Lake Pepin


Parks & Geology

Lake Pepin, named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s, is the largest lake on the Mississippi River. On the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lake Pepin is located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul. Although Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side, the […]

August 19, 2018

Niagara Cave


Parks & Geology

The Niagara Cave in Harmony is rated one of the “Top Ten” rated caves in the United States and is only a mile from the Minnesota-Iowa border in southern Minnesota’s Bluff Country. It was discovered in 1924 by a pig farmer and has since become a family owned and operated tourist attraction. It features stalactites, […]

August 5, 2018

MayDay Parade and Festival 2018


Events, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was! The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis. It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May. The festivities bring out more than 50,000 […]

May 7, 2018

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park


Parks & Geology

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, also known as Kathio Site, is a Minnesota state park on Mille Lacs Lake in Onamia. The park contains 19 identified archaeological sites, including Petaga Point, making it one of the most significant archaeological collections in Minnesota. The earliest site dates to the Archaic period and shows evidence of copper […]

March 26, 2018

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area


Parks & Geology

Located east of Brainerd, near the towns of Crosby and Ironton, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is part of the Minnesota State Park and Recreation Area system. Across 800 acres and skills challenge areas, CCSRA hosts over 25 miles of singletrack trail riding making it world-class for mountain biking. This park is endorsed by the […]

March 18, 2018

Crosby’s Serpent


Parks & Geology

The city of Crosby is on the shores of Serpent Lake so it’s no surprise that Kahnah’ bek, the Asian-inspired Lake Serpent pictured would reside there. Well, it could also be because Serpent Lake is inhabited by a mythical sea serpent (albeit a less likely scenario). Birthed in 1977, the beautiful stand-out is made of […]

March 15, 2018

Ice Fishing on Lake Mille Lacs


Parks & Geology

Roughly 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, Mille Lacs Lake (also called Lake Mille Lacs or Mille Lacs) is one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing lakes. It is Minnesota’s second-largest inland lake with many species of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, burbot, and […]

March 12, 2018

Ice Castles


Events, Parks & Geology

If you are looking for more outdoor winter activities……look no further than the Ice Castles in Stillwater! Opened on January 5th, the castle is located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Follow the glacial blue hues of the icicles and wind the crushed ice walk ways to find an incredible winter wonderland!The […]

January 10, 2018

Lake Minnetonka


Parks & Geology

The frozen sunrise is incredible when viewed over Minnesota’s ninth largest lake, Lake Minnetonka. With 125 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a beautiful vantage point. This particular spot is Wayzata Bay off Lake Street in Wayzata looking towards Cedar Point.  

December 12, 2017

Chester Park


Parks & Geology

How quickly the weather can change here in Minnesota. This #mnbucketlist stop is a perfect example of that. It was only a few short weeks ago that I was hiking through Chester Park in Duluth. A park that straddles both sides of a wooded ravine that contains Chester Creek, one of the 28 streams that […]

November 12, 2017

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

I was lucky enough to watch the sunrise in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park this morning.  The light peering through the tree line made the perfect brisk backdrop for all the whitetail.  Also known as Kathio Site, the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park preserves habitation sites and mound groups, believed to date between 3000 BC […]

November 9, 2017

Pheasant Hunting / Wounded Warriors Guide Service


Events, Parks & Geology

The 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include some pheasant hunting. Not a hunter or gun owner myself, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts alike. I had never been hunting before, but grew up around the practice. Luckily, over the course of the […]

October 28, 2017

Camden State Park


Parks & Geology

The very first stop during the Pheasant Opener was one of my all-time favorite places in southwestern Minnesota, Camden State Park. Located just outside of Marshall in Lynd, MN, Camden State Park was established in 1935 and is a mixture of upland prairies, wetlands, and river hardwood trees. Full of maples, basswoods, oaks, and cottonwoods […]

October 19, 2017

Walleye Capital of the World 


Parks & Geology, Paul Bunyan

If you’ve ever driven through Garrison, you have a most certainly passed by the giant Walleye sculpture sitting in Garrison Concourse Wayside Park. It is located on the southeast edge of town, off the shore of Lake Mille Lacs, waving passersby with a warm “Welcome to Garrison!” The Minnesota state legislature designated the Walleye as […]

July 30, 2017

Bass Fishing on Mille Lacs


Parks & Geology

This past Saturday, I headed up to Isle to go fishing on Lake Mille Lacs with Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Vikings Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph and  Minnesota Fishing Page’s Brett and Amanda McComas. We set off in pursuit of bass as Mille Lacs was recently named the best bass fishing lake in the country by […]

July 11, 2017