The holiday song may tell us the weather outside is frightful, but for a winter adventure, the weather in the Northwoods of Minnesota is perfect. Come join in the fun in this winter wonderland.

The Leech Lake area of Minnesota gets an average of 44 inches of snow a year. With that kind of snowfall, there are plenty of ways you can play in the snow.

No matter whether you like fishing, skiing, skating, hunting, snowmobiling, or simply sitting in front of a roaring fire, the Northwoods of Minnesota has you covered.

Take a peek here at all the fun you can have this winter.

What to Do Outside in the Snow

Maybe we should say, what can’t you do? With the right equipment and clothing, you can get outside and enjoy the cold.

Ice Fishing

Have you watched Grumpy Old Men and thought, oh that looks like it could be fun? Well, northern Minnesota is home to some of the best ice fishing in the US. A bucket and an ice-fishing pole are just about all you need to reel in your next dinner. Or you could go for a glamorous, fully appointed ice-fishing hut. Our guides can tell you where to drill the perfect hole.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Groomed and ungroomed trails wind their way through the region. From short walks to technically tricky long skis, you’ll find something to suit your taste.

Ice Skating

The land of 10,000 lakes means there are abundant opportunities for ice skating in winter. Make sure to check with locals about ice conditions on lakes before heading out.


There are miles and miles of snowmobile trails in the region. No need to worry if you don’t have a snowmobile as there are great rental places dotted around. One of the best things about snowmobiling as part of your winter adventure is that you will get to see a lot of the region.


If hunting is your choice of winter adventure, northern Minnesota has you covered there, too. The most important thing is to check the rules and regulations on what you can hunt and how. Check with a local if possible to learn tips that will help you enjoy your winter hunt.


Yes, the outdoors is beautiful and pristine in northern Minnesota, but sometimes you just want to sit back and relax. A roaring fire in a cozy cabin or lodge is a winter adventure of its very own. Sipping a local Minnesota craft beer or glass of wine at the end of a day snowshoeing or fishing is the perfect way to relax.

Join Us for Your Winter Adventure

Whatever your style, northern Minnesota has you covered. At Chase on the Lake, we’re here to make sure you have a memorable, enjoyable, and safe winter adventure.

Give us a call today to ask about winter activities and a beautiful, relaxing place to stay. We love seeing you any time of the year, and the winter can be just as much fun as the summer!