmers, and start looking ahead to time on the lake.

While we still have a few weeks until the opener, it’s never too early to ensure you have all your equipment and tackle in order. As you dig all your rods and tackle boxes out of storage, you might find that some of your gear is about due for an upgrade. We’ve done a little research to help narrow down your choices to the best in each category! Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight different types of gear and equipment that are receiving great reviews from around the web.

Lures: Cotton Cordell “Wally Diver Triple Threat”

Fishing experts agree that the “Triple Threat” 3-pack is a must-have for walleye fishing. The distinct coloring of each lure provides you with a perfect lure for any season, and for the summer months, they can be trolled for when the walleye need a little extra encouragement.

Although we particularly recommend the “Triple Threat” for walleye fishing, the reviews on these lures suggest that they’re a great all-around choice.

Purchase them on Amazon!

 

 Fish Finder: Garmin Striker 4

We don’t have to remind you that there are some very high-tech fish finders out there, with price tags to match. For the average sportsman, a $1,000+ fish finder might be just a little too much, regardless of how many features and gadgets it includes.

So while it might be true that the absolute best fish finders are those high-end models, we instead looked around for the best balance of price and functionality. And from that perspective, the Garmin Striker 4 took the cake. As you can see in the graphic above, it does a great job of combining navigation assistance with fish-finding, making it easy to ensure you’re staying on course while not missing out on any good spots.

Do note that you’ll need a separate power supply for the Striker 4 — by scrolling down to the “Frequently Bought Together” section on the Amazon page, you can easily find the proper battery for the unit.

Purchase it on Amazon!

 

Utilities: Duluth Pack All Day Lumbar Pack

 

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways for you to carry your gear from one place to another — obviously, some are better than others. The reason we like the Duluth Pack All Day Lumbar Pack is that it’s so versatile — with all sorts of zippered compartments, adjustable / removeable straps, and waterproof lining, it’s sure to come in handy on both your fishing trips and your hunting trips. And, of course, all Duluth Pack products feature their lifetime guarantee, so it could very well be the last bag you ever buy!

Purchase it on Duluth Pack!

We hope you liked our recommendations for this week! Check back later this month for more ideas about the best fishing gear & accessories for 2019.

Leech Lake Is the Perfect Place for Ice Fishing

March 14th, 2019

Ice fishing is a great way to experience the beauty of a winter landscape. For those who already love fishing, it combines the peaceful solitude of a cherished activity with the stark white beauty of winter. A fish house on a winter lake can be the perfect getaway.

 

There is no better place to enjoy what ice fishing has to offer than on Leech Lake in Minnesota. Surrounded by gorgeous wilderness, Leech Lake is a winter wonderland for ice fishers. The lake is lined with resorts all along its shore where you are sure to find the right spot for your winter getaway. Some of the popular resorts include:

  • Lakewood Lodges. A team of ice experts works at this resort to help you with your ice fishing endeavors.

 

  • Adventure North Resort. A less crowded option for vacationers, Adventure North features world-class walleye fishing right off its shores.

 

  • Brindley’s Harbor. On a long peninsula at Walker Bay, Brindley’s Harbor has good access to the best fishing spots as well as dog sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

 

  • Big Rock Resort. Big Rock Resort offers free fish cleaning and packaging for the walleye, muskies, and perch you bring back from your outing.

 

  • Trapper’s Landing Lodge. Trapper’s Landing is ideal for ice fishing and offers many activities as well. They have over 1,600 feet of Leech Lake shoreline.

 

  • Bayside Resort. Inside they have a dart board, pool table, and pinball machine. Outside they have Agency Bay, a part of Leech Lake.

 

One of these resorts or many others makes for a perfect stay whether you want to ice fish, go snowmobiling or just explore the area. Kroubetz Fish House Rentals gives you an opportunity to take a small home away from home out onto the ice to catch some fish. With a deposit of $300, you can confirm the dates you want to have your fish house. Then you take your fish house, find your location and settle down for a relaxing time ice fishing with the comforts of home on hand.

 

Ice Fishing

 

Ice fishing is a relaxing time in a beautiful environment, but you don’t want to just drop a lure in the water. You want to catch some fish, too! Here are some tips from the experts to help you make the most of your time ice fishing.

 

  • Scout until you find the right spot. Use sonar to hunt for schools of fish, and make sure to check to the side of your hole, not just directly underneath.

 

  • Look for the right kind of bottom. Fish like the sticky bottom areas in early winter but generally are more active in deeper waters later on.

 

  • Find depression. A depression in a large bay is a great place to catch a fish in winter, and most fishermen overlook these areas.

 

  • Move your jig. Make your bait wiggle around with small movements of the wrist to imitate live prey.

 

With these tips, you can start reeling in fish in your Kroubetz rented fish house amidst the splendor of Leech Lake in the winter. If you’re looking to get away for a time, give Leech Lake a try.

Sources:

https://leech-lake.com/ice-fishing-leech-lake/

https://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/2014/02/red-hot-ice-fishing-tactics

https://www.bigrockresort.com/

https://www.brindleysharbor.com/

https://www.leechlake.org/lodging/profileDetail/Bayside%20Resort

https://business.leech-lake.com/list/member/trapper-s-landing-lodge-on-leech-lake-276

Winter Lodging at Leech Lake

February 14th, 2019

Whether you’re visiting Leech Lake for the end of the ice fishing season or simply just a quiet family getaway, there’s a resort for you, and many of them are open through the winter. Here’s a brief rundown of the lodges and resorts ready to make your dream winter vacation a reality:

 

Adventure North Resort offers winter ice fishing packages complete with a reunion-style lodge for up to 15 guests. You can book your heated ice houses here too, and let someone else clean your catch of the day while you relax in the whirlpool tub.

 

Anderson’s Horseshoe Bay boasts natural fireplaces in every room, perfect for some cozy unwinding after a chilly day on the lake. With access to snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing as well as a heated indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, the entire family can enjoy the weekend.

 

Bayside Resort is located right on Leech Lake, with a host of waterfront cabins for your quiet lake getaway. Ice fishing packages are going fast, so be sure to book soon.

 

Big Rock Resort offers a total of seven year-round cabins. Two of the larger three-bedroom cabins are perfect for larger families or groups and boast outdoor hot tubs, while the other has the lake views you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Birch Ridge Resort hosts 15 cabins and on-site gas, bait and tackle. For the family, the lodge offers pizza, ice cream, beer, snacks and convenience items as well as a game room.

 

Bluewater Lodge is one of the area’s premiere event hosts with a bar, restaurant and marina on the property. Choose from cabins or rooms in the main house and make BlueWater your home for the weekend.

 

Brindley’s Harbor is your choice for guided ice fishing trips complete with ice house rentals, as well as quiet weekends away with the family. Guaranteed quiet outside of the Walker city limits but just a few miles from local restaurant spots.

 

Chase on the Lake is an award-winning lakefront resort offering lakeview hotel rooms as well as two and three bedroom condos perfect for a snowmobiling weekend. The resort also features a spa, bowling center and indoor heated pool and hot tub.

 

Hiawatha Beach has plenty to offer in the winter, so don’t let the name fool you. Conveniently located on the Heartland snowmobiling trail, Hiawatha Beach also offers a heated pool and hot tub, arcade, movie room, as well as a banquet hall for all your large gathering needs.

Oak Point Resort is your ultimate Minnesota winter getaway. With plowed access to ice houses and spear fishing, ice skating, broomball, and hockey rinks, or easy access to snowmobiling and local winter hunting trails, there’s no shortage of winter activities.

 

Shores of Leech Lake Resort- the name says it all. Nestled on beautiful Leech Lake, the resort’s cottages offer fireplaces as well as a lakefront fire pit you can gather around with family or friends. Access to nearby Walker and snowmobiling trails makes this resort a prime winter spot.

 

Steamboat Bay Resort is open year-round for hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more – you can bring your own or rent a snowmobile nearby. After a long day, be sure to settle in next to the fire in one of the cozy cabins.

 

Trapper’s Landing Lodge features luxury units on miles of Leech Lake shoreline, including steam showers and whirlpool tubs and bonfires complete with s’mores. If you’re here for the ice fishing, the lodge rents heated sleeper ice lodges guaranteed to make the most of your ice fishing trip.

 

Many of the above resorts and lodges are currently offering reduced winter rates, so be sure to call and inquire.

Ice fishing tips

January 29th, 2019

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

#1

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

#2

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

#3

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

#4

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

#5

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

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