Winter Activities in the Leech Lake Area

Winter Activities in the Leech Lake Area

December 4, 2013

Winter has officially arrived! Can you believe how much snow we have gotten this week already? This weather makes it the perfect time for Leech Lake winter activities.


If you enjoy snowmobiling in the winter, the Leech Lake area is the perfect place for you! The Leech Lake area offers hundreds of miles of trails groomed specifically for snowmobilers. With the many open fields, forests and lakes that cover the area, it could take you all winter to explore all the snowmobile trails available.


Two of the most popular snowmobile trails are the Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails, and they offer the best snowmobiling in Minnesota! The paved Heartland Trail stretches 50 miles across Minnesota and runs past the towns of Walker, Cass Lake, Akeley, Park Rapids and more. This scenic trail passes through prime Minnesota lake country and provides a secluded feel for the perfect snowmobile adventure.


The Paul Bunyan Trail is also a paved and level trail that runs for 110 miles from near Brainerd all the way through the Chippewa National Forest near Walker. The trail finally ends at Lake Bemidji State Park. This trail also provides a very scenic ride and features many trail crossing rivers and nearby lakes.


Many bars and restaurants along these trails cater specifically to snowmobilers and offer snowmobile parking and heated gear storage. Before you head out on your Leech Lake snowmobiling adventure, make sure to check out our snowmobiling trail conditions and trail reports to stay up to date on the trails’ grooming schedules.


The winter season in the Leech Lake area also offers both cross country and downhill skiing for even more winter fun! Many of the trails in the area, including the Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails, are perfect for a day of cross country skiing. There are also many small hills in the area for the skiers that have a need for more speed! Many of the Leech Lake resorts are open year round and are the perfect place to sit back and relax next to the fire after a long day of skiing.


As you can see, the Leech Lake area is a great place for all kinds of winter activities! If you are looking to take a weekend getaway to the area this winter, book a stay at one of our area resorts today. We look forward to seeing you at Leech Lake soon!

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