Big Sandy Fishing Opener LogoThe Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, being held in the coming year on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor, has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities, especially fishing. The first opener was a cooperative promotion between the state’s resort industry, media, and public officials. Today, the emphasis is even broader. It celebrates the kickoff of the summer tourism season. The special partnership continues today with a promotional focus on a host community as well as recreational opportunities statewide.

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  • Save the Date for the 69th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    Mark your calendars for the 2016 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Big Sandy Lake in the McGregor area, May 12—14, 2016. For the first time ever, the 69th annual Governor's Fishing Opener will be hosted by the McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce, with Big Sandy Lake Lodge & Resort as headquarters.
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  • Northwoods ATV Trails
    Aitkin County is host to the Northwood’s ATV Trail system, a premier ATV trail system in the Midwest.  Over 220 miles of connected, marked and maintained ATV Trails follow through northern Minnesota’s forest’s and lakes region.  Riders can experience the Soo Line trail or some of the more rugged loop and connector trails on the ...
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  • McGregor Area Chamber Fishing Contest
    On the first Saturday every June for the last 31 years, the McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce has held its annual fishing tournament on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa . Prize money totals $5,000, based on 100 teams entered. First place prizes in the tournament are $1,200 for the largest northern total and $1,200 for ...
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  • Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
    The Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles south of McGregor on Hwy. 65. Established in 1935, the refuge preserves the environment for waterfowl, which are attracted to the wild rice crop on the lake. Archaeological evidence suggests that people have been harvesting rice on the lake since prehistoric times. The refuge extends a ...
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  • McGregor to Host 2016 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota, 651-757-1857 ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 9, 2015) – Next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be held on Big Sandy Lake in the McGregor area, May 12-14, 2016. This will be the first time in the history of the Governor’s Fishing Opener that the ...
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  • Images available of 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 7, 2015) – Photos from this weekend’s Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Lake Vermilion area and Fortune Bay Resort Casino will be posted for the media on Friday, May 8, in the evening and Saturday, May 9, in the afternoon.
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