Did you know that Pequot Lakes is the home of Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber? Yep, it totally is! A major landmark, “The World’s Largest Fishing Bobber” sits in Bobber Park. Built in 1960, the former water tower’s claim-to-fame began in 1987 when a when the water tower needed to be painted and then-council member Dale Headlee suggested a change of color from blue. The Pequot Lakes Chamber sponsored a contest for anyone who could come up with a new design for the tower, offering a $100 savings bond to the winner. Nathan Burns, an elementary school student, had the winning pitch. The bobber has since become the symbol of Pequot Lakes. Anywhere you look, you’re bound to find jewelry, mugs, hats, signs, sweatshirts – you name it, emblazoned with the infamous bobber. If you are planning a trip to Pequot Lakes, just, “Find the Bobber … You’re there!”
I’m spending the next two weeks taking you on a trip up north to the Brainerd Lakes area for snowmobiling, billiards, drinking, sledding, ice fishing, board games and even bingo!
The first stop for me is always food.
Located in the Jack Pine Center in downtown Pequot Lakes, the Hungry Loon is a perfect spot, no matter the season.
Boasting, and rightfully so, a casual ‘up north’ atmosphere, you’ll find the walls covered in all things Northwoods.
Since they have a collection of different mugs they serve hot beverages in, I got hot chocolate just to see which one I’d end up with.
Fan favorites are Loon’s cranberry wild rice bread, rosemary potatoes and the made-from-scratch Hungarian mushroom soup.
And you can’t go wrong with their smothered-in-goodness Reuben!