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Walker MN

Friday, March 24th, 2017

In Walker, MN and the surrounding Leech Lake area the ice is still fairly thick and the fish are still biting, but we can tell spring will be in Walker, MN soon. Many of the resorts, hotels and other lodging options around the area are already booked for the spring months and at most resorts June is almost completely booked solid. We like to procrastinate as much as the next person, but if you want to stay in the Leech Lake area this spring or summer you don’t have much time to reserve your room or cabin in Walker, MN. Our lodging search tool and functionality offer the perfect way to find the perfect lodging for yourself, your friends and your family. Never heard of Walker? Check us out in Minnesota Monthly. Otherwise if you are ready to find lodging use the tools below.

 

Walker MN Advanced Lodging Search Tool

Our advanced lodging search tool is used regularly be people throughout the region to find the perfect lodging options for their needs. Need a resort that’s pet friendly, offers boat rentals, and has laundry facilities? Our advanced resort and lodging search tool can help you find just the right place, no matter what your criteria. Looking for a campground near Walker, MN with RV hookups and electricity, no problem. Don’t wait to try to book a cabin for the summer in June because there won’t be any openings until October by then! Use the advanced search tool now, and reserve the perfect lodging.

Walker MN advanced resort search

The Best Source For Lodging Deals In Walker, MN.

Find the latest deals and savings on lodging using our specials page. Offering savings you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to stay on Leech Lake for less don’t miss out on this great tool. Resorts and lodges regularly upload their top specials and deals here, check back often and you will find amazing savings. Whether it’s a discount on all cabins or a free night if you stay an more than a week, you will often find savings here from 15-60% off! So bookmark our Walker, MN Specials Page and start saving today!

Walker MN Lake

Last Minute Openings In Walker, MN

While it doesn’t often happen (because no one willingly loses out on a vacation to the area!) if you procrastinate and find all lodging options are booked full, their is a chance you could get lucky and still get a cabin if you check our last minute openings page. If someone happens to cancel their stay you can find out almost immediately  on our Last Minute Openings page. Check often, last minute openings don’t stay open for long!

Walker MN cabin

Walker Lodging Map

Is location the most important criteria for choosing a lodging option. Do you absolutely need to stay on Walker Bay or do you love to fish and swim in Traders Bay? Well our lodging map offers a quick and easy way to find the optimal location for your upcoming stay!

Walker MN Map

Spring and then summer will arrive in Walker, MN much faster than you think. Much of the snow is gone, the ice will soon follow and green grass, warm water, and summer fun will be upon us. Don’t miss out on a stay in the beautiful Minnesota north-woods, use our great lodging tools and find yourself the perfect accommodations. June is almost fully booked at many establishments, and July and August are quickly filling up. Don’t wait, find the perfect lodging, and book today!

 

Looking for more things to do in Walker before you plan your next trip? We hope you found the perfect place and that we see you on the water this summer!

 

 

Walker MN – Things To Do In The Winter

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Walker, MN during the winter months? From ice fishing, to shopping, to snowmobiling, skiing and more, Walker offers the perfect winter escape. After weeks at a time indoors a short trip and some time in a new place can help renew and refresh you after months traveling from home to work and back, trying to avoid winter. In this post we will explore all Walker has to offer, so you can get out and have a good time this winter.

 

Skiing and Snowshoeing In Walker MN

shingobee ski map

Looking to get outside and away from the city, to enjoy a little bit of nature this winter. Walker offers several great options for skiing and snowshoeing that allow you to traverse or glide through unspoiled national forest and recreation areas.

  • Shingobee Recreation Area – With 12 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing with flat and lightly sloped areas for beginners, as well as some steeper terrain and sharp corners for experts, skiers of all ages will enjoy a day a Shingobee. It also offers access to the North Country Scenic Trail as well, so if 12 km isn’t enough you can transition over to the North Country Scenic Trail System. Shingobee also offers an amazing sledding park with a chalet for families looking to enjoy the winter weather, and many opportunities to explore the forest on Snowshoes.
  • The North Country Trial – This trail offers the perfect opportunity to snowshoe the forest and explore nature with no bugs and no mud! It is also widely used by XC skiers who in enjoy un-groomed back-country skiing through the dense forests of the area.

Snowmobiling in Walker MN

walker mn snowmobiling

  • Leech Lake is so large (Minnesota’s third largest in fact) it offers a snowmobiling opportunity in itself with miles of perfectly flat terrain and often thick snow-cover, with easy access from Walker.
  • Heartland State Trail – This extremely well maintained trail system offers access to Hundreds of miles of other state trails and leads from Walker to Park Rapids. It offers sharp and rolling terrain which makes it a wonderful ride on snowmobiles.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail - With 115 miles of groomed trail, a wide variety of terrain and very few road crossings, this trail offers snowmobile enthusiasts the ability to travel from Walker to Bemidji and beyond.

Winter Shopping In Walker MN

Enjoy a day in Walkers close nit downtown exploring the wide variety of shopping options, from local clothing, to northwoods decorations, outdoor gear and more.

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. – Offering a eclectic collection of northwoods furnishings, Leech Lake and Walker, MN branded clothing, and an astonishing selection of MN grown wild rice and other local products you are sure to find something unique here.
  • Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters – Love the outdoors, Reeds has a huge variety of outdoor supplies from ice fishing equipment, hunting gear, and winter sports supplies.
  • 513 Mainstream – Offering specialty men and women’s clothing this local boutique offers unique and fashionable clothing.
  • Lundgrigans Clothing - In operation since 1937 they offer a wide array of fashionable and outdoor oriented clothing options.

Ice Fishing In Walker MN


Everyone’s favorite winter activity in Walker is ice fishing on Leech Lake, recently named one of North Americas Top 10 ice fishing destinations. With great options for winter lodging that include ice fishing guides and ice houses as part of your stay, ice fishing was never more fun or comfortable. Stay in a heated and furnished ice house while you fish one of the US’s top ice fishing lakes. With easy lake access to Walker and it’s many shops and restaurants.

Restaurants In Walker MN

Walker has many great restaurants to enjoy after spending a long day on the ice or trials. From amazing BBQ to Steak, and more here are Walkers top three restaurants (Based on TripAdvisor  ratings).

  • The Boulders – Known for their great steaks and seafood options, they are know for their entrees and have a large and diverse menu.
  • The Piggy BBQ – Written about in the New York Times, they offer some of the best BBQ in the state.
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant – Known for their delicious breakfast’s and large portions start your morning off here.
Winter may bring the cold, and limit your outdoor activity options but their are so many things to do in Walker MN you are sure to have a great time. So get your ski’s, snowshoes, sleds or ice fishing gear and get to Walker. It’s time to ditch that Winter melancholy and enjoy an amazing winter on the ice or trails in Walker MN.

 

4 Minnesota Mothers Day Gifts

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – and this year it does not fall on the Minnesota fishing opener. That makes 2016 a great year to do something extra special for Mom this Mother’s Day. While chocolates, flowers and brunch are wonderful here are five nontraditional ideas to show your mom/wife/partner just how much you appreciate her.

1. Give Mom a Spa Day

Mothers are notorious for putting themselves last while they put their families first. This Mother’s Day, put mom first and give her the chance to get away from the house and relax! Having a spa day is a great way to unwind from the chaos of everyday life. Getting a massage has been linked relieving stress, anxiety, injuries, headaches, along with multiple other ailments. Jenny’s Beehive in Walker has 30, 60, and 90 minute massages that Mom can enjoy. They offer other spa services as well, such as facials, manicures and pedicures. Whether you’re looking for a quick massage or an all day spa service, Jenny’s Beehive can help Mom to relax this Mother’s Day.

 

woman getting a massage

 

2. Clean the House

Nothing helps you relax quite like a clean house! Organizing, dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping will not only help mom help mom unwind but has health benefits for the whole house! Having a clean house makes you safer from harmful germs and bacteria. Don’t stop there though, we have all vacuumed around things, be sure to pick them up this time get those toys off the floor! Having a clean home is great for you and Mom, but did you know it’s also linked to a higher productivity and can improve your mental health.

 

3. Plan a Family Hike

Spring can be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Trees are budding, flowers are starting to bloom, and it feels good to be out of the house after such a long winter indoors. If Mom enjoys sending time outdoors, plan a family hike or bike ride. The Heartland Trail is one of the oldest trails in Northern Minnesota and is home to lakes, forests and wildlife.  Between the Shingobee Recreation Are and the City of Walker, the Heartland Trail has a chain of lakes and plenty of beautiful places you can sit down for a break or a picnic.

 

woman walking across bridge

 

Speaking of picnics: The key to a memorable picnic lays in what type of food you bring. Easy to eat foods and foods that aren’t very messy are great for picnics as you might not have access to running water to help clean off your hands (unless you pick a spot next to a beautiful and clear Minnesota stream). Foods like sandwiches, chips, and vegetables are great for picnics for just this reason. Be sure to pack you food in containers that seal completely – it would be a disappointing picnic if you hike all that way, open your bag and see that food has spilled everywhere.

 

4. Cook Dinner at Home

Going out to Mom’s favorite restaurant is a great way to celebrate; but there is something extra special about a home cooked meal. In today’s fast-paced and busy world it seems more and more difficult to gather the family around the table at home to enjoy a special meal.

Have mom take time off from cooking while you and the kids get her favorite meal together. While you are cooking, make sure she is all comfortable in the living room with a glass of wine, beer, or tea – whatever her favorite thing to sip may be – and a book or a magazine so she can continue relaxing! After you enjoy a home cooked meal, make sure you clean up and do the dishes so she doesn’t have to worry about it the next day, and you keep the house clean after just having picked up for Mom, Right?

 

Asian food family dinner

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers! We look forward to seeing you in Leech Lake soon.

 

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.

Explore resort options for the summer now!

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.

Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This week we’re looking at Anderson’s Grand Vu Lodge on Leech Lake. One of the nderson Family Resorts, Grand VU Lodge is down on Pine Point peninsula. This resort is a great hideaway, tucked at the end of the peninsula away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. The resort boasts 17 modern lake homes decorated to feel like a true up-north vacation. Great fishing, Family fun and amenities including lodge, bait shop with fish cleaning/freezing service, full scale children’s playground, tennis/volleyball/basketball court, sand beach with waterslide, anchored water raft, docks, fully-protected harbor, boat rentals, fun bugs, canoes, paddleboats, bonfire pit, game room with pool table and arcades, and fully landscaped grounds with water fountains. There is also a 24-hour game room packed with table games and video games to suit any needs. The fitness center has a treadmill, elliptical, stair climber, weight machine, and more.

Eelpout Festival Review

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

This past weekend was the annual Eelpout Festival. The festival weighed in over 570 Eelout throughout the two day tournament, despite negative temperatures.

2015 International Eelpout Festival Tournament Result from our friends at Leisure Outdoor Adventures:

Top Ten Biggest Pout
1. Calen Zubke 10.55lbs
2. Dustin Nelson 10.38lbs
3. Mike Nelson 10.25lbs
4. Todd Felix 9.87lbs
5. Tommy Stangel 9.65lbs
6. Lacy Edwards 9.41lbs
7. Sandy Shipp 9.15lbs
8. Matt Christopherson 9.08lbs
9. Todd Ploutz 8.61lbs
10. Lucas Davis 8.60lbs

Top Ten Individual Tonnage
Kevin Joslyn 173.97lbs
Michael Marion 57.7lbs
Joe Eichberg 50.55lbs
Tyler Eichberg 50.54lbs
Steve Graff 46.36lbs
Tommy Stangel 44.52lbs
Josh Surber 44.06lbs
Curt Eichberg 43.77lbs
Tim Humphrey 43.71lbs
Kaylea Eichberg 42.74lbs

Team Tonnage
Thunderbirds 351.27lbs
218 Wrecking Crew 350.31lbs
Incognito 287.25lbs
Team Sunday 101.77lbs
Happy Hookers 91.87lbs
Northwoods Outfitters 85.71lbs
Mo Pout 45.21lbs

Punt Pout Winner
Jamie Johnson .20lbs

Kids Perch Jerk Results
Riley Nihort 1.03lbs
Jadon Petrie .95lbs
Jera Petrie .78lbs
Gavin Hookom .72lbs
Hailey Petrie .68lbs

Congrats to all of the winners, we look forward to seeing you again next year!

 

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/

Leech Lake 4th of July Events

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

July 4th 2014 – Leech Lake Events

 

 

Walker City on the Bay 10K (run/walk)
Race begins in Walker City Park at 10AM
Find race information and registration here!

 

 

4th of July Parade
Parade starts at 2PM in downtown Walker, MN
An event the whole family will enjoy with decorative floats, costumes and more!

 

 

Fun in the Park
10AM – 5PM
Games for Kids and Adults! Bounce Houses, Obstacle Course, Wacky Rock’n Joust

 

 

Fish Fry & Beer Garden
Brats & Hot Dogs
2PM – 10PM
Sponsored by the Rotary and Lions Club

 

 

Live Entertainment
4PM-11PM
Power Play

 

 

4th of July Fireworks
Spectacular fireworks show at dark! View from land or boat!

 

 

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July from the Leech Lake Tourism Bureau!

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!