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Smallmouth Bass on a Feeding Fury in Alexandria Lakes Area!


The fishing continues to be amazing!  I really think the smallmouth fishing has been getting better every year.  These fish are on an absolute terror right now.  The average sized fish is 17”-19” and they are in high numbers.  The largest fish recently went well over 6 pounds!  It was 23” long with a 17”… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Alexandria Lakes Area on the Brink of Peak Fall Colors!


If you are looking to take in all the glory of autumn colors….GET READY! The Alexandria Lakes Area should be reaching peak fall color very soon! It’s difficult to predict exactly when the peak will be, but we know the colors are looking great right now and are accelerating in their rate of change. (Click… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Great Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Alexandria Lakes Area


The Autumn Season is arriving in Minnesota, and it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and explore the Alexandria Lakes Area! Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from the diverse tree species makes for spectacular displays to accompany your favorite activities! Here is… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Take a 360 Virtual Tour of the Alexandria Lakes Area!


The Alexandria Lakes Area possesses hundreds and hundreds of fantastic Things to Do among all the natural beauty…whether it’s a fun family outing, romantic getaway or outdoor adventure. Enjoy the following 360-degree perspectives from adventures and attractions around the lakes area, but you really have to visit it person to give it justice! For the… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Share Your Pics and WIN on Little Ole’s BIG summer tour!


It’s Little Ole’s BIG summer tour! It took over 50 years, but Big Ole’s brother finally came back to the Alexandria Lakes Area to be reunited. Ok, maybe Little Ole isn’t actually the brother of our 28 foot Viking standing guard at Big Ole Park, but we all can have lots of fun with it!… Continue Reading

Brenan is a senior at Alexandria Area High School who interned with Explore Alexandria Tourism the spring of 2017 in the career mentorship program.

20 Must-Do Summer Activities in the Alexandria Lakes Area


Without a doubt, summers in the Alexandria Lakes Area are absolutely fantastic! Having over 350 lakes and a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities makes the area a prime destination for summer vacations. There are so many experiences and activities you simply can’t miss while you explore Alexandria in the summer, so we put together this list… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Celebrating Big Ole through the Years


Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole will turn 52 years old this April! He has had a long history over all those years in Alexandria, including slightly different looks and locations. During most of 2016 Big Ole underwent structural repairs and got a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long… Continue Reading

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Alexandria Area’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors


Most of us know how AMAZING summer and autumn is in Alexandria, Minnesota. Outdoor adventures are plentiful with over 300 lakes, numerous public parks and miles and miles of different types of trails. Just as the seasons turn and change, so does the many changing faces of all that outdoor fun! You’ll be amazed at… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Share your Big Fish Pictures!


The fishing this past weekend was great once again.  There was plenty of action with some very nice fish being caught.  The same baits and general areas I noted in previous reports are still producing.  I plan to bring my own kids out to try our luck. As good as the fishing has been, we have… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Excellent Fishing and Ice Thickness Update


The ice conditions continue to improve.  The warm temps last week didn’t hurt a thing.  In fact they may have helped by melting most of the insulating snow.  Here are samplings of ice thicknesses across the area.  *Note these ice thicknesses were taken 200-300yrds out from the public accesses so thicknesses will vary in other… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.