Winter Fun

Brindley's Harbor Resort is located near the end of a large forested peninsula that separates the main body of Leech Lake from Walker Bay. We are 15 miles by paved road from the lakeside town of Walker and it's shops, restaurants and casino. Once ice conditions permit lake transit, usually early January, the ice road trip to Walker is a short 5 mile ride from Brindley's.

Dog Sled Rides: For a unique winter experience, local musher Joel Kersting is available to provide rides with his team of 14 Alaskan Huskies. Leaving from his site in Swatara, he takes you on a 1 hour ride. Advance reservations are required, and he can come to Brindley's for larger groups. Joel can be contacted directly at 218-244-1265. His web page is

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: Itasca State Park (218-266-2100) has rental equipment and excellent groomed trails through it's majestic 200-300 year old pine forests. Itasca Park is about an hours drive from Brindley's. There are also nice trails in the Shingobee Recreation Area immediately southwest of Walker.

Christmas in the North Woods:  For Guests wishing to have their own cottage Christmas tree, we provide a cutting permit and guide you into the Chippewa National Forest to find your perfect spruce. We have lights and decorations to help you create a memorable holiday in the ambiance of your "up-north" log home.

The 2019 Annual Eel Pout Festival will be February 22-24. We are booking reservations now.

"The pristine snows on our rich green pine forests lift the spirit. Listen to the wolf's howl and the snow crunch under your feet. Escape the madding crowds. Simply escape for a quiet winter holiday in the north woods."



Snowmobiling in Minnesota can be great fun. Walker is the crossroads for two of Minnesota's most popular State Trail systems: The 50 mile Heartland Trial from Park Rapids to Cass Lake and the Paul Bunyan Trail which runs from Brainerd to Bemidji and beyond. At Cass Lake, 22 miles from Walker on the Heartland, is an intersection to the State's Soo Line Trail leading east to Grand Rapids.

In addition to the State Trail System there are hundreds of miles of groomed local trails winding through pristine State and National Forests. Numerous restaurants and service centers are accessible from the trail systems so guests can enjoy the amenities in a nice mix with a wilderness ride. There are also hundreds of miles of picturesque local trails. Brindley's also has gasoline available for purchase. Click for more information about snowmobiling in the area.

Join the fun at the 2019 Eel Pout Festival

The weekend of February 22-24, 2019.

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Winter Lodging Rates

Winter Non angling - North Woods Holidays - Family Celebrations - Snowmobiling

$195.00 per night - Cottage "B”
$275.00 per night - “Oak Ridge House” or Luxury Log Homes 15, 16, or 17
$295.00 per night - Luxury Log Homes 2 or 3

Plus tax-for up to 6 people. Extra person charge of $40.00 (plus tax) per night per person.

Two night minimum - Deposit of one nights rental per lodging unit. 

Storm cancellations - deposits applied to rescheduled winter reservations.

Taxes - 6.875% State Sales Tax, .5% County Tax and 3% Lodging Tax. 

We accept personal checks, VISA & Master Card.

Telephone reservations held 7 days without deposit. Deposits and reservations will be confirmed by mail.

Sorry - No Pets Allowed


Brindley's lodging facilities are outstanding in winter! Our 3, 4 or 5 bedroom luxury log homes are the highest quality rentals in the Leech Lake area. Visiting guests have first option for the same lodging and (approximate) calendar dates the following year. If a departing guest has not renewed a reservation the lodging unit is available to others. Click on our Availability Calendars to see current openings. Click for Winter Rates.

All accommodations have lots of secure parking for vehicles and trailers. Brindley's lodge, store, and game center are open all winter. Snacks and Beverages are available to compliment lively conversation. For current local ice and snow conditions plus the weather forecast click here.

Oak Ridge House
(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 9 people)

Our Oak Ridge House is a deluxe year 'round home well suited as a base for enjoying a north woods winter. There is a full kitchen, 3 baths, 2 stone fireplaces, a dish washer, and a clothes washer and drier on the lower level to deal with wet clothing. Seven physical beds (plus hide-a-beds) per unit. TV.

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Oak Ridge Winter

Cottage "B"
(Minimum # of guided anglers 3, maximum of 6 people)

We winterized our popular summer "Cottage B" for winter use in 1999. It has a full kitchen and three bedrooms, (a queen bed in one bedroom and two twins each in the other bedrooms). There is also a hide-bed-couch in the living room to bring the total sleep capacity to six. There is a full bath and an additional 1/2 bath. The interior is knotty pine and it has a Heat-N-Glo glass front stove to provide a warm glow to the cozy north woods ambiance. TV, WiFi.

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Cottage B Winter

Luxury Log Homes "2 and 3"
(Minimum # of guided anglers 6, maximum of 10 people)

New in 2011. Five bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual five bedroom units or a combined 10 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, five baths, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, clothes washer/dryer, and many upscale amenities. Nine physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi.

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Log 2-3 Winter

Luxury Log Home "15"
(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 7 people)

New in 2002. It has three spacious bedrooms plus a loft and will comfortably sleep 7. It features a fireplace, 2 full baths, a luxury 2 person whirlpool, dishwasher, and many wonderful amenities. In winter cottage 15 is reserved for non anglers only. No Smoking.

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Log 15 Winter

Luxury Log Homes "16 and 17"
(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 9 people)

New in 2003. Four bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual four bedroom units or a combined 8 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, three baths, a luxury two person whirlpool, dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer, and many wonderful amenities. Six physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi. This is definitely not "roughing it".

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Log 16-17 Winter