Category Archives: Nature

Nature

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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Choosing the Perfect Vacation Destination

[caption id="attachment_6705" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Summer on the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] A family vacation is a break from the hectic pace of our everyday lives, a chance for every member of the family can slow down, leave school or work behind, and simply enjoy themselves. That's why picking the perfect family vacation destination…
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Where Whitefish Wildlife Gets the Help it Needs

[caption id="attachment_6699" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This is one of three bear cubs that recently came to Wild and Free, an animal rehabilitation center, after their mother was hit by a car and fatally injured. Photo via the Wild and Free Facebook page[/caption] Have you ever found an abandoned baby bird, or rabbit? With the abundance of…
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Enjoy the lakes safely this winter

Here on the Whitefish Chain we want everyone- whether resident, friend or visitor- to make the most of the outdoor playground nature has to offer. And to have the most fun out on the ice, it's important to always keep in mind ice safety. The Minnesota DNR stresses that the ice is never 100 percent…
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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 the 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. 4

  [caption id="attachment_6300" align="aligncenter" width="338"] Area hunter Bryce Johnson holds his hunting prize. Firearms deer opener is Nov. 4.[/caption] Dawn on Saturday, Nov. 4 marks the start of firearms deer opener. It's a day when, according to the DNR, half a million hunters will take to the Minnesota woods early in the morning on Nov.…
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