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The Mille Lacs Lake area is home to some of the finest fishing Minnesota
has to offer. Mille Lacs is known as the walleye capitol of Minnesota. It
is also gaining respect for it's trophy muskie and smallmouth bass fishing.
Located approximately 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities metro area, Lake
Mille Lacs has long been renowned as Minnesota's premier walleye fishery.
Covering nearly 132,000 acres and encircled by approximately 86 miles of shoreline, Mille Lacs is the second largest fresh water lake in the state. It's mixed structure of rock, sand and gravel make it the perfect breeding ground for several species of fish, including walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and tullibee. The many bays provide cover for an increasing number of trophy size muskie and northern pike.
The south end of Mille Lacs is host to four 18-hole golf
courses - Fiddlestix south of Isle, the Sanctuary at Izaty's, Black Brook at Izaty's, and the Mille Lacs Golf Resort just south of Garrison. Higbee's offers a 9 hole course cut into the local countryside just north of Onamia.
The area is home to many restaurants featuring everything from hamburgers and fries to prime rib.
A variety of accommodations are available including luxury
condominiums, hotels, motels, cabins and camping facilities.
The towns of Onamia, Wahkon and Isle on the south end of
Mille Lacs are connected
by a paved bike trail called the Soo Line Trail. For the more energetic
trail continues all the way to Superior, WI (about 100 miles). There
are also trails
in Kathio and Father Hennepin State parks.
If hunting is of interest to you, the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area is just south of the lake a few miles. This 38,000 acre area is home to deer, bear, turkey, pheasants and ducks along with the usual assortment of "woodland creatures. Nearby is the new Four Brooks area along with a substantial state forest west of Hwy 169. The Mille Lacs Hunting Lodge
offers acres of wooded and grassy, natural surroundings. Hunting is available on a bird release
program that includes
pheasants and chukars. Maybe a hunting and fishing trip? Give us a
For those who like to shop, you can enjoy dozens of antique and specialty shops in the Mille Lacs area. Just take a drive around the lake and stop along the way.
The Mille Lacs area hosts hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails that can take you nearly anywhere in northern Minnesota. There are also scheduled race events throughout the season.
On the south end of Mille Lacs, you'll find two State Parks - Father Hennepin in Isle, and Kathio north of Onamia. Each park holds a rich history of our area, and both offer camping, hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities.