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Loons & Lakes Trivia

June 19, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Join us for another fun night of trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

MN Loons & Lakes Festival

June 20-22, 2024
Crosslake
The first annual Loons & Lakes Festival is coming to Crosslake! The National Loon Center is planning a fun weekend celebrating Minnesota as the Land of 10,000 Lakes and 12,000 Loons. Find the schedule of events below!

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Lakes Area Sustainability Fest

June 26, 2024 | 1-7pm
Northland Arboretum
Join this community centered event focused on sustainability in the Central Minnesota region featuring vendors and family activities.

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Outdoor Presentation Night: Loon Calls

July 9, 2024 | 6-7pm
Crosslake Town Square Gazebo
Take a deep dive into the science behind the call of the loon with Dr. Jay Mager, a behavioral ecologist that has studied Common Loon calls and behavior. Join us at the Town Square center for this special outdoor presentation - bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket!

Outdoor Presentation Night: Wintering Loons

July 10, 2024 | 6-7pm
Crosslake Town Square Gazebo
Learn all about the fascinating lives of loons that winter on Lake Jocassee in South Carolina from Brooks Wade and Jay Mager, who lead the Jocassee wintering loon study. Join us at the Town Square center for this special outdoor presentation - bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket!

Loons & Lakes Trivia

July 11, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Join us for another fun night of trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Native & Natural Shoreland Tour

July 25, 2024 | 8:30am-12:30pm
Gull Lake Chain of Lakes
Join MN property owners for a 3-hour bus tour of four beautiful & successful lake shore land restoration and preservation projects. Seating limited - register online.

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Loons & Lakes Trivia

August 8, 2024 | 6-8pm
Red Pine Cookhouse
Join us at Red Pine Cookhouse in Emily! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Loons & Lakes Trivia

August 15, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Join us for another fun night of trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

The National Loon Center's Progress

2023

The National Loon Center announces an enhancement to the original site plan that placed the building on federal lands managed by the USACE. While maintaining programming and amenities at the Cross Lake Recreation Area, the NLC acquired nearby private lands to build the world-class facility and develop a sustainable natural campus with parking on-site. The nearby site spans nearly 10 acres between CSAH 3 Swann Drive and CSAH business trip. The Minnesota legislature allocates $2.5 million to the City of Crosslake to support the Center's construction as part of the bonding bill.

2022

In collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Loon Center, completed a shoreline restoration project near the boat landing at the Cross Lake Recreation Area. A floating dock system was also installed at the bay to prevent further erosion of the shoreline, with dedicated mooring stations for visitors of the campground and public use. An outdoor exhibit on loon calls was installed near the recreation area entrance.

2021

Archeological reviews and site planning at the Crosslake Recreation Area were completed and outdoor site enhancement began. In June of 2021, the NLC opened a temporary information center, called The Nest, in Crosslake Town Square, engaging around 4,000 visitors in its first year.

2019

Minnesota lawmakers approved $4 million to build National Loon Center in Crosslake. National Loon Center finalized a 25 year land lease with US Army Corps of Engineers at the future site location of the facility: the Cross Lake Recreation Area.

2018

The National Loon Center Community Input and Master Plan are developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Department of Applied Economics and the National Loon Center Foundation produce a Market Feasibility Study and Impact Assessment

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