Category Archives: Nature

Nature

Come see the northern lights

[caption id="attachment_4333" align="alignright" width="309"] Northern lights shine in the Minnesota sky over a frozen lake and a warm tent.[/caption] For many people, the natural phenomena of the northern lights is a bucket list item. The glow that sometimes lights up the sky above the Whitefish Chain here in Minnesota is an ethereal sight that is…
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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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Winter Birding is a HOT Cold-Weather Activity!

Just because some animals settle down for a long winter's nap doesn't mean they all do. You'll find that Minnesota's Whitefish Chain Area is teeming with life even in the coldest months. Many types of birds stay active in the area all winter long, and in some cases it's your chance to see some truly…
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Firearms Deer Opener is Nov. 9, 2019.

[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. 9. This yearly "holiday" is honored on the Whitefish Chain for both hunters,…
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Community Keeps Whitefish Chain Healthy

[caption id="attachment_7520" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A late-fall sunset over Cross Lake on the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The lakes of the Whitefish Chain are the pride and joy of the area community, providing us with scenery, fishing, boating, wildlife habitat and so much more. That's why the community also works hard to keep the…
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Migratory Birds Offer Thrill to Birders

[caption id="attachment_7513" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Watch for swans on the remaining open water as they migrate south. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] As many birdwatchers will already know, the migration period in the fall and the spring offers a great opportunity to see birds that pass through our beautiful state. Now's the time when many species of…
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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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