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Winter is truly a wonderland in Northern Minnesota. When the “snowbirds” go south the Leech Lake Riders get their sleds ready and do the “snow dance” then hope for the white stuff.

There are no strangers on the trails, so join us and make some new friends. Men’s and Women’s rides are on Wednesdays. Guided rides leave the Walker City Park at 10 AM. Current ride information can be obtained by calling the club hot line 547-7575. For club information and membership call Donna Zwiefel at 547-1360.

Leech Lake Riders were formed in 1986 and will turn 27 years old in April, 2013. The club has a current membership of 115 families and grooms 110 miles of trails. The Riders are an active club of volunteers, donating to the local food shelf, promoting tourism in the area, and participating in local events. The club sponsors Youth Snowmobile Safety Training every year, which certifies young riders.

Leech Lake Riders have a Board of Directors and own their own land and clubhouse which is located at 6768 Christmas Point Road, Walker. In 2006 the club purchased a new $135,000 groomer, paid for by GIA funds and many fundraising events. Social events for young and old alike are held October through March at the clubhouse and other locations (we try to support our local restaurants as much as possible). Current trail maps are printed by the club and are at the Chamber Office and many local business locations.

Come ride our trails with us, we will take you on a beautiful scenic ride through local forests.

From Walker on the South West side of Leech Lake you can ride North to Cass Lake along the Heartland Trail, then ride east on the Soo Line Trail through the Bowstring State Forest north of Leech Lake. Exit the Soo Line onto the Lost Girl trail to Longville. The Chippewa Trail or the C trail will bring you west back toward the State Paul Bunyan Trail, onto the lake, and back into Walker. All of the riding on our trails is in the woods, except the Heartland Trail. Leech Lake area is a crossway for major state snowmobile trails, it’s bisected by the Heartland Trail, which runs from Park Rapids to Cass Lake, and the Paul Bunyan Trail from Brainerd to Bemidji. The Soo Line cuts up the east side of Leech Lake to Cass Lake. You can also ride the less traveled Sno Way 1 Trail, which starts in Walker and extends south to Brainerd. Spurs on Sno Way 1 lead you into Backus and Hackensack. All trails lead you to gas and restaurants, plus lodging.

See you on the trails!

Thanks, Donna Zwiefel and the Leech Lake Riders