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Aquaman01

Big Birch State Forest Campground

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I'm looking for a place to spend a 3-day, semi-primitive weekend by myself with a tent, my boat, some shoreline and fish. Is this place up my alley? I don't need much in the way of amenities - just a quick drive to the baitshop and a place to pitch my tent and park my vehicle. Any info would be appreciated. By the way, I'm thinking June 5-7. Thanks ya'll,

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ghotierman

aquaman...
should suit your needs nicely...short drive into sauk centre for bait and ammenities.
don't know too much about the lakes there (big birch and little birch)....but looks like a great area for a primitive weekend...

good luck...

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915 Hwy 29 N NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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strat-o-caster

Aquaman, I lived in melrose for about 8 years(87-95) and fished Big Birch alot.. Fishing was pretty good. The lake can get Very busy on the weekends. The camp ground is really nice you should have a great time.. Good Luck

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Aquaman01

Thanks a lot Strat - cool screen name, wish I'd thought of it! Wait - Tel-e-Caster is still open, if a fella likes that sound. I always felt the Strat was a more versatile axe, but then, I'm a bassist (4 string, not finned variety).

hey, if I run out of steel leaders, would a high E string be too stiff? The ball-end would be handy for snapping a swivel onto.

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ghotierman

Aquaman...with that kind of terminal...you might catch a "Tune-a-fish"!... smile.gif

couldn't resist!

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Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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Aquaman01

I'm comin' to your area for opener and Rick - I just might stop in and tell your co-workers/staff about that joke. wink.gif

I still haven't seen the remodel. Did you post any of those quotes you collected? Oh - I used to go by RobertC on this forum and ask lots of questions about shore-spots.

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still collecting the quotes...major remodel begins in a couple weeks...archery range going in upstairs!

see you this spring..

Jay

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