Links to help plan your vacation:
The Chippewa National Forest offers many area attractions for young and the
young at heart. Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing,
snowmobiling, golfing, water sports. There are over 1,000 lakes in Itasca County and
the Chippewa National Forest has the highest concentration of bald eagles in the
lower 48 states! If you love finding the constellations, you'll see more stars here than ever before! The Northern Lights can put on a spectacular show, too.
Big Jessie Lake has a very good natural population of Walleye, Northern Pike,
Crappie, Bass and Jumbo Perch. In addition, the DNR has stocked Big Jessie every
3 years, including several million Walleye fry in the '90s alone. These fish are now
fun to catch and the perfect size to make a shore lunch feast! (Jessie Lake fish data)
View and print out a lake map of Big Jessie Lake, available in PDF or TIF format
Our resort is an easy few minutes' drive from both Lake Winnibigoshish and
Bowstring Lake, two other popular Northern Minnesota fishing destinations.
Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for other
2010 Fishing Regulations
If you'd like the full fishing experience, local guides would be happy to show you
around the lakes. Click on these guide MN Fishing Pros or Early Bird Fishing links for more information and to arrange a day
with a pro!
This Site Is A Proud Member of Fishing Minnesota Our #1 Fishing Information Site!
We also support Itasca County's Lake Jumpers Angling Club
The hardwoods of north-central Minnesota that make up the Chippewa National
Forest offer the absolute finest ruffed grouse hunting in the state. Take the
following link to learn more about this fantastic upland game bird.
The abundance of public land and shoreline in this area also lends itself to great
hunting of ducks. From local mallards and wood ducks to late-migrating divers,
duck hunters will find ample opportunity to take advantage of the fall flight. The
Minnesota DNR keeps up-to-date waterfowl information posted.
Northern Minnesota has always been famous for the quality of whitetail deer it
produces. Check the
DNR for deer data (we're in area 168). For more whitetail deer information, visit
Whitetails Unlimited and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Whether
pursuing by bow or by rifle, Jessie View can be your hunting camp without
Great golf is close by! Bring your clubs and head to Blueberry Hills, a 9-hole course
in Deer River, Golf on the Edge, a 9-hole course in Bigfork, or visit Grand
Rapids for the exceptional 18-hole courses in the Grand Slam of Golf, which include
Pokegama, Wendigo, Eagle Ridge, and Sugarbrooke.
Grand Rapids is home to many cultural venues, including the Reif Center, a 645 seat
performing arts center, the MacRostie Arts Center, the Judy Garland Museum and
the Forest History Center. The Forest History Center offers mid-week summer
programs where kids interact and transform into characters of early America.
The resort is located very near the expansive Bowstring Snowmobile Trail, which
links to even more and more trails that traverse all of Minnesota! Current trail
conditions and more snowmobiling information can be found Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association.
For trail maps, contact Visit Grand Rapids for an Itasca County map or click on
these other links for maps of trails NW of Grand Rapids. Snowmobile Trails or
DNR snowmobile maps
Welcome to the Itasca County area!!
Welcome to the Grand Rapids area!!
Welcome to the Deer River area!!
Itasca County Fishing Reports
Outdoor News online 'zine