LOCAL AREA ATTRACTIONS
is less than 2 miles away. Bring your own bike or rollerblades, or
rent one locally to enjoy this scenic, paved, bike trail system.
(49 miles and connected to other systems.)
Muskie Waters Bike Rental -
(218) 652-3769 (Nevis- 5 miles)
Chase on the
Lake (218-547-7777 Walker - 8 miles)
Heartland Trail B & B, Bike
Rentals- (218) 732-3252 (Dorset - 10 miles)
Northern Cycle (218) 732-5971
(Park Rapids - 16 miles) open 7 days a week, group
rates, car racks,
skates, tandem, recumbents, etc.
Rental & Repair (218) 675-6818 (Hackensack - 20 miles) $4/hour,
Biking on the trails up north
- thanks Klages family for this CWC 2006 photo contest winner!
Paul Bunyan State Forest (72,000
less than a mile from our doors and hosts
well-marked ATV and snow mobile trails. No need to
Click here to check on trail and road closures --updated weekly by
Click here for pdf map of forest
motorized bike RESTRICTION
National Forest (1.6 million acres --located five miles
hosts excellent bird watching opportunities including the largest
nesting grounds in the lower 48 states!
Miles and miles of hiking and cross country ski trails.
Click here to read an article on how a group of women in 1900 were
responsible for preserving this forest.
Itasca State Park -
(25 minutes) Mississippi River Headwaters is the most visited
park in the state. Wonderful facilities and educational
opportunities!!! Walk across the mighty river at its
origin . . .
Boat Tour on Lake Itasca:
Enjoy a unique narrated naturalist tour on the Chester Charles II.
Canoe the Crow Wing River ways. Wild rice will dangle into your
boat (bring your own canoe - resort canoes are not allowed beyond
11th Crow Wing Lake, sorry) . . .
click here for link to DNR maps
Float Plane Rides!
An area pilot
is offering 20-30 minute plane rides from our resort (weather
permitting only) in his 1957 "Beaver" seaplane. $250
($50 person for group of 5 people) (cash, MC/VISA only)
www.lakecountryairservice.com (We loved that everyone
gets a headset and microphone to talk to each other during the flight -
Pine River Riding Stable
(30 miles south in Pine River just off Hwy 371) Open year
round, 7 days week, free petting zoo
BK Ranch (8 miles
from resort north of Nevis) (218) 652-3540
line, Giant Swing, 35' obstacle course
(218) 760-8442 (7 miles north of Park Rapids)
Adventure (8 miles) Learn to
sail with Tom & Judy Beriou! They've been teaching families
and individuals how to sail for 7 years on neighboring Leech Lake.
$240 for a half-day trip, family of four. Meet at Walker City
Park, or make arrangements to have them bring their smaller size
sail boat to our resort here at Crow Wing Crest Lodge. And
YES, you can also choose just to relax and not have to tax your
brain in learning the rudiments of sailing. (You'll likely not
be able to help yourself, believe us!) (218) 547-1188
Gifts & Fun Park
(26 miles - just north of Park Rapids on Hwy 71 on the way to Itasca
State Park 218-732-9609):
fine decor, wine accessories, wind chimes, soup mixes and hundreds
of other items will have you in shopping heaven! Activities
include Ultra Go Carts, Rookie Go Carts, Power Wheels, Batting
Cages, Outdoor Maze, Bumper Boats, Mineral Mining, Climbing Wall,
Extreme Air assisted jumping, Train Rides, Bouncy House, Laser Maze,
Family Laser Tag, 18-holes of Mini Golf, and Water Wars.
Amusement Park (35 miles - Bemidji near the airport) Open
7 days a week from 11 am - 9 pm Giant Waterslide, Go
Karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, showers and
changing rooms. (218) 751-7333
Bunyan's Animal Land (30 miles - Hwy 2 E. between Bemidji
& Cass Lake) Open Memorial Day - Labor Day, 10 am - 6 pm
(218) 759-1533 The kids can feed the deer right our of their
hands. See camels, tigers, bear cubs, cougar, bobcat,
raccoons, fox and lots of baby critters.
Golf at local courses!
Northern Lights Casino
(10 miles) Feelin' Lucky?
Dining --We may be in the
"northwoods", but there is no shortage of GOOD FOOD up here! From
down home cookin' to award winning gourmet and various ethnic stuff
in between. Click here for our favorite local eatery picks.
Wood Tick Theater
(2 miles) Lena & Ole jokes a plenty here! Spend two
hours of live banjo pickin', foot stompin', family fun with very talented local artists!
Folklore Theater right here in Akeley! Click here to view
upcoming scheduled events (i.e. "Evening with Patsy Cline", the play
"I Do, I do!", etc.)
(24 miles to Hubbard, S of Park Rapids at south
end of Long Lake) Summer stock theater -- fun plays all
season. Example: Arsenic & Old Lace, Mark Twain,
children's plays, Wizard of Oz, Nunsations, Closer Walk with Patsy
Cline, etc. Very talented local actors and musicians, come
see for yourselves! Crow Wing Crest Lodge is proud sponsor of
this company. Click here for directions, performance
(5 miles to downtown Nevis) - eclectic bands and individuals playing
Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Moody Blues and
all kinds of original tunes here at a local soundstage.
name to link to clips and schedule of performance.)
Forest Edge Winery
(8 miles) Go wine tasting at a local winery
Brewing Company (8 miles) Taste test some fun and
funky microbrews. (mon-sat 11-7)
Emu Ranch (5 miles)
Take a tour, learn about emu oil and products!
Bunyan Statue photo op . . . . sit in the hand of the largest
Paul Bunyan statue in the world! (Pull up and park for free -
get out and click away!) Downtown Akeley (1 mile)
Bunyan Museum (hours of operation) (218) 652-2575
Learn about Akeley producing the 1st
published Paul Bunyan story in the nation (part of an advertising
campaign by the Red River Logging Company, the same company who
built Crow Wing Crest's Lodge in 1898.)
(16 miles or 35 miles) If it's raining, this might be a good time to
work on your split shot. Check out Lori Lea Lanes in Park
Rapids (218) 732-4229 or . . . Bemidji Bowl (218) 751-2153
Attend local music festivals, flea markets, arts & crafts
fairs and local summer community celebrations! Click our
chamber links for current schedules . . . . .
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