Category Archives: Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails

Join the Lumberjack Jaunt

This Sunday, Jan. 29, one of the longest-running ski races in the state will take place at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. The Lumberjack Jaunt, now in its 43rd year, is a family-friendly race that's open to all ages and all abilities. Registration prices are from $20-$33 and include a bib, timing and lunch after…
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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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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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Digital Treasure Hunting- Geocache Whitefish!

[caption id="attachment_5196" align="aligncenter" width="450"] See it?! A geocache is hanging from the branch of a tree in the woods near Pequot Lakes.[/caption] It's the perfect combination: the beauty of the north woods that encompass the Whitefish Chain, and the technology in our pockets that we all love so well. Geocaching uses the GPS on a…
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Step back in time this weekend in Pine River

Pine River Heritage Days have a long tradition in the north country. Every year the community showcases a time when fur traders and hobos unite. On Sept 9 - 11 features a free historic, pre-1830s encampment at Forbes Park which is the over the dam on the east side of Pine River. Step back in…
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Signs of spring on the Whitefish Chain

Looking for signs of spring? Look for trillium, a delicate white flower with three petals, surrounded by three leaves. It’s a spring ephemeral, meaning it’s one of the very first flowers to appear in the springtime. One of the best places to find it on the Whitefish Chain is on Big Island, just between Upper…
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Snowshoeing: walking in a winter wonderland

[caption id="attachment_4447" align="alignnone" width="400"] Photo by Tina Shaw[/caption] One of the best ways to explore the beauty and serenity of the woods is to take to them by snowshoe. We’ve gathered up some of the best areas with beautiful woods, wildlife and scenery to explore. The Crosslake Community Center rents snowshoes for $5 for two…
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Great Snowmobiling Awaits

[caption id="attachment_4443" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo courtesy of the Ideal Sno Pros[/caption] All around the Whitefish Chain, you’ll hear snowmobilers rejoice when the snow flies. That’s because there’s a whopping 1,000 miles of maintained trails in Crow Wing County and southern Cass County, where the Whitefish Chain is located. Local clubs do the work of maintaining…
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