Visitor Information

PLACES TO STAY
Visit our Resort/Guide Service Connection and check out some of the resorts that offer lodging on Mille Lacs.

THINGS TO DO
ATVing – Riders of all levels will enjoy the ATV trails in our area. The Soo Line Trail stretches over 100 miles. Experience the Red Top Loop – rugged terrain, peaceful woods, picnic area and so much more! Expansion of the trails is in the planning stages.

Biking, Hiking & Rollerblading – Hike, Bike, Walk or Roll through the forests, farmland and wetlands which surround the resort. The Soo Line Trail is 18 miles of paved path perfect for biking and skating. Bike and/or hike the state parks or the wildlife management area.

Bird & Wildlife Watching – Our area is home to a myriad of birds & mammals, including hawks, eagles, loons, migrating swans, pileated woodpeckers, numerous songbirds, owls, beaver, otter, raccoons, mink and deer, just to name a few. The bays of Mille Lacs, with area forestlands, rivers, smaller lakes and wetlands, provide substantial natural habitat for plants and animals alike. From water lilies to yellow moccasins, deciduous to coniferous forests, a diversity of wildlife abounds. This is one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, encompassing 132,510
acres and 76 miles of shoreline. In conjunction with the thousands of acres of undeveloped woods and wetland surrounding it, the area provides choice wildlife watching.

Golfing – Try one or all three golf courses in the area.  Or, try Micro Putt Golf right here at Portside Bait & Liquor.

Fiddlestix Golf Course is a couple miles south of Main Street Isle and is a neatly manicured 6,200 yard, par 71 course. Layout is designed to challenge both the novice and proficient player, making it a golfing experience everyone can enjoy and afford.

Hunting – Hunters seeking waterfowl and Canadian geese, ruffed grouse and woodcock, as well as whitetail deer and bear find great rewards.

Snowmobiling – You’ll find a snowmobiling wonderland with over 500 miles of trails that criss-cross and interconnect with other parts of the state. Local snowmobile clubs groom hundreds of miles of trails each year. Ride the Soo Line Trail from Genola to Duluth. Both state parks have trails as well. Snowmobile maps available at the resort or local businesses.

State Parks – Enjoy the presence of two extraordinary state parks and the many recreational and educational services provided.

the intimate 318-acre Father Hennepin State Park entrance lies on the West edge of the City of Isle and offers camping, picnicking, hiking and snowmobile trails, a wonderful sandy swimming beach, fishing pier and boat launch.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located on Highway 169 on the southwest side of the lake. It includes nearly 10,000 acres of rolling hills with rich vegetation and a variety of wildlife. The parks 100-foot observation tower offers a spectacular view of the entire area. The park offers camping, picnicking, boat, canoe, ski and snowshoe rentals as well as hiking, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails.

Other Things To Do

  • Get away to relax and enjoy the area and breath fresh air.
  • Visit surrounding communities.
  • Spend at specialty shops.
  • Cross country ski and snowshoe in the State Parks.
  • View the brilliance of autumn on foot, bike or car.
  • Visit area Museums.
  • Of course, there’s FISHING!
    Spring crappies, summertime walleye, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass and muskie. Don’t forget ice fishing for walleye, northern and perch.

Photo Op & History

Mean Walleye

Stop for your Photo Op with the "Mean" Walleye and "Massive" Muskie!

Massive Muskie

Learn about the history of the Mille Lacs Lake launch services.

Fisher's Launch

Visit www.millelacs.com for more Mille Lacs Lake area information!

Mille Lacs Weather

Today Friday
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 10:00 PM CDT on July 24, 2014
Partly Cloudy
79°/63°
It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 10:00 PM CDT on July 25, 2014
Thunderstorm
81°/63°

Contact Us

Portside Bait & Liquor
1 mile North of Isle on Highway 47
(320) 676-3811
Email: steve@johnsonsportside.com
www.johnsonsportside.com

Bait & Convenience Store Hours
7am-9pm SUN-THUR
6am-10pm FRI-SAT Mean Walleye