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February Events at Leech Lake

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

February is upon us, and with it comes more winter weather and another month on beautiful Leech Lake. The later winter months are the perfect time to visit the area; the woods are covered with fresh snow, the ice is at its best, and our local lodges and resorts are the perfect cozy escape you’ve been looking for. Make sure you include these events in your February Leech Lake getaway!


Ice Fishing


If quirky festivals and buyers shows aren’t your speed, or even if you’re looking to catch a festival and sneak in a little ice fishing over a long weekend, there are still plenty of quiet corners of the lake. February makes for some solid ice fishing and is a great time to check out the Leech Lake/Walker area’s host of ice house rental options. Forgo the busy schedule and your hectic pace of life and spend some time on serene Leech Lake.





Saturday, February 9th marks the second annual Leech Lake Frostfest. Get out on the lake as the entire town gathers for an afternoon of food, live music, craft brews, and games galore for the younger members of the family. Stop by for the home brew competition and support the Deep Portage Learning Center, this year’s non-profit beneficiary. See you there! 


Valentine Candlelight Ski at Shingobee


Ski by candlelight with your Valentine and join us at Shingobee Hills Recreation Area February 14th. From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, skiers will be invited to start at the chalet and ski a half-mile candlelight loop at the base of the sled hill. Warm up afterwards with a fire and hot cocoa at the chalet and share this special evening with your loved ones of all ages. 

North Country Buyer’s Show


Leech Lake is proud to welcome the North Country Resort, Retail and Restaurant Buyer’s Show February 20th and 21st. In its 44th year, the Buyer’s Show features vendors both old and new from nearly every industry imaginable. Featured are clothing, advertising, software, insurance, boats, decor and more; if you have a business, chances are you’ll find something that interests you! Join us at the Northern Lights Event Center for this memorable event.


International Eelpout Festival


For 40 years, the International Eelpout Festival has celebrated one of the world’s ugliest bottom-dwelling fish with a party right on the surface of Leech Lake. Join in February 21st – 24th as we celebrate what’s been proudly named one of the “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never Knew Existed.” Experience live music, eelpout curling (see it to believe it), eelpout rugby, dog sled races, a jalapeño eating contest, a Beer Pong tournament, an ice bar, and more

From snowy afternoon festivals complete with live music and fun on the icy lake, to cozy nights by the fire in one of the many area lodges, from bustling wholesale buyer’s shows to peaceful fishing on a quiet inlet; no matter what your vacation preference, Leech Lake and Walker have it all this February. We say, “come for the festivals, stay for the friendships!”

Start your vacation planning now and take a look at one of our local resorts – there’s something for everyone!

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!

2014 Eelpout Festival

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s Eelpout Festival! The annual event will be held February 20th-23rd this year.


Every February for over 30 years now, crowds that are more than ten times the size of the town of Walker, MN gather on Leech Lake to celebrate the Eelpout, one of the ugliest bottom dwelling fish in the area.


The frigid temperatures of February in the Leech Lake area don’t keep the crowds from participating in the various Eelpout Festival activities. Many attendees bring their ice houses and enjoy the excellent Leech Lake fishing over the 3 day festival. Eelpout Festival also offers a fish fry, Eelpout curling, Eelpout races, an Eelpout derby and live music! The festivities end on Sunday with the Fishing Contest Awards Ceremony to recognize those that have caught the biggest Eelpout.


Another main attraction of Eelpout Festival is the Polar Pout Plunge! Each year hundreds of people jump into the freezing waters of Leech Lake to help raise money for the Walker Area Community Center. Not only is this a great way to give back to the community of Walker, but participants can also win prizes, like Moondance tickets and t shirts, depending on the amount of money they raise.


If you are thinking about attending Eelpout Festival this year, make sure you visit their website to purchase your Eelpout Festival button. The buttons are $12 apiece with a shipping and handling fee of $2.00 no matter how many buttons you order.


If staying outdoors on the ice for three days is too much for you, consider booking at stay at one of the many Leech Lake area resorts only minutes from Walker. These resorts are the perfect place to cozy up and relax after a long day on the ice enjoying the Eelpout festivities. The town of Walker also offers a variety of restaurants and bars to warm up in during the cold days on the ice.


If you haven’t yet experienced Eelpout Festival for yourself, we definitely recommend attending this year’s event. We guarantee you will have a blast and wonder why you didn’t go sooner!

Thanksgiving Weekend in Leech Lake

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Next weekend is one of the best weekends of the year: Thanksgiving weekend! Thanksgiving weekend is the beginning of the holiday season, and there is no better place to spend your weekend than in the Leech Lake area surrounded by family and friends.


Next Thursday is of course Thanksgiving, and there is no better way to spend the day than at home with your family eating lots of delicious food, relaxing and maybe even watching some football. After spending lots of family time and eating all the turkey you can possibly eat, the holiday festivities in Walker begin on Friday with the annual Festival of Lights festivities. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday night with the lighting of the tree in Walker City Park. The Festival of Lights Parade will begin right after the tree lighting and is definitely one thing you don’t want to miss! The variety of lighted holiday floats illuminating the streets of Walker will get you and your family into the holiday spirit in no time.


After the parade, many of the restaurants in Walker will be open so the whole family can enjoy more time together warming up with a hot beverage.


The holiday festivities continue on Saturday with the Reindeer Ramble sponsored by the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. All participants are encouraged to dress up in fun holiday themed outfits for the 2 mile run. The Reindeer Ramble is the perfect way to burn off all the Thanksgiving food you ate!


The downtown shops in Walker will be offering a variety of specials and sales all day Saturday so you can get an early start on your Christmas shopping while supporting local merchants. Many area restaurants will be offering Festival of Lights dining specials, if you’re already getting sick of Thanksgiving leftovers.


There will also be plenty of children’s activities on Saturday, including horse and wagon rides from noon to 3:00 p.m. for only $2 per person. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Children’s Party will run from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the lower level of the American Legion. This is one party your kids won’t want to miss, because Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to take pictures and listen to their holiday gift wishes.


As you can see, the Leech Lake area is the perfect place to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with your family! After all the festivities, there’s no way you won’t be in the holiday spirit. If you’re looking to visit Leech Lake from out of town for the weekend, the area offers many resorts and hotels in and around Walker to choose from. Book your stay today!

Leech Lake Halloween Activities

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

It’s that time of year when the weather starts getting colder and the leaves begin to change colors. The fall season also brings with it the spookiest holiday of the year: Halloween!


The Leech Lake area offers many Halloween activities that your whole family can enjoy. From costume parties to trick or treating, people of all ages will have a great Halloween at Leech Lake!


Your children will love the free Halloween games and trick or treating at the Camp Olson SPOOKtacular in Longville next Saturday the 26th. The spooky festivities will run from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


There is also plenty of Halloween fun for adults in the Leech Lake area! The Hackensack Legion Post 202 will be holding an adult Halloween party also on Saturday, October 26th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The party will feature music and a prize for the best costume.


The city of Backus is also hosting a variety of Halloween activities the whole family will enjoy. On October 26th, they will be holding a children’s party for kids ages 12 and under that will run from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The party will be filled with Halloween themed activities, including pumpkin picture coloring, a costume style show, a fish pond and a ring toss and bean bag throw with prizes. There is no charge for the party, and a free lunch will also be provided!


Later that night in Backus, the adult party starts at 8:00 pm. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest with prizes and complimentary cash and prize drawings.


Make sure to bring your whole family to Northern Lights Casino Halloween night for trick or treating! The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is once again sponsoring Treats for Tots at the casino on October 31st.


As you can see, the Leech Lake area offers enough activities for any Halloween enthusiast! Bring the whole family out to the area, and don’t forget your costumes!

Harvest Moon Festival

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Fall has officially arrived in the Leech Lake area! There’s no better way to celebrate the changing of the leaves and the new fall season than at Harvest Moon Festival.


Harvest Moon Festival is the newest event at Moondance and will be held on October 5. The festival will be a day filled with activities for the whole family, including beer, wine and food tasting and live entertainment.


The festivities will begin at 9:30 am with a 5k Run/Walk. Soon after at 10:00 am, the gates for Harvest Moon Festival will open and the entertainment and food will begin. The festival will include many children’s activities, including trolley rides, carnival games, BINGO, a magic show and wiener dog races.


Harvest Moon Festival is not just for kids! There will also be many activities for adults, including beer, wine and food tastings, a home brew contest, an adult spelling bee and live music. There will also be a Pinterest Make and Take, where participants can pay a fee to create unique home décor items.


The festivities will continue late into the night with live acoustic music starting at 6:00 pm by Timmy Haus. Courtney Guns will perform country music starting at 9:00 pm, and Millennia will end the night with contemporary hits from the 1970’s to today.


Tickets for the festival will be available online and at local Walker businesses. For those wanting to stay the whole weekend, campsites will be available both Friday and Saturday nights. For more information about Harvest Moon Festival, visit


There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful fall colors of Leech Lake than at the Harvest Moon Festival! We hope to see you all out for this awesome autumn event.

Fall Has It All Festivities

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Can you believe it’s already September? Even though summer is now over, the fall season brings many things to look forward to in the Leech Lake area.


One of the best things about fall in Leech Lake is the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. The area is full of the rich autumn colors and crisp air. Another great thing about fall here is the Fall Has It All celebration! These annual festivities are held in the communities of Walker, Longville, Remer and Hackensack.


This year, the Fall Has It All celebration begins next Thursday, September 19th. To gain admission to all the events, a $4.00 button must be purchased at local merchants. The opening events include the Wine and Cheese Reception at the Longville Arts Center and the Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Walker at the Moondance Saloon.


The festivities continue until Saturday, October 5th. Some of the events included in the first weekend of the festival are Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 21st in Longville with a beer garden and live German music and an Oak Ridge Boys concert that night at Northern Lights Casino.  The weekend after that features a farmers market in Walker and dances and a spaghetti dinner in Hackensack.


The closing weekend of the Fall Has It All festivities, October 4th and 5th, will include the Northwood Quilt Show at the Northern Lights Event Center and the Fall Fest Bake Sale and Pumpkin Pie Auction at The Depot in Remer.


Fall Has It All is the perfect way to celebrate the new fall season! For a full schedule of events, check out We hope to see you all out at the community festivities!

21st Annual Ethnic Fest

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The 21st annual Ethnic Fest in Walker, MN, will take place this year on September 13th and 14th. These festivities, sponsored by the Leech Lake Chamber, include activities that the whole family can enjoy!


Ethnic Fest celebrates the various cultures that our ancestors brought to the area when they left their homelands long ago. These festivities will feature cuisine from many cultures, and the streets will be filled with booths offering crafts from different countries. To get into Ethnic Fest you will need to purchase a button. The cost will be $8 for one button or $15 for two. The money made from these buttons helps support the event every year.


The festivities will start on Friday night with live music from The Calgary Fiddlers playing at Calvary Free Evangelical Church. The music will go from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.


Ethnic Fest offers many kid friendly activities, including a parade on Main Street starting at 11:00 am on Saturday morning. There will also be bubble station races and face painting afterwards on the Court House lawn from noon to 4 pm.


All the craft vendors will be located on 5th street and the food vendors will be on the Court House lawn. There will also be a “No Class” Car Show at Walker City Park. Live music will be playing starting at noon on Saturday featuring music from all over the world! There will be three stages located on 4th and 5th street.


Ethnic Fest will go well into the night on Saturday with more live music at various locations and restaurants around town.


If you’re looking to learn a little about the different cultures around the world, Ethnic Fest is the perfect place for you! Make sure you stop by Walker on September 13th and 14th to enjoy all the festivities.

Cajun Fest at Northern Lights Casino

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It’s that time of year again; Cajun Fest at Northern Lights Casino is back! Cajun Fest is an annual Leech Lake area event that features Cajun food, music, dancing and many other fun festivities.


Cajun Fest is held under the Big Top tent at Northern Lights Events Center. This year the festivities will take place this weekend, August 15th to 17th.


Cajun Fest starts out on Thursday with music from authentic Cajun musicians starting at 11:00 am. There will be a children’s parade held at 6:00 pm and a Mardi Gras parade at 9:00 pm. The fun will continue until 10 that night.


Friday and Saturday will also offer live Cajun music all day long and parades both nights. There will also be a meet and greet with Liz the Gator Queen and her daughter Jessica from the popular History Channel TV show Swamp People. The meet and greet will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and again from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday. There will also be fireworks following the festivities on Saturday night.


The bands at Cajun Fest are some of Louisiana’s most popular Cajun musicians. They will be performing a variety of contemporary, Zydeco, Cajun and Swamp Pop music.


Besides the music, there will also be Cajun cuisine available, free dance lessons, costumes, free beads and much more! If you want to experience a Cajun style party straight from Louisiana’s Bayou Country, make sure to stop by Northern Lights Casino this weekend!

42nd Annual Leech Lake Regatta

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

It’s almost August already, and you know what that means. The annual Leech Lake Regatta is almost here!


The Leech Lake Regatta is a three day sailing festival that has been attracting sailors from all over the Midwest for over four decades. This year, the 42nd Leech Lake Regatta will be held from August 10-12 by the Shores of Leech Lake resort marina.


The Leech Lake Regatta is run by a volunteer committee from the Leech Lake Yacht Club, and this year the festival will include races for two fleets: mono-hulls and multi-hulls. Each of the fleets are also separated into several divisions. The races will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday and will typically begin at about 10:30 am each of these days.


Saturday and Monday’s races will be in Walker Bay and the races on Sunday will be out on Leech Lake. If you would like to watch the races, the best place would be from the city dock or city park in Walker.


This festival is more than just sailing though! There will also be events that the whole family can enjoy, including campfires, music, a fish fry, a BBQ on Sunday evening and an awards banquet.


The registration fee for the 42nd Leech Lake Regatta is $100, and you can also purchase tickets for the awards banquet and BBQ picnic. Guests coming for this event can camp at the Shores of Leech Lake resort for $10 per night. There are also a few RV campsites available for $49 a night. If you would prefer to stay somewhere else, the Leech Lake area offers many amazing resorts and hotels to choose from!


The 42nd Leech Lake Regatta is sure to be a good time for the whole family! Book your weekend stay for this annual festival today!