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A Birdwatchers Guide to Heartland Lakes

2024.04.09    Comments Off on A Birdwatchers Guide to Heartland Lakes

A Birdwatchers Guide to Heartland Lakes If you’re among the one in five Americans who identify as a birdwatcher or want to join the ranks, you will be delighted to see birds you may not expect to find in our parks and forests and along the lakes, rivers and trails in the Heartland Lakes area. […]

Seasons of Natural Beauty

2024.03.07    Comments Off on Seasons of Natural Beauty

Seasons of Natural Beauty Whether you prefer to bask in the sun on a lake shore or slice through new fallen snow, the dramatic progression of the seasons bring a special sense of beauty and wonder to our lakes, rivers, forests, and fields. Phenology, the study of seasonal changes in nature, is a past time […]

Blog – February 2024

2024.02.27    Comments Off on Blog – February 2024

February 2024 – A Taste of the Heartland Lakes From hometown cafes to fine dining and java to vino, the dining scene in the Heartland Lakes offers a variety of cuisines and experiences. Consider this “menu” of possibilities as a starting point and be ready to be delighted. Necce’s Ristorante From its luxurious atmosphere to […]

4 Reasons to Vote in February

2024.02.22    Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Vote in February

It’s election season! Woohoo! Let’s get fired up. Not your first reaction? It’s not mine either. However, engaging earlier in the election process presents a great opportunity for community leaders, business owners, individuals. Here are four reasons to start engaging in the election process today: 1) Maximize Your Vote In 2022, there were over 2.5 […]

Fishing Report 1/26/2024

2024.01.26    Comments Off on Fishing Report 1/26/2024

Ice conditions in the Park Rapids area are favorable for fishing, but anglers should proceed cautiously given the unique season Mother Nature has presented.  Most lakes have 12-14” of ice and vehicles are beginning to venture out on many lakes. However, visitors should diligently check conditions. Bringing along safety equipment is always best practice.  Walleye […]

January Winter Fun Blog 2024

2024.01.05    Comments Off on January Winter Fun Blog 2024

5 Ways to Make Winter Fun Embrace winter with activities in Park Rapids and the Heartland Lakes area that turn the frosty time of year into fun for everyone! Here are a few opportunities to enjoy the Northwoods in the winter: Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Skiing Itasca State Park’s Evening Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski […]

2023.12.28    Comments Off on

Click here for Jason’s report Here is Jason Durham with this weeks fishing report for 12/28/2023 No ice is 100% safe! Be careful and check with Jason or local bait shops for updated conditions before you head out to your favorite lake! FOR INFORMATION ON LOCAL LAKES OR TO SCHEDULE A FISHING EXCURSION, CONTACT JASON […]

Keep It Clean Minnesota!

2023.12.05    Comments Off on Keep It Clean Minnesota!

New Litter Law is in Effect! It is unlawful to improperly dispose of garbage, sewage or any wastewater on the ice. New statute for 2023 This new law puts the focus on where it should be – on individual accountability. To do your part:  -Make a plan for trash and waste removal before you hit […]

December 1, 2023 Ice Fishing Report

2023.12.01    Comments Off on December 1, 2023 Ice Fishing Report

Ice is Developing But be CAREFUL! Ice is developing in many lakes throughout the Park Rapids area. Currently there is no snow cover, which bodes well for ice formation. Some smaller, shallow lakes have 3-5” of ice, but extreme caution should be exhibited. Larger, deeper lakes recently froze and some aren’t even entirely frozen. Those […]

December Blog 2023

2023.12.01    Comments Off on December Blog 2023

  ’Tis The Season to Celebrate Small Town Cheer The gorgeous tree is lighted on Park Rapids’ extra wide Main Street and town and country homes and yards show the Christmas season is here. As December begins the only thing missing is snow so it’s at the top of our wish list. Still a weekend […]

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