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Things To Do In Walker MN – Summer Edition

Monday, June 12th, 2017

It’s summer and there are so many things to do in Walker Minnesota, whether it’s enjoying a day out on Leech Lake, exploring all the delightful shops of downtown Walker, or catching a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Get the absolute most out of your next vacation, with our summer guide to things to do in Walker, MN. In this post we will aggregate all our past invidual guides into one post so it’s easier than ever to find the activities you are interested in.

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On The Water

  • Fishing – Walker sits on the shores of Leech Lake, Minnesota’s third largest. With some of the best fishing in the state, whether you are a first time fisher or an expert the experienced is not to be missed. Whether you are looking for that prize muskie or just looking to catch a ton of pan-fish to fill the freezer, the lake is large enough that everyone can have a fishing experience that matches their skill level.
  • Boating  - Most lakes never seem to have the space to fully take advantage of all the amazing performance aspects of the modern boat or wave runner. With over 160 square miles of pristine water, boating options don’t get much better than in the Walker area.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing - With innumerable small inlets, among the many secluded bays there is some amazing kayaking and canoeing to be done. Whether you want to explore one of the small inlets that are inaccessible to other craft or drift through  the large field like growths of wild rice under the sun. With so much water, there is always an adventure to be had.
  • Water-sports – Large and open doesn’t mean windy and wavy, with all the areas protected bays calm water are easy to come by. Spend the day water skiing, wake boarding, or tubing.

Places To Eat In Walker

Among the many things to do in Walker, after a long day outside under the sun, dining tops the list. Few want to come back to their cabin after a day on the trails or water and have to prepare a meal, that’s why Walker’s many restaurants are always busy and always offer the best food. If you are on the search for great food in Walker, be sure to check out our dining guide, where we give a quick rundown of the top rated restaurants in the area.

Bike Trails In Walker

With the states longest bike trail running directly through Walker be sure to bring your bikes. The Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails offer many miles of paved bike way that passes beneath canopy’s of green trees. If you are not sure what you will need to make your walker bike trip a success, check out our Walker biking guide.

Hiking

Walker sits right next to the Chippewa national forest, which offers miles of wooded hiking trails where you can experience nature in an environment as natural as any in Minnesota. Take a peak at our Hiking guide for more information.

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Shopping In Walker

Of the many things to do in Walker, shopping is still one of the most popular, with small boutiques carrying trendy clothing or kitchenware, to novelties, and outdoor gear among many other great shopping options. Walker offers stores unique to the area that you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you plan your next shopping trip with the Walker shopping guide.

From shopping to boating, indoors and outdoors, there are so many things to do in Walker that you are certain to find an activity everyone in the family will enjoy. The summer always passes faster than we would like so be certain to plan your trip before the leaves change and the water cools.

Minnesota Fishing Opener: How to Stay Safe on Leech Lake

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

This weekend marks the 2016 Minnesota Fishing Opener! What a better place to celebrate than fishing on Leech Lake? Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota and is home to some of the best walleye fishing in the Midwest. Lakes can get busy, especially during fishing opener. While you’re out catching fish – remember to be careful! Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe while out fishing.

 

Fishing on a Sunny Lake

 

1.       Life Jacket: If you are going to be on a boat while fishing, be sure that everyone on board has a life jacket. Chances are you won’t need it, but it’s always best to be safe. Even if you are a great swimmer, emergencies cause anxiety levels escalate which could cause you to not swim as well as you normally would. Spring weather in Minnesota can be fickle, but life jackets can serve as an extra layer to help keep you warm. Life jackets can also be quite comfortable – giving you extra cushion for your back!

 

Life Jackets on Boat

 

2.       Safety Kit: From a first aid kit to map – make sure you have everything you need on your boat. According to the Red Cross, a good first aid kit should have the following:

  • Bandages
  • Absorbent Compress Dressings
  • Adhesive Cloth Tape
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Antibiotic Ointment

Leech Lake is huge, and it’s easy to get lost or turned around while out on the water – especially if it’s your first time here or are exploring a new section of the lake. We recommend bringing a map of the lake out with you, or a GPS, in case you do get turned around while out on the lake. With 160 Square miles of lake getting lost can be easier than you may think on Leech Lake. A map of Leech Lake can not only help you figure out your direction, but can give you insight on the topography surrounding the lake. This will give you warning of the depth and if you may run in to any unexpected shallow areas.

Map of Leech Lake

3.       Appropriate Footwear: This the arrival of spring and warm weather, it’s tempting to throw your tennis shoes and boots aside and opt for flip flops and sandals. However, many hooks and other sharp objects are used while fishing and may find their way to the floor of the boat. Avoid accidental injury and stepping on these objects by wearing shoes that cover and protect your feet.

4.       Dress Appropriately: We’ve already mentioned that spring weather in Minnesota can be fickle and unpredictable. Making sure you’re prepared with the proper clothing can be the difference between a great and miserable day out on the lake. We recommend dressing in layers, that way you can be prepared for a hot – or frigid – day. Be sure to pack a rain jacket and pants in case the weather starts to get wet above the boat as well.

5.       Keep Knives and Hooks Covered: To avoid injury, keep knives and hooks covered and stored away when not in use. Picking out a great tackle box can help keep your fishing life organized and safe. Many tackle boxes are available with multiple trays and different sizes. These are great to keep your larger tools (like knives and scissors) on the larger shelves, while keeping your smaller hooks and jigs organized on the top shelves.

Fishing Tackle Box on Dock

 

Have a great fishing opener and season! We look forward to seeing you on Leech Lake soon.

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!

Winter Activities in the Leech Lake Area

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Winter has officially arrived! Can you believe how much snow we have gotten this week already? This weather makes it the perfect time for Leech Lake winter activities.

 

If you enjoy snowmobiling in the winter, the Leech Lake area is the perfect place for you! The Leech Lake area offers hundreds of miles of trails groomed specifically for snowmobilers. With the many open fields, forests and lakes that cover the area, it could take you all winter to explore all the snowmobile trails available.

 

Two of the most popular snowmobile trails are the Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails, and they offer the best snowmobiling in Minnesota! The paved Heartland Trail stretches 50 miles across Minnesota and runs past the towns of Walker, Cass Lake, Akeley, Park Rapids and more. This scenic trail passes through prime Minnesota lake country and provides a secluded feel for the perfect snowmobile adventure.

 

The Paul Bunyan Trail is also a paved and level trail that runs for 110 miles from near Brainerd all the way through the Chippewa National Forest near Walker. The trail finally ends at Lake Bemidji State Park. This trail also provides a very scenic ride and features many trail crossing rivers and nearby lakes.

 

Many bars and restaurants along these trails cater specifically to snowmobilers and offer snowmobile parking and heated gear storage. Before you head out on your Leech Lake snowmobiling adventure, make sure to check out our snowmobiling trail conditions and trail reports to stay up to date on the trails’ grooming schedules.

 

The winter season in the Leech Lake area also offers both cross country and downhill skiing for even more winter fun! Many of the trails in the area, including the Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails, are perfect for a day of cross country skiing. There are also many small hills in the area for the skiers that have a need for more speed! Many of the Leech Lake resorts are open year round and are the perfect place to sit back and relax next to the fire after a long day of skiing.

 

As you can see, the Leech Lake area is a great place for all kinds of winter activities! If you are looking to take a weekend getaway to the area this winter, book a stay at one of our area resorts today. We look forward to seeing you at Leech Lake soon!

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!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Bailey’s Resort

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

If you’re sick of staying at chain hotels and motels when you go on vacation, give Bailey’s Resort a try the next time you visit the Leech Lake area. Bailey’s Resort is proud to be a family resort and will treat you like family during your stay!

 

Bailey’s Resort is located on Kabekona Bay on the beautiful Leech Lake. You will never run out of things to do at this resort, because they offer endless activities for every member of your family.

 

All the cabins at Bailey’s Resort are completely modern and come with fully equipped kitchens. The owners at Bailey’s pride themselves on maintaining spotless cabins, so you will never have to worry about them being dirty. The cabins are also all fully furnished and have a deck with seating and a grill perfect for family cookouts. All the cabins also have an excellent view of Leech Lake, so you will be able to watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your deck.

 

The variety of activities offered at Bailey’s Resort will keep your family busy throughout your entire stay. Bailey’s offers a large sandy beach that includes a water bouncer, swim raft and waterslide. The resort also has kayaks, paddleboats and paddleboards for guests at no charge. Other family activities at Bailey’s Resort include a large playground area, basketball and volleyball courts, tetherball and horseshoes.

 

Even if there happens to be a rainy day during your stay, you will never be bored at this resort. The large rustic lodge has a pool table, pinball and video games, TV and a selection of DVDs, board games, puzzles and a piano. The lodge also sells ice, soda, candy, ice cream and pizza for those days when you don’t feel like cooking.

 

If you are coming to Leech Lake to try some of the world famous fishing, Bailey’s Resort is the perfect choice for you! The protected Kabekona Bay offers excellent walleye, northern, bass, panfish and muskie fishing and provides easy access to the rest of the lake. If you don’t have your own boat, Bailey’s offers fishing boat and pontoons rentals. Guests also have the option of taking a guided fishing trip with a professional guide. The resort also features a lakeside fish cleaning house, but you if would prefer, they are licensed fish packers and can conveniently clean and package your fish for you.

 

It’s never too early to start planning your next Leech Lake family vacation! Bailey’s Resort offers everything your family will need to have a memorable getaway; book your stay today!

Leech Lake Fall Activities

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The fun at Leech Lake doesn’t stop once summer is done! The Leech Lake area offers many family activities all throughout the year, including many fall activities.

 

If you’re a golfer, the Leech Lake area is perfect for you! The golf season at Leech Lake extends well into the fall. To take advantage of the excellent Leech Lake golfing, book a tee time at one of the area golf courses this fall. The Longbow Golf Club, Tianna Country Club and Wedgewood Golf Course and Driving Range are all open to the public and only a short distance from Walker, MN. If you would rather spend the day with your whole family, the Wildwedge Mini Golf Course offers fun for all ages of children and adults.

 

Fall at Leech Lake is also the perfect time to check out the beautiful fall colors in the area. Taking a bike ride or walk on one of the area trails is one of the best ways to experience the fall colors. The Paul Bunyan trail is the longest Minnesota bike trail and offers 112 miles of fall sightseeing. Other biking and walking trails near Walker include the Heartland Trail that runs from Walker to Park Rapids and the North Country National Scenic Trail.

 

The renowned Leech Lake fishing is another fall activity that is not to be missed. Leech Lake is best known for its Walleye fishing, and it does not slow down in the fall! The Walleye in Leech Lake increase their feeding patterns in the fall to ready themselves for winter and can be found in abundance on the major points of the lake, including Cedar, Sugar, Roger’s, Stoney, Pine, Hardwood and Ottertail points. Fall at Leech Lake is also the perfect time for Muskie and Northern Pike fishing.

 

Fall is also the perfect season for a family boat ride on a crisp day at Leech Lake. Before the winter comes and the lake is covered in ice, make sure to take one last ride on Leech Lake to enjoy the beautiful sights that the area has to offer.

 

After you have enjoyed a beautiful fall day at Leech Lake, don’t forget to make a stop in Walker, MN. Walker offers many restaurants and unique shops to explore and is also close to several casinos, including Northern Lights Casino, that are perfect for a night out.

 

As you can see, the Leech Lake area offers a variety of fall activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Plan your Leech Lake fall getaway and book your stay at one of our many Leech Lake resorts today!

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 http://www.moondanceevents.net/Harvest_Moon.php.

 

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 http://www.fallhasitall.com/. We hope to see you all out at the community festivities!