Blog-September 2021

Discover fall’s beauty and fun in the Heartland Lakes It is stunning to see how green the forest floor and our lawns have become after a few days of steady rain. Signs of fall mark the landscape with golden rod, purple asters and some leaves turning scarlet and gold The northern landscape will soon ripen […]

Fishing Report-August 4, 2021

Fishing around the Park Rapids area is awesome Walleyes are hitting pearl white crankbaits trolled along the shallow weed edges in the 10 ft range. Pike are eating chartreuse spinner baits slowly rolled through deep weed beds in the 15 ft range. Bluegills are schooled heavily on the deep weed lines and are being caught […]

Blog-August 2021

Find food, fun and fantastic music at August festivals Neither drought nor haze from Canadian wildfires are keeping communities from celebrating their culture and heritage on weekends throughout August. In between, you can go fishing, take a kayak around the lake, go tubing down a river, pitch a tent under the pines, stay off line […]

BLOG-JULY 2021

Summer’s fun events are back As we look forward to celebrating Independence Day, the pattern of warm days and cool nights has set in. If you’ve spent time in other states or even southern Minnesota, cool nights make “good sleeping weather,” and are one of the many reasons visitors have enjoyed a stay here for […]

Blog-April 2021

Awakening to a new day   Like the bear that knocked down our bird feeder last night and scattered the small feeders around the yard, some of us feel like we’re ready to come out of hibernation and start swinging, at least in a measured way. Spring reminds us of hope, a fresh start. Sheep […]

January 2021 – Make Your Own Fun

  January 2021 Make your own fun   When we were kids and mom wanted to get us out of her hair, she told us to go outside. Even in winter, we made our own fun. We went sledding, built a snowman, put up a snow fort, played fox and goose in our booted feet. […]

Fishing Report

If your into catching big panfish, then this is your week in the Park Rapids area. The biggest of the sunfish can be found where the walleyes roam. We are catching good numbers of big sunfish in the 15-25 ft range. Sunken islands close to shore that top off in the 15-25 ft. range have been the best. If […]

Blog – June 2020 Shelter at home

June 2020 Shelter at our place   It’s been a tough couple of months with students at home, possibly challenging our math skills, while working at home demands time and attention. Or maybe you’ve done a 1,000-piece puzzle and learned how to bake bread. Now the outdoors is calling and, while we want everyone to […]

And the winner is…

2nd Street Stage winning button design chosen From a 4/12/2018 Press release: The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) received dozens of entries for the second 2nd Street Stage button design contest. The winner is Hendri Ernst, president of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, a 2nd Street Stage sponsor. “I entered the competition because my wife […]

Outdoor Fun – No Experience Necessary

  Learn how to camp and fish with your family at I Can Camp! and I Can Fish! The Minnesota DNR has announced the dates for this years I Can programs at Itasca State Park.   Itasca State Park will be hosting I Can Camp and I Can Fish this summer.  Both programs help you […]

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