Cass Lake is located 4 1/2 hours north of the Twin Cities in North Central Minnesota. It is the home of the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Five (5) of Minnesota’s largest lakes are located here.
The Ojibwe offer many colorful Pow-Wow celebrations, that are open to the public, and operate 3 high-stake Casino’s, offering a variety of gaming experiences and ethnic foods.
The Chippewa Forest has the largest breeding population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. Over 240 species of birds call the Chippewa Forest home.
Modern resorts, motels and campgrounds are dispersed amid the many lakes and offer both winter and summer visitors endless activities including fishing, water-skiing, guided tours, and many family activities; golfing, horseback riding, amusement parks, and restaurants that feature a variety of dining experiences.
In the winter snowmobile and cross-country ski trails offer visitors easy access to this pristine wonderland.The annual Chain Reaction Ice Fishing Tournament, Kids Perch Derbyand other winter events provide a variety of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Fishing is a year around activity and muskies, walleye, northern pike, jumbo perch, panfish, crappies and bass are abundant. Over 160 miles of trails offer bikers, skiers, snowmobilers and joggers endless hours of viewing experiences.
Many of the trailheads begin in the City of Cass Lake.With more than 1200 lakes and 800 miles of rivers set amidst some of the most beautiful, least-developed wilderness in the entire Midwest, the Cass Lake area lures anglers from far and wide. Between the untouched nature and abundant walleye, pike, bass, and perch, it’s a true fisherman’s paradise. From spring fighters to fall trophies and winter ice fishing, the action remains high all year round.
Cass Lake holds large numbers of perch, pike, and bass, plus plenty of trophy walleye and muskies, in its 15,000-plus acres of deep drop-offs (down to 120 feet), shallow bars, and submerged island structure. And it’s just one of eight lakes in the famous Cass Lake chain, each of them boasting excellent fisheries of their own. Big Lake is another favorite among local guides, especially for perch, bass, and panfish.
The waters offer far more than great fishing – boating, water skiing, and canoeing are other popular activities. Back ashore, Cass Lake sits at the hub of over 150 miles of multi-use trails for bicyclists, cross-country skiers, horseback riders, and hikers. The Chippewa National Forest offers endless acres of majestic scenery, plus opportunities for wildlife watching – particularly bald eagle watching.
Rustic resorts, modern motels, quaint cabins, and conveniently located campgrounds provide fishermen with a variety of lodging options. Area amusement parks, museums, Indian pow-wow celebrations, seasonal festivals, and casinos provide entertainment for the entire family. With so many great lakes for fishing and so many opportunities for family fun, Cass Lake is the ultimate Minnesota outdoor vacation destination.
Towns: Cass Lake
Bodies of Water: Big Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, Cass Lake, Pike Bay, Buck Lake, Kitchi Lake, Anderson Lake, Little Rice Lake and Big Rice Lake. Big Lake, Little Wolf Lake, Pimushe Lake, Moose Lake