Big Jessie Lake also has great populations of crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and northern pike. Crappie and bluegills are seen every year that measure 12+ inches and/or 1+ pounds. The trick is finding where they are hiding! Largemouth bass are also part of Big Jessie. Click here to view and/or print different maps of Big Jessie Lake provided by the MN DNR.
Rising Eagle Resort is located just minutes from some of the most well know fisheries in Minnesota. ( Bowstring, Sand Lake, Winnibigoshish, Turtle, Leech and Case Lakes) We are also surrounded by Acres of state and federal land accessable to hunters of all kinds. Our location is also perfect because we are in one of Minnesota’s notorious counties known for its beauty, natural resources, year-long recreational activities, and its great fishing, of course! Itasca County is Minnesota’s 3rd largest county with about 3,000 square miles or about 2 million acres.
Itasca County alone has over 1000 lakes, so that is not bad considering the state of Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” This allows our guests to quickly travel to any of the many different nearby lakes! With all of this land and water, there are plenty of sights to see and activities to do here!
Itasca County not only has many parks, but is partly located within the boundaries of the Chippewa National Forest. Therefore, a multitude of recreational opportunities exist here for everyone, including a myriad of trails for hiking, biking, ATVs, snowmobiling, and skiing. Itasca County also offers golfers four 18-hole championship golf courses and several other 9-hole golf courses. In addition, throughout the summer there are several different festivals and events that take place within the county. For the arts lovers, Itasca County also offers an array of cultural facilities and activities at the Edge Center in Bigfork and Rief Center in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids is the county seat of Itasca County and is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Grand Rapids is also the birthplace of Judy Garland, best known for her role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” One can visit her childhood home and the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids.
Please see our “Area Attractions” page for more information on what Itasca County has to offer you.