One of the things I love about Grand Rapids is the great opportunities for fun outdoor activities basically year-round. We’ve really enjoyed our skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hockey this winter. Now it’s time for some awesome Spring and Summer adventures.
Itasca County is loaded with great lakes. From Pokegama to Wabana, to the mighty Mississippi River, we have places for all of the great water activities you love. One local business, Paddle Hoppers, is a wonderful place to start your adventure. Paddle Hoppers offers a wide variety of choices for your water vacation. Rent paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. You can rent right at their location and get it the water there, or rent a kayak and head to another lake for your adventure.
Don’t miss some of the exciting trips they have planned this year. How about a 3 hour Saturday River Run adventure or trips to Clubhouse, the Joyce Estates, or the Gunn Lake Chain. Be sure to register early, these adventures book up quickly. There are so many great activities.
Paddle Hoppers also sells equipment. If you looking for a new kayak, canoe, or Paddle board, stop by their shop at 17 Country Road 63 in Grand Rapids.
More of a fisherman or woman? Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods is a great place to stop, pick up your bait, and gets tips from the staff that are all die-hard fisherman/women. Located at 331 4th Ave NW in Grand Rapids, they carry all of the top brands including Simms, Rapala, Patagonia, and Shimano.
If its your first time coming to Itasca County to fish, the folks at Thousand Lakes can hook you up with a fish guide or simply point you in the right direction. From Muskie to Walleye to Panfish, they will know where they are biting. Don’t forget to say “Hi” to Bennet, the very large Chocolate Lab who is often at the store.
I’ll share some more of my favorite places in future blog post. There are so many great businesses in Grand Rapids that it’s hard to talk about all of them in a single post.