The Secret to a Wonderful Leech Lake Experience
November 5, 2018
It’s no secret to locals that Leech Lake is a coveted area when it comes to a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. Families can enjoy the many water activities and the surrounding communities while spending little time on the road. Less than four hours from the Twin Cities, Leech Lake has all you could hope for in a fall vacation.
Stay on the Lake
If you’re going to enjoy the lake to its fullest, finding the right accommodations is vital. Even if you live locally, spending an overnight on the lake is an experience worth having. Stony Point Campground offers an authentic stay with such close proximity to the lake, you could sleep in your boat! Those looking for more comfortable accommodations may find the various resorts and bed & breakfasts to be more cozy.
Fish on the Lake
Leech Lake offers 150 miles of shoreline with many different access points. Renowned for its varieties of fish like walleye, northern pike, muskie, bass and perch, Leech Lake is a popular destination for those who want to enjoy the pleasure of fishing. Can’t bring all your equipment with you? No worries – you can rent everything you need, from boats to bait.
Dine on the Lake
Even if you’re not into fishing, you can still enjoy a taste of the local catch at one of Leech Lake’s restaurants. Want to dine on the water? The Merit Lakeside Dining and Cocktails is a fine choice with dock seating as well as lake views from inside during the colder months. The Merit is also convenient for those on the lake who want to stop and dock for a meal. Their famous Fish Fry Fridays from 4-9 PM will keep you coming back for more!
Shop on the Lake
Downtown Walker offers many quaint stores that add to the Leech Lake experience. Even locals enjoy these hidden gems. The Walker General Store is old-fashioned in style and warm in heart. With traditional gifts and merchandise, you’ll be taken back in time. Visit Tiger Lily’s Boutique for a more modern, yet eclectic appeal, that boasts women’s fashion and jewelry, as well as gifts and home décor.
Whether you’ve lived near Leech Lake your whole life and take a stay-cation or you’re about to experience the area for the first time, the fishing, accommodations, dining and shopping offer quality experiences that won’t disappoint.