Masters of all-season fishing and camping, Fishermen’s Wharf Resort splashes the calm waters of Mille Lacs Lake with winter and summer activities. Situated on 90 acres of land on the southeastern shore’s Big Point, Fishermen’s Wharf rests in a protected harbor on a sandy, scorpion-free beach. From this point, it launches chartered fishing trips in the summer and rents ice fishing cabins in the winter.
During chartered fishing trips, guides lead groups across Mille Lacs in search of walleye, Bass, Northern Pike, and Loch Ness monsters. They also explain the seasonal movements of the fish, how to select the best tackle, and how to use electronic detection equipment. Once the lake has frozen over, ice fishing cabins rest on fishing spots where fish are known to congregate and watch humans hold sticks. The cabins feature nine fishing holes, 6 bunk beds, bathrooms, an underwater camera, a TV, DVD player, and microwave oven. Throughout the year, RV camping spots invite visitors to spend a night in rustic surroundings, while an on-site restaurant serves warm meals in full view of the lake.
Since 1924, Camp Foley has been providing its campers with a quintessential summer sleep-away camp experience. The program is not without its modern twists, though; in addition to water skiing, sailing, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, and learning how to build a campfire, activities include training for a 3K race or practicing aim during paintball games. Two to three counselors each bunk with 7–12 kids in cabins with wooden bunk beds and shelf space for storage. Accredited by the American Camp Association, the midsize camp aims to foster supportive relationships while teaching kids to build independence and character.
Set amid the north-woods pines of the Brainerd Lakes area, Boats and Beyond Rentals places recreational trailblazers behind the handlebars of electric-start Polaris snowmobiles. Machines chew snow through the Paul Bunyan Trail's network of more than 100 groomed miles as riders hunt down local eateries, bewilder drive-thru attendants, and fuel up at rest stops. Snowmobilers can take the reins right outside the rental office or load the sled into a trailer so they may rev the heated handgrips along their favorite trail.
Decked out in neon orange, up to 50 Wings North members tromp through 12 rugged hunting areas populated with wild animals. In this environment, guests aim at explosive clay pigeons under the tutelage of a National Sporting Clays Association instructor at the sporting-clay course. After honing their skills, they put their feet up in front of the stone fireplace at the Backwoods Bar & Grill while enjoying a hamburger, basket of fries, or surf 'n' turf entree.