The Arrowhead Ultra 135 is a grueling event. You can ski, fat tire bike or hike the 135 miles from International Falls to Lake Vermilion near Tower. It takes a special athlete to complete this event carrying all they will need to survive in whatever the weather brings. The ultra marathon begins on Monday, January 30th at Kerry Park in International Falls. Check our calendar of events to see what else is going on, just click on the tab above. Or, if you’d like to learn more about the Arrowhead Ultra 135, click here. Photo courtesy Burgess Eberhardt.
Meanwhile, ice anglers are getting out on Rainy Lake and the latest word is to try for walleye and sauger in the early part of the afternoon. jigging or bobber fishing with a minnow has been working best, and the fish will hit in anywhere from 20 to 30 feet of water. Ice conditions have been a bit of a problem, the bait shops will be able to direct you to the best and most accessible areas.
Voyageurs National Park will be in full swing of their winter series of events sponsored by Voyageurs National Park Association. There will be an opportunity to create your own snowshoes, or a canoe paddle. There’s a family fun day and a day to learn more about hiking throughout the region. If you want to learn more about all the winter series events, just click here.
Get out and explore the Park a bit on snowshoes, they are available the the Rainy Lake Visitor Center on Black Bay. The center is open Wednesdays through Sundays, just stop in to find out about borrowing the snowshoes and hiking the Oberholtzer or other nearby trails.
With the upcoming hoopla about the big finish to the NFL Season, you might consider stopping by the Koochiching County Museums where an annex is devoted to charter NFL Hall-of-Famer Bronko Nagurski. No doubt, the other exhibits are well worth seeing. There are artifacts going back through the lumbering, mining and fur trading eras as well as exhibits devoted to the very early native cultures that inhabited our area.