Come for an Epic Weekend Getaway, Stay for the Love of the Lake Life

Welcome to Walker, Minnesota, your ultimate summer escape nestled in the heart of the north. At Bill Hansen Realty, we cherish the natural beauty and vibrant community of this region. Here’s our guide, for tourists and locals alike, to a summer weekend spent exploring the Leech Lake area.

Stay and Play at Adventure North Resort

Start your weekend at Adventure North Resort, a small but elegant family-friendly resort on Leech Lake. With lakeside cabins and comfortable accommodations, Adventure North is overflowing with opportunities for family relaxation and bonding. The resort offers fishing, boating, and swimming adventures, as well as paddle boards, kayaks, and a heated pool.

Explore Walker’s Scenic Trails

Walker is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike or bike the Heartland State Trail, a scenic route that winds through lush forests and along sparkling lakes. For a more rugged experience with extensive trails and diverse wildlife, venture into the Chippewa National Forest.

Savor Local Flavors at The Piggy BBQ

When hunger strikes, there’s only one place to go. Known for its mouth-watering smoked meats and homemade cornbread, The Piggy BBQ in downtown Walker offers a cozy patio perfect for summer dining. Don’t miss their brisket sandwich—it’s a crowd-pleaser!

Leech Lake: Summer Playground

Spend the day fishing, tubing, or cruising the vast waters of Leech lake on a rented boat or kayak. Visit the lake’s quiet coves and anchor on a sandy beach for the afternoon—don’t forget your picnic lunch, sunscreen, and towel!

Day Trip to Longville and Hackensack

Venture east to Longville, famous for its Turtle Races every Wednesday. This quirky, family-friendly event is a must-see! Afterwards, loop through Hackensack for a charming sunset stroll and be sure to grab a scoop of Big Dipper homemade ice cream or a Sun and Fun specialty drink.

Sip and Relax at Portage Brewing Company

End your day back in Walker at Portage Brewing Company. Sample their craft beers on the lakeside patio while enjoying live music throughout the summer. Their rotating taps feature local favorites and seasonal brews, making it a perfect spot to unwind.

Experience Local Culture at Walker Bay Live

For evening entertainment, check out Walker Bay Live, a summer concert series held in Walker City Park. Enjoy live music from local bands, food vendors, and a lively atmosphere. It’s a wonderful way to experience the community spirit of Walker.

Breakfast at The Green Scene

Before you head home, hit the farmers market and grab breakfast at The Green Scene. This farm-to-table café offers delicious, healthy options including fresh smoothies, hearty breakfast bowls, and organic coffee. It’s a great way to fuel up for your journey home.

Before you know it, you’ll be falling in love with Walker! Luckily, our local team can help you find the perfect summer retreat in this beautiful town. Because, while a weekend in Walker offers the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and charm, the only thing better is being our neighbor!