Category Archives: Nature

Nature

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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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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