Category Archives: Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails

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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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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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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