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Leech Lake Ice House Rentals

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Last weeks Leech Lake ice fishing post offered some great resort and lodging options for your next ice fishing excursion, many of which offered ice houses as part of their stay. However we have had requests for more information on options for Ice Houses in the area. So we have put together this great resource for finding Leech Lake ice house rentals. Whether you are looking for a deluxe sleeper unit or a simple and portable single person shelter, this comprehensive resource ensures you will find the perfect ice house for your needs. If you’re looking for lodging as well, remember to check out our post on winter lodging packages that include ice houses.

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Ice House Rentals on Leech Lake

The Leech Lake ice house rental is a tradition in the area. With such a large surface area, and sometimes chilling winds out on the ice, an ice house can be a wonderful way to increase the enjoyment and time you can comfortably spend out on Leech Lake during the chilly winter months. Enjoy heated interiors, electricity, full kitchen space, living area, and much more in some of the luxury units, or go purely functional with some great low cost portable options.

 

  • Tom Wilsons Leech Lake Ice Houses – These 4 person luxury sleeper ice houses include stoves, bathrooms, multiple power outlets, stereos, cedar interiors, up to 8 holes and much more. Enjoy ice fishing in comfort like never before, this is the perfect option during frigid weather, long trips, and for families. Starting at $125 per night.
  • Whitney’s Fish House Rentals - With Leech Lake ice house rentals that can sleep up to 5, include full kitchens and bathrooms, heated interiors, exterior windows and power, you are sure to be fishing in comfort with one of these ice houses. Starting at $112 per night.
  • Shriver’s Bait Company – These fish houses our set on the optimal ice fishing spots throughout the lake with each spot targeted on a certain fish. From Walleye to Eelpout and Perch to Northern. Each sleeps four, has a propane heater, offers 8 holes and a “private rustic toilet”. Starting at $60 per day.
  • Outright Angling - Offering a highly mobile experience Outright utilizes two man heated Otter shelters and guiding. What you lose in comfort you gain in mobility and targeting. Portable shelters offer quick take-down and assembly meaning you can move from one part of the lake to another extremely quickly. Guide and Shelter Service $125 per person.
  • Hiawatha Beach - With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available for rent, you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Walker Rental  - Most often found on Walker Bay these ice houses offer easy access from Walker and our optimally placed.
  • Chartered RentalsLocated in Annandale , MN they will get you out on the ice in a deluxe ice house or a portable one nearly anywhere in central Minnesota, including Leech Lake. This is certainly one of the best choices for luxury ice fishing. Options starting at $100 a day.
  • Leisure Outdoor Adventures – Offering 5-10 hour heated ice house rentals, with indoor bathrooms, 8 holes lights and more. With room for up to four people this is the perfect option for families who want to spend the day on the ice in comfort.  $150 for 10 hours.
  • Berndt Guide ServiceWith 2 and 5 bed sleepers available and the option for guide services, this is a great option for those who are new to ice fishing on Leech Lake. Starting at $100 per day. 
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We are certain this Leech Lake Ice House rental guide will help you enjoy a day or days on the ice in comfort, but if you want more comfortable options and to end the day in a warm cabin check out our recent post on Leech Lake resorts that offer Ice House’s as part of their winter lodging options. Want to know a little more about the ice and fishing conditions before you plan your Leech Lake ice fishing trip or rent a fish house be sure to check out our weekly fishing report to find out how the ice is and some of the hot fishing spots. We hope we see you out on the ice very soon!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing Guides, Lodging & Ice Houses

Friday, December 16th, 2016

As ice has capped Leech Lake and we have begun to see people out ice fishing on Leech Lake where it gets thicker earlier around Pine and Stoney points, we are reminded that not everyone has the privilege of year round residence on Leech Lake. Fortunately the area has several great lodging options open year round, but more importantly some offer specialized Ice Fishing packages with guides and all, which can mean the difference between an average day on the ice (which visitors tell us is amazing), and an absolutely awesome day ice fishing that will make Leech Lake your lifelong ice fishing destination. This year we predict an extremely strong Walleye season compared to years past, based on the trends we have seen you will be seeing bigger walleye and more pulls than ever before. So book early and come prepared to catch big!

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Leech Lake Ice Fishing Lodging, Guide & Ice House Packages

  • Bridley’s Harbor –  Well known for their perch ice fishing experience Brindley’s offers guided Leech Lake ice fishing packages all winter. As part of the guided ice fishing package anglers get access to heated and lighted 8 hole ice houses, portable shelters, and lodging at one of 5 winterized cabins. Their Leech lake Ice Fishing packages go quick so book quickly if you plan to get on the ice with them and their experienced guides.
  • Trapper’s Landing – Offers a Pro Shop Ice Fishing package which gives their guests free use of professional grade ice fishing gear as part of a lakeside cabin rental. This includes an underwater camera to help you find fish with ease, live bait and much more!
  • Adventure North Resort - Gives guests a variety of options, including fully outfitted Leech Lake ice fishing packages which include a stay at one of 6 cabins and custom built heated and lighted ice houses. They also offer guests the ability to rent a cabin and bring their own ice house, with easy lake access and ice house transportation. Ice fish in comfort at Adventure North Resort.
  • Big Rock Resort – Has over half a dozen Leech Lake cabins available all winter and offers guests the ability to rent an ice house or bring their own. Guests can also ensure an awesome ice fishing experience on Leech with Big Rock Resorts in house pro guide Chuck Emery. Get a cabin today.
  • The Shores at Pine Point - Get extremely easy access to Leech Lake and access to ice house rentals. Located centrally on Pine Point you will have easy access to Traders Bay, Sucker Bay, and Walker Bay. So be prepared for a wide variety of ice fishing options. Book a trip today.
  • Oak Point Resort – Enjoy the unique experience of spear fishing through the ice with Oak Points specially designed spear houses, which double as Ice Houses. With ten ice houses, plowed ice roads and lakeside cabins, you are sure to have an amazing Leech Lake ice fishing trip here.
  • Hiawatha Beach – With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available to guests you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Steamboat Bay - Another great option for those that want to focus on Perch Steamboat bay Resort offers ice house rentals, easy water access, winterized cabins, and enough space for you to bring your own ice house, take a look at their options.
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Winter Lodging Options

Need more lodging options? While these options don’t offer ice houses or ice fishing packages they still offer extremely easy access to the lake and great options for those who have all their own gear or know the lake well.

We hope this guide ensures you have a great time out on the ice this winter. Leech Lake ice fishing offers some of the most diverse options for ice fishing in Minnesota. With a truly wide variety of fish species and amazing guide and lodging options you will not leave Leech Lake without having an amazing ice fishing experience. Use our weekly fishing report to help plan your next Minnesota ice fishing adventure. See you on the ice!

 

 

37th Annual Eelpout Festival

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

February 18th through the 21st, as many as 12,000 people will make their way to Walker and Leech Lake Minnesota for the 37th Annual Eelpout Festival. Festival goers will be ice fishing, racing, bull riding, competing in games while celebrating what is possibly Minnesota’s ugliest fish: the eelpout. Festival participants have been affectionately given the name “Pouters”. But, how do you know if you are a Pouter?

You Might Be a Pouter…

  1. If you don’t get luck from four leaf clovers but from kissing an eelpout, you might be a Pouter.

  2. If 0°F is your idea of swimsuit weather, you might be a Pouter.

  3. If a game of curling requires frozen eel pout, you might be a Pouter.

  4. If you lick your lips when you hear the phrase “eelpout nuggets”, you might be a Pouter.

  5. If you have spent time in an ice castle made of 40,000 pounds of ice, you might be a Pouter.

  6. If your version of auto racing requires a lake, you might be a Pouter.

  7. If you’ve seen men get a little too excited about the “Ice Fishing Show” on Friday, you might be a Pouter.

  8. If you love eelpout so much that you take a Plunge to swim with them in the middle of winter, you might be a Pouter.

  9. If you’ve been in an ice house traffic jam, you might be a Pouter.

  10. If you’ve ridden a bull in a snow suit, you might be a Pouter.

If you’re not a pouter, you might want to become one! This year the International Eelpout Festival will be held February 18th-21st on Leech Lake.The International Eelpout Festival has so many events and activities throughout the weekend, there are a lot of ways for you to become a Pouter.

Photo Via EelpoutFestival.com

Ice Fishing

Decorate your ice house head on Leech Lake Minnesota to try your luck at catching the biggest eelpout. Last year’s winners categories included Top Ten Biggest Pout, Top Ten Individual Tonnage, Team Tonnage, the Punt Pout Winner, and the Kids Perch Jerk.  With the biggest ‘pout last year weighing in at 10.55lbs competition is tough. Be sure to check out our latest fishing reports and the Leech Lake Fishing Map before you head out to be on top of your game. The weekend ends with the Fishing Contest Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 21st from 11:00am-11:30am.

Kiss an Eelpout

The key to a great weekend is to start it off with a kiss with the star of the show: the eelpout! Pouters swear that this is lucky and is a must for any first time festival goers. Pucker up!

Photo Via Eelpoutfestival.com

Go Curling

Curling at the International Eelpout festival is not exactly like the Olympic curling you’ve seen on TV. There is still ice and a target to aim at, but when you see what you have to throw at the target you might begin to think something is a little fishy with this game. In honor of the eelpout, the fish has become part of the game by freezing them in blocks of ice as the game pieces. This unique take on the game of curling will give you something to tell friends about and certainly make you a life-long pouter.

Try Something New

Real eelpout nuggets fried with goose antler batter? YUM! If you haven’t had your chance to try this delicacy before, this is your chance to. The eelpout fish fry will be held in the Coors Keg Castle Tent Saturday, February 20th from 10:00am-8:00pm making it the perfect treat for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Party in a Castle

Coors Keg Castle is a 40,000 pound ice castle that plays host to food and drink specials, a dance party and karaoke contest, fish fry, and fishing show. There’s no better place to celebrate Minnesota’s winter than in a castle made of ice!

Take the Eelpout Plunge

Friday, February 20th from 1:00pm-3:00pm is the Polar Pout Plunge. Get a group of friends together, put on the craziest outfits you own and plunge into the frigid waters of Leech Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. If jumping in to frozen waters isn’t your style, you can still help raise money and watch as fellow pouters take the plunge.

Photo Via EelpoutFestival.com

These are just a few of the ways that you can become a pouter at this year’s International Eelpout Festival. Take in the whole festival by spending the night on the ice or by planning your stay in one of our local resorts, cabins, or hotels.  Planning your pouter vacation a little last minute? No problem, watch our last minute openings page so you don’t miss out on the fun! Find the list of all the events and plan your trip to Walker to see the 37th International Eelpout Festival and all the other attractions Walker Minnesota has to offer.

Trappers Landing Lodge

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

On the south shore of Leech Lake is a hidden gem for vacationers. This ideal location paired with luxury accommodations nestled onto a protected marina there are activities for the entire family to enjoy year round. This winter, guests can enjoy complimentary bonfires, s’mores, movies, fishing contests and ice house rentals. Located onsite are a sauna, bar/grille and spa for added luxury.

Current specials include A Suite Deal; $99/night in Lakeside Suite, Romance Package including two nights lodging, champagne, chocolates and custom wine glasses. Plus multiple Ice Fishing packages! Learn more and book online here:

http://www.trapperslandinglodge.com/lodging-rates/specials-packages/

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!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Even though the ice fishing has been pretty limited on Leech Lake so far this winter, Leech Lake ice fishing season is right around the corner! The Leech Lake area is the perfect place to go ice fishing because of the many area resorts that offer a perfect place to relax after a long day on the ice.

 

Right now the fishing reports are saying there are some limited fishing options in the Pine Point area, but anglers have only been walking out on the lake due to the deep snow and slush underneath it. The tough conditions have prevented ice fishing in any other spots on the lake so far, and ice depths are varying.

 

Even though the conditions haven’t been ideal so far this winter, there are still months of Leech Lake ice fishing ahead of us. Leech Lake is a great place to catch Northern Pike and the famous Eelpout. Eelpout are caught mainly during the winter, and a great place to find them once the ice thickens is Walker Bay.

 

One of the biggest challenges of ice fishing is trying to keep warm! Many of the Leech Lake area resorts offer ice house rentals that make your time ice fishing much more enjoyable. These resorts are an excellent place to relax after a successful day of fishing while drinking hot chocolate and sitting by the fire.

 

The town of Walker, MN near Leech Lake offers many restaurants where you can stop to get a great meal and share your best fishing stories.

 

As you can see, there is no better place for ice fishing this winter than Leech Lake! Book your stay at one of the Leech Lake area resorts today. We hope to see you out on the ice soon!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Steamboat Bay Resort

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Are you looking for the perfect place for a holiday family getaway or ice fishing vacation? Look no further than Steamboat Bay Resort on Leech Lake!

 

Steamboat Bay is open year round, making it the perfect place for winter activities, including ice fishing and snowmobiling. Steamboat Bay is also a great choice for families that want to take a break from their daily stresses and just relax.

 

The cabins at Steamboat Bay Resort are modern and all include full kitchens, bathrooms with showers and cable TV. The cabins are the perfect place to relax after a long day of snowmobiling on the area trails or ice fishing on Leech Lake.

 

Steamboat Bay also offers a more secluded lodging option. The Evergreen Lake Hideaway on Evergreen Lake is centrally located between Itasca State Park, the town of Bemidji and Steamboat Bay Resort and is the perfect place for a winter getaway. This cabin is located nearby all the best snowmobiling and cross country skiing trails in northern Minnesota and is close enough to offer the excellent ice fishing on Leech Lake. The Evergreen Lake Hideaway is also the perfect place for a family vacation during the holiday season.

 

The resort also features an old fashioned lodge that overlooks the lake and dock area. The lodge offers many activities that will keep your children entertained for hours, including a game room with free foosball, a pool table and an old fashioned jukebox.

 

Steamboat Bay is also conveniently located nearby the town of Walker, MN. Walker offers many unique shops if you’re looking at doing some last minute Christmas shopping and a variety of delicious restaurants that the whole family will enjoy.

 

Steamboat Bay Resort on Leech Lake is a Minnesota family resort that will give you the personal service you deserve on your vacation. Steamboat Bay is currently offering special winter rates to make your stay even more affordable. Book your family or ice fishing vacation today!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Hiawatha Beach Resort

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Do you have any Christmas plans yet? If not, there is no better place to celebrate the holidays than Leech Lake! Hiawatha Beach Resort at Leech Lake is the perfect place to get together with the whole family.

 

Hiawatha Beach Resort features a spacious lodge with rooms large enough for the whole family! The lodge rooms can accommodate anywhere from four to sixteen guests and come equipped with full kitchens and a beautiful view of Leech Lake.

 

If you’re looking for a smaller, cozier place to stay, Hiawatha Beach Resort also offers cottages with all the comforts of home. The cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, cable TV and fully furnished rooms. At Hiawatha, you have your choice of one, two, three or even eight bedroom cabins.

 

Besides amazing places to stay, the resort also features a variety of amenities to make your stay even better, including a large indoor heated pool and spa, a movie viewing room, an arcade and free Wi-Fi in the lodge lobby.

 

If you and your family like ice fishing, Hiawatha Beach Resort is the perfect place for you to stay! The resort is located in Steamboat Bay, which is known for its excellent fishing conditions. Hiawatha Beach Resort offers ice house rentals and also a special ice fishing package that includes an ice house rental and lodge room. Leech Lake is known for its excellent ice fishing, so be prepared to catch lots of walleye and perch!

 

Since Hiawatha Beach Resort is only eight miles from the town of Walker, MN, you will be close to many unique shops and a variety of restaurants perfect for family dinners. The Leech Lake area also offers several movie theaters to catch a movie with the whole family. The adults in your family can enjoy the area casinos, winery and the nearby Leech Lake Brewing Company.

 

Another perk of staying at Hiawatha Beach Resort is they offer private conference rooms and catering services if you want to really go all out and plan a holiday family reunion. Hiawatha will take care of all the details and let you enjoy your family time!

 

As you can see, Hiawatha Beach Resort is the perfect place for you to gather with your family during the holidays. For more information, check out Hiawatha’s website and book your stay today! Make this holiday season unforgettable with a trip to Leech Lake.