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!
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.
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?
Although it’s technically spring on March 20th, winter has its way of sticking around until the bitter cold end in northern Minnesota. The month of March can be a strange phenomenon around northern Minnesota fishing resorts. One year we fished on the ice in 70 degree sunshine for St. Patrick’s Day. A few years later it was 30 below that day. If you’re doing the math, that’s a 100 degrees difference!
Without further ado, here is Northland Lodge’s list of ways to breeze through the final weeks of Minnesota winter.