Posts Tagged ‘Camping’

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!

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!

The Benefits of a Family Camping Trip

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Warm weather is just around the corner – which means it’s time to start planning how you and your family will enjoy the sunshine! A great way to both enjoy the natural beauty of Leech Lake and bring your family together is a family camping trip. Leech Lake is the perfect place to create wonderful memories of fishing on the lake, making s’mores around the fire, and sleeping under the stars.

Even if you already have plenty of camping under your belt  it may surprise you to learn that camping trips have been proven to benefit individuals and families in a variety of ways. Here are just a few of the reasons why a camping trip might be just what your family needs.

Camping Relieves Stress – Fast!

It’s difficult for anyone – kids included — to avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the distractions that bombard us every day. Not only are kids and families busier than ever, but there’s also the dozens (if not hundreds) of texts, emails, and notifications that keep our phones constantly buzzing.

Camping gives us a chance to turn off our phones and enjoy the freedom of being “unplugged,” and it has been proven that hyperactive children feel more relaxed while they are outdoors.

Camping helps parents relax, too. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your family is in a safe space where you don’t have to worry about where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing. And, of course, time spent enjoying the peace and quiet of nature helps adults relax as well.

 

Learning and Exploring Together

As a parent, you might feel like you rely on your kids to teach you about how to use your new-fangled gadgets and gizmos. While today’s teens do have a knack for learning how to use the latest technology, they might be less familiar with outdoor skills such as starting a fire, identifying plants and animals, or simply exploring the woods.

A family camping trip provides all sorts of opportunities for parents to pass on these skills to their kids, or to learn them together if you don’t already consider yourself the “outdoorsy” type. Bring along a guide book to help you identify leaves, bird calls, animal tracks, and bugs; you can even embark on a geocaching treasure hunt together!

It Helps You Sleep

Who couldn’t use a good, restful night’s sleep? When you’re camping, you’re more likely to wake up with the sunrise and start feeling sleepy at sunset, which is the perfect recipe for a full, healthy sleep schedule. Plus, getting some time away from all that artificial light helps your body get back in tune with its natural sleep cycle. Camping benefits your mental health in other ways, too – not only will you sleep longer and better, but you’ll have an easier time falling asleep.

These are just a few of the reasons why a camping trip might be the perfect summer vacation for you and your family! Whether you’re already experienced campers or trying it for the first time, the Leech Lake area has the perfect place for everyone – you can truly “rough it” in your own tent, or rent an RV if you’re not quite ready to brave the elements. Several campgrounds in the Leech Lake area offer RV sites, including Shores of Leech Lake, Acorn Hill Family Resort, and more! For families with younger children, Hiawatha Beach Resort, Huddles Resort, and Steamboat Bay Resort offer scheduled activities for kids throughout the day. Plus, you won’t be far from all sorts of local attractions, including golfing, shopping, and dining.

 

Check out our family vacations page for more ideas, and browse our lodging options to find the perfect place for your family’s trip!

The Complete Guide to the Chippewa National Forest

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt made the Chippewa National Forest the first National Forest east of the Mississippi River. Originally, the Forest was named the Minnesota National Forest but was renamed in 1928 to honor the Ojibwe (or Chippewa) who inhabited the land in the early 1700’s.

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

Camping

Chippewa National Forest has 21 campgrounds that are open from mid-May through mid-September. Depending on the level of camping you would like to do, Chippewa National Forest has campgrounds for every camper. Campsites range from showers and flush toilets to sites with vault toilets and hand pumps. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, tent pad and parking spot.

Stony Point Campground is on the shores of Leech Lake and has over 40 campsites for you to choose from. To camp at Stony Point, campsites cost $26 per night. All campsites at Stony Point may be reserved, so book early to get the campsite you want! Stony Point Campground has boat access, a swimming beach and a picnic area.

THE TRAILS

Migizi Trail

Named for the Bald Eagle in Ojibwe, the Migizi Trail is a 19 mile paved loop that surrounds Pike Bay. The trail has four access points – Forest Supervisor’s Office in Cass Lake, the Norway Beach Recreation Area, the South Pike Bay picnic area, and across from the Cass Lake Wayside Rest. Take a portion of the trail for a day hike, or bike the entire trail.

Heartland Trail

The 27 mile long trail goes from Walker to Park Rapids and is one of the oldest paved trails in Northern Minnesota. The portion of the Heartland Trail southwest of Walker is home to beautiful lakes, forest, and wildlife. The Heartland Trail also works to connect other trails and recreation areas, including Chippewa National Forest’s Shingobee Recreation Area.

 

Shingobee Recreation Area

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

 

ACTIVITIES

In addition to camping and hiking, the Chippewa National Forest has a wide variety of other activities for you and your family to enjoy.

 

Fishing

Home to over 1,000 lakes and miles of river, the Chippewa National Forest is a great place to go fishing. Leech Lake is home to a large Walleye population and can provide you with fresh fish no matter the season. Check out some of our favorite tips on how to master the art of catching walleye. Don’t forget to check our weekly fishing report so you can stay up to date on the best spots to reel in a fish and know exactly what’s biting.

 

Bird Watching

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

 

Berry Picking

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries can all be found in the Chippewa National Forest. Depending on the time of year and location – you could fill up your bucket with fresh sweet berries. Don’t want to get your hands all sticky? Pick up a berry picker from amazon or any kitchen store to make the process even easier.

 

Plan your trip to the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake now! We’ll see you on the trails.