Big Pine Lake

Another famous lake in Otter Tail county is also within driving distance from our East Silent Resort–Big Pine Lake. The beautiful Big Pine Lake is a 4,730-acre lake located in northeastern Otter Tail County approximately three miles east of Perham, MN. Big Pine Lake is part of the Otter Tail River Watershed and is connected […]

Big McDonald Lake

Henry Thoreau once said: “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.” Fortunately, there are 1,048 lakes in Otter Tail County. We have more lakes than any other single county in the entire United States! One of the benefits of staying at East Silent Resort is the many area lakes. Guests can drive just […]

Minnesota Fishing Report

There’s some great fall fishing action going on in Ottertail County. Most species have left the shoreline areas and relocated to the deep weedlines. This is definitely the case for walleyes, sunfish, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Please remember, however, that the smallmouth bass season is now catch-and-release only. One aspect that makes fall fishing […]

Fergus Falls Community

With a vast number of clean lakes and wooded areas, Fergus Falls is the gateway to the lakes and hills region of Otter Tail County. Located in the West Central Minnesota lakes country, near the Red River Valley, Fergus Falls is home to over 13,500 residents, a hot spot for families interested in vacationing in […]

New York Mills Community

As your family travels through Northwestern Minnesota, you’ll also want to visit the many unique MN communities of Otter Tail County sprinkled among wooded hills and crystal clear lakes! Our communities are rich in culture and offer an assortment of activities for the whole family. One of the well-loved cities in Otter Tail County is […]

Summertime Pasta Salad

Make this salad a day ahead and you’ll have crispy, crunchy, creamy, cool salad for your next gathering at the lake. Use any fresh and seasonal veggies, but do use them liberally. This is called a pasta salad, but its really a veggie salad with pasta thrown in. Both kids and grown-ups will enjoy this […]

Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 17, 2013 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888. Cold weather appears to be on the way. Migration continues in the northwest as the raptors stream south, and some waterfowl also heading […]

Strawberry Spinach Salad

If you’re arriving in the lakes area anytime in July this year, you are in for a great treat. In a “normal” year, the local strawberries would have mostly been past their prime and likely all picked out. This year, which as you may be aware, is anything but normal. In the interest of “always […]


I’m a big fan of salads. I try to eat them often, but it seems that I tend toward more comforting (and perhaps less nutritious) options in the dead of winter. So when the heat of summer rolls around and the local markets start up in full swing, I hit the salad recipes in a […]

Zucchini, Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

1 recipe of your favorite tart dough (not sweet), or a package of puff pastry or a refrigerated pie crust (if you must). The recipe I use is below. 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced ever so thinly 1 large or 2 medium sized zucchini, sliced very very thinly 1 red onion, […]