Winter

Let’s RIDE! Alexandria Area Snowmobile Trails are OPEN!

By Explore Alexandria / January 3, 2019

The Alexandria Lakes Area is full of snow! The entire 360-mile system of Douglas County’s snowmobile trails are OPEN! Get your sled going and get ready to ride! Douglas Area Trails Association is busy consistently grooming the trails for good riding. For the most up-to-date trail conditions and openings, check HERE. For lodging options, many on or […]

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Early December Ice Update

By Joe Scegura / December 3, 2018

We are just entering December and we already have small lakes with as much as 10” of ice!  Of course the larger lakes like Minnewaska, Miltona, Ida and Carlos will have far less ice and possibly still areas of open water.  With that said many of the smaller to medium sized lakes have a significant […]

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Early Ice Report in Alexandria Lakes Area

By Joe Scegura / November 21, 2018

The colder than normal temperatures has the ice forming quite fast this year.  We are seeing 3”-6” of ice on many of the small to mid-sized lakes.  There have been quite a few anglers out over the past week.  They are reporting good crappie action and fair numbers of walleye.  I’m comfortable saying, we have […]

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2 for 1 Skiing or Snowboarding!

By Explore Alexandria / January 12, 2018

  Winter fun has begun 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 one when […]

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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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2015 Ice Fishing Challenge Pictures and Results

By James Feist / February 19, 2015

  The Ice Fishing Challenge in Alexandria was a success once again! Tons of people came out to enjoy good company with friends and family, and of course, trying their luck at winning some HUGE prizes! For more information on what this tournament is all about, check out our previous blog which outlines everything you want […]

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Romance and Fun for Valentine’s Weekend

By James Feist / February 6, 2015

If you go out and look around you’ll probably notice it’s that time of year again. Nope, I’m not talking about the chill in the air……. it’s love in the air! Every year we celebrate love, romance and friendships with a holiday that’s filled with fine chocolates, flowers and surprises. Since Valentine’s Day falls on […]

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Try a New Way to Stay…. a Bed & Breakfast

By James Feist / January 16, 2015

I can almost remember like it was yesterday, my first childhood sleepover at a friend’s house. There was plenty of excitement and giggling to drive any parent nuts. For some reason there is just something intrinsically fun about mixing up the ordinary and staying overnight somewhere. That same excitement is still alive and well for […]

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Catch Big Fish and Big Prizes at the Ice Fishing Challenge

By James Feist / January 7, 2015

Here in Minnesota we embrace the winter. It holds lots of beauty along with providing plenty of outdoor recreation and fun. Luckily for the Alexandria area there are things to enjoy both inside and outside. There are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors, like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and downhill snowboarding/skiing (find info on […]

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New Year’s Celebrations to bid 2014 Farewell

By James Feist / December 23, 2014

As another year comes to an end, we are prompted to take a look back as another calendar benchmark passes on by. The year 2014 in Alexandria was certainly a sensational one! Lots of great events and good weather made fond memories for both residents and visitors alike. We have many things to look forward […]

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Our Winter Guide for a Winter Get-Away!

By James Feist / December 8, 2014

There are hundreds of reasons the Alexandria area is a great place to visit in the winter. Hundreds of lakes to fish? We have it! Hundreds of fish to catch? We have them…but actually getting them is up to you! Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails to ride? We have it (366 miles to be […]

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Happenings in Alexandria

By James Feist / December 2, 2014

Regardless of what you celebrate, the holiday season is a FUN time of year. People and businesses alike are well-spirited and full of cheer. Whether your holiday fun is fueled by religion, the return of the sun, beautifully decorated trimmings, family time or simply the anticipation of a mythical old man flying in the sky […]

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December 2014 Ice Fishing Report

By / December 1, 2014

  The ice in the Alexandria area remains to be in excellent condition.  There is very little snow on the ice so with the cold temps the ice is gaining thickness quickly.  Most of the lakes have at least 6” and as much as 12”+ of good clear ice.  There is an increasing amount of […]

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First Frozen Lakes

By / November 18, 2014

I don’t think anyone thought winter was going to hit us this quick, but it’s definitely here!  Only two weeks ago we were fishing on open water and now most of the lakes are frozen over.  I’m already getting reports of 6-10” of ice on many of the shallower lakes.  Luckily, almost all of the […]

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First Frozen Lakes

By / November 18, 2014

I don’t think anyone thought winter was going to hit us this quick, but it’s definitely here!  Only two weeks ago we were fishing on open water and now most of the lakes are frozen over.  I’m already getting reports of 6-10” of ice on many of the shallower lakes.  Luckily, almost all of the […]

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