Whether you choose to enjoy the warm, cozy ambiance of the Main Lodge sitting room and its 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, TV, or 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 jigsaw 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, sailboats, canoes, water bikes, kayaks, playground equipment, and lawn games. Planned activities such as turtle races, a week-long treasure hunt, fishing contests, campfires, and more provide extra 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 inventory at the bottom of the page.
Early June through Mid August
Lodge Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Harbor Staff Hours: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
CLICK IMAGES AT THE RIGHT FOR TIMES!
Any changes will be posted in the master activities schedule near the lodge front door.
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
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!
Leech Lake Riders Snowmobile Club
Our first-class local courses offer challenging yet scenic golf, providing visitors with a rewarding and relaxing experience.
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
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:
Walker General Store
Jenny & Company (Kitchen)
Christmas Point Wild Rice & Gifts
Reed Family Outfitters
There is a wide range of dining options within 10 miles of Walker. Gourmands will be satisfied by Green Scene Handcrafted Cocktails & Eatery, The 502, The Boulders, and Dancing Fire. Even the casual dining options, such as Village Square, Bayside, Wilbur's, Piggy BBQ, 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.
A LOVE OF HORSEBACK RIDING? WE HAVE THAT!
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.
THEATERS & FESTIVALS
Catch the latest theatrical releases at: Bear Pause Movie Theater
Walker Bay Theater is a nonprofit theater that promotes family entertainment and Youth Theater. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of all residents and seasonal residents of the Leech Lake area. www.minnesotafolkloretheater.org
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
Area festivals include Moondance Jam, Hackensack Chainsaw Sculpting Invitational, Walker Bay Live, Walker Ethnic Fest, Walker Bay Days, Leech Lake Frost Fest, and numerous other events and fishing tournaments offered in the area throughout the year. Visit the the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for all local events.
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
Walker Farmers Market takes place Thursdays June-September at The Green Scene located at 617 Michigan Ave in Walker. Each Thursday features around 40 vendor booths including fresh produce, honey, baked goods and crafts as well as live music and wood-fired pizzas.
- Children's Playground (swings, slide)
- Horse shoes
- Tether ball
- Volley ball
INDOOR "LODGE" ACTIVITIES
- Checkers, Chess, Numerous board games
- Table tennis
- Reading - Children's book library
- Reading - Adult book library
- TV with cable service
- VCR - with Video library
- Bicycling - we have big & small bikes available to our guests for no additional charge!
- Bird watching
- Evening Campfires (8 sites) - free firewood
- Lounging: Hammock, Yard furniture, Individual cottage deck furniture
FOR OUTDOOR COOKING WE PROVIDE:
- Weber grills - one per cottage (plus spares)
- Charcoal and lighter fluid sales
- Picnic table