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Come along with us as we head down to the waterfront on beautiful Lake Bemidji in “the Best Town in Minnesota.” 

Enjoy the Lake

This year’s convention hotels are all located with easy access to the area’s many attractions. Relax on the hotels’ 700 feet of sandy beach while the kids navigate the lake on a rented canoe or paddle boat. Cycle, rollerblade or simply walk some of the scenic Paul Bunyan Trail, golf at Bemidji Town & Country Club or visit Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land Wildlife Park-Petting Zoo.



Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

The 14th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is July 31 – August 3. 

Plan to stay for the weekend and enjoy true fun for the entire family. It’s not just about Dragon Boat racing: festival activities include great food, music, kid’s activities, a parade of teams, cultural performances, camaraderie and much more all along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji. Dragon Boat racing is fun, fast-paced and engaging for spectators.

Visit the festival website.



Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land

Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals representing every continent on earth.

Walk among the deer, feed many of the animals and learn about each of the amazing creatures in our animal family.

Lions, tigers, bears, camels, lemurs, kangaroos, leopards, three species of deer, bobcats, wolves, jackals, coyotes, cavies, coatimundi, fox, reptiles, exotic birds, amazing bugs and various small mammals are just a FEW of the animals who make their home at Animal Land.

Visit the Animal Land website.



Fun Monkey Rentals – Pontoon Rentals

Are you looking to relax and spend quality time on the lake in a pontoon? 

Indulge yourself with a rental pontoon and soak up some sunshine!  

Visit the Fun Monkey Rentals website.



Leisure Outdoor Adventures – Jason Freed

We typically fish 2-3 people, but we can do up to 4. (A 4th person is $100 extra.) We provide all gear, bait, tackle, etc. Bring your fishing licenses, dress for the weather, as well as snacks and beverages. 


Four Hour trip – $300 | Six hour trip – $400 | Eight Hour trip – $500

Visit Leisure Outdoor Adventures website.



North Country Guide Service – Jason Rylander

Here at Northcountry Guide Service our goal is to provide a fun, quality fishing experience for individuals or families in the Bemidji area.

Whether you’re after the elusive muskie, or you just want to get in some quality panfishing with the family, we are the Lake Bemidji fishing guide or Bemidji area fishing guides you’re looking for.


$350 – 3 people for 4 hours | $400 – 4 people for 4 hours.

Visit the North Country Guide Service website.



Bill Lundy Fishing – Walleye Guide

Can take 3-4 in one boat and 4 in a second boat. 

Rates: $300 for 4 hours. $400 for 6 hours.

Contact: walleyeguide.bl@gmail.com



Other Fun Activities

  • Step Across the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
  • AirCorps Aviation – Restored historic aircraft
  • Watermark Art Center
  • Headwaters Science Center – Demonstrations
  • Beltrami County History Museum
  • Downtown Sculpture Walk
  • Local Beer Brewing Tour
  • Bemidji Woolen Mills Tour
  • Loop the Lake Bike Route
  • Watercraft Rentals

Download the Bemidji activities guide for full details: 



Fun Activities in Walker on August 1:

Farmers and Crafters Market – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Green Scene (walkergreenscene.com/)

Chair Yoga – 11:15 am – 12:15 am at Northern Namaste Yoga (www.borealblissyogaretreats.com/northernnamasteyoga)

Northern Lights Casinowww.nothernlights.com

Bear Pause Theaterwww.bearpausetheater.com

Evergreen Gifts and Fun Parkwww.evergreengiftsandfun.com

Walker Area Community Centerwww.walkerareacommunitycenter.com

Cass County Museumwww.casscountymuseum.org

Water Activities: 

Bike & Hike: 

  • County Road 50 Walking Trail: Eight miles of walking trails along the Shingobee River Valley.
  • Heartland Trail: West of Walker is Minnesota’s oldest paved trail, with miles of beautiful lakes, forest scenery, wildlife and flowers.This 49 mile paved multiple-use trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake is a great trek for biking or hiking. During the winter months the Heartland Trail offers miles of groomed snowmobile trail riding.. Walker is a great stopping point while using this trail.
  • Lake Erin Interpretive Trail: Need to stretch your legs? This half-mile walking trail surrounds scenic Lake Erin.
  • Migizi Trail: Enjoy 18 miles of paved  non-motorized hiking/biking trails in the Chippewa National Forest along the eastern edge of Cass Lake and Pike Bay.
  • North Country National Scenic Trail: Part of the longest continuous footpath in North America, the North Country Trail cuts through the Chippewa National Forest, across Hubbard County, through Itasca State Park, and to the Tamarac National Wildlife NWR.
  • Paul Bunyan State Recreational Trail: Built along abandoned rail corridors, these trails are great venues for easy- going exploration. This trail is over 120 miles of paved trail for biking, hiking and snowmobiling.
  • Shingobee Connection Trail: This trail is a conglomeration of three separate trail networks that creates a Walker Loop Trail. The Shingobee Connection Trail connects the Heartland Trail from the City of Walker to the Paul Bunyan State Trail that enters the Chippewa National Forest.This trail circles much of the Shingobee Creek watershed which consists of gorgeous forested hills.
  • Shingobee Trail: Nestled along the rolling hills of the Shingobee River Valley the area offers 6 miles of trails for hiking, hunting, primitive camping and cross country skiing. Sliding hills and a weekend warming chalet are also available for winter fun.
  • Stony Point Recreation Area Trail: This .82 mile mile of looped forest road facilitates biking and hiking through the Chippewa National Forest.

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