2018 International Eelpout Festival™ – February 22nd-25th, 2018.

For the past 38 years, and for three days every February, crowds that are more than 10 times the population of tiny Walker, Minn. (pop. 1,069) gather on Minnesota’s third largest lake (112,000-acres), Leech Lake, for a festival named for one of the ugliest bottom-dwelling fish, the eelpout. In a state where it is common to embrace the quirky and find great fun in the most unlikely circumstances and weather conditions, this festival is pure Minnesota fun.


International Eelpout Festival named one of the top “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never knew Existed” by the lifestyle blog BLT, and frankly, we couldn’t be more proud. To view all of the festivals named, and the coverage on the IEV, check out the link below:

15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never Knew Existed

NO Planned Driving Restrictions!

After meeting with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, we are excited to let you know at this time there are no anticipated driving restrictions in place for Walker Bay. With the expected amount of participants, we are requiring ice houses, campers, and other various encampment structures to be set a minimum of 15 feet apart from each other. We will continue to monitor ice conditions and look forward to hosting you in Walker February 22-25th.


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