Winter Activities

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Wintertime in the Leech Lake Area creates a sparkling white playground for visitors of all ages. With the snow comes an abundance of activities to suit everyone’s tastes: snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, sleigh riding, sledding, and winter hiking.

The Leech Lake Area is a snowmobiler’s dream with hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails, including the Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails, weaving through the surrounding forests and lakes area. The Walker Lakes Area provides over 150 miles of cross-country ski trails through the nearby Chippewa National Forest. The trails range from a simple stretch of the legs to a high level romp up the hills of the Shingobee River Valley. Horseback riding is also a wonderful winter activity.

It’s an ice fishing paradise in the Walker Lakes Area. Panfish or walleyes, the big lake or small ones, there is something for everyone who loves ice fishing. Rent a fish house for the day and stay overnight in one of our local resorts, motels, or bed and breakfasts. Don’t forget about shopping in our specialty boutiques and then enjoy a hot dinner in one of our many restaurants.

View our Snowmobile Trail Report

Winter Lodging

Winter Events

  • For more event information visit our Calendar of Events:
  • Festival of Lights – November 25 & 26, 2016
  • International Eelpout Festival – February 19-21, 2016
  • Polar Pout Plunge – Saturday February 20, 2016
  • 40th Annual Resort, Retail & Restaurant Buyers Show – February 25 & 26, 2016

Winter Trail Conditions