WALKER, Minn. (WCCO) — August is halfway over, and Minnesotans are soaking up all the summer they can before fall arrives. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week.

On Thursday, Jamie Yuccas and Jason DeRusha headed to Walker, Minn., which is known for its endless things to do outdoors.

Walker is about three-and-a-half-hours northwest of the Twin Cities. It’s home to about 1,000 people year round, and that obviously goes up in the summer months.

Years ago, Walker was known as a lumbering, trading and sawmill center.

Jamie and Jason first visited Forestedge Winery in nearby Laporte.


The duo then checked out the place that epitomizes the personality of the area – Reed’s Sporting Goods.


Thursday just happened to be Crazy Dayz in downtown Walker, and it seems like just about everyone in town came out for it!

Jamie and Jason decided to try to get in on some deals.


Not only is Crazy Dayz going on, but it’s also Cajun Fest in Walker! Jason and Jamie were at the epicenter of fun at Northern Lights Casino.


Walker is right on Leech Lake, which was the sight of the last battle in the American Indian War. It’s also the third largest lake in the state. The only ones that are larger are Red Lake and Mille Lacs Lake.

The lake has more than 600 miles of shoreline, but it’s actually much more than that if you count the islands. Fishermen can catch anything from eelpout to muskies to walleye.

Jason and Jamie were fortunate enough to get one of Leech Lake’s most skilled fishermen to take them out. Thankfully, he was very patient!


Going To The Lake: Walker Links

Leech Lake
Forestedge Winery
Reed’s Sporting Goods

For the full schedule for Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long, click here. You can suggest places for us to visit here.

Watch the past “Goin’ To The Lake” segments.
Watch the past “Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake” segments.


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