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Mushrooming for Morels

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 become somewhat iconic to the Minnesota woods, and often searching for and finding…

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Walleye Dinner Winners

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. And fishermen know and love the shore lunch, but in case you find yourself…

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Celebrate St. Pat’s in Crosslake

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 parade is on Saturday, March 18, and once again the town is expected to swell from its 2,000-person…

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Up North Comfort Food

No one knows comfort food like a Midwesterner in the dead of winter. That's why on the Whitefish Chain, we've got food that warms your heart and soul after a long day of playing in the snow. Every Tuesday, the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion (located in Crosslake) makes hot roast…

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Remember ice safety this winter

Here on the Whitefish Chain, many of our favorite winter activities take place on the ice, whether it's ice fishing, hockey, skating, spearing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. But remember, before you head out on the ice, you'll want to be sure it's safe. The DNR always asks the public to…

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Crosslake Has Host of Holiday Events

This weekend, Crosslake has several holiday events you won't want to miss. Start your holiday fun Saturday, Dec. 3, at businesses around town, which will be offering special deals in honor of the annual Holiday at the Dam celebration. For the past few years, the Light Up the Dam Committee…

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Kayaking the chain

It's easy, peaceful, and a whole different perspective on the lake. Kayaking has been around for a long time, but many people don't realize just how easy, convenient and fun it is to kayak the Whitefish Chain area. Crosslake is home to Wind, Water and Wheels and Crow Wing Kayaks,…

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Explore local craft beer in the Lakes Area

The craft beer craze has not missed the Whitefish Chain area of Minnesota. Delicious beers are  brewed locally with great atmosphere at four area breweries. Roundhouse Brewing: The newest brewery to join the area’s craft beer family is Roundhouse Brewing, which is combining the history of the area with great…

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Perfect Picnics

  Greening grass and sunshine- the perfect ingredients for a picnic. The Whitefish Chain area happily supplies both, as well as beautiful views, fresh breezes and singing songbirds. There are several great places to have a picnic, but if you’d like to grill up some burgers or brats, the Crosslake…

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Ice-out approaches

  The ice is just starting to pull away from the shore on area lakes, and though the area is still waking with the occasional skiff of snow on the ground, most of the winter’s snowpack has melted. Migratory birds are starting to arrive, maple syruping is on and, well,…

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Treasure hunting: Find the Lake Superior agate

Spring is the perfect time to search for the Lake Superior agate, the beautiful banded rock that’s the Minnesota state gemstone. While different kinds of agates are found all over the world, Lake Superior agates are marked by their red and white stripes. According to the DNR, Lake Superior agates…

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The Native American Battle at Cross Lake

Long before the resorts, the loggers and the dam that created the Whitefish Chain, the many lakes that now form the chain were home to the original Minnesota hunters fishermen- Native Americans. Evidence of residents in the Whitefish Chain area goes back 2,000 years, when Woodland Native Americans traveled through…

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Snowtubing!

Want to hit the slopes, but don’t know how to ski or board? Maybe you’d love to go sledding, but dread dragging your sled back up the hill? Go snowtubing. Two separate tubing hills are just a short drive from the Whitefish Area. Primetime , in Breezy Point, offers weekend…

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Whitefish Area Daytrip: Ski Gull

Looking for a good daytrip in the Lakes Area? Mount Ski Gull is a great option. Just a 20-minute drive from Pequot Lakes, Mount Ski Gull has low prices, short lift lines, and a terrain park the hill is proud of. Ski Gull welcomes skiers and boarders of all ages,…

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How logging brought the Whitefish Chain to life

  Long before tourism took hold on the Whitefish Chain, logging was the main industry that shaped the chain, allowing for the creation of cities and many homesteads, bringing the chain to life. The logging history of the chain is fascinating. All winter, lumberjacks toiled in the woods, cutting the large Norway pines…

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Fun on the Ice for Everyone

The 21st Annual Etta Steffen Memorial Ice Fest at Breezy Point will be held Jan 8 - 9, 2016 at Breezy Point Resort. Live entertainment at area eateries kicks off the fun on Friday night, with a full slate of activities on Saturday. The main attraction of this annual event…

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Come see the northern lights

For many people, the natural phenomena of the northern lights is a bucket list item. The glow that sometimes lights up the sky above the Whitefish Chain is an ethereal sight that is entirely unforgettable. Curtains of greenish or pinkish light dance across the sky, moving up and down in…

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Join the Christmas Bird Count

One of the best ways to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter is through birdwatching, and Christmas happens to be a great time get out and see some birds. This is the time of year when the annual Christmas Bird Count is conducted. This is your chance to birdwatch…

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Ice-in on the Whitefish Chain

Once late fall hits, It’s a time anxiously awaited by anglers and snowmobilers alike: ice-in. Ice-in happens at different times for each of the many lakes of the Whitefish Chain. The Department of Natural Resources keeps ice-in date records, though the only records it has for the Whitefish Chain are…

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Owling around the Whitefish Chain

Brink said that he has most commonly seen owls at the Uppgaard Wildlife Management area on County Road 16. Uppgaard WMA is a great place to snowshoe or hike in the winter with 110 acres of forest to explore. Trail maps are available at the arched entrance. Brink has also…

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Best of the Byway

Enjoy a daytrip driving tour of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Connecting many of the Lakes Area’s most beautiful cities is the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, a nationally-recognized byway, and there’s an interesting stop around every corner. Follow our daytrip recommendations and hit a few of the byway’s highlights. Birding,…

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Happy Holidays!

Visit Crosslake for an afternoon of outdoor winter fun, on Sat., Dec. 6. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the campgrounds, meet Santa, enjoy hot cider, a campfire with s'mores, hot dogs and more! Learn more

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Hot Happenings in Crosslake

Celebrate Fall and participate in the best chili tasting around as a part of the Celebrate Crosslake Days, Sept. 24-26, 2015. The 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off begins at Noon all around town (map) and continues until the chili is gone. Enjoy drinking and dining specials, as well as shopping and…

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