Recreation, Relaxation and Memories

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Itasca Area Lakes Country offers you four seasons of fun, whether you want an activity filled week or quiet relaxation.

Spring brings the May fishing openers for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, and panfish. Click here for more about lakes in the Itasca Area Lakes with the DNR Lake Finder and our Teach a Child to Fish Pages. The woods are bountiful with a vast array of wildflowers including Orchids. It is a time for a hike, to stop and smell the flowers and listen to the birds. Our area offers excellent birding opportunities. The diverse ecosystems of lakes, marshes, grasslands and forest provide habitat for over 200 bird species including loons, swans, eagles, various hawks and owls, pileated woodpeckers, songbirds and many warblers. Click here for more about Birding The Itasca Area Flyways.

Whatever your water sport, an Itasca area lake is the perfect place for Summer fun – fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking or basking in the sun. For the land lover recreationalist, there is golfing, biking the Heartland Trail and Itasca State Park, ATVing, sightseeing and shopping. Gift shops, flea markets, antique shops, farmer markets and pick-your-own berry patches are local attractions; community festivals provide fun for young and old alike. Sightseeing includes nature watching as well as numerous historic sites, and the Lake Country Scenic Byway.

Autumn brings on the bountiful beauty of nature’s color palette for the serious “leaf looker”. The cool crisp air is perfect for a scenic bike ride with the change in colors and the aroma of wood smoke in the air. Our woods are filled with an abun- dance of wildlife for the hunting enthusiast or camera buff.

Even in Winter, our lakes provide excitement for fishing folk as ice fishing houses dot the landscape and with the snow there are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails for a challenging ride. Ski trails offer opportunity for both the novice and skilled cross country skiier.

Whether you want to enjoy it all or just relax, every season has a special charm in our North Country; and each has a memory in itself just waiting for you.