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Things To Do

Whether you choose to enjoy the warm, cozy ambiance of the Main Lodge sitting room and it's adjoining game room or the pristine beauty of our great outdoors, you will find many activities and attractions to enhance your stay. Brindley's lodge is a gathering place for many of our guests to enjoy ping pong, billiards, TV, video games and each other. On cool spring, fall and winter evenings, choose a book from our library, settle into one of our overstuffed leather chairs and escape to the authors world. Perhaps instead of reading you'd like to work on one of our many jig saw puzzles or play a board game with friends. A large fieldstone fireplace adds to the north woods ambiance.

Connected to the sitting room is our front desk and store. We sell convenience groceries, dairy products, candy, ice cream cones, sodas and fishing tackle. Should you get hungry we have pizza.

Outdoors the sandy beach and sheltered bay waters enable water enthusiasts to swim, sail, water-ski or relax in the sun. Get physical by using our bicycles, sail boats, canoes, water bikes, kayaks, playground equipment and lawn games. Planned activities such as sailing lessons, turtle races, a week long treasure hunt, fishing contests, campfires, and more provide additional fun for everyone.

Here is a list of the items available for your complimentary use as a registered guest at Brindley's Harbor Resort. For additional area amenities, you can visit our extensive list at the bottom of the page.

Water Related Activities

  • Sand beach
  • Swimming
  • Water Raft
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Water Bikes
  • Paddle Boards
  • Sail Boat - 13 foot Hobie "Wave"
  • Fishing - from our 4 long lake piers

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Early June through Mid August

Lodge Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Harbor Staff Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS

We are 15 paved miles from the lakeside village of Walker. 

The Leech Lake area has unique shops, stores, restaurants, the Cass County Museum, golf courses and the Northern Lights Casino as well as all these area attractions:

TRAILS SYSTEM

Sitting smack dab in the middle of 300 miles of snowmobile trails, including the 49-mile, multi-use Heartland Trail and the 100-mile, paved Paul Bunyan Trail, Walker is simply the epicenter of the most prolific trail system in northern Minnesota, making the area a Mecca for snowmobiling, biking, rollerblading, walking, hiking and cross-country skiing. With 7 segment maps and over 14 individual city maps and descriptions, find everything you need at: www.paulbunyantrail.com


SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

The Paul Bunyan Trail has everything a snowmobiler could want in a snowmobile vacation. From beginner to advanced the Paul Bunyan Trail has something to offer for everyone!
www.paulbunyantrail.com/snowmobiling.html 
Leech Lake Riders Snowmobile Club


GOLF COURSES

Our first-class local courses offer challenging yet scenic golf, providing visitors with a rewarding and relaxing experience.


CASINOS

Northern Lights Casino offers 24-hour action and serves up some seriously big music and comedy entertainment. Ron White, Pat Benatar, Air Supply, George Jones, .38 Special, Lonestar, Smashmouth and Mark Will are just a few of the performers booked over the years.
Northern Lights Casino

SHOPPING

Walker has some of the most unique shopping in northern Minnesota and showcases it all with its quaint downtown area. Shop for name-brand clothing, kitchen gadgets, outdoor gear and much more at these quality local merchants:

DINING

There is a wide range of dining options within 10 miles of Walker. Gourmands will be satisfied by The 502, The Boulders, and Dancing Fire. Even the casual dining options, such as Village Square, Lucky Moose Bar & Grill, Benson's, Jimmy's, and Charlie's Up North are first-rate and locally owned. There's a ‘quick and easy' group too: Hardees, Dairy Queen and Subway.
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A Love of Horseback Riding? We Have That!

Pine River Riding Stable

NATIONAL FORESTS & PARKS

Leech Lake is in the heart of the large Chippewa National Forest. There are numerous areas of interest and opportunities to explore. Popular areas include:

Itasca State Park - headwaters of the Mississippi River. Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. The park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering 200 year old pines at Preacher's Grove. A fun adventure is climbing the Aiton Heights Fire Tower. A scenic 5.5-mile paved bicycle trail runs along the east side of Lake Itasca and connects Douglas Lodge and the Mississippi Headwaters. Rental bikes (including electric-assist bikes) are available May through mid-October near the Boat Landing. The north entrance is on U.S. Highway 200 about an hour’s drive from Brindley's. Summer hours: 8 AM - 7 PM daily. Itasca State Park

Shingobee Recreation Area - Six miles of hiking/cross-country ski trails loop through mixed aspen, birch and pine woods along two small lakes and the Shingobee River. Rolling terrain and scenic overlooks. The trail system connects to the North Country National Scenic Trail. Hiking is available year-round. Trails are groomed for cross-country skiing as conditions permit. A snow sledding hill is open as conditions permit. Located six miles Southwest of Walker on Highway 34.

The "Lost 40" - is a (actually 144 acres) stand of virgin red and white pine forest that was untouched by early loggers due to an error that incorrectly mapped the area as a lake. These white and red pines are 300 - 400 years old ! A long hour drive north to Alvwood MN.
More information is available from the Chippewa National Forest, Walker Ranger District. (218) 547-1044. www.fs.fed.us/r9/chippewa

THEATERS

Catch the latest theatrical releases at: Bear Pause Movie Theater

Wood Tick Theater - A fun family musical show with lively bluegrass, country, folk, and gospel music. Sing along? Ya sure you betcha! Norwegian Lena Olson is always up to something to tickle your funny bone. UFF DA!! (800) 644-6892. Downtown Akeley, MN. www.woodticktheater.com

Long Lake Theater: A summer stock theater located on the south end of beautiful Long Lake in the village of Hubbard, MN, approximately 8 miles south of Park Rapids.www.longlaketheater.net

OTHER

Fitness Center, Gymnasium and Seasonal Indoor Ice Arena: Walker Area Community Center

Deep Portage Conservation Reserve - is an education/outdoor recreation center with interpretive programs, wildflower garden displays, study groups, land use demonstrations and recreation opportunities of birding, hiking, hunting and skiing. It is located about 10 miles east of Hackensack. Phone: 218-682-2325. www.deep-portage.org.

Area festivals include the Hackensack Chainsaw Sculpting Invitational, Eelpout Festival; Moondance Jam and Jammin Country Fest; and numerous other events and fishing tournaments offered in the area throughout the year.

Outdoor Games

  • Children's Playground (swings, slide)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Croquet
  • Horse shoes
  • Tether ball
  • Volley ball
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Indoor "Lodge" activities

  • Checkers, Chess, Numerous board games
  • Piano
  • Pool Table, Table tennis
  • Puzzles
  • Reading - Children's book library
  • Reading - Adult book library
  • TV with cable service
  • VCR - with Video library

Outdoor Activities

  • Bicycling - we have big & small bikes available to our guests for no additional charge!
  • Bird watching
  • Evening Campfires (6 sites) - free firewood
  • Hiking
  • Lounging: Hammock, Yard furniture, Individual cottage deck furniture
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grilling

For Outdoor Cooking we provide:

  • Weber grills - one per cottage (plus spares)
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid sales
  • Picnic tables
  • Shore lunch area