At the very beginning of the month, we always feel the end of summer blues, but by the end of the month fall has won us over! This year has been no different. There’s something to be said about the beginning of fall up here in Northern Minnesota. The trees are bursting with colors, the temperature is still excellent, more ideal than summer on most days with that little bit of crisp air. It feels like the pace of life just gets more comfortable and manageable in general!
There's something magical about watching the colors of the season reflected on the surface of Lake Winnie. It’s like something you would see on a postcard, only it’s infinitely better to see it with your own eyes.
Stepping outside in the morning, you are greeted by a refreshing chill that invites you to reach for your favorite sweater or flannel, and ready to take on the day. The hustle and bustle of the family vacations are over with the kids all having gone back to school, leaving the lodge with a very calming feeling. The perfect time for our empty nesters to make their getaways for a little peace and quiet and enjoy the lake.
For those who seek to immerse themselves in the richness of fall, Northern Minnesota offers scenic byways and winding roads that lead through forests and along lakeshores. These routes are perfect for leisurely drives, providing opportunities for picturesque stops, hikes, and picnics amidst nature's artwork.
If you want to be a bit more active, this is the ideal time for outdoor enthusiasts to explore our hiking trails. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or something a bit more challenging, the crisp fall air and vibrant foliage is some natural beauty that can’t be beat. Remember to bring your camera!
Lake Winnie is also the perfect place for animal lovers. Lucky visitors may catch glimpses of deer, moose, and migratory birds. It's a chance to witness the circle of life amidst the stunning backdrop of fall colors.
Fall wouldn't be complete without the huge amount of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries. Northern Minnesota boasts charming orchards and farms where you can pick your own apples or select the perfect pumpkin for carving. It's a quintessential autumn experience for families and friends.
As the days grow shorter, the evenings are perfect for gathering around a crackling bonfire. The warmth of the fire, combined with the cool air, makes it the ideal setting for roasting marshmallows and enjoying s'mores with loved ones.
For photographers, fall in Northern Minnesota is a dream come true. The vivid colors, dramatic landscapes, and changing light offer endless opportunities for capturing breathtaking moments and creating lasting memories.
As the calendar turns towards October, the promise of winter's arrival becomes palpable. The anticipation of snowfall and winter sports begins to take root, adding an extra layer of excitement to the autumn experience.
While Northland Lodge is a great summer destination, fall has a certain charm of it’s own, and is the perfect place to unwind before winter sets in. If you’ve never experienced Northland Lodge in the fall, book a stay with us, and we’ll show you what you’ve been missing out on!
It has begun… Have you noticed?
Dusk has snuck up on us much earlier in the evening, and the leaves have already started their shift from vibrant green to their fall shades. While we love a beautiful summer, there’s a magical transformation that is upon us. As the summer sun begins its gentle descent, Northern Minnesota undergoes a breathtaking transformation that locals and visitors eagerly anticipate – the arrival of fall. Among the many scenic gems that adorn this region, Lake Winnie takes center stage during this enchanting season. Today we're talking about the unparalleled beauty and charm of experiencing fall on Lake Winnie (even if it could have waited a few more weeks to arrive).
Lake Winnie's shoreline, with dense forests and deciduous trees, becomes a canvas of brilliant hues during the fall season. The leaves of maple, oak, birch, and aspen trees seem to transform overnight from their summer greens into a striking array of oranges, yellows, and deep reds. The contrast of these vibrant colors against the blue waters of Lake Winnie is truly a sight that everyone can appreciate!
Hiking along the lake's trails or embarking on a leisurely lakeside drive offers glimpses of the changing foliage at every turn. The gentle rustling of leaves and the scent of fall (fall has a certain scent, in case you didn’t know) contribute to an experience that invites you to reconnect with nature.
Meanwhile on the water, Lake Winnie is renowned for its excellent fishing, and fall is no exception. As the water cools and fish become more active, anglers flock to the lake's pristine waters for a chance to reel in some of the state's finest catches. Perhaps one of their last chances to catch that walleye, pike, muskie, or perch before it’s time to pack away the fishing rod for the winter.
The experience of fishing on Lake Winnie during the fall season is unparalleled, and we’ve fished around a LOT of places. The calm and serene atmosphere, coupled with the backdrop of autumn foliage reflecting on the water's surface, turns every fishing trip into a memorable adventure.
Fall in Northern Minnesota also marks the beginning of wildlife activities that are a feast for nature enthusiasts and photographers. Along the shores of Lake Winnie, you might spot white-tailed deer as they forage for acorns and other seasonal treats. The eerie calls of loons echo across the water, creating a beautiful soundscape which is uniquely Minnesotan.
Birdwatchers are in for a treat as migrating waterfowl make their way through the region. Canada geese and various species of ducks stop by Lake Winnie on their southward journey, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and photography.
One of the quintessential ways to experience fall on Lake Winnie is by staying at one of our many lakeside cabins at Northland Lodge. Our accommodations provide the perfect blend of comfort and natural beauty. Picture yourself waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore, sipping your morning coffee on the deck, and watching the sunrise paint the lake with warm hues.
In the evening, cozy up by a crackling fireplace as the cool fall breeze rustles the leaves outside. Northland Lodge offers recreational activities, ensuring that your stay on Lake Winnie is both tranquil and adventurous.
While Lake Winnie is a paradise for anglers, it also beckons adventurers of all kinds. Exploring the lake by canoe or kayak during the fall season allows you to immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of the surroundings. Paddle through narrow inlets and hidden coves, discovering the untouched landscapes that make Lake Winnie a hidden gem.
For those seeking land-based adventures, hiking and biking trails around the lake provide opportunities to witness the fall foliage up close. The crisp air and the scent of fallen leaves create a sensory experience that is both invigorating and soothing.
Fall on Lake Winnie in Northern Minnesota is a symphony of colors, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and a serene escape for those seeking solace in nature's embrace. Whether you're casting your line into the tranquil waters, paddling along the shoreline, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from your lakeside cabin, Lake Winnie offers an unforgettable autumn experience. So, pack your bags, embrace the season, and let Northland Lodge show you how fall should be done!
As the days grow shorter, we suddenly find ourselves with just a few more weeks of summer. The season of warmth, laughter, and adventure is slowly drawing to a close, leaving us with a bittersweet mix of emotions. While the end of summer brings a sense of nostalgia for the carefree dog days of summer, it also offers an opportunity to reflect on the memories made and the lessons learned during these sunny months.
Summer in the northland is a time of rejuvenation, a season where we reconnect with nature and embark on journeys that inspire our souls and lift our spirits. It is a time of laughter, as the sound of children's giggles fills the air, and families and friends gather for picnics and barbeques. It is a time when the world seems to slow down just enough for us to appreciate its beauty and savor its wonders.
As the calendar flips to September, we sense the impending conclusion of another summer. The once-lush leaves will soon give us a glimpse of their autumn hues, teasing us with the all too quick transition of seasons. It's during these moments that we are reminded to make the most of the fleeting days. It's time to capture those last sunsets, embrace the cooling evenings, and savor the sweetness of summer.
The end of summer is a gentle reminder of the impermanence of life. Just like the changing seasons, everything has its time and place. The flowers that bloomed so brightly will fade, but their beauty will live on in our hearts. The memories we created during this season will remain, tucked away in the corner of our minds, to be revisited on rainy days.
While we say goodbye to lazy afternoons and beach vacations, we also welcome the prospect of a new season. Autumn promises to paint the world in warm colors, ushering in a time of reflection and introspection. The end of summer marks a turning point, where we transition from the carefree days of vacation to the more structured routines of work and school.
As we bid farewell to summer, it's essential to take stock of the experiences and lessons we’ve learned in 2023. Perhaps we discovered a new hobby or interest during our leisurely days. Maybe we forged new friendships, rekindled old ones, or strengthened the bonds with our loved ones. Whatever it may be, these moments shape us and become an integral part of our personal growth.
The changing of seasons is also a great opportunity for gratitude. Gratitude for the beauty that summer brought into our lives, for the long walks on sandy shores, for the taste of freshly picked fruits, for the laughter shared with friends, and for that big fish we caught. Expressing gratitude allows us to focus on the positive aspects of our lives and helps us carry that positivity into the next chapter.
As the end of summer approaches, we also start to plan for the future. We set new goals, dream new dreams, and envision the coming months with anticipation. It's a time to reflect on what we achieved during this summer and what we hope to achieve in the seasons to come.
Indeed, the end of summer can be sad, but it can also be a time of reflection, gratitude, and forward-thinking. It's a time to cherish the memories made and bid adieu to the joys of the season. As the sun sets on summer, we embrace the gifts that autumn will bring. So, let us take a moment to appreciate the time we had this season, a season well-lived and loved - and embrace the magic of the new chapters that lie ahead. We had such a pleasure to be a part of your summer, and we hope you feel the same!
On a positive note, just because summer is drawing to a close, doesn't mean we're shutting down for the season yet! We're still taking bookings into October, and our fall rates are in effect! Give us a call today to experience the fall season at Northland Lodge!
It’s no secret that we love our Lake Winnie, not only is it a hot destination for fishing enthusiasts but it’s also a perfect place for hikers and nature lovers who want to do some exploring! Surrounding the pristine waters of the lake are a variety of hiking trails that showcase the area's natural beauty and provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in the great outdoors. If you’re interested in a journey to discover the many miles of hiking trails around Lake Winnie, where scenic vistas, diverse wildlife, and serenity await. Read on!
The Cut Foot Sioux Trail offers a scenic and immersive hiking experience for land lovers. This 12-mile trail winds through the Chippewa National Forest and offers a mix of terrains, including forested areas, wetlands, and charming meadows. As you explore the trail, keep an eye out for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black bears, and a variety of bird species. The trail also features interpretive signs that provide insights into the local flora, fauna, and Native American history for people who like a little history lesson along with their exercise!
For a truly unique hiking experience, put the Lost 40 Trail on your must-do list! Named after a mapping error in the early 1900s that resulted in a stand of untouched old-growth forest being "lost," this trail takes you through an unspoiled forest ecosystem. As you wind your way through towering red and white pines, some over 300 years old, you'll be transported back to a simpler time, without all the tech and stress the modern world is offering. The trail is relatively flat and has a peaceful atmosphere, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and photographers.
The Migizi Trail is a moderate, 8.2-mile loop that winds through the Chippewa National Forest, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness. As you hike along this trail, you'll be treated to forested areas, wetlands, and beaver ponds. The trail is dotted with benches and overlooks, allowing hikers to pause and absorb the beauty of their surroundings. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including bald eagles soaring above the treetops.
If you're a seasoned pro, and are seeking a more challenging hiking adventure, the Suomi Hills Trail is an excellent choice. This 16-mile loop trail takes you through the rolling hills and dense forests of the Suomi Hills Recreation Area. As you traverse the trail, you’ll trek across multiple terrain types, and be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including glimpses of Lake Winnie. Elevation changes and rugged terrain make Suomi Hills a satisfying and invigorating hike for experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
For a hike that combines scenic beauty with historical significance, explore the Winnie Dam Trail. This 1.5-mile loop trail takes you along the eastern shore of Lake Winnibigoshish, offering amazing views of the lake (be sure to bring your camera) and the towering Winnie Dam. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information about the dam's construction, the lake's ecology, and the historical significance of the area. This family-friendly trail is ideal for a leisurely stroll, picnicking, or simply enjoying the serenity of the lake.
It goes without saying that the hiking trails around Lake Winnie offer a gateway to breathtaking natural landscapes, serene surroundings, and opportunities for exploration. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast looking to reconnect with the great outdoors, these trails provide a diverse range of experiences. From the captivating forests of the Lost 40 Trail to the scenic vistas along the Winnie Dam Trail, each hike offers a unique adventure that allows you to connect with nature's wonders. Want to make a weekend of it, and explore a few different trails? Consider a stay at Northland Lodge! We’ve been providing lodging and opportunities to make memories since 1919!
We’ve treated you all to some great fishing articles, some information about available activities around the area, and even have floated the idea of Northland Lodge as a family reunion destination, but I think there is a group of people who we've been neglecting in our posts… History buffs! It is an odd thing to think about, but Lake Winnibigoshish, or Lake Winnie, HAS been around longer than any current civilization, and while it may not be the site of any historic battles or anything you might find in a history book, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a rich history itself! From its ancient origins to its modern-day allure, Lake Winnie has easily become a favorite destination for those who have had the privilege of experiencing its natural beauty. We’re very excited to share the history of Lake Winnibigoshish and explore the factors that have shaped its remarkable legacy.
Lake Winnibigoshish came into existence while the North American glaciers retreated during the last ice age 10,000 years ago, which also shaped the surrounding land. As the glaciers receded, they carved out the lake's basin, leaving behind a pristine body of water that would eventually become a haven for both wildlife and humans.
For centuries, Lake Winnie has played a significant role in the lives of Native American tribes in the region. The lake's name itself is derived from the Ojibwe language, with "Winnibigoshish" meaning "muskie waters." The Ojibwe people held great reverence for the lake and its resources, relying on its waters for sustenance and cultural significance. European exploration of the Lake Winnie region began in the late 17th century, as French fur traders ventured into the area in search of new trade routes and valuable pelts. The lake became an important waypoint for fur traders, as it offered a strategic link between the Mississippi River and the Hudson Bay watershed. In the mid-19th century, as settlers moved westward, the region surrounding Lake Winnie experienced a surge in activity. Fertile lands, timber, and the lake's abundant fish populations attracted pioneers who sought to establish homesteads and build a prosperous future. As word spread about the lake's exceptional fishing opportunities, Lake Winnie gained recognition as a premier angling destination. Walleye, northern pike, muskie, and other species attracted anglers from far and wide, creating a thriving tourism industry centered around the lake that is still quite vibrant to this day!
To cater to the increasing number of visitors, several resorts, lodges, and fishing camps sprang up along the lake's shores. These establishments offered accommodations, boat rentals, and guided fishing expeditions, ensuring that visitors could make the most of their time on Lake Winnie. Among these iconic establishments is our very own Northland Lodge!
As the popularity of Lake Winnie grew, so did the importance of preserving its natural resources. Recognizing the need for sustainable practices, local and state agencies, along with dedicated conservation organizations, implemented measures to protect the lake's ecosystem and ensure its long-term viability.
Efforts such as catch-and-release practices, fish stocking programs, and water quality monitoring have contributed to the lake's ecological balance. Community-driven initiatives have focused on shoreline preservation, invasive species management, and education to promote responsible recreational activities on Lake Winnie.
Lake Winnie continues to enchant visitors with its unspoiled beauty and exceptional recreational opportunities. Today, the lake is not only a haven for fishing enthusiasts but also a popular destination for boating, kayaking, swimming, and wildlife watching. Its pristine waters and picturesque surroundings provide a serene escape for nature lovers, photographers, and those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, even if it’s just for the weekend.
Lake Winnie stands as a testament to the power of nature. From its ancient origins to its present-day significance, the lake's rich history is intertwined with the stories of Native American tribes, explorers, settlers, and conservationists. Lake Winnie is a treasure of northern Minnesota, offering a glimpse into the region's past and inviting all who visit to immerse themselves in its breathtaking beauty and timeless serenity.
Now that you know a good deal of the history of our Lake Winnie, come and explore that history yourself, and book a stay at Northland Lodge, part of Lake Winnie’s history since 1919!
After this year’s fishing opener we’ve heard non-stop about how much fun people had! Check out the feedback by looking at our Facebook to read the stories, people already can’t wait to come back! Well, it is walleye season of course and we really can’t think of anything tastier to get excited about. Use that opening day for an updated profile picture or keep to hang on your wall! When you’re ready to set the pole and net down for a few hours consider checking out the area around Northland Lodge! When you’re staying with us you won’t have a lack of things to do. Our lodge offers many amenities but if you want to veer off site–you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from! Berry picking, gambling, tours, golfing, state parks, and more! Wherever you go, you’ll have the time of your life!
Shopping small is always interesting and we know if you’ve ever gone berry picking you know what we mean when we say instant gratification. Blueberry Meadows offers baked goods, canned or preserved food, crafts and/or woodworking items, herbs, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Lavalier’s Berry Patch offers strawberries, cherries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins and other garden produce we sell. Last, Lunemann’s Luney Berries Strawberry offers strawberries, bakery products, maple syrup, jam/jelly/spreadable fruit, wild rice, gift shop, and canned goods. Different products are offered at different points in the year so you’ll always have something new and interesting to try.
On vacation, sometimes our competitive sides show, especially if you’re booking with a friend group. Whether you want to win some money or it’s just for fun, we’ve got options for everyone. Get ready to compete against your friends and/or family at a competitive price at Thunder Alley XL. With a bowling alley, 18 holes of mini golf, and an arcade there is something for everyone. If not mini golf there are TONS of different 18 hole courses in the area including; Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Pokegama Golf Club, Sugarbrooke Golf Club, Blueberry Hills Golf Club and many more! Looking to up the stakes? There are an abundance of casinos nearby. Cedar Lakes Casino, White Oak Casino, and Northern Lights Casino are all within an hour driving distance. You might win enough to pay for the trip! No matter what type of gaming experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it fairly close by!
What's better than seeing and learning new things? Hikes, tours, and museums are food for the mind, body and soul. Schoolcraft State Park, on the banks of the Mississippi River, offers a beautiful 2 mile hike that is long enough to enjoy the scenery but not too long that you’re too worn out to enjoy the rest of the day. Any level hiker will fall in love. For those with littles try the children's discovery museum. A mix of science, arts, and humanities that is sure to captivate your kids’ minds. With loads of fun activities for your children, the museum is unique and educational. We’ve also got THE definitive museum for the area’s break out star, the Judy Garland museum! The museum hosts thoughtfully curated exhibits and artifacts including the original Carriage featured in “The Wizard of Oz,” a Dorothy Gale test dress worn by Judy, and many of her personal items collected over the last 40 years, all displayed within her childhood home! So many things to see in the area.
As you can see Northland Lodge is surrounded by fun places and things to do for everyone! We know you’ll find something that’s the perfect fit for your plans.
Is there a secret to late summer fishing?
The summer lake environment is constantly changing, and walleyes react accordingly. To stay with the fish, anglers need to be willing to change how and where they fish for walleyes, and keep an open mind.
Looking to snag a big Walleye this season? The best bait might just be a leech on a jig but we have put together a list of great Walleye lures for you to try on your next visit to Lake Winnie. Don’t let that big keeper get away this summer!
It might seem premature to start thinking about summer vacation, but now is the perfect time to plan your getaway to one of the most inclusive Minnesota family resorts! Located on beautiful Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie to the locals), the historic Northland Lodge offers a little bit of something for everyone. Boasting more than 10,000 lakes, it’s rare to find a Minnesota resort with a swimming pool, but we’ve got you covered! Families can enjoy swimming in the waters of beautiful Lake Winnie, or splashing in our heated swimming pool complete with a waterslide.
Minnesota walleye fishing opener is just a few weeks away (May 13, 2017 to be exact). Where will you be? If you’re smart like the generations of seasoned fishermen that frequent our Minnesota fishing resort, you’ll be on Lake Winnibigoshish enjoying one of Minnesota’s favorite pastimes.
If you’re really smart, you’ll be staying in one of the beautiful cabins at Northland Lodge the night before so you can beat the crowds to the early morning bite. You’ve probably heard about and seen photos of the legendary lunkers that have been pulled from Lake Winnie’s waters throughout the years. But did you know that there is a highly complex and meticulous process that is occurring right now, producing more than 10 million walleye fry each year?