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DarthBaiter

resorts on leech

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DarthBaiter

Looking to take a family vacation to leech lake this summer. Any resort advice? Looking at Anderson Cove or the Anderson Northland. Adventure north resort and Spirit of the north resort as well. Anyone stay at any of these and what was your experience like? Or any other recommendations appreciated. thanks.

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westb

Chippewa Lodge.

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jmd1

I second Chippewa Lodge, Jim and Karen are the greatest.

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MuskyHaus

Huddles Resort is a great place to take the family. You would not be disappointed.

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thatoneguy

I live right by Anderson's Cove. Nice place, great fishing within a short distance.

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FatFishie

I would vote for Huddles. I have a cabin near Huddles and I am always impressed with all the activities for families and kids that Roy puts together.

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stoney

We have stayed at Anderson's Cove several times. Would recommend it to anyone. Great people, fishing close and easy to fish in pretty much any weather.

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chasineyes

Andersons cove is good for fishing but the pool is "ok" and their beach and playground kinda sucks. Be advised they also have a large seasonal campsite there which also uses the facilities and can get quite rowdy when the alcohol comes out along with some fireworks. My parents have a cabin on the "Loop road" by the resort.

Alot depends on age of kids. laugh

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eyesonly

Darth, we were in the same Boat you were last year and these guys turned me on to Hiawatha beach resort- I cant say enough good things about the resort. Not sure on the age of your kids but our family loved spending our vacation there.They have a kids fishing trip, Build your your rocket Day where they let the kids shoot off the rockets they built also.My wife loves the really nice sand beach with all the water toys and the indoor pool and hot tub feels good after a day of outdoor fun. The only complaint we had was the small campsites but those really werent all that bad either. We already made our reservation for this year. Good luck on your decision.

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DarthBaiter

Thanks for the info all, the more info shared the better. Still searching and weighing options.

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limitzbydesign

My vote is for Anderson's Northland. Took my non-fishing family up there last summer. Asked them to give the up-north experience a chance. This winter my wife and kids reserved the week and paid the deposit for their vacation this summer, I can come if I want. Needless to say, they had a great time. Plenty of activities for all.

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Meat-Run

Look up Baileys Resort in Kabakona bay its a very family orientated resort.

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firefish_12

Has anyone ever stayed at the red rock resort

Wife has a weekend stay and I'm suppose to be the fishing guide. Never fished leech before and comments in fishing spots and the resort itself

Thanks

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Igor Drackenwolf

We like Hiawatha Beach Resort in the North end of Steamboat Bay. Nice sandy South-facing beach; big indoor pool/hot-tub, gameroom for the kids on rainy days; bait on hand; sturdy docks and nice slips with gas & electric; excellent dockhands that work their butts off; Monday evening barbecue/camp gathering; good food, bar; laundry facilities; lodge/cabins/campground; easy access to sand flats, sand point, Cedar Point, Walker Bay, narrows, Mounds, Pine Point, Goose Island/Goose Island flats area.

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leechlake

Red Rock

location wise its down near the south end of the big lake and you've got a lot of "structure" to fish. Reefs around Pelican Island and down on the south shore itself quite a bit of rocks. I really like that area during the Summer for walleyes using leeches and crawlers.

Slip bobbers around dusk with leeches can be really good in the right spots.

I haven't been to the resort in a long time so I can't provide much info on the resort, we used to muskie fish with a guide out of there "back in the day"

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barracuda

Heading to Adventure North in the morning! I want to leave now!!!! Sadly, up late and can't sleep I'm so fired up! So here's my two cents on this topic:

There are so many great resort options on Leech it's ridiculous, as compared to say Winnie or Mille Lacs or LOW (not to say they don't have nice resorts, cause they do. And I have stayed at some often). But for my family Leech is THE LAKE of choice. If you have young kids that just want to play in the sand at waters edge, I could easily name 5 resorts that have just the setup. But if your kids are little older and just learning to fish, maybe want to get closer to the fishing spots without having to cross big water? No problem. And if you're "I'm fishing no matter how big the waves", there are resorts that fit that bill too.

Go to Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website and check out Places to Stay. Lots of resort options and info there.

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HuskerTornado

I highly recommend Brindley's Harbor Resort. Great location in Traders Bay so it is easy to get anywhere on the lake quickly, great owners, and the service is unmatched. I've been staying at resorts all over Minnesota my entire life and Brindley's is by far the best I've been to. They also have the best harbor to park your boat into, they clean your fish for you, etc.

Best thing to do is to go to resort websites and see what amenities each has and which are most important to you.

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Tommy1990

2nd for Brindley's. Went there for the first time last summer, going up again in the end of June. Great location on the lake.

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fishgutz77

If you got a good sized boat opt for a main lake resort, but if you need days out of the wind I would opt for Baileys on Kabekona bay.

Dana always has great advice anywhere on the lake.

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