Tours & Lake History

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Tours offered by Awesome Tour Guides

  • 3 Hours AM and PM Tours
  • Travel into and explore up to 7 different adjacent Lakes
  • Learn the History of the Area
  • Sunset cruises available with special requests

On the water instructional seminar

  • On or off water demonstration aimed for beginners
  • Our Specialty is Muskie Fishing with JIGS and Light Tackle.
  • Appropriate for Women, Teenagers, Handicap and Senior Citizens
  • On Land Seminars include
  • Jig Fishing for Muskies
  • Beginning Muskie Tackle and equipment
  • In Depth Discussion of MOON Cycles

On water instructional seminars available upon request for $350

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Kenosha Harbour View In Wisconsin

History and background of Cass Lake and the Area

  • Originally, the lake for which the City of Cass Lake is named was called Red Cedar Lake, after the trees growing on Cedar Island.
  • The name was changed to Cass Lake in honor of the Governor of the Territory of Michigan, who traveled to this area in 1818 and named the lake as the source of the Mississippi River.
  • Headquarters location of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, as well as the Chippewa National Forest.
  • The area was inhabited for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples. In historic times, the Ojibwe/Chippewa moved west and south from the Great Lakes region, settling across present-day Minnesota.
  • Originally named TULLER in 1898 but changed to Cass Lake in 1899 after protests.
  • Between 1898 and 1923, the city was dependent on lumber mills utilizing pine from the surrounding forests.
  • Cass Forest Products, an employee-owned company, operates a sawmill that has been in operation since 1939, and is one of the largest forest product producers in Minnesota.
  • In 2003, Elaine Fleming was the first Native American to be elected as mayor of the town.
  • As of the census of 2010, there were 770 people, 305 households, and 164 families residing in the city

A Moment in Time: Mail Boat Excursion Trips

Did you know your mail used to be delivered by boat?

The Walker Mailboat offered mail service for those people who lived all over Leech Lake.  Herman Fisher was awarded the contract for mail delivery.  Harold and his wife Vera operated the mailboat for 31 years until the US Postal Service discontinued the route in 1977.  Vera often took up to 19 passengers with her, delivering mail on 75 mile route.

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cass County Museum will present “A Moment in Time” each week. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

There used to be mail delivered by boat on these lakes

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