Around the Twin Cities


  • Ordway Center (St. Paul, adjacent to RiverCentre)
  • Fitzgerald Theater (Minnesota Public Radio) (St. Paul, 0.6 miles)
  • Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Mixed Blood Theater (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  •“> (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • Cowles Center for Dance (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • Jungle Theater (Minneapolis, 11 miles)
  • Minnesota Centennial Showboat (University of Minnesota) (St. Paul, 1.0 mile)
  • Minnesota Orchestra  (Minneapolis, 9.7 miles)
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (St. Paul, Various Locations)


  • Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul, adjacent to Rivercentre)
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul, 0.5 mile)
  • Minnesota History Center (St. Paul, 0.6 miles)
  • Twin City Model Railroad Museum (St. Paul, 4 miles)
  • Bell Museum of Natural History (University of MN Campus) (Minneapolis, 7 miles)
  • Weisman Art Museum (University of MN Campus) (Minneapolis, 7 miles)
  • Mill City Museum (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • Walker Art Museum and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis, 10.5 miles)
  • Museum of Russian Art (Minneapolis, 12 miles)


  • Cathedral of St. Paul (St. Paul, 0.8 miles)
  • James J. Hill House (Minnesota Historical Society)  (St. Paul, 1 mile)
  • Minnesota State Capitol (Minnesota Historical Society) (St. Paul, 1.3 miles)
  • Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul, 7 miles)
  • The Humbert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Target Field (Minneapolis, 12 miles)
  • Wabasha Street Caves (St. Paul, 0.9 miles)
  • St. Paul Gangster Tour (Saturdays, St. Paul, 0.9 miles)
  • Alexander Ramsey House (Minnesota Historical Society) (St. Paul, 0.5 miles)


  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory (St. Paul, 4 miles)
  • Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium (Bloomington, 12 miles – inside Mall of America)
  • Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley, 18 miles)
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen, 30 miles)


  • Mickey’s Dining Car (St. Paul, 0.3 miles)
  • Lowertown (St. Paul, 1 mile)
  • District del Sol (St. Paul) (St. Paul, 2 miles)
  • Grand Avenue Saint Paul (St. Paul, 3 miles)
  • Saint Anthony Main (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Lake Street (Minneapolis) (Minneapolis, 9 miles)
  • Midtown Global Market (Minneapolis, 10 miles)
  • Mall of America (Bloomington, 12 miles)
  • Minneapolis Warehouse District (Minneapolis, 13 miles)
  • Downtown Stillwater (Stillwater, 23 miles)
  • The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (Maple Grove, 26 miles)
  • Woodbury Lakes (Woodbury, 11 miles)
  • Albertville Premium Outlets (Albertville, 42 miles)
  • Rosedale Center (Roseville, 10 miles)
  • Galleria Shops of Distinction (Edina, 15 miles)
  • Southdale Center (Edina, 15 miles)
  • Minnesota State Fair (Begins August 23rd) (St. Paul, 5.7 miles)The Minnesota State Fair is the state fair of the U.S. state of Minnesota. Its slogan is “The Great Minnesota Get-Together.” It is the 2nd largest fair in the United States, and the largest state fair in the United States in terms of average daily attendance.


  • Summit Brewing Company (St. Paul, 3.1 miles)
  • Surley Brewing Company (Brooklyn Center, 19.3 miles)
  • Lift Bridge Brewery (Stillwater, 18.9 miles)
  • Flat Earth Brewing Company (St. Paul, 3.9 miles)
  • Fulton Brewing Company (Minneapolis, 11.8 miles)
  • St. Croix Vineyards (Stillwater, 18 miles)
  • Northern Vineyards Winery (Stillwater, 23 miles)
  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard (Hastings, 27 miles)
  • Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard (St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 56 miles)


  • Harriet Island Park (St. Paul, 0.1 mile)
  • Minnehaha Park (Minneapolis, 8 miles)

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St. Croix Vineyards

We are one of Minnesota’s largest and most well known wineries. Our international award winning wines range from the intense, oak-aged Frontenac to our refreshing La Crescent Dessert Wine. Please visit and taste our wines, take a picturesque stroll in our vineyards. Tour our winery, listen to live music, enjoy our many events and picnic on tables overlooking our quiet pond.

Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard

A true appreciation for wine can be uncovered in the lush wine valleys of Europe, where history and tradition are as rich as the wine itself. It was within the Rhine Valley of Germany where Troy and Laura Chamberlin developed a love for all things wine. The Chamberlins lived in Egelsbach, Germany for several years while Troy served in the United States Air Force. The couple frequented wineries throughout Europe. Upon returning to Minnesota, Troy and Laura decided to bring the romance of the European wineries to the Midwest.
With a zealous vision and a passionate determination, the Chamberlins set forth to create their dream: bringing a European-style winery to the rolling hills of the St. Croix Valley. We are proud to introduce to you Chateau St. Croix, a winery created in the image of a European estate, complete with vineyards, a carriage house, stables, formal gardens and a fishing pond.

Saint Anthony Main

This complex overlooks the Mississippi River and was once the center of the Village of St. Anthony. It has the oldest brick and stone buildings in the city, dating back to the 1850s. Today St. Anthony Main has been restored and houses unique restaurants such as Pracna on Main Historic Restaurant, Vic’s Tuggs Tavern, Aster coffee shop, and a 5 screen movie theater. It is also known for its festivals, community celebrations and summer concerts

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes

The Chain of Lakes, both a part of the Grand Rounds and one of Minneapolis’ most highly visited locations, is comprised of a number of parks along a chain of connecting lakes. A 13.3 mile biking/walking/jogging path encircles the entire Chain, providing a beautiful setting for activity

Taylors Falls Recreation/Wild Mountain

Welcome to Wild Mountain/Taylors Falls Recreation, offering a tradition of year round outdoor family FUN! Nestled in the scenic St Croix Valley near the historic river town of Taylors Falls, MN you are minutes away from a vast array of fun and exciting activities. Come for a day, or pack your bags and stay a while – adventure awaits in every season!…

Fish Minnesota

Trout Fishing

Southeast Minnesota

Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of southeastern Minnesota are an angler’s paradise, with more than 700 miles of trout streams. From “jump-across” sized streams with native brook trout, to larger rivers with brown trout approaching ten pounds, southeast Minnesota is worth the less than two hour drive from the Twin Cities. The MN DNR website has excellent maps of easement and public land locations, along with special regulations at . Best bets include Trout Run (map 4), Rush Creek and its tributaries (maps 5 and 8), and the Middle Branch of the Whitewater (map 7). Call the Lanesboro Area Fisheries Office for more information 507-467-2442. Guides: ,,

Western Wisconsin

Across the St. Croix  River, just a short 30-45 minute drive from St. Paul, are some of the best blue-ribbon trout streams in the Midwest. The Kinnickinic River flows through the town of River Falls, and excellent fishing can be found both upstream and downstream. Browns predominate at over 5000 fish per mile, but brookies are prevalent in tributaries such as Parker Creek and the South Fork of the Kinnickinic. Also worth exploring are the Trimbelle and Rush Rivers. Maps are at, select St. Croix or Pierce Counties. Guide:


St. Croix R. and Upper Mississippi R.

Croixsippi Fishing Guide Service

The Griz Fishing Guide

Mighty Musky Fishing Guide Service

Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guides

Monticello Shuttles

Flyfish Minnesota with Paul Hansen

St. Croix Fishing Guide Service

Lindy’s St. Croix River Guide Service

Muskie Breath Guide Service

Mille Lacs area angling opportunities and resorts

Northern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin Fishing Opportunities & Guides

Duluth, MN (Lake Superior Charter Fishing)

1) Duluth Charter Fishing
218-348-BOAT (2628)
half day: $420; full day: $620
Lake trout, walleye, and salmon

2) Lake Superior Fishing
half day: $425; full day: $625
Lake trout and salmon


3) Adventure Sport Fishing
half day: $380; full day: $520

Lake trout and salmon

Duluth, MN (St. Louis River and area lakes)

1)Nelson’s Guide and Charter Service
St. Louis River

2) Walleye Waters Guide Service
half day: $200; full day: $325
St. Louis River and Duluth area lakes

3) Wildwood Float Trips
(612) 723-7438
Full day: $425
St. Louis R., St. Croix R., and Upper Mississippi R.

4)Northland Muskie Adventures Guide Service
Dustin Carlson and Adam LaPorte – 218-464-2379
Pete Brzezinski – 715-574-1813
Bob Benson – 715-642-2607
Half day: $250.00; Full day: $400.00

Brule River in Northwest WI
Fly by Night guide service
ph: 218-390-0629

Northern Minnesota Lake Vermilion, Island Lake and the St. Louis R.

Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior

1)North Shore Outdoors
Captain Kelly: 218-387-9764
Captain Darren: 866-663-9932
Grand Marais Charter Boat, BWCA area lakes

2)Tofte Charters
Captain Darren: 866-663-9932
Half day: $375; Full day: $625
Harbor Cruise $60.00
Manitou Falls Cruise $225.00
Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen and Grand Marais

3)North Coast Charters and Tours
Captain Tom Muntean: 218-370-8830
Half Day: $350 Full Day: $500
Two Harbors area

Northwestern Wisconsin

1)Hayward Fly Fishing Company
(715) 634-8149
full day: $395
Namekagon R., Chippewa R., Flambeau R.

2)Arrowhead Fly Angler
(218) 590-1712
full day: $275-$350
Bois Brule R. and Chequamegon Bay

3)Tanner Wildes Guide Service
(715) 462-4274
half day: $215; full day: $350
Chippewa Flowage and St. Louis R.

4)Headwater Fly Fishing Company
(763) 493-5800
full day: $350; half day: $255

Northern Minnesota (Boundary Water Canoe

Annual Meeting Supplement

Thanks to all for joining us in the Twin Cities!

Annual Meeting Supplement

Over 1,550 attended the 2012 Twin Cities Annual Meeting from 19 different countries, hosted by the
Minnesota Chapter AFS in partnership with the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The meeting focus was Fisheries Networks: Building Ecological, Social and Professional Relationships.

More than 1,000 oral and 165 poster presentations were given and 73 vendors were represented at the trade show. Three fantastic tours of local fisheries related projects and several well attended socials were enjoyed by many. By all accounts, a successful meeting. Thank you for your support.

As we look forward to next year, please check out in Little Rock where we will “Prepare for the Challenges Ahead”!!!