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 […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 2.8.18

Soaring Eagle Ski Trails Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club From Skinny Ski: Trails look beautiful today after 2-3″ new snow on a hard base. Groomers are out, so conditions should be excellent for the next few days. Sunday the 4th open house was cancelled due to wind chill predictions of as low as -37F. Itasca State […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 02.07.18

Crappies are being caught suspended over deep water.  Look for them in deep holes of 35 feet or more suspended 10-15 feet off of the bottom. Small jigging spoons tipped  with a minnow head will do the trick.  Glow in the dark or gold has been productive. Northern Pike action continues to be strong around […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 2.1.18

Winter Trail Condition Report   Soaring Eagle Trail Itascatour Outdoor Activity Club January 27, 2018 From Skinny Ski:  This is some of the best groomed trails we have skied! What a gem of a ski area. First time visit looking to do some skate skiing as we were passing through. MN ski pass required. Temps in […]

Fishing Tournaments, Fun From Way Back

Now that we’re knee-deep in ice-fishing tournament season, how about a look back to when it all began… Fishing contests are a long-held tradition in Park Rapids that started in 1915.  The first official contest was established by Earl Fuller of Fuller’s Hardware (which turned into Fuller’s Tackle Shop in 1930).  Earl started the contest […]

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 […]

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