End of Summer at Leech Lake in Minnesota

We have the good fortune of having generous friends with a place on Leech Lake near Walker, where we joined them for the long Labor Day weekend.Leech Lake is a large, shallow lake, ideal for fishing and water sports. However, its distance from the Twin Cities metro area (about four hours) limits the number of people who vacation here. There is still undeveloped shoreline and, even on a holiday weekend, there are seldom more than a few boats visible at any given time. It is a lovely, relatively quiet retreat.

Our friend’s place is at Trapper’s Landing, a resort that also offers various ownership options. It has a good location on the south end of the lake, with a scenic island just offshore and a nice beach.

The resort has a variety of combination lakehomes/condos with a welcoming “north woods” décor, big windows and decks with lake views, and fireplaces. They would be comfortable in any season and a fine place to spend a rainy day!

As a full service resort, it has just about anything you could want: There are firepits behind the homes for late-night campfires (please put out the fire before you go to bed); a full-service marina with plenty of space for your own boat, along with a pontoon, fishing boat, kayaks, canoes, and speed boats (with a driver for water skiing, if desired); a heated outdoor pool; a sauna; bicycles; a full bar (often with live music on weekends) and restaurant; ice houses (for fishing). Resort staff can also arrange fishing guides and other activities, including scenic flights over the lake. There are also plenty of hiking and bike trails in the area for those wishing to wander a little farther afield.

Of course, while there is no need to just sit and stare at the lake, that’s a reasonable activity too.

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