As the temperatures drop in the Willmar Lakes Area, locals and visitors alike get excited to take advantage of the region’s incredible outdoor activities. And when you’re in lake country, you can’t resist trying your hand at ice fishing and (hopefully) reeling in dinner. Whether you get the biggest catch of the day or enjoy spending quality time with others, there’s nothing better than dropping a line into the ice. Visit Green Lake Rentals in Spicer or Diamond Lake Resort in Atwater to rent out heated fish houses. There are also plenty of local shops to find bait, tackle, and other supplies. After a long day out on the lake, stop by Foxhole Brewhouse in Willmar or Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London for a drink before heading home to fry up your freshly caught meal.
For something more action-packed, speed through the miles of groomed snowmobiling trails throughout the Willmar Lakes Area. Make sure to check out the favorite local snowmobiling trails like Glacial Lakes State Trail and Sibley State Park.
If you’re looking for an active excursion for the whole family, head to the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking and snowshoe rentals. Or try out the local specialty and rent kick sleds. These Scandinavian sleds look like lighter, more transportable dog sleds. Hold onto the handles, stand on the rail, and push off with your foot to give someone a ride along the icy trails or lakes. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center has a variety of trails and ponds for all of these fun recreational activities. Your ski and snowshoe rentals can also be taken to other nearby parks. Sibley State Park in New London is an excellent option for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and the Robbins Island and the Swan Lake Trails in Willmar are great for cross-country skiing.
After working up an appetite, place an order at Max’s on the Green in Spicer, Ruff’s Wings & Sports Bar in Willmar, or Alley on Ash in New London and fill up on your favorite American fare, or warm up with a hot drink from Lulu Beans Coffee House or Goodness Coffee in Willmar.
For a day of indoor activities, plan a shopping spree at the local boutiques. Find the latest fashions at Urban Escape in Spicer and the Happy Sol and Ali J Boutique in New London. Head to Three Sisters Furnishings in New London to search for home decor, furnishings, and keepsakes. And you can’t leave the Willmar Lakes Area without stopping by Mr. B’s Chocolates for a sweet treat before heading home.
To learn more about the Willmar Lakes Area and to plan your stay, visit www.willmarlakesarea.com.