Mushrooms

Mushroom Hunting in Minnesota

How many of you know your state’s official mushroom? In 1984, the Morchella esculenta, commonly known as the morel, was elected Minnesota’s official state mushroom. Today, the morel mushroom is considered a delicacy. Locals and visitors alike flock to Northern Minnesota to hunt for mushrooms. If you plan on mushroom hunting in Minnesota during your stay at River Bend’s Resort, you should know the basics of all things mushroom. Below is a beginner’s guide on mushroom hunting in Minnesota. Good luck!

How to Find Morel Mushrooms

Typical mushroom hunting in Minnesota begins in April and ends in June. Although, a true sign of the mushroom season is when dandelions and lavender begin to bloom. Peak mushroom season changes year to year, so keep your eyes peeled. The best morel mushroom hunting spots are kept a secret better than the best fishing spots. When you finally spot a morel, use a knife to slice the mushroom at soil level. You can then carry the mushrooms in an onion bag so that the spores are scattered around your new hunting ground. Hopefully, this will grow a large group of morels for your next mushroom hunting trip.

How to Cook Morel Mushrooms

Mushroom Hunting Minnesota

Now that you’ve collected several morels, you’ll want to prepare them properly. We suggest brushing off remaining debris and looking inside your mushrooms to make sure there aren’t any insects. If you plan to cook with your mushrooms soon, you’ll need to store them in a cool, dry place. Refrigerators work well as long as the morels are completely dry before storing them. If you plan to cook with mushrooms in the distant future, you should look into a food dehydrator. We have also heard of morel hunters washing the mushrooms in cold water and individually freezing them on a cookie sheet. 

River Bend’s Resort 

There are endless ways to prepare morel mushrooms. If you talk to our River Bend’s Resort staff, we’d love to share our favorite Morel Mushroom recipes. Baudette may be known as the walleye capital of the world, but it’s also proved to serve as fantastic morel hunting grounds. See for yourself and book your stay at River Bend’s Resort today! Learn about our impressive, newly-renovated cabins by visiting our website, or giving us a call at 800-292-3084.  

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Covid-19 Update: May 14th

We here at River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn are very happy to be open for the 2020 season. Cabin and hotel reservations are fully open and operational. In addition, we also have available, dock slips (if you wish to bring your own boat), gas & bait sales. Unfortunately, we still cannot offer charter fishing under the new mandates. Miles Lab Bar & Grill is also open to all of our guests for cabin delivery or pick-up dining. This new order is set to expire June 1 st , 2020 and we will be sure to keep you updated and advised accordingly. Thank you for your patience and continued patronage. We hope you, your family, and all loved ones continue to be healthy and safe during this time.

 


 

 Previous Coronavirus-19 Updates:

 

Previous Covid Update: May 6th

Due to changes in the MN state mandates, resorts and hotels are now able to operate under specific guidelines. As anticipated, on May 4th, 2020 River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn once again began receiving guests. We have resumed operations under explicit procedures directed by the state of Minnesota. While we will be open for cabin and room rental, we will not be providing charter fishing during this time. Dock slips, gas, bait and cabin delivery or pick-up dining will also be available to our guests.

Our staff has been preparing diligently and working hard to be ready for this anticipated coming season. We are and will continue to use many methods of enhanced cleaning techniques to ensure that we are ready for each group to come and stay with us. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy.

When you are ready to travel, our vacations specialists will be ready to help you every step of the way.

 

River Bend Resort Check-In/Out Process

To maintain safe social distancing during this time, we will be implementing the following safe distancing practices for all guests and staff. Thank you for your cooperation!

Resort Check-In

  • Registration Card will be left on table with key for cabin.
  • Please sign upon arrival and kindly place in box by office door.
  • The card used to hold your reservation will be ran day of arrival unless specified otherwise.
  • All cards will need to be keyed entry.

Resort Check-Out

  • Place key for cabin in the box by office door. Any keys taken will result in a $10 charge to card on file.
  • A folio receipt will be emailed to the email on file.

*Food Pick-up or delivery to cabin will be available during the hours of 8 am to 8pm. Please call the resort at 218-634-1552. Press option #1 for resort, and option #2 for restaurant, for food orders.

 

Walleye Inn Check-In/Out Process

Hotel Check-In

  • Normal process with the exception of a protective guard that has been placed at the front desk to create separation.
  • Registration cards and keys will be ready for each room upon arrival.
  • Credit Cards will continue to be charged at check in.

Hotel Check-Out

  • Please leave keys on the table in room. Any keys taken will result in a $10 charge to card on file.
  • Receipts will be emailed to the email address on file.
  • Please use the exit closest to your room.

*Dining Options: Pizza deliveries are available. Call front desk to order. Delivered directly to your room.

Miles Lab Bar & Grill. Resort restaurant orders are available from 8:am to 8:pm daily for pick-up orders only. To order call 218-634-1552. Press option #1 for resort, and option #2 for restaurant for food orders.

*Housekeeping: There will be no daily housekeeping available during this time. If there is something specifically needed, please call the front desk, and it will be delivered to your door.

*Continental Breakfast: There will be no continental breakfast available during this time. This is per MDH regulations.

 

Previous Press Release Thursday, March 26, 2020

We have been closely following the rapidly changing federal, state, and local recommendations and guidelines regarding COVID-19.  The health and well-being of our guests, staff and business partners always has been and will remine our top priority.

Yesterday afternoon Governor Tim Walz announced a two week “Stay at Home” order. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday March 27th and lasts until April 10th. In addition, all bars and restaurants are to remain closed until May 1st, 2020.

River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn has instructed all employees to follow Gov. Walz’s order and shelter in place locally to further help stop the spread of the virus beginning Saturday March 28th, 2020. We intend to keep all of our facilities closed and are hoping to resume operations at all of our locations on or about May 1st, 2020. Please note we are still taking reservations for dates beyond May 1st, 2020 however, we will be managing our phone hours on a limited schedule as follows: M-F 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sat-Sun 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All messages received during off hours will be returned promptly over the course of our newly scheduled times.

In related news, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to CLOSE ALL “COUNTY CONTROLLED RIGHT OF WAY LANDINGS THAT PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE RAINY RIVER” UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE.  Citing concerns about the traditionally large number of anglers coming into the area at a time when people are being ordered not to travel and stay home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have also learned that Koochiching County has closed Upper Sioux landing, Frontier landing, Nelson Park landing and Vidas landing until further notice.

We will update everyone once we all get through this trying time.  Please continue to actively follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of germs and this dreadful virus.  Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy and safe.

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