WALKER ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS
The Country Inn Walker is situated in beautiful northern Minnesota near the Chippewa National Forest. There are plenty of Walker attractions & events close by to our hotel. With all the nearby parks and forests, visitors have plenty of opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling, skiing and hunting. Our hotel near the Heartland State Trail provides great lodging for outdoor adventurists. We are located on Leech Lake, one of Minnesota’s largest lakes, which is popular for swimming and fishing. Additional Walker, MN attractions near the hotel include the Northern Lights Casino, Longbow Golf Course, Bear Pause Theater and Forestedge Winery. There is something for everyone near our Walker, MN hotel.
Attractions that are convenient to our Walker, MN lodging:
Bear Pause Theater
Walker’s state-of-the-art movie theater shows new movies at affordable rates. Rent their private VIP room for your movie, or host a party in the party room.
4479 County 5 NW – Hackensack, MN
(218) 675-5357 – 1.9 miles from hotel
Bemidji Area Trails & Waterways
6603 Bemidji Avenue N – Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 755-2265 – 36 miles from hotel
Downtown Walker, MN
Stroll down meandering, tree-lined streets and explore quaint shops offering unique merchandise.
0.25 miles from hotel
Enjoy local art, nature trails and specialty wines made from the fruits and berries that survive harsh northern winters.
35295 State 64 – Laporte, MN
(218) 224-3535 – 12 miles from hotel
Harvest Moon Festival
The fall colors at Moondance are amazing and Moondance is all about fun, so we have combined them all in one festival! We have entertainment and activities all day for families, friends, couples, grandparents… Everyone!
6697 State 371 NW – Walker, MN 56484
(218) 836-1055 – 3.4 miles from hotel
Heartland State Trail
Hop on this nearby trail to enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and more.
Itasca State Park
Home of the Mississippi headwaters, biking, hiking, canoeing, boat rental, swimming, gift shop, restaurant and numerous exhibits. 36750 Main Park Dr – Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 266-2114 – 37 miles from hotel
Lake Country Air Service, LLC
“Awesome!!” Sightseeing Tours, Community Events, Private Bookings, Resort Visits, Takes up to 7 Passengers.
2792 Chimney PT. DR.NW – Hackensack, MN. 56452 218-682-2818
Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Visit this convenient tourist information center.
905 Minnesota Ave
Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-1313 – 1/2 mile from hotel
Longbow Golf Club
Tucked away alongside Leech Lake, the 18-hole, par 72 Longbow is both challenging and scenic Northern Minnesota golf. Enjoy a full service clubhouse and more.
6516 Long Bow Trail NW – Walker, MN
(218) 547-4121 – 6.1 miles from hotel
Composed of the Lazy Moon Backstage Bar, the Moondance Saloon and Grill and Moondance softball fields, this is a great place for live entertainment or to host a fully catered party.
6697 State 371 NW – Walker, MN
(218) 836-1055 – 3.4 miles from hotel
Northern Lights Casino
This Leech Lake casino features slot machines, blackjack, poker, restaurants, live entertainment and more.
6800 Y Frontage Rd NW – Walker, MN
(218) 547-2744 – 2.9 miles from hotel
The Paul Bunyan State Trail takes bikers on a 120 mile journey from south of Brainerd (Crow Wing State Park) to Walker, and then through to Lake Bemidji State Park. The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest MN bike trail in the state.
Tianna Country Club
Located 2 Miles south on Hwy 34. Beautiful, challenging 18 hole championship golf course. Serving wonderful food and great drinks. Open to the Public.
Walker Area Community Center
Walker Area Community Center features a Fitness Center, ice arena, basketball courts, volleyball courts and Boy and Girls Club. 105 Tower Ave E – Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-1853 – 1 mile from hotel
Wedgewood Golf Course & Driving Range
9 hole course, rental clubs and carts. Snack Bar Located 5 miles N Walker.
PO Box 1606 – Walker, MN 56484 – (218) 547-2666
WALKER AREA EVENTS
Moondance Jam is a classic rock festival held annually on the Moondance Events grounds in the Leech Lake/Chippewa National Forest Area near Walker, Minnesota. Moondance Jam is Minnesota’s largest rock festival and is recognized as the premier classic rock festival in the United States with four days of national classic rock bands highlighted on the main stage and two additional regional band stages. The event features a large outdoor concert area with open festival seating, 300 acres of groomed camping, well kept facilities, a variety of food and vendor stands, an air conditioned bar and grill with a backstage view and an acoustic stage, an indoor regional stage and seating area with a full bar, a shaded VIP area with access to stage box viewing, excellent security and EMS crews, an organized staff and more. The clean, safe and friendly atmosphere is a big reason why Moondance Jam has gone from being a party for a few thousand in 1992 to a
rock ‘n ‘roll and camping celebration that entertains tens of thousands of Jammers from all over the Midwest, the U.S. and the world.
The International Eelpout Festival has been tempting masses of pouters and tournament patriots to Leech Lake for over 25 years. Heralded as Minnesota’s finest display of sportsmanship and ice antics, the Eelpout Festival is an experience not to be missed.
The activities during the Eelpout Festival are plentiful. The celebration begins with the Opening Ceremony at high noon in the Walker City Park on Friday. The rest of the day is spent out on the lake fishing for the perfect Eelpout. Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. registration is open for the Eelpout Peelout – 5k run that starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker High School.
You won’t want to miss out on the Best Eelpout Encampment judging at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday as well. See the creativity these Eel pouters put to use when creating their custom-made fish houses. Ice races will also occur on Garfield Lake in Laporte, MN, only about 15 minutes northwest of Walker.
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July celebration in Walker invokes feeling of nostalgia and patriotism from the midday parade to the late evening fireworks. The day begins with a “Kiddie Parade” allowing the children to demonstrate their achievements and excitement as they show their Scout uniforms, twirl their batons, or proudly display another skill.
The Grand Marshall leads the rest of the parade through Main Street. It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July parade though without the Veteran’s floats, clowns, jugglers, homemade floats, antique cars, horses, fire trucks, and ambulances.
Festivities are continued throughout the day and into the evening in the Walker City Park. A Fish Fry, games, food, and local bands can all be found their leading up to the magnificent fireworks display. The fireworks are shot off over Leech Lake, which is filled with boats viewing the show.
You won’t want to miss Fourth of July in Walker, Minnesota. Along with all of these activities, the town’s shops and restaurants are all still open for business inviting people in to discover the treasures and delights that await them.
The POLAR PLUNGE
Will definitely be a highlight for all on Leech Lake. The Polar Plunge has been able to produce a great contribution to the Walker Area Community Center. All proceeds from this thrilling event benefit the Walker Area Community Center and its building efforts.
Ethnic Entertainment, Ethnic Food, Crafts, Pub Crawl. Celebration of Cultural Diversity which is the American Tapestry, A parade with participants from near and far is the perfect way to begin the day. Streets come alive with music & dance. The air is filled with the aroma of many ethnic cuisines for your enjoyment.
YIKES! BIKES! Tour
Enjoy a beautiful July morning biking among our plush forests while taking part in a valued charitable event for Habitat for Humanity. Join in on the YIKES! BIKES! Bike Tour that takes place on our acclaimed bike trails. In 2007, over 300 bikers participated for the event. Habitat for Humanity is hoping for over 350 bikers for 2008. Come to the Walker area and participate in this wonderful opportunity to take in the scenery and help the Habitat for Humanity in their fundraising efforts.