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!
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!