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A Magical Place for All Seasons

Whitefish Chain’s Story

Before white settlers ever arrived to explore the grandeur of Minnestoa's Whitefish Chain, Native Americans cared for and lived off the land. Two of the prominent tribes in the area were the Sioux and the Ojibwa, warring tribes who often battled along the shores of Cross Lake. Once European settlers appeared, negotiations were made by the United States government to purchase the land because of its coveted natural reservoir.

After reviewing survey results in 1836, Congress appropriated funds to start the Pine River Dam, which was completed by 1886. Back then, the sole industry in what is now the Whitefish Chain's resort area, was logging. The chain of lakes was created in order to move the heavy beams from place to place, eventually shipping them by train to big city destinations. Logging continued from the early 1870’s until 1912. Before the dam was built, the lakes were separate and distinct.

As the local population evolved from loggers to families, the landscape followed suit. A school was erected, followed by a town hall, a store (The Crosslake Store), and a Post Office. Resorts grew out of logging camps, and became a place of refuge for city-dwellers. Today the Whitefish Chain continues to flourish as a tourist haven. The Crosslake of today has an elementary school, several flourishing churches, four banks, several restaurants and shops and a busy community center. City sewer will be installed within the next two years, and a town square was built in 2002.

Fish are abundant on the Whitefish Chain. Panfish (Crappie, Bluegill, and Pumpkinseed) are plentiful in all seasons. Largemouth Bass are found throughout the chain, but are more likely to be caught on the smaller lakes, in weedy areas. Another deep weed dweller is the Northern Pike, which is caught along the Whitefish Chain year-round. Finally, the mother of all Minnesota fish, the Walleye, is sought after by fishermen in the early spring when spawning occurs near the Pine River inlet on Upper Whitefish Lake. In the fall, anglers have better luck on Cross Lake and Lower Whitefish, in 20-65 feet of water.

The Whitefish Chain is a magical place. It is a place where a child can catch his first fish, or hear the cry of the loon. It is a place where eagles soar overhead, majestic and powerful. It is a place to reflect on nature's healing, as deer gracefully leap from place to place. It is a place of pale blue sky and lapping water, perfect fodder for day-dreaming the hours of summer away.

Fall is a season of brilliant color, a fireworks display of reds, yellows, and oranges. Boating along the Chain in the fall is a favorite activity, as is mountain-bike riding and hiking as well. The crisp air of October breathes life into autumn festivals and harvest events, urging one to partake in a cup of hot cider.

Winters are no less magical on the Whitefish Chain. Stand in the middle of the frozen lake, and listen to it moan and crack. Be astonished at the number of stars shimmering in the night sky. Cross-country ski through the quiet trails, or snowmobile to a restaurant for a bowl of hot chili. Play ice-golf, softball, or enter in an ice-fishing contest. Watch a winter parade… outside.

Regardless of the season, you'll find lake residents and visitors enjoying the surroundings unique to our area. There is always something going on out of doors. And that's the way it should be here. Nothing inside can compare to what we step into when we leave our homes to complete our daily rounds. It's a place like no other, the birthplace of memories that last a lifetime.

From Indian battle ground, to logging camps, to resorts, the Whitefish Chain has seen many changes. The lakes once supported life out of necessity; now they supply visitors with the joy of quietly sitting among pines and water, waiting for a bite, a sudden sight of multi-pointed antlers in the bush or a beautiful startlit sky. It remains lovely and pristine, a retreat for city-folk and their families, as well as the fortunate residents who call the lakes area home.

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Whitefish Chain Homes and Real Estate

Whether recreational land, homes, or properties of all sizes and views, you'll find Whitefish Chain area real estate opportunities that are right for your needs. As you would expect, Whitefish Chain real estate is highly valued and available homes and properties sell quickly.

Whitefish Chain, Minnesota real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront, bay or lake view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Whether you're presently a buyer or seller, we're confident we can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Sellers who have been in the area for a while know our reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. We mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of property for you.

For buyers new to the area, Dorothy and Glen Reiner will provide the specialized services you deserve: a strong work ethic, personal real estate expertise to help define your needs, help with selecting and securing standard financing for your purchase, special technology, constant communication throughout the transaction, and more. Our many years living and working in the area, combined with our cumulative years of experience in real estate, means we can cover all aspects of your search, from existing homes for sale, properties for sale, lots, vacant land, new construction, 55-plus and retirement communities, investment properties, waterfront, golf and recreational properties, all the way to luxury villas, estates and executive homes.

So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Whitefish Chain, Minnesota, please let Dorothy and Glen Reiner help you purchase the home or property of your dreams. Contact Dorothy and Glen Reiner today!

Other nearby communities have similar real estate characteristics as Whitefish Chain and may also be of interest to you in your home search. Please feel free to ask Dorothy and Glen Reiner about homes for sale, lakeside/riverside properties and other real estate listings for nearby communities, such as Alexandria, Miltona, Osakis, Glenwood, Starbuck, Parkers Prairie, Hoffman, Brainerd, Whitefish Chain, Detroit Lakes, Battle Lake, Brandon, Sauk Centre, Carlos, Spicer, Willmar, Ashby, Douglas County, Todd County, Stevens County, Pope County, Grant County, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, Lake Geneva, Lake Victoria, Lake Latoka, Lake Minnewaska, Pelican Lake, Lobster Lake, Lake Chippewa, Maple Lake, Lake Mary, Otter Tail County, Lake Reno, Lake Cowdry, Alexandria Chain of Lakes, Gull Lake and much more.

Learn more about Whitefish Chain, Minnesota…

Crow Wing County, MN (official website)
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