April 2023 Blog

April 2023 Winter retreats, but slowly Spring remains an unkept promise, but, as locals are quick to say, snow on the ground means forest fires stay down. After looking at a white, green and brown landscape for months now, we can look forward to a change of scenery to the brightly colored palette of greens […]

Fishing Report 4/11/2023

The thaw is on in the Park Rapids area! The thaw is on in the Park Rapids area! Travel conditions are changing rapidly daily. Currently, snowmobiles are the best mode of transportation, but ATV travel will be possible within the week. Snow is disappearing quickly and ice cleats should be on your list of safety […]

Fishing Report 3/13/2023

Lake Conditions Have Taken a Turn Lake conditions in the Park Rapids area have definitely taken a turn over the past several days. Two significant snowfalls have made travel conditions challenging. Currently, snowmobiles and track vehicles are the only suggested methods for travel and even so, slush can disable those machines on some lakes. For […]

“Crappies” is the the word of the week!

The word for the week in the Park Rapids Heartland Lakes area is “crappies”! Anglers have been successful targeting deep basins in 18-24ft, especially around the low light periods and after dark. For those wanting to chase gamefish, your time is limited as the season comes to a close following this weekend. Walleye anglers are […]

Park Rapids Fishing Has Improved

Fishing in the Park Rapids has improved over the past week with consistent, warmer weather. With only a couple weekends remaining for the gamefish season, anglers hoping for walleye or northern pike need to act fast. Walleye have been most active out in the mud. The depth of those soft bottomed areas varies from lake […]

Fishing Report 01/30/2023

With ultra cold temperatures over the past week, fish activity in the Park Rapids area slowed dramatically. However, with consistent, warmer temperatures predicted over the next ten days, activity should increase dramatically. Sunfish have been most prevalent in mid-depth weeds, while crappies have been most consistently biting suspended over soft-bottomed basin areas. Northern pike have […]

February 2023 Blog

February 2023 February offers fun outdoors and inside We love you, February. With Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and daylight stretching the hours to play outside, it’s a great time to visit. A snowmobile woods race the last weekend in January showed how great conditions are on our hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails. […]

Fishing Report 1/23/2023

Anglers in the Park Rapids area are reporting great activity for panfish and pike, while walleye remains good, even though it has slowed from the first ice period. Those catching walleyes have found fish along primary drop offs and points, though anglers catching fewer, but larger fish, are finding them in shallow water vegetation. Time […]

December Blog

December 2022 Find nature’s beauty and small town cheer here     A weekend or a week here to embrace the joys of the season, experience nature and take life at a different pace may be the best gift you can give for the holidays this year. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, inspiration […]

October Blog

October 2022 Migrate north for fall fun and adventure Fall colors have not peaked yet so there’s still time to head north to explore the country roads, trails and lakes and enjoy the views. When temperatures shift, fog veils the picturesque landscape of stacked bales of hay and wetlands. Some hunters have headed to the […]

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