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  • New lyrics for “Goodnight Crow Wing . . . ” – ‘mo bettah now
    FINALLY-- got those custom lyrics to "Goodnight Irene" re-written!   It'll be a great way to end Sing-alongs on Thursday nights in summer now . . . lyrics by K.M. Bowen & D.G. Gurler (November 2016       - without the vodka this time) sung to melody from 'Goodnight Irene'   Goodnight, Crow Wing . . .                         Crow Wing good night,     Crow Continue Reading...
  • Kim & Big John honored as CMR Resorters of the Year
    Published in the Minnesota Resorter, January 2017 Each year at our fall conference, the Community of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) presents the Resorter of the Year Award. This award is givien to a resort owner or manager [who] exemplifies the spirit and goals of the CMR. Criteria center around the operation of a successful and progressive resort business, service to the Continue Reading...
  • PBS Special on MN Resorts – CWC showing a Mom & Pop side
    I have been asked repeatedly to re-post link to PBS special on MN Resorts that aired in July 2016 (we were 1 of 10 resorts interviewed). It's 2 hours - whew! But, u can c me and da big guy at about 49:36 - 57:10 and a 'teaching moment from nature' story I relayed at 1:46:42 (then a couple of Continue Reading...
  • Flying squirrels at CWC
      One of the joys of living in the northwoods: critter tales.   I am starting to write down things that happen to us up here at CWC, both as a resort owner and simple lakeside-up north resident.  Am thinking of gathering these anecdotes into a booklet for publishing someday as I continually get the impression from guests that stuff like Continue Reading...
  • Ex-Owners of CWC Swap Stories
    On September 4, 2016, we hosted the 4th Annual CWC (Kris Krupp) Pizza Cookoff in the lodge. It just so happened that Terry Heller (guy in the yellow cap in pic above), Crow Wing Crest Lodge owner from 1987 - 2001 (when Big John and I bought it) stopped by to say "hi" and join us in some good food. Continue Reading...
  • New guest at CWC who really tried on the “relaxation hat” up north – yeah!
    Link to photos and article on LillieNews.com, a St. Paul suburban news publication June 2, 2016. http://www.bulletin-news.com/articles/2016/06/02/rediscovering-joy-spontaneity...
  • Picking up litter along Highway 64 – doing a little somethin’ for community
    What a crew this year to help us pick up the litter along Highway 64 last week.   It went quicker than it ever has in fifteen years.   What a relief!     13 bags -- a typical year for this two mile stretch.   Mostly alcohol bottles/cans, cigarettes and fast food containers and yes, a few dirty diapers (icky-poo!)    The young boys were Continue Reading...
  • Our famous local mayor – on NBC’s “Little Big Shots”
    Longtime CWC guests may remember hometown favorite Em's Cafe in our tiny town of Akeley?   (2001 - 2011?)  Well, Emma is not only still around (and occasionally helping get YOUR CWC cabin cleaned for ya - esp. spring cleaned), but raising a couple of rather increasingly celebrated young gentlemen. Her eldest son, Robert, now age 6, (in photo with Big Continue Reading...
  • Some contenders for CWC Photo Contest 2016
    We are considering some of the following awesome photos entered by CWC guests this last year for the annual photo contest.   These are not the entire list, just a sampling.  We welcome more entries  --- no time limit.  🙂  ...
  • CWC Bumper Sticker Contest Winner
    It's hard to get further away than China. Congratulations Larew family for winning the CWC Bumper Sticker Contest.  They slapped the sticker onto a vehicle and entered a pic with a destination furthest away from their last vacation up north at Crow Wing Crest Lodge.    Voila, Shanghai.   Hey, when you get job transferred, you get job transferred.   We look forward Continue Reading...
  • Henry Schoolcraft camped at CWC in 1832?
    Below is an e-mail conversation with a neighbor who graciously shared some historic data with us, including a map from 1832 of a Henry Schoolcraft expedition - one of many to determine the origins of the Mississippi River - eventually deciding upon what is now Lake Itasca Park, a 35-minute drive from our resort. Our neighbor's claim is that the Continue Reading...
  • CWC in the past: one owner to another
    Letter from Edna Richmond (owner of CWC from 1946 - 1969) on January 10, 1994, to Connie Converse (owner of CWC from 1987 -2001) " We bought CWC in 1946 from 2 couples who kept it 1 season. Prior to that, it was closed during the war for several years. Before that it had been a girl's summer camp. There Continue Reading...
  • Albino Chipmunk at CWC- summer of 2015
      I spied a wonderful article by the DNR Minnesota Conservation Volunteer about the science behind albinism.   Son-in-law, Ryan, also researched the chances of birthing an albino chipmunk - 1 in 200,000.    And we had one here at CWC!   For a completely unscientific article about the totem energy of chipmunk (for those of you who had personal contact Continue Reading...
  • History of Minnesota Resorts
    (submitted by Kim Bowen to CMR Resorter Reporter, a state-wide resort magazine published spring 2016) I've been doing a little research this year on Minnesota's resorts. I wondered "When was the 'hey-day' of Mom & Pop family/fishing vacation resorts in our state of 10,000 lakes?" Was it 1946, just after World War II, when suburbs of cities really started developing Continue Reading...
  • Wild turkey chase at cabin #19
    (Video attached)  Ryan having fun watching wild turkeys run round and round for no discernible reason.  The never ends at CWC . . ....
  • Yo, CWC campers – get these apples, I’m blogging!
    Check back often for resort news, nature photos, fun area activities & events!...
  • Big John Bowen likes to catch fish.
    Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, May/June 2015 Cast Into the Past Tucked into the woods, this little fishing lake is a nearly untouched hideaway. by John Myers It seems almost everything about Big John Bowen is big. He stands 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds. He has a big voice and big hands and a gentle but definitely big Continue Reading...
  • No wonder why you have so many repeat visitors!
    Hi Kim & crew, THANK YOU so much for a wonderful stay at your resort over the weekend!  We thoroughly enjoyed our time at your peaceful resort and the lake was perfectly serene. Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I discovered your resort through TripAdvisor reviews (perfect 5 stars can’t be wrong!)– a very Continue Reading...