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Time to hit the great outdoors

April 24, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Yeah, sure, we have what amounted to a late spring snowstorm a few days ago, but it's time we all started thinking about getting outside and enjoying ourselves.

Emmet County Conservation Board naturalist Jenna Pollock told Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents Wednesday about what there is to see and do around Emmet County - bringing the outdoors indoors, you might say. Jenna made a good point, though. We should all be enjoying ourselves outdoors - and as soon as we can.

Pollock made a great point. Emmet County is relatively secluded, sequestered from the crowds that might hit other areas. We have beaches and plenty of great fishing, boating, paddling and other water sports.

If camping is up your alley, there's plenty of that too. Whether it's tent or camper, Emmet County has campsites just for you.

There are plenty of trails, too. From Fort Defiance to several county parks, you'll find trails wending through hardwood forests that remain relatively unchanged from pioneer days (if you've ever been lost in Fort Defiance, you know how true that is).

There's plenty of bird watching too, particularly this time of year when you'll see all kinds of waterfowl, eagles and just about any other kind of migrating bird that you can imagine.

It doesn't cost an arm and a leg, either. Entrance to all parks in the county is free, and camping fees are reasonable if not downright cheap.

So do yourself and your family a favor and hit the outdoors this weekend (weather permitting).

You'll be happy that you did.



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