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Nature

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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Paddle the Star Chain

[caption id="attachment_7024" align="aligncenter" width="449"] Paddle the Star Lake Chain and enjoy culvert tunnels like this one.[/caption] The next lakes south of the Whiteifish Chain include among them Star Lake and several other small connecting lakes that are fun to paddle, especially now as the leaves begin to change. This paddle, originally done by the Crow…
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Beach Time is the Best!

[caption id="attachment_6995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Beach days are endless fun![/caption] There's a reason why the phrase "a day at the beach" is such a happy one! Beach days at their best are carefree, sunny, warm and- most of all- fun. With 16 lakes, the Whitefish Chain has tons of beautiful beaches and waterfronts. We've got a…
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Local Berries: A Sweet Taste of Summer

It's that time of year when you can get your hands on the literal fruits of summer. Berries are ripening across the Whitefish Chain area, and the sweet-tart taste is unlike any other. We'll help you get your hands on the summertime treats. There are several you-pick operations in the area where you can get…
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Dragonflies: Friends of the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_6923" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The green darner dragonfly is one of the larger and more common dragonflies found in Minnesota. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] They're agile, they're beautiful, and they take care of some of those pesky mosquitoes: Dragonflies are our friends. With the abundance of water on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes and the…
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Meet the Turtles of the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_6891" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A snapping turtle, one of the species of turtles you'll find on and around the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Among the abundance of wildlife on the Whitefish Chain is a great collection of turtles- some common, some rather rare, and all interesting. You'll find them in the waters of…
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Explore the migratory birds of the Whitefish Chain

There's a sound being heard on the lakes of the Whitefish Chain that is a true herald of summer: the call of the loon. Loons, iconic of not just the Whitefish Chain but all of Minnesota, spend their winters in the Gulf of Mexico. But they're back, along with all their snowbird friends. If you…
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