The Sno-Dak News took the opportunity to chat one on one with Steve Center, the owner of BlueWater Lodge in Walker, MN.
Sno-Dak News (SDN): Where is the BlueWater Lodge located? Steve Center (SC): BlueWater Lodge is located three miles south of Walker, Minnesota. The resort is directly across the road from the Paul Bunyan Trail and connects to the Heartland Trail, three miles from our doorstep. We are on Leech Lake and offer hundreds of miles of groomed and ungroomed riding.
SDN: What are the features of BlueWater Lodge? SC: Each of our cabins include a master bedroom with a queen sized bed and a loft with two queen sized beds. Each level has its own bath and shower. The main level has a fireplace, living room, dining area and kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, dinnerware and glassware. The cabins have a washer and dryer, as well as a deck overlooking Leech Lake. The twin unit home has lower units with a master bedroom, large living room, kitchen and fireplace, as well as a steam shower. The upper units have two bedrooms/baths, kitchenette, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. There is plenty of snowmobile parking as well as secure parking in the event center lot for trailers.
SDN: What makes BlueWater Lodge stand out from the rest, a unique quality? SC: The friendly staff is here to help with your every need and the cabins as well as the twin home are newly built and furnished with wonderful north woods appeal. The rates here are very reasonable as we try to establish ourselves as the premier winter destination in northern Minnesota. Our event center is available for your group to host club meetings, dances, awards dinners etc.
SDN: What type of snowmobiling is offered in the Walker, MN area (miles of trail, which trail system, unique sites, etc)? SC: The location of BlueWater Lodge is perfect for snowmobiling. There are many restaurants and establishments a short ride from here as well as connecting trails to the Brainerd lakes area, Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River), Chippewa National Forrest, Paul Bunyan Forrest as well as Bemidji and Lake Bemidji State Park. The Paul Bunyan trail is steps from our front door and connects with the Heartland trail in the town of Walker, just three miles away. These trails are part of the rail-to-trail system of trails formerly used by the Burlington Northern Railroad. Northern Lights Casino is one mile from BlueWater Lodge and offers complimentary shuttle service.
SDN: What kinds of services and conveniences does the Blue Water Lodge offer? SC: BlueWater Lodge can arrange anything from catered meals in the event center, to massages in the cabins. There is a full service spa moments away and arrangements can be made thru our office for services. We can help to provide daycare, shopping to stock your cabin, and ice fishing guides and ice house rentals. Ask our professional staff for assistance in any manner and we will be happy to help.