INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Editor’s Note | The lake is still calling • Lake Margaret feature | Portview Resort • Lake Margaret map • Ponto Lake feature | Lakouting Club • Ponto Lake map • South Long Lake feature | Paradise Resort • South Long Lake map • Fun on the Lake with Our Readers • Breezy Point Resort centennial • Wheelhouses on ice • Magnet fishing • Dangers of lead poisoning • Gull Lake Chain feature | Welcome Wannigan • Gull Lake Chain map • Fishing surge • Whitefish Chain feature | Lake association is 50+ • Whitefish Chain map • Lowell Wildlife Management Area • Leech Lake feature | Love Our Lakes campaign • Leech Lake map

THE LAKE IS STILL CALLING

As the world returns to a new “normal” after a year-plus health pandemic, let’s not just sweep the past year under the rug.

Did COVID-19 restrictions force you to slow down just a little bit? Did you spend a bit more quality time with your family, perhaps eating more leisurely meals together or doing more fun activities?

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If so, keep it up! The lake is still calling.

As you’ll read in this issue of Love of the Lakes, lake activity - especially fishing - increased in the past year. That’s great news, and a trend we hope continues.

Check out how our readers enjoy the water and capture precious memories by looking at our photo spread showing Fun on the Lake with our Readers.

Also on these magazine pages, find out how wheelhouses have taken over the ice during the hard water season and transformed that industry. Read about a lake hobby - magnet fishing; as well as the continued dangers of lead poisoning among wildlife.

Enjoy stories on the fascinating history of several area resorts, from one of the area’s largest establishments to a smaller mom and pop outfit to a resort that no longer exists but whose property remains in the same family.

Despite a seeming return to normal life, don’t ever forget to take time to get outside and enjoy our precious lakes and rivers in any way you can, no matter what the season. Take along and enjoy our 15th annual Love of the Lakes magazine.

And remember, the lake is still calling.

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