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5 Reasons Why Winter Is the Right Time to Visit Leech Lake

Traveling to Northern Minnesota in the depths of winter’s chill might feel intimidating – especially if you don’t hail from a cold climate. However, winter is an absolutely ideal time to experience all that Minnesota has to offer, especially in the scenic Leech Lake area of Walker. Visiting in the off season, which here is January through early March, is a quiet and peaceful time for tourism. Not only are there wonderful annual winter events, the snowy atmosphere is cozy and idyllic. Here are just a few reasons to consider braving the true north in early 2019.


  1. Ice Fishing


As the name suggests, you know that ice fishing requires ice. For some of the fall and most all of the winter, lakes freeze in northern Minnesota. However, the latter parts of winter (January, February, and early March) ensure more frozen, safer ice conditions. It is a great time to experience ice fishing. Check out ice fishing information in Walker, Minnesota, on Leech Lake.


  1. Great Prices


Resorts run excellent deals during the winter months. Although some visitors see the snowy conditions as a plus for ice fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing, and more – many visitors prefer to enjoy the lake in the summer. For this reason, you are likely to find great savings on top-of-the-line resorts in the area. The same luxury, the same stay, the same spas – only, you might just get it for less.


  1. Snow Sports


Visiting when plenty of snow is on the ground means taking advantage of the many winter activities that only snow provides. Activities include skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even dogsledding. These truly unique, traditional Minnesota activities are sure to provide memorable experiences. Attend one of several ski slopes or be a spectator for a wintery sporting event. You can experience so many winter sports in one location in few other places in the country!


  1. Shopping and Dining


If braving the elements just isn’t your style, cozying up in quaint shops, high-end restaurants, and excellent pubs and bars might suit you better. Though Walker, Minnesota, is a small town, it is home to more than five fine dining establishments, several great pubs, and tons of shopping. You can find most of your fast-casual favorites, as well as several unique local eateries. Shopping provides brand name boutiques, and quaint antiques shops, knick-knacks, and memorabilia.


  1. Winter Events


The winter brings about some of Minnesota’s best events, such as Leech Lake Frostfest and the Eel Pout Festival. Both celebrate the heritage of wintery sport, game, and fun. Come for an event and extend your stay to see all that the area has to offer.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take more adventures, start the year off by heading north to beautiful Walker, Minnesota, to get away at Leech Lake. The wintery weather only enhances the enchanting charm of this Midwestern slice of heaven. Pack your warmest coat and book your trip for a post-Christmas surprise, a Valentine’s getaway… or the best reason – just because!


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