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Rookie's Guide to Cass Lake Vacationing

 
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muskiyfins
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Location: McHenry, IL

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:03 pm    Post subject: Rookie's Guide to Cass Lake Vacationing Reply with quote

Here is my unofficial rookie's guide to Cass Lake vacationing:

Most of you are already familiar with Cass' reputation for fishing or have actually fished there, so there's no need to discuss it further, but before I went I had a lot of questions and for what it's worth, here are the answers.

The people there are nicer than you think. It's really weird if you're a city kid like me. You could tell someone there I stole your truck to take your wife to Vegas and crashed it into your house, and they'd be like, "are you ok?"

While there we met "iron nuts" from this forum and his cousin "robo cop", both from my neck of the woods at home. Their grandpa used to own Tom's resort there. They along with another Chicago guy extended an invitation to their nightly campfires to drink beer. You couldn't ask for better people to hang out with. I hope we get a chance to get together back home and have some beers or do some fishing or hunting.

There is plenty to do in Walker and Bemidji. I was concerned my wife would be bored. While we were fishing she made a donation to the tribe in reparation for that whole land thing. (read Casino) We went to Walker one day and looked in all the trinket shops and found the Minnesota version of Bass Pro Shops-at place called Reed's. Bring plenty of time and your Visa card. I spent nearly 2 hours there and didn't cover ˝ the place. Had a good lunch at a little sports bar, and checked out the beach on Leech lake. Bemidji is a bit less touristy, but there were some shops and had great pizza (which means a lot from a Chicago guy) at Dave's pizza. You'll have to get directions from a local since it is in a residential area. They have a Wal-Mart too, so if you forget anything at home, you can pick it up there. Used wireless internet at a hotel in Bemidji-the whole Minnesota nice thing again. No charge, no problem.

There a lots of restaurants between Walker, Cass and Bemidji. I highly recommend the Ranch House and their "giant honey-buttered popovers" in Walker. Don't order appetizers though. You won't be able to finish your meal.

Two things we did and would HIGHLY recommend are the Forest Edge Winery and Itasca State Park. At the winery, the two guys who own it will tell you their story about a business growing out of a hobby making wine. Then they try to get you drunk!!! LOL These are some of the best tasting wines I have ever had, and around 12-15 bucks a bottle, dirt cheap. Even my wife who doesn't like wine fell in love with the Rhubarb wine. Older kids will enjoy the tour of how it's done too.


Itasca State park was incredible. Give yourself plenty of time here too. The main visitor's center is like a 5 star hotel lobby and has so much to see, you could spend 2 hours there alone!! Then a couple of miles further in is the beginning of the Mississippi River, which when you think about it is very cool. Not to mention the boards showing the timeline of the arguments between scientists and discoverers regarding the real origin of the river. Personally, I'm still on the fence, but history has it recorded now, so I'll let it stand. There are old log cabins to see and other items of historical significance. Bring your fishing gear and you can rent a boat and fish Itasca Lake or wade into any of the other 150 lakes in the park. Oh-bring your mosquito repellent too!! I saw one that had letters on his body-USAF.

Most cell phones seem to work very well there, including on the water. Leave your Nextel at home though. It doesn't work much outside of the twin cities. Although I love to shoot, there wasn't time on this trip to hit the trap club nearby, but it seems very nice and open to the public. Also, I'm not much of a golfer, but there seems to be quite a few golf courses near by. There is also a petting zoo in Walker that seems very clean and has a water slide for the kids.

You could also stay at your resort and swim, the water in Cass lake was surprisingly clear. Again this is significant since I always thought no lake could compare with "my" lake in Hayward for water clarity. Well take it from me, Cass is just as clear.

Or you could just spend your whole vacation fishing…..
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ffishman
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

muskyfins, sounds like you and the family had a great time, that's fantastic. But tell me, did they hire you as a Public Relations rep, sounds like you could easily work for them. Which is a good thing, means you had a good time. By the by, did you get to the Pike Hole for a mushroom swiss burger?
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muskiyfins
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went to the Pike Hole Sunday between fishing around 7:15, but they stop serving food at 7:00 and no exceptions. We'll have to try next year.
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carpy52
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Joined: 04 Apr 2006
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Location: New Lenox IL.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:22 am    Post subject: hooked another one looks like. Reply with quote

Well the ole fishing hole looks like she's hooded another one. Don't take much to get a fella does it, good fishing, nice people and things to keep the wife and kiddies busy while he goes out on the lake chasing walleye or what ever trips his fancy. Yep FFish looks like the ole girl has hooked another yearly visitor.
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gene
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Location: Elmhurst, IL

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah Carpy, just wait till Mf hits her when they're jumping into his boat! Hooked for life for sure.
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