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In this issue:

Editor’s Note: Get away to the lake • Gull Lake feature Cragun’s Resort • Gull Lake Chain map • Woman Lake feature Green Roof Lodge • Woman Lake map • Fisheries challenges • Loon protection programs • Crow Wing Paddlers Club • Purple martins • Nisswa Lake feature How this lake got its name • Nisswa Lake map • Trout fishing • Whitefish Chain feature Clamshell Beach Resort • Whitefish Chain map • Fun on the Lake with our Readers • Island-Loon Lake project • Leech Lake feature Making memories • Leech Lake map • Pine River Watershed Plan

Get away to the lake

I’m sure we’re all getting out to enjoy the great outdoors and our favorite outside activities whether it be spring, summer, fall or winter.

There’s no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic’s grip on the world - including the lakes area - in 2020 robbed each and every one of us of so much, including family-fun events that have occurred annually for years, many for decades.

But COVID-19 - the contagious respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus that led to business and school closures, stay at home orders and event cancellations - hasn’t affected our beloved lakes.

For now, we advise you to check area chamber of commerce websites if you’re wondering about your favorite events, including the weekly Turtle Races held on Wednesdays in Nisswa and the weekly Duck Races held on Fridays in Pine River through the summer.

In the meantime, get outside and enjoy our precious lakes and rivers in any way you can, no matter what the season. I hope you enjoy our 14th annual Love of the Lakes magazine.