WELCOME TO LONGVILLE MINNESOTA
Where the pavement ends and the north begins
Surrounded by lakes and forests, Longville, MN has been a popular vacation destination for many years. Located in North Central Minnesota, the area provides some of the best fishing, boating, water sports, hiking, and biking in the summer and fall and cross country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling in the winter and spring. Nowhere is there more diversity of scenery and recreational activities as there is in the Longville Lakes area.
LONGVILLE, MN- 100 YEARS OLD AND STILL GOING STRONG.
In September 1906, a writer for the Pine Tree Blaze newspaper visited Longville, MN and wrote a column about it. This is what he wrote:
To our astonishment we found quite a village there. One odd feature about it was that there were so many log buildings and one surprising thing we noticed was that it was a very peaceable town. The business buildings are of frame, well constructed and nice appearing. A fine school house also adds to the beauty of the place. A briskly running river runs through the town and a dam causes a continuous roar of the water that can be heard all over town, making one feel dull and drowsy when the thermometer is up in the 90's. There are a number of lakes around Longville, MN. If you want a good place to fish and a first class place to stay, go to Longville. You are sure to be satisfied. Still today visitors can still agree with that long ago written column.
BIRDING IN THE LONGVILLE, MN AREA
By Susan Seymour (A Longville Resident)
Longville, MN is surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest which is rich in woods and water habitat where many of Minnesota's 313 regular bird species nest during the late spring and early summer. From anywhere around Longville one can look up and often see a soaring Bald Eagle, one of hundreds that nest in the forest area. Longville's forests are home to Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, woodpeckers including the magnificent Plicated, Baltimore Oriole, Rosebreastcd Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Phoebi, Song Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, American Crow, Blue lays, and American Robin. Near the shore or on the lake will be Tree Swallows, Belted Kingfishers, Eastern Kingbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Green Blue Herons, Common Loons, Ring-billed Gulls, Wood Ducks and Mallards. The Longville area is included in the Audubon-Great River Birding Trail, one of the major birding trails in Minnesota. The trail of sites along theGreat River Road
begins at the Mississippi River headwaters at Lake Itasca, about one hour northwest of Longville.
WHERE TO FIND THESE BIRDS
LONGVILLE, MN SCHOOL FOREST AREA:
Walk the marshes of this facility just west of Longville on County 5 and see Swamp Sparrows, Sedge Wrens and Pied-billed Grebes.
Travel this trail, five miles west of County 5 or any unpaved road deeper into the woods and find the Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Ruffed Grouse, Redtailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Wood Peewee, Redbreasted Nuthatch, Alder Flycatcher, Sora, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and the common Raven. Wood-warblers such as Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Pine, Mourning, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart can also be found here.
DEEP PORTAGE CONSERVATION PRESERVE
This preserve with its extensive walking trails is another place to find forest birds.
On Leech Lake one can see birds that like a big lake. These include the American Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern and Common Tern.
The harbor at Federal Dam, located 20 miles north of Longville, attracts migrating waterfowl in the early spring and Federal Dam in the fall, including Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Canvasback, American Widgeon, Red-head, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swan and Tundra Swan. For more information and Audubon Great River Birding Trait map, contact the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at: www.longville.com. Bonnie Koopat: bkoop@audubon
Fishing and Boating
Get outside and get on the water. Enjoy the many lakes of the Longville, MN Area.
The fishing stories that add to the history of our lakes are legendary. But pictures and tales tell only part of the story. Our lakes have a long history of exceptional fishing that can only be truly understood by experiencing them yourself.
Catch a glimpse of a stringer of fish with smiles attached to the ends and you can feel the legends grow. Come on over... and you'll create your own memories on our lakes.
Longville, MN is surrounded by many beautiful lakes of various sizes and terrains. No matter what size boat you have there is a place for you. Fishing, Water skiing, Jet skiing, Cruising, Sightseeing, Photography; our lakes offer the best in outdoor playgrounds.
From a quiet morning canoe ride to a tube full of happy kids, our "Up North" lakes offer the best of MN boating. Clean, deep waters not crowded with shore to shore boats are the highlight of a northern MN vacation.
Don't have your own boat? Just ask your "Up North" resort to find just the right outfit for you and your family. Whether it is a basic fishing boat, a more deluxe model, a pontoon for the whole family, or a boat for skiing and tubing, we can get you on the water.
BLUEGILL CRAPPIE LARGE MOUTH BASS MUSKIE NORTHERN PIKE SMALL MOUTH BASS WALLEYE
HIKING AND BIKING
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF MILES OF TRAILS IN THE AREA.
For the Mountain Biker, try the Wood Tick Trail, just West off Longville. It travels through the scenic Chippewa National Forest past Moccasin Lake and other smaller lakes to join up with the "Paul Bunyan" multi-use trail, just North of Hackensack. Also try the Chippewa Trail that travels northward through the Chippewa National Forest. Plan on a few days for exploring these heavily forested scenic trails.
There are 100+ mites of paved trails for bikers, in-line skaters and hikers. Sixty miles of paved bike trail makes the Paul Bunyan Trail one of the best in Minnesota. When completed it will stretch 100 miles from Brainerd in the South to Lake Bemidji State Park in the North. Today, you can bike from Brainerd to Hackensack on a newly black-topped trail. The trail goes through secluded woods, meadows, alongside lakes and through several towns. The 7 communities through which the trail passes have developed many amenities for hikers.
The newly black-topped 34 mile Heartland Trail is located between Walker and Park Rapids. Between these 2 communities, the scenic trail weaves through woods, lakes and the communities of Akeley, Nevis and Dorset. Each community provides abundant amenities for bikers.
WINTER TIME IN LONGVILLE, MNWhen it is while all around and you are looking for some fun, pack up your gear and take it on a run. This winter wonderland is filled with activities for everyone.
Hundreds of miles of trails in every direction for the snowmobiling enthusiasts.
SNOWSHOEING, CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & HIKING
The Longville area offers a variety of local trails for you to enjoy. These trails offer something for everyone. The beginner as well as the advanced will enjoy the scenic beauty.
Some of the most popular trails in the area include the Goose Trail and Hiram Trail just out of Longville and the Deep Portage Trail in neighboring Hackensack, MN.
If you enjoy the icy challenge, the lakes in the Longville, MN area are for you. Your choice of Lakes awaits you and your gear.
RELAXING BY THE FIRE
Pick your favorite winter lodging destination, get the fireplace going, grab a book or a glass of wine and enjoy the warmth of winter.