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  • Shoreland Restoration in front of the Lodge
    We are so happy the lodge deck project finished!   We were grateful to be able to use underlying joists/structure of old deck as it had been holding up just fine (the boards on top were what needed replacing.) While replacing deck boards, we decided we'd like the deck to be all one level (instead of stair-stepping down to lake.)   Continue Reading...
  • 2019 Newsletter
    It’ll be summer before ya know it. Really! We hope this note reminds you of fond ‘up north’ memories and creates an impetus to make more. Perhaps you’ll recall star gazing across the lake? Hot dogs over a campfire? Giggles over chipmunk begging? The scent of pine freshened air hiking with your niece, or maybe teasing dad over a fishing Continue Reading...
  • 18 second clip of Lake in September . . .
    Sparklin' waters here at the lake this week.  Kids are back in school and retreats and couples are wandering up north to a quiet, peaceful stay in a cabin at CWC.   We'd be delighted to host you, too.    Couples Rate (or Private Individual) and Group Specials abound.  Come relax with us!...
  • 2018 Newsletter
    Hello from Kim & Big John!  January 2018 We are all well & snug in our houses up north by the frozen (11th Crow Wing) lake. During these colder months, we hope this note both gives you something to look forward to (it’ll be summer soon!) and brings to mind fond memories of CWC campfires, sticky marshmallow fingers, silly games, Continue Reading...
  • Autumn at CWC – specials, peace and quiet
    Guests often ask about Fall Specials and what they can expect if visiting after Labor Day. Thought a little golf cart tour might shed some light . . . 🙂 I often run around cabins with an Ipod, listening to folk and americana style music while waxing a floor or some other task. Bon Iver "Re: Stacks" (background tune) is Continue Reading...
  • 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 given 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 fun never ends at CWC . . ....
  • 2016 Newsletter
    OLE & LENA JOKE of the day: Ole wore both of his winter jackets when he painted his house last July. The directions on the can said "put on two coats." 2016 is off and running for us at the resort up north. We hope this note finds you healthy and happy wherever you are. 🙂 As for resort news Continue Reading...
  • 2017 Newsletter
    Northwoods Joke: The Roof (Am certain Bubba Kris did not follow the below example when constructing those new deck roofs on #14 or #16 last year. Or if he did, I didn't notice.) Sven and Ole are up fixing the roof. Sven picks up a nail, looks at it, and throws it away. He picks up the next one, looks Continue Reading...
  • 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...
  • 2015 Newsletter – January
    We hope this greeting from the northwoods finds you healthy and happy . . . Are you succeeding at your New Year's resolutions for 2015? I am amazed to report that Big John and I have been doing rather well at a purification diet. We've gone totally organic for the moment (who knew quinoa and kale could be palatable on Continue Reading...
  • CWC originally a lumber camp – what must it have been like?
    Posted by Akeley, MN, resident ELODEE JOHNSON 11/15/2008 "We know that lumbering in Minnesota reached its peak in about 1905. The federal census was seven times more than at the close of the Civil War, (1865). Yet in Minnesota, flour and milling were still half of the invested industrial capital. Railroads had been built in nearly every direction from the 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...
  • 2014 Newsletter
    Hello from Kim & Big John! We hope this update from the northwoods finds you healthy and happy . . . 2014 will mark our 14th year here at CWC, and despite copious gray hairs and maturing wrinkles through the seasons, we are gladdened and grateful to still be here and going strong. We thank you for visiting briefly or Continue Reading...