Minnesota: Cass County

Cass County (pop. 28,567), east of Hubbard County, has the third-largest lake located entirely in Minnesota – Leech Lake.

View from the dock, Leech Lake

Leech Lake is on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, which has the largest area and the largest population (10,660) of any Indian reservation in Minnesota.

Most of the reservation is within the Chippewa National Forest, which has about 1,300 lakes and an estimated 150 nesting pairs of bald eagles.

World’s Largest Eagle Statue, Remer

Walker, the county seat (pop. 941), is the fourth-smallest county seat in Minnesota.

Walker is on the shores of Walker Bay, Leech Lake

The town of Longville (pop. 156), which calls itself the Turtle Racing Capital of the World, has weekly turtle races in the summer.

Every Wednesday afternoon

In Cass County’s early years, it was shaped like Mexico.

The 1851 shape is in orange, today’s in red.

The Big Fish Supper Club and Resort in Bena (pop. 118) has a 65-foot wooden muskie, constructed in 1958.


4 comments on “Minnesota: Cass County

  1. Joan says:

    All of the above plus, the wonderful parks with old growth forests located next to lakes with sparkling clear water and soft sandy beaches–great places to spend summer camping trips… the Mississippi River runs through part of this county–a place to canoe and fish… a wonderful drive from south to north (a fairly long distance) on Highway 371 in the fall with views of deep blue sky and water, autumn leaves, small town commerce… Enjoy your online trek.

  2. John Dodds says:

    leech lake sounds appetizing

    • Mary Schlick says:

      Now there’s a Dodds comment!!!! Leeches were the bane of my existence at Rainy Lake!!! Cass Lake is special to me — Bud and I spent the first three days of our honeymoon on Pike Bay before setting off for our life in the wild west.

  3. Cass county is a great area. Spent many summers up at Woman Lake (south side) and Longville Area. The lakes are a solid 7/10 for water activities and fishing. It’s been 20 years since I participated in the turtle races but that was entertaining. If you ever make it to the area make sure to stop by Frosty’s in Longville.

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