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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!

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!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Anderson’s Cove Resort

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Can you believe the holidays are already right around the corner? If you don’t have any holiday plans yet, consider making Leech Lake your holiday destination this year! Anderson’s Cove Resort on Leech Lake is open year round and offers all the amenities you need to have a cozy Thanksgiving or Christmas with your family.


Anderson’s Cove Resort is a family resort located on the protected Steamboat Bay of Leech Lake, so there are always excellent fishing conditions no matter what time of year!  The resort’s location makes it very peaceful and a great place to spend some quality time with your family and friends.


The resort offers both small, cozy cottages and larger lake homes if you want to gather your whole family for a holiday get together. All the cabins are clean and well equipped with everything you need, so all you need to worry about is relaxing and having a good time. The cabins have a clear view of Leech Lake so you can enjoy watching the breathtaking sunrises over the lake with your morning cup of coffee.


Even in the fall and winter months, there are plenty of thing to do at Anderson’s Cove Resort! The Leech Lake area is known for its excellent deer, duck and grouse hunting and ice fishing. The resort is also only a few steps away from the paved Heartland Trail that is perfect for brisk walks and bike rides in the fall and snowmobiling in the winter. After a long day outdoors, curling up in your cabin next to the fireplace or relaxing in the hot tub is the perfect way to end your day at Leech Lake.


The lodge at Anderson’s Cove Resort is open every day of the week and offers drinks, snacks, a small selection of groceries in case you forgot anything and souvenirs. The lodge also has video games that are perfect for keeping your kids entertained.


The nearby town of Walker, MN is only 8 miles away and has a wide variety of unique shops if you’re looking to do a little Christmas shopping and also many restaurants to choose from for family dinners. Walker also features a casino to try your luck at after a long day outdoors at Leech Lake.


Anderson’s Cove Resort was built for family fun and relaxation! There is no better place for your family to gather and make some holiday memories than at Anderson’s Cove Resort on Leech Lake. Check out their website and book your stay today!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Big Rock Resort

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Even though the hot days of summer are long gone, the fall and winter months are still the perfect time to visit the beautiful Leech Lake! If you’re looking to book a fall or winter getaway, look no further than Big Rock Resort.


Big Rock Resort is open year round, and is located on prime property by Leech Lake. The resort offers 20 modern and spacious cabins perfect for family vacations or fishing trips. All of the cabins at Big Rock Resort have great access to the lake and most of them even have decks or porches to enjoy the breathtaking Leech Lake sunrises and sunsets. In the fall and winter seasons, you have your choice of 2 or 3 bedroom cabins that are always kept spotless and feature cable TV and wireless internet.


One of the best reasons to visit Leech Lake is the amazing world renowned year round fishing. Big Rock Resort offers boats rentals and even a guide service to help you make the most of your time on the lake. Once winter comes, the ice fishing at Leech Lake is just as good as the warm weather fishing.


Besides fishing, Big Rock Resort offers many other fall and winter activities for the whole family, including deer, duck and grouse hunting and snowmobiling. Another winter attraction at Leech Lake is the annual Eelpout Festival held every February in the nearby town of Walker, MN. If you are planning on coming for the festivities, Big Rock Resort would be the perfect place to stay! Make sure to book early, since Eelpout Festival attracts 10 times the population of the small town of Walker each year.


Big Rock Resort also features a lodge that’s the perfect place to get together after a long day on the lake. The lodge was built in the traditional Northern Minnesota style with log siding on the exterior. The lodge features two large fireplaces and a big screen TV to curl up in front of after a long day outdoors. The lodge also carries ice cream cones, beer on tap, sandwiches and pizza made to order, groceries, snacks, fishing tackle, souvenirs and supplies. Your children will love the game room complete with a pool table and video games.


If you’re looking to explore the area outside the resort for a while, the town of Walker offers many unique shops, a variety of restaurants and even a casino for you to try your luck!


As you can see, a Leech Lake getaway is full no fun no matter what time of year you visit! Plan your Big Rock Resort vacation today and see for yourself why everyone loves Leech Lake!

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!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Have you planned your fall Leech Lake getaway yet? Fall doesn’t get any better than at the beautiful Leech Lake, so don’t miss your chance to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the area this fall season.


If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay during your Leech Lake trip, look no further than Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge! Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge is tucked away on Leech Lake’s famous Pine Point Peninsula, so you will have a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.


Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge offers a variety of custom lake homes for you to choose from that offer all the modern conveniences of home, but still have a cozy Northwoods charm. The lake homes accommodate anywhere from 4 to 28 people, so you are sure to find one that is the perfect fit for your family. All the lake homes are modern, well maintained and feature fully equipped kitchens and barbeque grills. Some even come with additional amenities, like hot tubs, washers and dryers and private patios.


The lodge offers various amenities that will keep your whole family busy and having a great time on your vacation. All of the amenities are completely free, including a children’s playground, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a sandy beach with a waterslide, an anchored water raft, boat rentals, a bonfire pit, a game room with a pool table and arcade games and a gym. As you can see, you will never run out of things to do at Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge!


Another great perk of staying at Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge is access to the renowned Leech Lake fishing. Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota and offers the best Muskie, Walleye, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike fishing in the area. You don’t have to worry about bringing our own boat, because Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge conveniently offers fishing boat and pontoon rentals.


Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge is located only 15 minutes from Walker, MN, so if you do decide you want to leave the resort for a while, you will be close to the best golf courses, unique shops, amazing restaurants and casinos.


You cannot go wrong with a Leech Lake getaway at Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge! Book your stay today, and experience the beauty of the Leech Lake area for yourself.

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


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.

21st Annual Ethnic Fest

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The 21st annual Ethnic Fest in Walker, MN, will take place this year on September 13th and 14th. These festivities, sponsored by the Leech Lake Chamber, include activities that the whole family can enjoy!


Ethnic Fest celebrates the various cultures that our ancestors brought to the area when they left their homelands long ago. These festivities will feature cuisine from many cultures, and the streets will be filled with booths offering crafts from different countries. To get into Ethnic Fest you will need to purchase a button. The cost will be $8 for one button or $15 for two. The money made from these buttons helps support the event every year.


The festivities will start on Friday night with live music from The Calgary Fiddlers playing at Calvary Free Evangelical Church. The music will go from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.


Ethnic Fest offers many kid friendly activities, including a parade on Main Street starting at 11:00 am on Saturday morning. There will also be bubble station races and face painting afterwards on the Court House lawn from noon to 4 pm.


All the craft vendors will be located on 5th street and the food vendors will be on the Court House lawn. There will also be a “No Class” Car Show at Walker City Park. Live music will be playing starting at noon on Saturday featuring music from all over the world! There will be three stages located on 4th and 5th street.


Ethnic Fest will go well into the night on Saturday with more live music at various locations and restaurants around town.


If you’re looking to learn a little about the different cultures around the world, Ethnic Fest is the perfect place for you! Make sure you stop by Walker on September 13th and 14th to enjoy all the festivities.

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Chase on the Lake

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Can you believe it’s almost September already? Even though summer is almost over, there is still time to make a family trip to Leech Lake for one last getaway before fall!


If you’re looking for the perfect place to take an end of the summer vacation, look no further than Chase on the Lake in the heart of downtown Walker, MN. This beautiful resort offers all the amenities you could ever need! Your entire family is sure to enjoy a getaway at this historic, yet modern, resort.


At Chase on the Lake, you have the choice of staying in the luxurious hotel rooms, spacious condos or cozy cottages. The hotel rooms conveniently feature a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and hair dryers. They also have some of the most comfortable beds you will ever sleep in! You can also choose from lakeside rooms with balconies overlooking Leech Lake or suites with a full living room and kitchen.


If you’re looking for a little more room than a hotel room can offer, the condos at Chase on the Lake are perfect for you! All the condos feature a full kitchen, washer and dryer, fireplace and balcony. You have the option to choose from studio, one, two and three bedroom condos that can sleep up to eight people comfortably. Most of the condos are attached to the resort, so you’ll be right next to all the amenities offered at Chase on the Lake.


The cottages are the last lodging option at Chase on the Lake. All the cottages have been recently remodeled and are within walking distance of the resort. The cottages feature private lakeside decks, docks and a sandy beach area. You can choose either a seven or five bedroom cottage, and all the cottages come with the conveniences of home, like high speed internet, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer.


There are a variety of activities at Chase on the Lake that will keep your whole family busy! You will definitely never be bored at this resort. Besides being located right on Leech Lake, which offers amazing fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing, canoeing and swimming, Chase on the Lake also offers a pool and fitness center. The pool area has arcade games that are a perfect way to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Chase on the Lake also offers a two lane bowling alley that the whole family can enjoy! There is even catering and cocktail service, so you can enjoy some food and a drink while you bowl. There is also a spa at Chase on the Lake that offers massages, manicures and pedicures, body wraps, facials and much more.


A day on Leech Lake will make anyone hungry! Luckily Chase on the Lake is home to the 502 restaurant that serves delicious Northwood’s specialties and timeless classic American dishes.  The 502 offers amazing views on its lakeside patio and also features a full bar with live entertainment on the weekends.


As you can see, a lake vacation doesn’t get much better than at Chase on the Lake! Book your end of the summer getaway here right away, before it’s too late!