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Hot Deals!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We have new last second deals & specials to offer:

“Fill The Gap” Special – Looking for some last minute deals and specials? Let’s fill the calendar “gaps” on our availability.  We are now offering the following last second deals and specials for the weeks of June 15th – July 10th, 2010:

A-Frame #1 – June 20 – July 2, take 25% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $416.00!
A-Frame #2 – June 15 – 26 and July 3 – 10, take 25% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $321.00!
Cottage #3 – June 26 – July 4, take 15% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $225.00!
Cottage #4 – June 19 – 26, and July 3 – 10, take 25% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $472.00!
Cottage #5 – June 19 – July 3, take 25% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $424.00!
McCleary Cabin – June 19 – 26 and July 3 – 10, take 20% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $465.00!
Cottage #9 – July 3 – 10, take 20% off weekly or nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $345.00!
Cottage #10 – June 26 – 30 and July 7 – 10, take 25% off nightly rate.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $361.00!
Cottage #11 – June 26 – July 2 and July 5 – 10 take 25% off.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $449.00!
Cottage #12 – June 21 – 30 and July 7 – 10, take 25% off.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $318.00!
Cottage Deluxe – June 20 – 26 and June 30 – July 3, take 20% off.  3 night minimum. Savings of up to $444.00!
Condo #1 – June 26 – July – 10, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 14 night maximum.  Savings of up to $860.00!
Condo #3 – June 26 – July – 10, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 14 night maximum.  Savings of up to $646.00!
Condo #4 – July 3 – 10, take 25% off.  3 night minimum.  Savings of up to $323.00!
Condo #6 – June 26 – July – 10, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 14 night maximum.  Savings of up to $646.00!

Call Now to make your reservation and save big!


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Hot Deals!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

We have a new special to offer:

“Fill The Gap” Special Let’s fill the calendar “gaps” on our availability.  We are now offering the following last minute deals and specials for the weeks of June 11th -25th, 2010:

A-Frame #1June 11 – 16, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 5 night maximum.  Savings of up to $416.00!
A-Frame #2June 11 – 16, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 5 night maximum.  Savings of up to $321.00!
Cottage #11June 12 – 15, take 15% off.  3 night reservation only.  Savings of $130.00!
Cottage DeluxeJune 11 – 25, take 25% off.  3 night minimum, 15 night maximum. Savings of up to $895.00!
Condo #4June 11 – 19, take 30% off.  3 night minimum, 8 night maximum.  Savings of up to $360.00!

“See You At The Lake”

Deals & Specials

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

For all of you still planning a Memorial Day Weekend vacation and looking for last second deals and specials, we are now offering 15% off the nightly rate for the first person to call and book a minimum 3 night stay in one of our cottages. Availability is updated and posted on our website.  This is a first come, first serve deal.

“See You At The Lake”


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.

“See You At The Lake”

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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Ice-Out Conditions

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The ice conditions on the lake have deteriorated rapidly with the nice weather over the last couple of weeks.  When we left on March 31st, the smaller lakes had already lost all of their ice.  Thunder, as always, was a little behind but was starting to show signs of losing its big sheet of ice in our bay.  Since we aren’t home right now, we aren’t quite sure if the ice is still on the lake today, but our guess is that it has already went out completely.  We will be back home on Tuesday to give you an update on the ice.  Here are some photos of the ice leading up to March 20th:

We have heard some people say that this is the earliest the ice-out has occurred in quite some time.  There will be a nice extended early-spring season on panfishing out of the boat for those who have a passion for it.  I know I will be trying get out a little.  It will also be nice to get everything into the water a little earlier this season.

We will be back soon with updates and hopefully more photos of open water on Thunder Lake!

“See You At The Lake”

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!

“See You At The Lake”

Winter Is Here

Friday, December 11th, 2009

This calendar year was really crazy in terms of the weather.  June was hot and muggy at times, July and August were uncharacteristically cool, September was gorgeous, October was cold and rainy, November was nice and balmy, and now December has brought the winter in a hurry.  As I am posting this, the temp outside is 6 degrees below zero.  Thunder Lake basically went from this….


to this…..


…..overnight.  Those photos were taken on back to back days earlier this week.  It’s been pretty dang cold.  With ice fishing now entering my mind, I decided to go out on the ice to see what the ice conditions were like.  In the shallow water in front of the lodge, the ice was 1″ – 1.5″ thick.  Thick enough to hold me, but not thick enough for me to want to venture out into deeper water to see the ice thickness out there.  However with this cold weather, the ice making process should be sped up dramatically.  I have heard reports of 4 inches of ice already on shallower lakes that tend to freeze a lot earlier and faster than Thunder does.

We will keep everyone updated on ice conditions throughout the winter, as well as any fishing reports we come across.  Also, you can expect to see the first snowmobile trail report sometime this month.

Remember, we have the condo units available all winter for snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiiing or for just relaxing and cozying up for the weekend next to the fireplace. We are also running a two person special throughout the winter.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

“See You At The Lake”