Category Archives: Nature

Nature

New outdoor destination: Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Among the features of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens is this crawl-through caterpillar, created by local artist Josh Porter. Photo courtesy of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens Facebook page.[/caption] In honor of a late community member who gave her all in her volunteerism, a beautiful flower garden for the community is…
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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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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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Exploring a Winter Wonderland on Two Wheels: Fat Biking

[caption id="attachment_5463" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo by Ron Plinske of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew[/caption] Many tend to put their bikes in the garage for winter hibernation, but fat biking is becoming a popular winter two-wheel activity. And, just a short jaunt from the Whitefish Chain is one of the most popular fat biking areas…
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Snowmobile and Ski Trails are Looking Good

[caption id="attachment_5416" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Ideal Sno Pros marked several lake trails on Jan. 7. The area received at least 6 inches of fresh snow between Jan. 9 and Jan. 11. Photo via the Ideal Sno Pros Facebook page.[/caption] Music to the ears of Whitefish Chain residents and visitors is the hum and buzz of…
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Dark House Spearing: A Whitefish Tradition

[caption id="attachment_5406" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A dark house on the Whitefish Chain from Heath's Resort. Photo courtesy of Heath's[/caption] While typical ice fishing gets most of the attention in the winter on the Whitefish Chain, dark house spearing is a whole other facet of ice fishing, and a tradition in its own right. If you're unfamiliar,…
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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 remember that ice is never…
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Motor through the woods on ATV trails

The leaves are in full color and the trails await- get out on your ATV or OHV on any of many four-wheeling trails that surround the Whitefish Chain. From state forests to grant in aid trails, there are lots of places to enjoy the woods on an ATV and see the country that the Whitefish…
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Fall Leaves Reaching Peak around Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_5213" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The walking trails at Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area are alight in fall color. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption]   The Whitefish Chain is officially lit up with color as the leaves on the maples, birches and oaks have begun their vivid change. The shorelines of the lake and area roadsides are showing…
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