Pine Ridge Resort Activities

Pine Ridge Resort lies within the boundaries of the Chippewa National Forest, surrounded by scenery to match the north shore of Lake Superior.  Wildlife seems to abound throughout the seasons in the forests around us, the skies overhead and in the water. 

Spring  the snow is usually gone by mid April and the ice should be off of Girl Lake by May.  This is the time of year that geese are nesting along the shorelines, ducks cover the lakes and the first loons arrive.   Crappie and bluegill begin to move into the shallows feasting on the new hatches of water bugs immerging as the water warms along the shorelines. 

Mid-May brings fishing opener   fishing seems to be all that is going on as anglers hunt for those first open water walleye and northern.     Bass opener follows walleye opener by two weeks and brings bass fisherman casting to hidden stumps and weed patches.

Baby geese are taking their first swims guarded closely by mom and dad.   Ducklings are following mother along the shorelines.  The first fawns of the season usually appear around the first week of June, the same time that young Loons are seen.    

Summer time   By mid-June, the water has warmed and fishing is not the only priority.  Children are out of school and families take their summer vacations.  The clear waters of Girl Lake are filled with families enjoying the many water activities available to keep everyone entertained.

    Mid-summer fishing is more relaxed but can still be productive for those willing to get up early and stay out late.  The bright sunshine and all the activity on the lake seem to move the best fishing times to the early hours around sunrise and just before sunset.  Beautiful, quiet times to be on the water. 

    Late Summer  By late August when the kids are back to school our season begins another change.  We still get the occasional warm summer days for families to enjoy the last summer holiday, then the fishermen return.  Bass are still found in the weed beds and Jumbo Perch are feeding. 

    Young eagles and ospreys practice their fishing right in front of your cabin,  gaining strength for the migration to come.  Young loons are full grown by now and are likely to pop up beside your boat when you are least expecting them.  Young songbirds in tremendous variety are all around as they also prepare for their trip south.  Sightings of fox and deer increase as the young of the year scatter out on their own.  It’s not unusual to see young otters playing around the boats in the morning. 

    Fall colors begin to appear mid-September and grow more vivid daily as the weather turns cooler. Peak color for the maples arrives around the end of September.  The golden birch leaves usually peak a week or so later.  By the end of October, most of the leaves are ready to be raked.  Fall fishing is generally considered the best of the year.  Fish sense the coming cold water and they feast heavily.  Walleye fishing improves as the season moves into October and big Bass hit top water lures and plastics and explode out of the water.

    The weather during September and October is cool and days on the lake generally require warm clothes, but the last couple weeks in October we need to bundle up to spend a few hours in the boat. 

    Winter  By the end of October, all but the most dedicated fishermen are done with open water.  Girl Lake usually freezes over towards the end of November and soon the snow will fly and winter settles in.    

     


    Bird Watching
    There is a tremendous variety of wildlife in the Longville Lakes area and among that variety are birds of all shapes and colors.  Black capped chickadees live around the resort year round as do the incredible pileated woodpeckers.  Water birds from many kinds of ducks to great blue herons to kingfishers to flocks of migrating pelicans and swans.  Song birds fill the trees around the resort.  We usually have several pair of nesting Northern Orioles warring over nesting mates around the resort.
     
    In the skies above, the bald eagles and ospreys search for dinner. The Chippewa National Forest is home to the lower 48 states greatest population of nesting bald eagles and we see them often over the resort. There is nothing like the experience of sitting in your boat waiting for the fish to start biting when an eagle picks one of the top of the water 30′ away.
     
    But most of all, we have our loons.
     
    If there is one thing that I can guarantee about Pine Ridge Resort, it is that you will see and hear loons every day that you are here when there is open water.  The clear waters of Girl Lake attract a large population of nesting loons and they seem comfortable to have us around watching them.  Guests have had loons swim beside their boat, pop up in front of the dock they are sitting on, and entertain them at night with their haunting calls. 
     
    There are many more birds to see in the Longville area. We are within an hour of several prime bird watching areas including the Chippewa National Forest and Deep Portage Nature Conservation Area. 
     
    So, whether you are a novice bird watcher or one that spends as much time as possible with a pair of binoculars glued to your eyes, I think you will find plenty to see around Pine Ridge Resort.
    Swimming

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kids playing on a floating water mat on the lakeThe cool, clear water of Girl Lake is a paradise for kids of all ages.  We have a great swimming area that includes a 12′ x 18′ carpeted deck built right over the water with a ladder to help you get into the water.  

    Of course, most of the kids prefer to run right off the deck and jump in.  The water swim mat provides plenty of entertainment for the younger kids.  The swimming area is sand out to about 40 feet from shore where the water is about 4 feet deep.

    There are no drop offs anywhere around the swimming area.  About 100′ from shore, we anchor our swim raft where the water is about 12′ deep, excellent for the older kids for diving.  We have four kayaks, a paddle boat, canoe, and a paddleboard to make up our fleet of water toys.