Winter

Alexandria Area Snowmobile Trails are OPEN!

By Explore Alexandria / February 23, 2018

The Alexandria Lakes Area received numerous inches of snow that got many miles of Douglas County’s snowmobile trails OPEN! Get your sled going and get ready to ride! Douglas Area Trails Association groomed the Central Lakes Trail and is readying other stretches of the over 360-mile trail system. For the most up-to-date trail conditions and openings, […]

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Plentiful Walleye, Crappie & Sunfish Action in Alexandria Lakes!

By Joe Scegura / January 19, 2018
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2 for 1 Skiing or Snowboarding!

By Explore Alexandria / January 12, 2018

  Winter fun is in full swing at Andes Tower Hills! Featuring numerous downhill runs and lifts ranging from beginner to expert, and equipment rentals and lessons onsite. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 Weekend special! You’ll get two days of ski or snowboard rentals, plus lift tickets (regular price) for the price of […]

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January Starting off with Excellent Ice Fishing!

By Joe Scegura / January 8, 2018
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Decent Bite of Walleye and Panfish in Alexandria Area Lakes

By Joe Scegura / December 27, 2017
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Alexandria Area Lakes forming Good Ice

By Joe Scegura / December 18, 2017
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Fish-able Ice Present on Some Lakes, but ALWAYS use Caution

By Joe Scegura / December 8, 2017
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Ice slowly Capping Over Lakes

By Joe Scegura / December 1, 2017
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Using Caution, Some Fish-able Ice Can be Found

By Joe Scegura / March 24, 2017

Spring has begun and some days it even feels like it.  As much as everyone wants the lakes to completely melt it looks like we may have areas with ice for some time yet.  Even with highs in the low 40’s, we haven’t been melting much ice with lows below freezing at night.  The forecast […]

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Aggressive Bite Still Going on the Ice

By Joe Scegura / March 10, 2017

The ice is still holding up quite well around the Alexandria lakes area.  If we keep getting these cold snaps we should have fishable ice for a couple weeks or more yet.  Currently, many of our lakes have very good ice conditions with a quality 12”-15”+ of ice.  Any place there is running water of […]

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Early March Ice Update

By Joe Scegura / March 3, 2017
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Ice Conditions & Fishing Report for Late February

By Joe Scegura / February 24, 2017
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Late February Ice Update and Fishing Tips

By Joe Scegura / February 17, 2017

I’d like to start off with the question that’s on everyone’s mind… how is the ice??  Well as of today we have still been making ice.  There has been zero melting across the Alexandria area.  The ice is as safe as it ever has been with 24”-30”.  After the forecasted rain this coming Monday-Tuesday I […]

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Catch Cupid’s Arrow in Alexandria for Valentine’s Weekend

By Explore Alexandria / February 8, 2017

Love is in the air! It’s that time of year again to remind the ones we love how much they mean to us. For Valentine’s Day we shower our loved ones with flowers, chocolates and surprises. While the flowers and candy are safe bets, many of us may struggle with the surprise part. Luckily Cupid’s […]

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Alexandria Area’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors

By James Feist / January 27, 2017

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 […]

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Share your Big Fish Pictures!

By Joe Scegura / January 23, 2017

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 […]

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Ice Fishing Tips and Updates for Early January

By Joe Scegura / January 13, 2017
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Walleye and Crappie Action Heats Up as Good Ice Forms

By Joe Scegura / December 20, 2016
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Ice Update for Alexandria Area Lakes

By Joe Scegura / December 12, 2016

We have ice! My post last week predicted some nice ice to form and covered some safety precautions when venturing out on early ice. Well, there were a lot more people out fishing this past weekend than I would have guessed.  There was a solid 6-8” of ice on the small-medium sized lakes around the […]

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Ice Beginning to Form on Area Lakes

By Joe Scegura / December 8, 2016

It’s been a long wait for some of us.  Too cold for many to fish from a boat but not cold enough to make ice.  The wait is almost over! We have had very cold temps this week, but it’s been too windy to make ice on most bodies of water.  That is until last […]

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Holiday Season Celebrations and Events

By Explore Alexandria / November 30, 2016

It’s the time of year again to take in holiday season events from music and plays to the simply joys of beautiful seasonal decorations. On top of special events, there are also great ways to enjoy the season with fun outdoor Winter Activities in Alexandria! To help you make the most of the season we have a list of 17 holiday […]

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Alexandria Through A Camera Lens

By Tyler Golberg / May 4, 2016

I’ve never claimed to be a photographer. I admitted as much in the aerial tour post. I can, however, appreciate great photography of those who have honed their skills for years. The following are photos from local photographers highlighting some of their best work of the beautiful Alexandria area. There are the obligatory lake photos, but there is also much more. […]

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Late Season Walleye In Alexandria MN

By Joe Scegura / February 26, 2016

We are fast approaching the end of the walleye ice fishing season and the deadline to leave houses unattended overnight. Normally during this time of year the walleye bite is hit and miss at best, and most anglers usually move on to crappie or sunfish.  This year, on the other hand, we have been experiencing […]

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Alexandria Ice Update and Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura / January 27, 2016

Current Ice and Travel Conditions – With the cool temps we are making some good ice. Along with that we only have about 6”-8” of snow cover, so travel on the lakes has been quite easy. Small Lakes and Bays – Have 18”-24” of ice. Medium Lakes – Have around 14”-16” of ice Large Lakes […]

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The Spectacular Tradition Continues

By Explore Alexandria / January 15, 2016

If you were around from 1974 to 1985, you may remember a legendary snowmobile race in Alexandria called the Dayco Holiday Spectacular. It started in 1974 by Alexandria native, magazine publisher and Snowmobile Hall of Famer Jim Beilke . At the time most of the snowmobile races were held in Wisconsin, Michigan, West Yellowstone, Canada […]

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Alexandria’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors

By James Feist / January 9, 2016

Most of us know how AMAZING the summers are in Alexandria, Minnesota. Excellent outdoor opportunities 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 […]

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New Year’s Ice Update and Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura / January 8, 2016

Report as of 1/8/16 Here are the current ice conditions for the Alexandria area. I’ll break this ice report into three categories… small, medium and large lakes. SMALL LAKES AND BAYS Many of the small lakes around the area have 10”-12”+ of ice. There are plenty of permanent houses on these lakes and we are […]

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2015 Christmas Ice Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura / December 22, 2015

We have ice again! After the mild temps last week we are back to winter. This past weekend with lows in the single digits most of the medium to large lakes froze over. There are only a couple inches of ice on those lakes, but many shallow lakes and bays have 4-6” on them. Anglers that […]

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16 Holiday Season Celebrations in Alexandria, MN

By Explore Alexandria / December 1, 2015

From great Holiday Season events to fun outdoor Winter Activities, there are hundreds of great ways to enjoy the Holiday Season this winter in Alexandria! Our website’s Winter Guide will help you plan some fun activities, but here is a list of 15 Holiday Season celebrations and events in Alexandria, MN! Find more information on our Events Calendar. […]

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50 Photos Celebrating Alexandria, MN for Tourism Week

By James Feist / May 5, 2015

This week marks National Travel and Tourism Week, which brings awareness to the importance of travel both for the traveler and the economic impact for communities. Among all the great trails, lakes, cabins and businesses our area has to offer, tourism generates over $94 million in Douglas County alone! To celebrate Travel & Tourism Week […]

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