Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Jenkins are at the heart of this neighborhood, which is well-known for its many festivals that attract thousands of visitors to the region! This neighborhood hosts Stars & Stripes Days and Bean Hole Days. Paul Bunyan made his mark in this region. He rested his bobber on the Pequot Lakes water tower and would keep an eye on it as he kicked back and relaxed in his over-sized chair. His trail, the Paul Bunyan Trail, runs through the city of Pequot Lakes north to Bemidji and south to Brainerd. This community also is home to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway – a nationally recognized scenic byway with 50 miles of paved, wide-shouldered county roads, meandering around the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. The region is also is known for its destination shopping, with many unique stores offering myriad products to appeal to many tastes and interests. The Chamber’s Pequot Lakes Welcome Center can be found in Trailside Park. There is much to see and do in the northern regions of Crow Wing County and southern Cass County.
GOLFING: In the era of golf course design that showcases lengthy forced carries, a target-golf mentality and an emphasis on of making courses harder than they need to be, the Whitefish Golf Club in Pequot Lakes is a wonderful example of a classic golf course. The 18-hole public course opened nine holes for play in 1968 and underwent a renovation in 1983 that included the opening of nine more holes. The first 9-holes were the creation of local residents and resort owners who determined that the area needed a new golf course to meet the growing demands of the area. The new golf course proved to be such a success that it wasn’t long before the need to add an additional 9-holes became abundantly clear. In 1983, now-retired Minneapolis architect Don Herfort handled the renovations and the new holes. The result: a golf course and club that Bengtson says is all about the experience. “This golf course is very player friendly,” Bengtson said. “It’s not the longest course (measuring 6,462 from the blue tees, 6,166 from the white and 5,500 from the red), the challenge here is that you need to keep it in play off the tee and avoid the woods. It can be deceptively simple, but a double-bogey can pop up real fast!”
FISHING: Rusty Lilyquist is the Broker owner of Rusty’s Up North Realty in Longville and Backus, Minnesota. Rusty was born and raised in the Longville area. He spent four years in college and returned to live and work in the Longville area. Rusty has been actively involved in the Real Estate business for the past sixteen years. Rusty is also an outdoor writer, two term county commissioner, current school board chairman, fishing guide, tackle manufacturer, Tuffy boat pro staff member, and tournament fisherman. Rusty has gained a reputation for catching more and bigger fish than any one else in the Longville area. Rusty has built his business on hard work, reputation and referrals. Rusty is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done whether buying or selling give Rusty Lilyquist a call.