Where Beauty & Nature intersect

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January 2016, Where the woods are still lovely, dark and deep

2015.12.31    No Comments

Where the woods are still lovely, dark and deep As a new year begins, we count our blessings. It’s common for people who live here to tell their friends about their early morning commute: “I saw four white-tailed deer on the Heartland Trail. They just watched the car passing by as they enjoyed a morning […]

Ice and fishing report for the Park Rapids Area

2015.12.30    No Comments

                Report submitted by Josh Severtson of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store December 30, 2015 Outside temperatures are finally dropping to below zero many nights and ice is being made twenty four hours a day. Within the last week we’ve had the rest of the bigger lakes completely ice […]

Ice and Fishing Report for the Park Rapids Area

2015.12.18    No Comments

Report submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store December 16, 2015 Ice conditions are shaky in the Park Rapids area. Lakes such as Fishhook, Long Lake, and Potato are still open enough to launch a boat! Some of our smaller lakes have anywhere from 3-6 inches of ice. These lakes include Portage Lake, Straight Lake, Lower […]

December 2015, Head up north where trees are part of the landscape, not just a decoration

2015.11.30    No Comments

If your Christmas wish list includes peace and quiet, the thrill of chasing through the pines, angling through the ice or all three, find them all on a visit here. At the beginning of December, we have a dusting of snow and the ice is beginning to thicken. The weather forecast promises more snow and […]

November 2015, Loving our local traditions

2015.11.05    No Comments

A friend says Halloween feels like the run up to northern Minnesota’s four major holidays: the Firearms Deer Hunting Opener, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. You’re invited to our place for all of them. After an uncommonly warm October, the days just ahead are filled with preparations for the deer hunting opener. Hunters site in […]

September 2015, Harvest fall fun

2015.09.03    No Comments

Fall brings out the best in the north woods as the pace changes with kids starting school, whistles blowing on the football field, leaves and pine needles waiting to be raked and equipment moving about for the fall harvest. The northern landscape has begun turning to orange, gold and red, all the beauty mirrored on […]

Park Rapids Area Fishing Report – August 26, 2015

2015.08.27    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing Report – August 26, 2015 Courtesy of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store With the days of summer winding down, and the water temps dropping, the fall bite is starting to pick up more and more. Fisherman are putting the leeches and crawlers away and grabbing the minnow bucket. Walleye- Slowly moving into […]

July 2015, July calendar sparkles with fun events

2015.07.01    No Comments

People find all kinds of ways to celebrate summer. Pick your favorites: biking, water skiing, grilling that fresh caught fish. It’s all here and the best is yet to come. Starting with a parade of Independence Day activities, July brings the county fair, community festivals, live music, live theater and more. From the early morning […]

June 2015, Where memories are caught

2015.06.01    No Comments

The docks are out, the boats are in and the lakes are waiting for you to catch a memory this summer. It’s pretty hard to imagine catching just one – fish or memories – with all the things the Park Rapids Lakes Area offers to see and do. At Itasca State Park, you can walk […]

Park Rapids Area Fishing Report

2015.05.29    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing Report 5/24/15 Report written by Josh Severtson of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store With Between six to eight inches of rainfall in the Park Rapids area within the last week ,water temps haven’t moved much from lake to lake. Expect water temps to be hovering around 55-60 degrees. Like the previous weeks […]


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