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Come Celebrate Eelpout Fishing on Leech Lake

Monday, February 5th, 2018

While Leech Lake is known for its fabulous walleye fishing, it is also known for its Eelpout. We are proud to hold the International Eelpout Festival every February. This year Leech Lake is celebrating the 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival on February 22 – February 25.

Leech Lake Minnesota Eelpout Festival

 

You can fish Eelpout year round, but the best time is in late February. It is said that it is best to fish for Eelpout right before the first light of the day, or from sunset and on.

 

An Eel-what?

A Burbot, also known as an Eelpout, is a deepwater fish that is a cross between an eel and a catfish. Eelpout’s colors often times vary from yellow-brown to a dark olive with different color patches, which gives it camouflage-like appearance. They often times have small scales, slimy skin, and nostrils that resemble a catfish.

They usually weigh around six pounds and are less than 28 inches long. They typically have a very long body with smooth skin and a single whisker under its chin. Eelpout are known to be great predators and are excellent to eat. Bubot can most commonly be found in northern Minnesota lakes and rivers, including Lake Superior, but can also be found in part of the lower Mississippi River. The Burbot is a good indicator of a healthy watershed. They typically require water temperatures lower than 70 degrees, so in the summer they are a rare catch, but come winter the freshwater predator comes very much alive and active

 

2018 International Eelpout Festival

Every February, Walker, Minnesota grows about 10 times its size as thousands of eager fishermen and women gather on Leech Lake to take part in the International Eelpout Festival.

However, fishing is only half of the fun. Attendees can attend the Fish Fry or take part in the Eelpout Curing, Rugby or Beer Pong Tournament.

Whether you come for the fishing, the events, or a combination of the two, know that Leech Lake has lots of winter lodging options for you and your friends and family.

 

Holiday Events Near Leech Lake

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

If you are anything like us, you might find yourself rushing through the Holiday season without really getting to appreciate it. So this year we plan to slow down and try to enjoy some of the community events that occur this time of year.

 

Pumphouse Bay of Leech Lake Minnesota

Photo By Theresa Felix “Fresh Winter View”

Here are some of the events we can’t wait for:

 

  • Tuesday, December 19: Leech Lake Chamber Holiday Open House

This annual party thrown by the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce goes from 2 to 4 p.m. located at 201 Minnesota Avenue East, in Walker, Minnesota.

 

  • Wednesday, December 20: Lucky Moose Holiday Open House

Everyone is invited to the Lucky Moose Bar & Grill rom 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the most magical time of the year.

 

  • Friday, December 22: Walleye Dinner

There’s no such thing as too much fish Northern Minnesota, especially when someone else is cooking it for you. Check out the Lake May Center for their Walleye Dinner.

 

  • Thursday, December 28: Holiday Ski/Snowshoe Hike

Meet at the Shingobee Recreation Area on Highway 34 at 11 a.m. to participate in this Leech Lake holiday adventure.

 

  • Sunday, December 31: New Year Nosh Party

Bring in the New Year and drink some great beer at Portage Brewery in Walker, Minnesota.

 

You can stay up to date on all Leech Lake events with this calendar.

 

Tell us below, what event are you looking forward to the most?

Peculiar Painter Playful Blooms

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Join us this Sunday, January 18th for an adult painting class at the Peculiar Painter in Walker. Playful Blooms is a local favorite watercolor class because it is bright, colorful and fun for all. The class is from 3-6PM and costs $60. This includes all supplies needed, no experience necessary.

Call or email to pre-register.
phone:  547-3729
email:  peculiarpainter@hotmail.com

 

New year shopping event

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Happy New Years!

Join us at Northern Lights Casino Ballroom two weeks from this Saturday, January 18th. There will be many different direct sales vendors, local crafters and door prizes available for all. Don’t miss this great chance to shop multiple industries and products all in one convenient stop. The doors open at 10am and the event will run until 3pm that afternoon. All at the Northern Lights Casino Ballroom

Featured Member: Anderson Northland Lodge

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Summer is only 2 months away! The weather is getting warmer and the time to start lounging on one of northern Minnesota’s manylakes, Leech Lake. A great place to take in the sun and enjoy Leech Lake is at Andersons Northland Lodge located in Walker, MN.

 

Andersons Northland Lodge has over 27 years of experience and founders of the Anderson Family Resorts.  Their goal is to make sure that all of their guests have the comforts of home while away from home.  Northland Lodge is a kid friendly resort with sandy beaches, clear water, sand volleyball, bonfires, and much more to keep everyone happy and having fun all day!

 

Not only do they provide fun to last the whole day but they also have amazing places to stay. Northland Lodge has seventeen MN lake home rentals. All have full kitchens, linens, BBQ grills, TV/DVD and are all fully furnished. They also have screened in porches and decks that are the perfect places to wind down at the end of the day and watch the sun set on Leech Lake.

 

If that wasn’t enough, they also offer amazing Leech Lake fishing packages for groups as small as 2 and as big as 9. You catch them and they clean them, so all you have to do is fish Leech Lake and relax.

 

Leech Lake is a great lake in a great state. Northland Lodge is devoted to making sure you have an amazing time on Leech Lake and once you do, don’t forget to check out what the local towns have to offer from restaurants to home town shops. From morning to night you are sure to have a great time while staying on Leech Lake in Walker, MN.

Leech Lake Golfing Getaway

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The snow is melting the sun is shining and to any true Minnesotan you know what that means, spring is almost here! With spring comes warmer weather and warmer weather means golfing season.  Where better to play a game of golf then at one of Leech Lakes many golf courses, 2 of which are championship golf courses.

 

Whether you are learning to golf or are already a Pro you’re sure to find something you like at each of the Leech Lake area golf courses. Tianna Country Club is one which is located just 2 miles south of Hwy 34 that offers many golf specials and lessons to help you get started on improving your game. Next is LongBow Golf Club, a newer course that offers 18 holes full of breath taking views and pure relaxation that is ideal for any level of golfer. Wedgewood Golf Course and driving range and Wildwedge Golf and RV park both offer 9-hole courses and are great places to golf on a sunny afternoon.

 

When you have finished a full day of golf at Tianna Counry Club, Long Bow Golf Club, Wedgewood Golf Course or Wildwedge Golf and RV Park be sure to check out all the local area attractions of Leech Lake such as the casinos, walking trails, local shops and more. When you visit Leech Lake you are sure to have a good time no matter how you choose to spend it.  So if you’re looking to plan a MN golf getaway and want to find the best Leech Lake lodging options visit www.leechlake.org .

Leech Lake Golfing Websites:

http://www.tianna.com/

http://www.longbowgolfclub.com/

 

Spring is around the corner

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Although it is still cold and snow is still on the ground spring is on its way, slowly but surely. With spring brings new activities and more opportunities to travel and be outdoors.  Leech Lake offers a vast amount of activities to choose from like golf, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, sailing, and a lot of family fun.

 

Golf for starters is something to consider trying when you visit Leech Lake.  Leech Lake has four wonderful golf courses to choose from. They have LongBow Golf Club, the area’s new 18-hole golf course which is open to the public. Another is Tianna Country Club located 2 miles south on Hwy 34, Tianna is also open to the public. Wedgewood Golf Course and Driving Range along with Wildwedge Gold and Mini Golf are both 9-hole courses and are sure to be great places to practice your swing.

 

When it comes to hiking and biking Leech Lake offer so many trails to choose from you won’t know where to start. There is Heartland Trail located just south of Walker which is one of the oldest paved trails in Minnesota’s North woods. It offers breath taking views and a hiker’s paradise. Paul Bunyan State Recreational Trail is another you should be sure to visit.  It’s an easy going trail that offers beautiful scenery. There are also many trails you can bike through and enjoy the fresh spring air.

 

Lastly, another thing to think about with spring approaching is what most venture to Leech Lake for, which is, fishing. Leech Lake in Cass County is about 112,000 surface acres and 150 feet in depth at its deepest point although a majority of the lake is roughly35 feet deep. Leech Lake in Walker Minnesota is a great place to take the family to teach them how to fish or enjoy each other’s company while fishing. Leech Lake and the lakes around it offer a wide variety of fish like, walleyes, pike, muskies,  crappies, sunfish, perch to name a few.

 

Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is a great place to visit this spring. Leech Lake offers many outdoor activities to keep your family having fun for hours. So if you are looking for a place to visit this spring Leech Lake is the place for you. Check out one of our many Leech Lake lodging options from hotels to resorts and book your stay today!

Featured Member: Moore’s Lodge

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Moore’s Lodge is located on Leech Lake on the east side of Agency Bay, less than 10 minutes away from Walker, Minnesota. This lodge is the perfect for any family looking for the ideal family vacation. They offer 20 different cabins that all have an amazing view of the sunset. The cabins are on level ground for easy access and are equipped with gas heat, complete kitchens, large refrigerator/freezer combinations, bedding, and have cable and wireless internet.  Cable and wireless internet area also available in the lodge.

 

Not only do they offer cozy cabins, but they also offer a lot of activities to keep your family entertained for hours. They have a children’s playground, paddle-boats  weekly fishing seminar, canoes & kayaks, a sand volleyball court, and weekly potluck dinners!  Plus, it’s only a ten minute drive to many local activities.

 

Their lodge is also a great feature of this wonderful getaway. It offers a library, TV, wireless internet access, a snack bar, free coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider. They have staple groceries, dairy and bakery products, gift items and fishing tackle available to guests. If that wasn’t enough, Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake also has a game room with pool, video games, and pinball.

 

Moore’s Lodge is ideal for anyone looking for an amazing and relaxing Leech Lake getaway. They offer many activities that make it so you never want to leave the comforts of Moore’s Lodge on Leech Lake.  If you do decided to venture off, you are just 10 minutes away from Walker, MN which has endless things to do and see. Book your stay now at Moore’s Lodge. It will be sure to be a relaxing family vacation for all.

Winter Activites

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Winter seems like it’s here to stay. Some of you may love the winter and never want it to end, but for those of you who are just waiting for spring and can’t think of things to do in Leech Lake don’t fret, we have year round activities to get you through what’s left of winter.

 

Leech Lake has a hand full of attractions to keep you preoccupied. The first one is to visit the Leech Lake Brewing Company.  Stop in a try one of their many beers and if you have a favorite you can purchase a growler and enjoy in the comfort of your warm home or while you stay at one of the many Leech Lake lodging options. There is also the Forestedge Winery in Laporte, MN located on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Forestedge Winery and Farm offers not only many elegant fruit wines but they also have a gallery with fine crafts made by Minnesota Artists.

 

Another attraction around the Leech Lake area is horseback riding. This may be something you may have not considered trying in the winter but Pine River Riding Stable is open year round, 7 days a week.  They offer lessons, group riding and a petting zoo. They go by reservation so they do not have set times. You can give them a call and make reservations and enjoy a winter ride.

After you are done checking out the brewing company, the winery  and Pine River Riding Stable you can grab a bite to eat an one of our many Leech Lake restaurants like Café Zona Rosa, Luck Moose Bar and Grill, Iron Fire Bar and Grill, The Boulders and many more to choose from. Each one is sure not to disappoint your taste buds.

 

Leech Lake is filled with year round attractions to fill everyone’s needs. So book your stay at one of our many Leech Lake lodging options and see what Leech Lake has to offer you!

Featured Member: Red Wing Lodge

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Leech Lake offers many amazing places to stay for your Minnesota vacation. One of these great places is Red Wing Lodge in Walker, Minnesota.  It is owned by the Benjamin family and they have been running it for the past 12 years, providing your family and friends with memories of a lifetime on Leech Lake.

 

Red Wing Lodge has 14 housekeeping cabins to choose from. All cabins include fully equipped kitchens, microwaves, sofa sleepers, Weber grills, air conditioning, cable television, free wireless internet and either a screen porch or deck.

 

The Red Wing Lodge not only offers  great fishing on Leech Lake, but also offers to clean your catch of the day while you relax on the sand beach, play a game of volleyball , horseshoes or shuffle board. You can also take in the sites of leech lake in one of their canoes or paddle boats that are free to cabin guests.

 

After a fun day of fishing, relaxing on the beach and hanging in the lodge don’t forget to check out all the local restaurants and attractions in the leech lake area. Whatever you’re after in a family vacation or fishing getaway Red Wing Lodge on Leech Lake is sure to please!