"The Benson, MN area is an outdoor sportsman's paradise "

lake-minewaskaLake Minnewaska - 13th largest lake in Minnesota. Located 25 miles north of Benson. Known for abundant supply of Walleye. Public swimming beach.

Camp Lake - Located 15 miles northeast of Benson. Stocked with bass, crappies, northern pike, sunfish.

Lake Scannia, Lake Gilchrist, Lake Linka - nestled close together only 30 minutes northeast of Benson. This chain of lakes offer walleye, sunfish, northern pike, crappies, and large mouth bass. Public beach available at Lake Linka.

Page Lake - Located 20 minutes northwest of Benson, just north of Hancock. Produces when many lakes are not.

Lake Hazel - Located just 4 miles north of Benson. A shallow body of water, provides staging area for waterfowl and popular spot for nature lovers.

Lake Emily - Located 18 miles northwest of Benson had outstanding large mouth bass, northern pike, and walleye.

Lake Johanna - Located 30 miles northeast of Benson provides fishing, bird watching, and is the nesting ground for the giant white egrets.

Norway Lake, Games Lake - Located 25 miles east of Benson. Provides excellent bass, sunfish, and northern pike fishing. Public beach, boat rental, camping available.

Big Stone Lake - Located 40 miles west of Benson on the South Dakota state border. Provides excellent walleye and northern pike fishing.

Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management Area - Located in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and western Swift Counties. This is one of Minnesota's premiere Canadian Goose staging areas. Controlled goose hunting provides recreation for hunters from throughout Minnesota.

Danvers Wildlife Management Area - Also called the Danvers Slough provides 1600 acres of prime hunting for waterfowl enthusiasts. The Danvers slough is located just 8 miles west of Benson near the City of Danvers.

Charlie's Hunting Club - Privately owned 6,000 acres of hunting area offers some of the best upland game habitat in the Midwest including pheasant, Hungarian partridge, rabbit, squirrel, and white tailed deer. Contact Jim Langan at 320-567-2276 or 320-567-2236.

Langhei Hills Shooting Preserve - Over 1,000 acres of Glacial Ridge terrain and vegetation provide the finest upland gamebird habitat in Minnesota which provides a challenge to any sportsman. Lodging, guide dogs, meals, trap thrower, and supplies available. Contact Ken Reese at 320-392-5808.

Legend of "One-Eyed" Jack

one-eye-jackA local trader developed a man made pond and filled it with rainbow trout. One trout was stronger, healthier and wiser than the rest. The trader was especially fond of this trout and nicknamed him"Jack".

He grew to be the largest and most colorful trout in the pond. He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds. One day he got into a terrible scrap with a mean Great Blue Heron and lost an eye. After that he was affectionately known as "One-Eyed Jack'.

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