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The Leech Lake Regatta – Sailing Since 1971

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Leech Lake Regatta running annually since 1971 will be here soon, as one of Minnesota’s largest Regatta’s it offers two fleets of mono and multi hull sailboats that race in multiple divisions over three days. With dozens of sailboats taking to the water daily it is truly a wonderful sight, as Leech Lake becomes a tapestry of multicolored sails and boats. The race is only one part of the daily Regatta happenings. Come prepared for great times, both on and off the water.



The first day (August 12th) of the Regatta starts at 4PM when racers arrive and check in or register receive their race information, packets, and tickets to the awards banquet, by this time most teams will have their 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 areas for $10 per night and allows boats parked on the grounds for $15 per night, and don’t forget to purchase tickets for the fish fry and BBQ. Once participants are settled in the real fun starts with live entertainment from the Desert Blues Duo on the grounds, starting at 6PM and going to 9PM, all are welcome.


Day Two (August 13th) starts early at 7AM with coffee and donuts on the front lawn of the Shores Resort and then team photos in front of the main lawn, followed by a quick race meeting and the blessing of the fleet. The Leech Lake Regatta then shifts into full swing at 9 AM when the first day of racing begins. This offers racers and viewers the perfect time to see all the different Sailboats gathered to launch from the shores of Leech Lake. The race then continues throughout the day. Finally after a long day of racing there will be a Fish Fry at the Walker Community Church, followed by music and a campfire at the Yardarm.  Enjoy the company of fellow racers and friends as you relax under the stars around a large campfire, the perfect way to end the day.

Day Three (August 14th) starts off early again with coffee and donuts and a race meeting. Then day two of the racing begins at 9AM. Enjoy another wonderful (hopefully windy) day on the water racing or watching the race from the shore or your boat as competitors jockey for position around Leech Lake. After you come in from the water (hopefully as the day’s leader), the large BBQ will be up and cooking while the Kellog Duo plays in front of the lodge. Don’t forget to bring your costume to celebrate the Leech Lake Regatta. Judging will start at 8PM. Finally if you’re not too tired, spend some time around the communal campfire again before the final day of racing.

Day Four (August 15th) marks the third and final day of racing. The last chance for teams to jump up in the rankings, while enjoying the wonderful waters of Leech Lake. The final day of Racing will end before 3PM and then participants will make their way to the Northern Lights Convention Center to enjoy their Awards Banquet.



The Leech Lake Regatta has been a tradition since 1971, and will continue to be for many years to come, if you haven’t registered yet there is still time, you can register with The Shores of Leech Lake Resort. For those not racing the Regatta still offers wonderful entertainment both on and off the water. If you need lodging for the Regatta please visit our lodging listings. Otherwise we will see you on the water!

6 Family Fun Summer Activities in Leech Lake

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Summer is just around the corner and with that comes all of our favorite activities – fishing, boating, and going to the beach. In addition to great fishing and outdoor activities, the Leech Lake area is home to theater, history, farmers markets and things for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite places for you and your family to enjoy this summer – in rain or shine!

Sailing on Leech Lake

Being in Minnesota, almost all of us have spent time on a boat at one point or another. But how many of you have spent time on a sail boat? Fleet Sails offers classes to teach you how to use a sail boat and gives you hands on experience -all while being in the safety of a licensed captain. Fleet Sails offers various classes based on the group size and your experience. Enjoy the day on Leech Lake and leave with a new skill!

Sail Boat on the Lake

Deep Portage Learning Center

Deep Portage Conservation Reserve is home to 6,300 acres of forest, lakes, hills and wild life for you to explore. Operating as a non-profit corporation, Deep Portage is open to people of all ages and is a place where community, education and the great outdoors come together.  The Conservation Reserve was founded in 1973 and the Resource Heritage Center opened for the public in 1987. Bring the family to Deep Portage for hiking, bird watching, archery and so much more! Deep Portage Conservation Reverse also offers summer camps and programs for kids, adults and families interested in outdoor experiences.

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals that represent all contents. You can walk with the deer, feed the bears, and see a variety of animals you might not otherwise have the chance to see. While you’re there, check out their indoor learning center to learn even more about the animals! Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land is open daily from 10:00AM – 6:00PM from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

photo of deer

Sugar Point Battle Monument

On October 5th of 1898, the Battle of Sugar Point was fought between the 3rd US Infantry and the Chippewa Indians. The Sugar Point Battle – the last true Indian battle – had its roots in the destruction of Indian lands and burials grounds in the name of “progress” of settlers moving westward. The Sugar Point Battle Monument is located eight miles southwest of the Federal Dam Boy Bay on the east side of Leech Lake. Bring the family and learn about the history of Leech Lake!

Minnesota Folklore Theater

Looking to break the routine of bring the family to the movie theater? The Minnesota Folklore Theater – in Walker – has musical and dramatic productions for the entire family to enjoy! The mission of the Minnesota Folklore Theater is to present professional, community based, products to further the appreciation and knowledge of arts and culture.  This summer, catch their productions of Steel Magnolias, Christmas Bingo, and hear songs by Gershwin Porter. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Green Scene Farmer’s Market

Every Thursday this summer you can enjoy the Walker Community’s Green Scene Farmer’s Market! Thursdays from 9:00AM-1:00PM starting June 16th through September 22nd you can find the Farmer’s Marketing at Green Scene in Walker. Every Thursday there will be live entertainment, locally grown produce, jewelry, flowers, breads – and so much more! Bring the family to the farmers market and teach your children the importance of shopping local!

produce at farmers market

With such a wide variety or great summer activities in the Leech Lake area to keep you and your family having fun, Leech Lake makes the perfect Minnesota family vacation destination. Come explore “Minnesota’s Original Up North” with the Leech Lake Tourism Bureau.

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