Where Beauty & Nature intersect

Pictures from Winters Past

If you’ve ever lived outside of Minnesota you know you get the same question when people find out where you’re from. “Aren’t the winters cold there?” After getting this question dozens of times I say, “Yes but you just wear more clothes and walk faster.  You get used to it.”  People usually look at me […]

February 2018 – What’s Not to Love About February

February brings Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and some great special events for a winter getaway. The upside of subzero temps is ice thick enough to hold a population of fish houses and keep our snow cover. And the days are getting longer. Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails will take you places you […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 1.26.18

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club January 22, 2018 – From SkinnySki, Monday, January 22: “Conditions are fair. Three days of above freezing temps have left the trails generally icy and thin in spots. Lillie’s beginner loop is fine, and the first and last parts of Eagle are also ok, but […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 01.24.18

Crappies are starting to head to deeper water, after they have spent a longer than normal vacation in the shallow weeds.  I am still catching Crappies in 6-10 ft of water (some never leave) but the easy fish for most people to catch are starting to filter out into the “deep holes” on most lakes […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 1.18.18

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails January 15, 2018 – Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club The ski center consists of 10 km of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate and are designed for beginner to expert skiers. Trails are groomed by Itascatur Club volunteers every Friday during the […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 01.17.18

Fishing has been steady with the Crappies moving in to the deeper holes in most area lakes.  Look for suspended fish anywhere from 20-30 feet down over 35-45 of bottom depth.  Using 2 lines, have a Crappie minnow on a glow jig and your second line rigged with a small jig tipped with a wax […]

The Ultimate List of Boredom-Defeating Activities for Kids in Park Rapids

When school lets out for spring break, summertime, or just the weekend, it is inevitable that kids will get bored. In the Park Rapids Lakes Area, there are tons of opportunities to have fun that don’t involve staring into a glowing handheld device. Here is a list of ideas to get the kids active and […]

May in the Land of Lakes, Loons and Legends

May brings fishing opener and so much more Heading west into Park Rapids, a patch of golden flowers – marsh marigolds, also known as cowslips – thrives on the side of a hill sloping down to Mud Lake. Every spring, as the snow melts, anyone driving on State Highway 34 can watch the slope turn […]

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