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Mushrooming for Morels

[caption id="attachment_5682" align="aligncenter" width="338"] A morel mushroom pops up on a Minnesota lake shore. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] While the woods of the Whitefish Area have much to offer in the way of wild foods, spring mushrooming is a favorite among foragers. The most well-known and sought-after of these mushrooms? The elusive morel. The morel has…
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Everything you need to know about the Rollie Johnson Islands

[caption id="attachment_5570" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The northeast side of Big Island, one of the Rollie Johnson Islands, has a nice sandy beach for boats to land. Hiking trails allow visitors to explore the island. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Out on the chain, between Upper and Lower Whitefish lakes, are three islands that make up the Rollie…
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Brainerd Day Trip: Laser Tag and The Great Escape

[caption id="attachment_5576" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Laser tag in Baxter[/caption] If you're looking for a day of fun for the whole family, nearby Brainerd has a couple attractions that are perfect for a day trip. The Great Lakes Escape recently opened as the area's first escape room challenge. A group of up to eight people (family or…
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Aquatic Management Areas provide wildlife habitat on the Chain

[caption id="attachment_5554" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This map, from the DNR's Recreation Compass, shows Aquatic Management Areas (AMAs) on the Whitefish Chain.[/caption] In addition to the lovely resorts and private homes on the Whitefish Chain, there are several areas of shoreline that are public and managed by the DNR for natural preservation. These areas, called Aquatic Management…
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A Piece of Whitefish History: The American Indian Battle on Cross Lake

[caption id="attachment_5528" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This map shows where the 1800 Cross Lake Indian battle took place. Marker A shows where the Sioux likely approached from across the bay. Markers B and C are the site of Chief Hole In The Day's village and two possible positions of the North West Co. fur trade post, respectively.…
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Walleye Dinner Winners

[caption id="attachment_5535" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A walleye sandwich at Bite's in Pine River. Photo courtesy of the Bite's Facebook page[/caption] It's legendary in Minnesota and especially on the Whitefish Chain- walleye dinners! But every once in a while you'll find that on your visit to the chain, you can't fish walleye because the season has ended.…
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Celebrate St. Pat’s in Crosslake

[caption id="attachment_5523" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo by Kelly Engstrom, courtesy of the Crosslake St. Pat's Day Facebook Page[/caption] It's true- the second-largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the entire state of Minnesota is held right in Crosslake, a stone's throw from the shores of the Whitefish Chain. This year the…
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The Lead-Up to St. Patrick’s Day Fun

St. Patrick's Day is such a big celebration here on the Whitefish Chain that we start the celebration ahead of time. Crosslake's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will be March 18, is the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the state. It's a day when the town with a population of just 2,000 grows…
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Golf on the Ice for a Great Cause

Moonlite Bay in Crosslake will host the 16th Annual Ice Tee Open on March 4, where golfers will step out on the ice to play their favorite game and raise money for a great cause. The Ice Tee Open is a golf tournament hosted by Golden Eagle Golf and Moonlite Bay to raise money for…
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Warm Up and Relax in our Great Local Coffee Shops

[caption id="attachment_5515" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa is known for their fresh coffee and fresh-baked scones.[/caption] Whether you want to kick start your day with a hot cup of coffee or warm up and relax after a day of skiing or snowmobiling, the Whitefish Chain area has some fantastic coffee shops that are cozy,…
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