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Blog-March 2021

Heartland Lakes is here for you


As a welcoming place and destination for visitors for generations, Heartland Lakes lodging hosts can help you plan a stay any time of the year.


Swans Flying, Deane Park


If it’s been your dream to spend a week relaxing at the lake or recharging on a weekend get-away, now is the time to make plans. The Chamber and others are already organizing summer events with built-in flexibility to change as health and safety conditions allow. If you just want to settle in for a stay, lodging establishments  have experience in how to make it work to keep you and yours safe and comfortable any time of the year.


Heading into March, snowmobilers and cross country skiers defy cabin fever and embrace what’s left of winter. Trail grooming continues and the Heartland Lakes area includes hundreds of miles of beautiful trails to ride and ski.


Walleye, pike and bass fishing season has ended in this part of the state, but avid anglers can still enjoy excellent pan fishing. After days on end of subzero temps, Ice thickened and remains safe for a while at least. Caution is always advised so contact local bait dealers if you’re not sure where to set up. DNR ice thickness guidelines are at


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posts snow and trail conditions after 2 p.m. every Thursday at


The Visitor Center lobby at Itasca State Park is open and the wonders of experiencing the park’s lakes, trails and northern forest never disappoints. At Soaring Eagle Ski Trails you’ll find 10 km of marked and groomed trails for skiing and for snowshoeing when snow conditions permit. To learn more, go to


Local beverage and dining establishments are already planning a taste of another culture’s traditions around the March 17th weekend when wearin’ the green will keep Leprechauns at bay.


As you plan for the glorious months of summer, the Chamber’s new Discovery Guide counts the ways to Catch a Memory at the source, the lake, the woods or a local celebration. Let your imagination be your personal guide.


Area lodging accommodations can be found to suit your style whether it’s camping under the stars, sleeping within walking distance of a golf course or staying at a cabin on a sand beach. Start here for information on campgrounds, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast inns, vacation homes and a hostel. Most accommodations have websites so you can peek inside a cabin or read what other guests have to say about their stay.


If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about 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