Posts Tagged ‘leech lake lodging’

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.

Featured Member: Country Inn Walker

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Country Inn Walker is a cozy hotel located a few miles from Walker, MN on the banks of legendary Leech Lake. The Country Inn Walker provides exceptional Leech Lake lodging accommodations which include continental breakfast, whirlpool, indoor swimming pool, wireless internet, workout facility, meeting room, and more.

 

The Country Inn Walker is the perfect place to stay for family vacations, group retreats, romantic getaways, fishing trips and more! Located only miles from Walker, MN guests can enjoy the area’s unique shops, restaurants, casino, golf courses, festivities and more.

 

The Country Inn Walker is also located near Itasca State Park, Heartland Trail, and the Mississippi Headwaters where guests can enjoy Minnesota’s outdoor scenery and miles of Minnesota trails with a scenic drive, hike, or bike ride.

 

So find premier Leech Lake lodging at the Country Inn of Walker and plan a Minnesota getaway today!

 

Country Inn Walker

Featured Member: America’s Best Value Inn

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

America’s Best Value Inn located in Walker, Minnesota on the shores of Leech Lake provides exceptional lodging accommodations for family vacations, romantic getaways, group retreats and more. Guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast, Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor heated pool, wireless internet, and more.

 

America’s Best Value in is conveniently located near many tourist attractions in the Leech Lake area. Whether you’re looking to fish, golf, hike, bike, boat, snowmobile, shop or more, the Leech Lake area has something for everyone and America’s Best Value Inn has you covered from the time you get up until your head hits the pillow.

 

Walker, MN is also the host to many Minnesota events like the International Eelpout Festival, Moondance Jammin Country, Leech Lake Regatta , Fishing Tournaments and more, which makes the Leech Lake area a fantastic place to visit. So plan a Minnesota vacation today in the Leech Lake area and stay at the America’s Best Value Inn.America's Best Value Inn | Leech Lake | Walker MN

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Moore’s Lodge

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake is a perfect Minnesota vacation destination. Moore’s Lodge is located on the protected Agency Bay of Leech Lake which offers great fishing and 300 feet of sand beach.  Moore’s Lodge, a premier Leech Lake resort offers 20 exceptionally clean and comfortable cottages whether you’re looking for a 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom vacation rental. All Leech Lake cottage rentals at Moore’s Lodge are situated on level ground complete with gas heat, air conditioning, complete kitchens, Cable TV, Wireless Internet , large refrigerator/freezer combinations, charcoal grills, picnic tables, fresh bedding and more!

 

Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake is not far from Walker, MN located nine miles from Walker by car and 10 miles by boat. So if you’re interested in checking out the fun local shops, restaurants, the casino and festivities of Walker, MN Moore’s Lodge is only a short distance away.

 

Moore’s Lodge is also home to the Professional Walleye Tournament Fisherman, Mark Christianson. Moore’s Lodge offers Leech Lake fishing guide services through Mark Christianson Guide Service and offers special guide rates to guests who stay at their lodge.  So if you’re planning a Minnesota fishing trip check out Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake. Moore’s Lodge is equipped with fishing guide services, boat rentals, dockage for your boat, and bait.

 

So plan a Minnesota getaway today and stay at Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake and contact them today! Moore's Lodge on Leech Lake near Walker, MN

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Red Wing Lodge

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Planning a Minnesota family vacation? Check out Red Wing Lodge, a premier Leech Lake resort near Walker, MN! Red Wing Lodge offers 14 exceptionally clean Minnesota cabin rentals just steps from the shores of legendary Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota, that covers over 100,000 acres, has 195 miles of shoreline, and reaches depths up to 150 feet! With plenty of lake to explore Red Wing Lodge offers canoe/boat/motor rentals to get you on the lake in no time.  Guests can also enjoy their sandy swimming beach, paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and more!

 

If you’re looking to fish Leech Lake, Red Wing Lodge has you covered with not only their boat rentals but with their harbor, bait and fish cleaning amenities. All guests of Red Wing Lodge can enjoy their protected lit harbor and concrete boat ramp for easy launching. After an eventful day fishing Leech Lake, Red Wing Lodge offers the luxury of their bait house staffed with dockhands ready to clean your fish!

 

So kick back, relax and plan a Minnesota resort vacation today and make family memories at Red Wing Lodge on Leech Lake.

Red Wing Lodge