Fifteen years ago I was looking to buy a cabin/basecamp somewhere in Minnesota to help with my fishing guide business. Since I travel and guide all over the state, it was a difficult decision. After careful consideration, I chose the Park Rapids area for many reasons such as awesome fishing opportunities (obviously important to me), 1,000’s of acres of public hunting opportunities. The classic “Up North” feel of towering pines and hundreds of under fished lakes, beautifully groomed snowmobile trails, and of course– a multitude of things to do for any family member year ‘round! 

Options such as Itasca State Park, hundreds of miles of maintained ATV/snowmobile trails. All the comforts of a bedroom community (movie theatre, restaurants, cozy shops), endless family-style resorts, and quick access to the big waters like Leech Lake or Red Lake made the decision easy.

Another reason that makes the Park Rapids area so great to visit is the lack of traffic and crowds like can be found in the Brainerd/Nisswa area or the Walker area. Even at the height of the summer tourism season. Park Rapids still behaves and feels like a small “Up North” “On Golden Pond” type of getaway. Loons, campfires, and the smell of fresh pine, it doesn’t get much better than that.  Contact the Park Rapids Chamber Of Commerce to plan your summer vacation today!  Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Captain Josh Hagemeister, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service,

Check out Park Rapids HUGE Ice Fishing event 218-732-9919.

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