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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 beer. Roundhouse, which opened April…
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Bird migration is in full swing on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4755" align="alignnone" width="600"] Loons have returned to their summer homes on the Whitefish Chain[/caption] Minnesota’s favorite birds have returned to their favorite state, with more on the way. Loons, great blue herons, hawks and raptors have all made their returns, while hummingbirds, orioles and other colorful songbirds are currently on their flights north. “Birds are…
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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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Crosslake Chautauqua: Experts share their knowledge with the public

Every summer for the past 10 years, the Crosslake Community Center has hosted the Chautauqua program, a once-monthly series of classes on varying topics. Every Chautauqua is different, open to the public, and free. Topics over the years have varied greatly. One class brought in Marla Spivak, one of the nation’s leading authorities on bees.…
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See the fish at the DNR spring fish trap

Every spring, the DNR sets up a fish trap on the northwest side of the Whitefish Chain so they can collect the eggs and sperm of spawning walleye. But the event isn’t just good for the DNR or the anglers who will benefit from stocked lakes- it’s also great opportunity for members of the public…
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Perfect Picnics

[caption id="attachment_4607" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pequot Lakes has a brand new playground with nearby picnic shelter at the Trailside Park[/caption]   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…
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Ice-out approaches

  [caption id="attachment_4521" align="alignnone" width="600"] A recent foggy morning near the Crosslake dam shows a mixture of ice and open water. Though the water never freezes close to the dam, it has begun to open up a bit with warm weather. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The ice is just starting to pull away from the…
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Treasure hunting: Find the Lake Superior agate

[caption id="attachment_4517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Examples of Lake Superior agates. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] 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…
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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 the rivers and lakes seeking…
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Snowtubing!

[caption id="attachment_4451" align="alignnone" width="600"] Snowtubing at Primetime in Breezy Point. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] 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…
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