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Hello, I am looking at taking my family to the Park Rapids area for the first time July 13th to July 21st. We are going to tent it, and fish, I am looking for an clean enviorment good for kids and good for fishing. I am going to bring my boat.I would love to get some ideas,names,& numbers if possible.

thanks in advance...

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Allwet, I think you will find that there arent many resorts that cater to tenting anymore, they have almost all went for the RV traffic, my family and I used to go to a resort north of PR. for many years and they finaly told us last year was it, they had all the spots rented for the season to RVer's, If by chance you would be interested in a primitive type camp, I could tell you a few, not usualy the most fun for kids as there is only fishing and hiking to do. also, there is Itaska state park, probably more on the lines your looking for, Im sure they still have tent spots, best to call ahead and reserve a spot, sorry I dont have a number.

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There is a small campground on Upper Bottle that has elect. water and a shower. The resort is Whippoorwhil. The lake is deep and holds good numbers of walleye not much for pan fish or bass but they are there. I mainly fish it in the spring and fall. There is a what I call a sunken island in front and to the right of the resort and straight out of the bottle neck on the lower lake there is some structure that may be a good summer spot. Mantrap lake also has a primitive camp ground the lake has crappies and is known for muskies too. If you go to whippoorwhil tell them mark said HI. good luck

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Thanks to you both, I did find a place called Spruce Hills on Long Lake. If you know anything about it feel free to share. thanks again....

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I have never fished it except on shore for crappies in the spring. By the maps I have seen there is alot of structure and is a good looking walleye lake. Good luck Mark

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Long is a good lake. Very clean, clear and deep. It is a great walleye lake but they can be tough to fish because of the 3 factors mentioned above. It is also a very good panfish and bass lake. You won't run out of water to fish on that lake.ScottS

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Delany's in Park Rapids should be able to help you out. I will be fishing some lakes real close to there this weekend. I am not sure if we will get to long or not but I will certainly let you know if I do.

I am not sure where you are coming from but the panfish are still in the shallows and the bass are still spawning. So, that should give you an idea of how far behind we are this year.ScottS

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I agree with the post on Whipoorwill Resort. A nice place and lake. Crappies are fun in front of resort. Long is a tough lake to fish. Eyes will be found in the 18-35 ft range on minnows and leeches. Spinner rigs and lindy rigs. I have produced on perch shad raps also. Slowwww is key due to all the activity on the lake and clarity of water. Hard to handle all the skiing and jet skis and such during nice weather. Good luck and let us know.

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    • JerkinLips
      There were a lot of ATV/SxS running around the lake but I found it quite slippery even with AWD engaged.  I did see a couple of snowmobiles crossing the lake.  There is enough snow to keep the slides lubricated, especially when the temperature is above freezing.  If your track is studded that would help traction and slide lubrication.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It looks like it's ATV/SxS season on the lake. Snowmobile season is on temporary (or permanent) hiatus.
    • JerkinLips
      Was back Tuesday-Thursday this week after I discovered that walleye season ends on Sunday, February 25th.  I thought that the season has closed the last day of February in recent years.  I see that I fished on Monday, February 28th two winters ago so lucky I didn't get busted then.   The ice was in very good shape.  I found 15-18 inches of solid ice in the areas I checked.  There was no standing water on the ice and very little snow as shown in the 3 pictures of the McKinley Park landing from Thursday afternoon.  When the temperature was below freezing, the ice was very slippery.  When it warmed up mid day it wasn't as bad.  The landing was starting to deteriorate today, but with the cold weather on Friday it should freeze over.  It may start to get bad again by Sunday when it warms up.  Full size vehicles were still driving out close to Birch Island so apparently that path is still good.   Fishing was very good for late season.  Most of my walleyes were again 9-12 inches, but I did catch a 21, 24, and 27.  I was lucky to catch my limit of 14-15 inchers today to bring home for a meal.  The walleyes preferred small rainbows, but also liked lively chubs.  I caught four fish on the same small rainbow today when I was running low on small ones.  I finally gave up on that minnow when I went 20 minutes without a bite.  I had 3 rainbows come off the hook on their own; one when I dropped it in the hole and the other two when I dropped them to the bottom.  I think that happens when you hook them in the soft part of their body.  I caught my first tulibee of the winter (15 inches) and it really stunk up the house.  I also caught a lot of perch for the first time this winter.  I only caught 1 perch the previous 14 days I fished, but I caught 11 perch in these 3 last days, including six that were 11-13 inches long.  I wish I liked to eat perch so I could have kept them.  The hardest bite I had this week was by the pictured 8 inch walleye.  This little guy grabbed that full sized minnow and pulled it quickly to to bottom of the hole.  (However the 27 inch walleye did peel off a bit of drag bringing her in).  Morning bite from 830 to 1230 was best.   If you venture out the last weekend of the season, good luck.  Be cautious of ice conditions since the sun can really melt some holes in the ice this late in the season.
    • smurfy
      i cant speak for out that way but check the st cloud thread.......Rick gavee a pretty decent report on the ice around the area. he fishes a ton in the winter and is thinking of calling it quits............that tells me something!!!!
    • Mike89
      be careful!!  
    • mulefarm
      Thinking about one last outing, any information on the ice?
    • Brianf.
      There's not much snow left from what I can see on our Ring cam.  This is facing North across Niles Bay.  Also, the temp is 44 at this moment so what snow might be left is going fast.  
    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
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