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February 2011 Play To Your Heart’s Desire

February 2011
Play to your heart’s content

Play to your heart’s content in the Park Rapids Lakes Area in February. What’s not to love! The days are getting longer, the average temps are rising and hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails are groomed and ready to ride.

Our forest and lake trails connect directly to restaurants, gas stations and lodging where you can put your feet up by the fire or warm up in the pool, hot tub or sauna at the end of the day. And you will find fine dining, fun shops and more to do, too.
Groomed cross-country ski trails also invite exploring. Skiers at Soaring Eagle will find a warming house and at Itasca State Park the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is open. For the first time, Itasca State Park has opened trails for skijoring, the sport for skiers drawn over the snow by their dogs.
Our lakes have a thick layer of ice so pull up a shelter and stay awhile.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates snow and trail conditions in weekly reports updated after 2 p.m. every Thursday at And our Chamber Website provides information about trail riding and cross country skiing possibilities as well as available lodging, dining and other things to see and do while you’re here.

Everyone who heads outdoors will find breathtaking scenery the perfect backdrop to whatever activity they choose. With Valentine’s Day on February’s calendar, a winter getaway “up north” may be the way to win your Valentine’s heart for the first time or all over again.

If you time your stay, you can sample one of the following fun winter activities:

It’s not too late to buy a ticket for the 13th annual Community Fishing Contest on Fish Hook Lake from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. The grand prize in this year’s raffle is a 2011 Chevy Colorado Truck. Fishing prize – for the 10th largest fish caught in any category – is an Ice Castle Fish House. Tickets for the fishing contest at $40 each are available at the American Legion or call 218-732-3360. For more information, go to

Two fun events are planned Saturday, Feb. 12. Akeley will host Audrey’s Purple Dream Fishing Tournament from noon to 3 p.m. on 11th Crow Wing Lake. Or step back in time and see how horses were used in logging in a Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers demonstration at Itasca State Park. The site will be located near the Wegmann Store (watch for signs). And in the evening, head to Itasca State Park for a Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoe Hike by the light of the moon. Marshmallows will be available for roasting around the fire!

Wolf Lake’s Winter Fest Saturday, Feb. 19 provides fun for the family, including sledding and contests for all ages.

The Dorothy Noeske Memorial Fishing Derby will give anglers another fun event on the ice at the Mill Pond in Osage from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.

If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about these and other winter activities or if you have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber, a Partner of Explore Minnesota Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Northwoods Bank, Partner of Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Citizen's Bank in Park Rapids, MN Park Rapids Downtown Business Association Park Rapids Lakes Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau