Category Archives: Nature

Nature

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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Signs of Spring on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_6742" align="aligncenter" width="600"] One of the first frogs to call in the spring is the wood frog, seen here in a pond near the Whitefish Chain in a previous spring. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] It may have been a long winter, but it's finally happening: spring is beginning to blossom on the Whitefish Chain.…
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Be Careful as the Ice Goes Out

[caption id="attachment_6747" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ice out in the spring of 2016 on Cross Lake. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Though this year has been a late winter, we're nearing ice out on the Whitefish Chain. And as the ice recedes, we'll all be eager to get out on the water and enjoy the liquid phase of…
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Top 5 Reasons the Whitefish Chain is Amazing

We could name a lot more than five things that make the Whitefish Chain of Lakes amazing, but the top five are in- and you'll love them as much as we do. Nestled in the heart of north-central Minnesota in the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Whitefish Area has a lot to offer. [caption id="attachment_6728" align="aligncenter"…
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