Social Wanderings & Eating Opportunities Along Minnesota Power Chain Of Lakes

With theses blogging articles, I hope to bring to light gems within our midst that are well worth searching out and discovering.  I am going to start with the Island Lake Inn and work my way south and east to end at Fish Lake.

The Inn as the locals affectionately call it actually had its beginning as a logging camp in 1929 and was operated by Lester Carey who still has a road named after him that runs along the current Inn.  At some point it was moved to its current location and was run by an individual by the name of Martin Linski for a number of years.  In 1974, it was purchased by Steve Swanstrom who had been working there (and whom we shall talk about more when we move to Fish Lake).  Steve married Jeri and they operated the Inn for many years building it into the successful operation that it is today.  In the early 2000’s, we had a couple of owners for a short while but Steve got it back and sold to Mike and Linda Kratt who operate it as of today.  Mike and Linda have completely renovated the facility and today it is truly a shining star offering a wonderful menu with daily specials along with Carol’s famous pepper cheese burgers.  Live entertainment is often available and you should check with them as to what is scheduled.  The locals love the ability to boat basically to their back door or tie up along the shore line and it is just a short walk.  Real Estate values along these lakes have held their values much better than other markets but have also experienced a slight slow down.  The reservoir chain still holds demand from the buying public and values will certainly increase with an upswing in the economic markets.

Richard Wenaas About Richard Wenaas

Richard is the President of Coldwell Banker East West Realty and has lived on Island Lake, the largest of the Minnesota Power chain of lakes for many years.


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