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Deer Hunting Openings

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

We now have two openings available for deer hunting opener this year.  We have a 4 bedroom Cottage Deluxe unit and a 2 bedroom Condo #3 unit available for all 3 weekends.  Perfect for that big group of hunters for an extended period of time.  All units are heated, have running water, fireplaces,  and Dish Network TV with DVD players.

If you are interested and would like to make a reservation, please call us at 218-566-2378

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May Days

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Because of the cooler weather recently, surface water temps haven’t fluctuated much.  We are still around the mid-50’s.  However, there has been a pretty good crappie bite going on in most of the area lakes, including Thunder.  Some panfish and bass have moved up the shallower water and underneath the docks to feed and get ready to nest for the spawning season.  All indications are that the walleyes have been done spawning now for a week or two, which is far ahead of a normal spawning schedule.  Hopefully that translates into a better success rate for catching walleyes on fishing opener and for Memorial Day  Weekend.

Speaking of fishing opener and Memorial Day Weekend, it’s still not too late to book a last second reservation for either weekend.  We also have some good openings on other weeks in the month of May and June.  We still are running our special for stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free.  Check out our ‘Deals & Specials” page on our website for details.  We also still have some openings during the peak summer months.  Feel free to check our availability page if you are interested.

Cottage #9’s bathroom remodel is beginning to take shape and should be completed soon.  We also have decided to replace the kitchen and living space carpet area with a new wood floor.  It will definitely have a new and improved feel throughout the cabin when it is finished.  Cottage Deluxe and Condo #1 also had their linoleum replaced in the kitchen areas.

The wet spring has really greened everything up in the area.  The trees and grass are in mid-season form already.  The rain brought us a double rainbow that ended just at the end of our docks the other day. Thought we would post a couple photos of it for you. The second rainbow is fading a bit in the photo and isn’t as prominent as the other. Unfortunately, we did not find the pot of gold.  🙂  Enjoy!

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Monday Morning Musings

Monday, April 12th, 2010
  • Had a great weekend of weather, with highs in the 60’s.  It was a perfect time to start putting in the docks, which we did.  We have all the sections of the docks in the water, with the exceptions of the wings.  A special “thank you” goes out to our friend Luke Rasmussen for helping us out with the docks this weekend.
  • Also had a chance to get a boat in the water and go for a ride on the lake.  Water temps on the surface of the main lake basin were around 44 degrees, while Stiner’s Bay surface temp was about 50 degrees.  Didn’t see a whole lot of action anywhere in terms of panfish.  I still think it just might be a little bit early yet.  If you remember last year, the crappie bite took off on Memorial Day weekend (May 24th) when mid-lake water surface temps were in the mid-50’s.  We are still a little ways off on that.  With weather forecasted in the mid 70’s this week, the water temps may improve pretty rapidly.  We will keep you updated on the water temps and any fishing reports we come by.
  • All the waterfowl have made their way back to Thunder Lake.  The otters have been active around the lake and we also heard our first loon call last night at sunset.  Still waiting for a resident to take us up on our wood duck house.
  • The telephone has been ringing quite a bit lately for reservations on fishing opener weekend and Memorial Day Weekend.  We still have availability for those dates.  Call now to make your reservation.  You can also check out our current deals and specials.

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Thunder Rolls

Friday, April 9th, 2010

As of April 2nd, Thunder Lake has no more ice on it and the open-water waves are rolling.  What an early, welcome sight!  There will now be an extended spring panfishing season before the fishing opener.  I would say within the next couple weeks or so that the water temps will get to the point where the crappies and bluegills will start moving into warmer, shallower water to feed before they begin to start nesting and preparing to spawn.  I can’t wait to get out in the boat to try it out soon for myself.  We will keep you updated.
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Back In The Spotlight

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Some of you may remember that back in July of 2002, Thunder Lake was featured in Outdoor News Magazine as the “Lake Of The Week”.  The publication features a lake each week in a full-page article on the back page of the magazine.  The 2002 article had more of an emphasis on the great bass fishing (smallmouth & largemouth) in Thunder Lake.

Last week and a little under 8 years later, Thunder Lake was featured again in the March 26th publication of Outdoor News Magazine. While the bass fishing is still excellent, the theme this time was more focused on the walleye fishing on Thunder Lake and what the DNR has been doing to improve it. The stocking program that has been conducted every other year has had a positive impact on walleye population in the lake.  However, as stated in the article, Thunder has shown repeatedly in its survey data that the lake is a very diverse fishery in terms of species of fish that can be caught there.

Below is the scanned article that has been posted in .jpg format.  Be sure to click on the image in order to read the full article in bigger print:

Thunder Lake, MN

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March Madness! (Random Notes)

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
  • The weather has been downright crazy this month.  We have consistently had 35-50 degree temps for highs during the last 3 weeks.  The snow has been rapidly melted, especially on the hillsides of the resort.  We have very little snow left standing.  The only snow spots left are where I have piled snow from plowing this winter.  The ice on the lake is slowly withering away.  There is probably only 18″ of ice left right now.  It’s crazy, but we LOVE an early spring and we will take it every year.
  • As stated in the past, we have been building a workshop building at the top of the hill so that we have a warm workspace in the winter to work on future cabin projects and wood furniture.  The building is up and the roof is on.  We still have to put the steel siding on and finish the interior.  Those of you visiting us this year will see it as you drive down the cobblestone driveway.  I will be chipping away at it all spring, summer and fall and hope to finish it before winter.
  • We are currently running a spring special up until June 20th.  On any NEW reservations, if you book 3 nights, you will get a 4th night free.  This special is not applicable to Memorial Day Weekend.  Be on the lookout for our new “Specials & Deals” page on our website where we will be posting our current deals for the future.
  • We still have some good availability for the summer weekly reservations.  Our availability page is updated once a day.  Also remember to scroll down on the far right side to see all of the units on the calendar.
  • Keep visiting our blog for updated ice-out conditions on the lake in the next month or so.  We will do our best to take photos and let everyone know the status of it.  Based on this weather, there might a be an extended open-water panfish season leading up to the May fishing opener.  Crappies, anyone?  Last year, the ice went out on April 24th, as shown in these pictures of our bay.

That’s all for now.  Enjoy the great early spring weather, everyone!

And by the way, HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!

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Snowmobile Trail Report (2-18-10)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

NOTE:  The Snowmobile Trail Report is provided by our friends Jeff Knuf & Larry Gavin, owners and operators of the Anchorage Inn.

Reported by: Larry Gavin – Longville Snowmobile Club

Date of Report: February 18, 2010

Trail Conditions: Very Good

Snow Cover: 12-15 inches

No new snow this week. Most of the trails still have a good base but the sun is starting to reduce our snow cover. It’s time for another call to the big guy for more snow so we can get a couple more weeks of riding in!!

Trails were groomed on Monday and Tuesday. They’ll be done again today and Friday. Groomers reported logging on a 1 1/2 mile stretch of the Wooldlake trail between the turn south to Outing and the trun north to lake Inguadona. Other than that, riders I talked to this week are reporting Good to Very Good conditions. It’s supposed to cool off this weekend, so we should be in for another good weekend of riding.

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Seasonal RV Sites & Monthly Cabin Rates

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Due to past requests from our guests and other interest from passersby over the last couple years, Thunder Lake Lodge is going to open their RV sites to seasonal rentals for the 2010 resorting season.  There will still only be 3 select spots available for next season.  If anyone is interested in information on the sites, please give us a call.  We are hoping that because of the limited availability, the spots will fill up fast.

Also starting in 2010, TLL will be offering monthly rates for cottages and condos during off-peak seasons.  Specific monthly rates will vary based upon the unit and time of the year.  Please call for details

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Random Notes

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
  • We still have one opening available for the deer hunting opener weekend on November 6-8.  The 2 bedroom Condo #4 is the only unit available at this time for that weekend.  However, we still have some other openings for the 2nd and 3rd weekends of deer hunting available as well.  If anyone is interested in booking a unit for any of those weekends, feel free to give us a call.
  • Our lodging rates for 2010 have been set and posted to our website.
  • Water surface temps are around 45 degrees right now.  I will be trying to get out a little to see how the walleye fishing is.  Haven’t had a chance to get out much recently.
  • On a more sad note, I started taking out the docks today.  Because I am doing it by myself, I will chip away at it over the next couple of weeks.
  • We are in the process of tearing up and remodeling Cottage #9’s bathroom.  Those of you that stay in that unit will no doubt be happy to hear that.

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2009 Thunder Lake Walleye Stocking

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Minnesota DNR Fisheries Division out of Brainerd recently did their walleye stocking at the public access on Thunder Lake.  Myself and Rick Stich, who is a resident on Thunder Lake, had a chance to observe the process.  Thunder Lake has been getting walleye stocking on odd years since 1999.  The past years stocking data for Thunder Lake can be found here.  In 2007, the most recent year of stocking, the DNR stocked 490 pounds of fingerling walleye.  This year, Thunder Lake got 452 pounds of fingerlings, which is approximately 10,000 walleye.  According to the DNR fish stocking link, fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches, depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.  The DNR buys their fingerlings from a private party, who harvest them from rearing ponds after one summer of growth.  In this instance, they came from a stocking pond in New London, MN.

David Bohlander, the assistant fisheries manager out of Brainerd, oversaw the stocking process.  He said that typically the immediate survival rate for walleye fingerling stocking is around 60%.  After one year, that number drops to around 50%.  He also stated that many of the fingerlings don’t make it out of the area where they are released into the water, and will die immediately.  Having said that, Thunder Lake’s stocking seemed to go pretty well, with only a dozen or so found to be “belly-up” after a half hour after being released to the water.  The fingerlings were transported on the truck in 42 degree water and released into the lake in about 52 degree water.

I would like to thank David Bohlander (assistant fisheries division manager) and Tim Brastrup (fisheries division manager) out of Brainerd for their their willingness to allow us to be present and participate in the stocking and for their correspondence with Werner Langenbach, who is also a resident on Thunder Lake and is the Chairman of the Thunder Lake Fisheries Committee.  We also thank them for answering the many questions that we had for them during the process.  Werner did all the correspondence to allow us to be involved.

In addition, an electrofishing survey of Thunder Lake was done in September as well.  I will have the survey data for that in the near future and will share it with everyone on the blog when I receive it.

While at the stocking, I had a chance to take some pictures and video of the process.  It is very interesting to see how they do everything.  The whole process only took about 45 minutes to an hour.  Here they are, enjoy.

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