Category Archives: Nature

Nature

Grouse hunting season now open

[caption id="attachment_6204" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A hunter stops for a break on the trail. There are hundreds of acres of hunting land surrounding the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Grouse season opened Saturday, Sept. 14, a sure sign of fall. As the fall colors start to progress around the Whitefish Chain, the cooler days and…
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Butterflies Brighten Minnesota’s Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_7463" align="aligncenter" width="4898"] A painted lady butterfly rests on a sunflower near the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The Whitefish Chain of Lakes here in Minnesota is home to a diverse variety of life- from plants to birds to mammals to bugs. But one creature we really appreciate is the delicate,…
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Kayaking the chain

[caption id="attachment_5140" align="alignnone" width="600"] Kayaking a lake near the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] 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. Because kayaks…
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How the Whitefish Chain got its Name

It seems like a no-brainer: The Whitefish Chain was called the Whitefish Chain because it has a lot of whitefish swimming within it. And it's true, the lake was named for the fish that live so abundantly in the water, but the story is more interesting than you'd expect. The name goes back more than…
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The Best Wildlife Viewing Spots

[caption id="attachment_7260" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Okay, maybe the Whitefish Chain Area isn't quite this green yet... but we'll get there.[/caption] We're coming around on the time of year when everything emerges from its winter slumber, and even those animals that haven't retreated for the winter begin to show signs of excitement for spring. We love seeing…
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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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Enjoy the Whitefish Chain Lakes Safely This Winter

As the ice grows thicker on the lakes and the weather grows steadily cooler, we on the Whitefish Chain of Minnesota want to remind outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the lake ice safely this winter. There is a certain magic in walking out onto a frozen lake. The perfectly smooth surface and cold, crisp air create…
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Great shore fishing spots

[caption id="attachment_7063" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This early-morning fall view from the dam in Crosslake shows the handicap accessible fishing pier on the left (north) side of the river.[/caption] If you're a fisherman without a boat, if you just like to dabble in the activity or you want to get some kids out fishing, there are some…
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Deer Season is Almost Here

[caption id="attachment_6300" align="aligncenter" width="338"] Area hunter Bryce Johnson holds his hunting prize. Firearms deer opener is Nov. 3.[/caption] The fall tradition of deer season is right around the corner as firearms deer opener begins a half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3. This yearly "holiday" is honored on the Whitefish Chain for both hunters,…
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History: The Whitefish Chain’s First Residents

[caption id="attachment_7046" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This grinding stone, left behind by some of the area's first inhabitants, was found near the Whitefish Chain. Photo courtesy of A Taste of History[/caption] More than 8,000 years ago, people began to inhabit the Whitefish Chain area of Minnesota. These people were the first to experience the area that we…
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