Visit Hayes Lake State Park

Summer at Hayes Lake State Park is quite an experience. Wild orchids, gentians, and blueberries are abundant, over 200 species of birds are summering in or around the park, and the water is cool and refreshing.

The lake is suitable for swimming and canoeing. Fishing opportunities abound, and you can expect a chance to catch crappie, sunfish, and large mouth bass. There are also plenty of trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Wildlife enthusiasts might be able to spot black bears, moose, otters, bobcats, pine martins, lynx, and timber wolves. More common animals to see are deer, fox, raccoons, porcupines, beavers, minks, and skunks.

The lake was formed in 1967 by damming the nearby river. Both the lake and park were named after A.F. Hayes, an early settler of the land now included in the park and an advocate of the creations of the lake.

The park sprawls over 2,966 acres and has nearly 40,000 annual visitors.

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Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer before you head to Hayes Lake State Park or any other destination. If you need an RV for your travels, shop the inventory of PleasureLand RV Center and tour the units you wish to see. If you’ve got a rig and just want to ensure that it’s ready for the trip, visit our service department.

RV to Country Fest 2017

There’s nothing quite like attending a music fest in your RV. Head to Wisconsin to check out one of the country’s biggest country music festivals.

Country Fest is happening June 22 to June 25 in Cadott, Wisconsin. For the last 30 years, Country Fest has brought the best live country musicians and bands to the stage, making it the ultimate outdoor summer country festival in the country. Some of the biggest names in country music have graced the festival in the past, such as George Strait, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and more.

The musical acts for 2017 include Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne, Wynonna & the Big Noise, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cam, The Cadillac Three, William Michael Morgan, Tucker Beathard, Brandy Clark, Drake White and the Big Fire, Ryan Hurd, Luke Combs, Whiskey Myers, Runaway Jane, DJ DU, Caitlyn Smith, Reverie Lane, Morgan Wallen, Lucie Silvas, Lit, Chris Hawkey, Olivia Dvorak, Jake Worthington, Elizabeth Lyons, Derek Norsworthy, Bobby McClendon, Kaleb Hensley, Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, Alexandria Corn, Sasha McVeigh, Elizabeth Mossell, Radio Romance, Morgan Alexander, Roadhouse 6, Cody Hicks, Shane Martin Band, Stetsin and Lace, Kat Beal, Them Coulee Boys, Aileeah Colgan, Diesel Drive, and Fire On High.

Besides the amazing music acts this year, festival goers can enjoy delicious foods and beverages, interactive exhibits, exciting activities, and the largest campground in Wisconsin with over 7000 sites. The sites are all 18 feet by 40 feet and are limited to one sleeping unit per site and 6 campers per site. You must leave 10 feet of clearance between your sleeping unit and your neighbors, so measure accordingly.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to make sure that your rig is ready to roll. If it’s time to upgrade your ride or even if you’re ready to purchase your very first RV, PleasureLand RV Center would love to help. Stop by and tour a motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the various models and layouts.

11th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

Attending music fests in your RV is probably one of the reasons you got your motorhome in the first place, right? After all, there’s nothing quite like a weekend full of music, food, and fun where your home is parked practically in sight of the stage.

If you’re interested in some live country music, check out the Moondance Jammin Country Fest, now in its 11th year. The festival runs from June 23 to 24 in Walker, Minnesota, with a “pre-jam” on June 22. Tickets are on sale now!

The scheduled lineup for this year is:

June 22 – Thursday

  • Devon Worley at 6pm
  • Maiden Dixie at 8pm
  • Parmalee at 10pm

June 23 – Friday

  • Drew Baldridge at 4pm
  • Eric Paslay at 6pm
  • Dan + Shay at 8pm
  • Old Dominion at 10pm

June 24 – Saturday

  • LANco at 4pm
  • William Michael Morgan at 6pm
  • Danielle Bradbery at 8pm
  • Thomas Rhett at 10pm

Other scheduled events include a traveling art pub, Harvest Moon beer tasting, a tribute to Bill Bieloh, a beer pong tournament, a tribute to the troops, and a breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar the the Lazy Moon.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to find an RV that’s right for you if you don’t own one yet. Even if you do, it may be time to upgrade. Whatever the case, you can find your dream RV right here at PleasureLand RV Center before you head out on road trips or to more music fests. Visit the service department if you just need a quick checkup on your rig before you take it cross country.

Recipes for Your Summer RV Adventure

The summer RV season is here and that means its time to enjoy some meals outside at the campsite. These delicious summer eats are easy to make in the comfort of your RV, and they’re so delicious your family and friends will be coming back for seconds.

Exotic Summer Salad

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 1 can hearts of palm (drained and sliced)
  • 1 can black olives (drained and sliced)
  • 1 can baby corn (drained)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 4 leaves fresh basil (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation instructions:

  1. Combine the mushrooms, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, olives and baby corn together in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, basil, salt and pepper together thoroughly.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, mix and chill for two hours before serving.

Pork with Peach and Black Bean Salsa

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 can peaches (sliced and drained)
  • 1/2 can black beans (drained and liquid reserved)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Season the cubed pork meat with salt and pepper to your liking.
  2. Place the meat in a large plastic bag and pour the cornmeal into the bag. Shake until coated.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and saute meat until browned (about 10 minutes). Lower heat to medium.
  4. Pour the beer, peaches, salsa and beans into the skillet with 2 tablespoons of black bean liquid.
  5. Stir thoroughly and let simmer for roughly 20 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and serve.

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Head to Lakes Jam in Your RV

Minnesota’s got plenty of live music this summer. Continue your music odyssey in your RV by attending Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota (don’t forget to see PleasureLand RV Center in Brainerd while you’re here!).

Taking place June 22, 23, and 24, Lakes Jam has an all-star lineup that any fan of rock or country music should love to see.

June 22nd

  • Chris Janson
  • LOCASH
  • Chris Hawkey
  • 32 Below
  • Dylan Jakobsen

June 23rd

  • SKILLET
  • Bret Michaels
  • Buckcherry
  • Fabulous Armadillos
  • Kat Perkins
  • Analog Drifters
  • FOOKEY

June 24th

  • Jake Owen
  • Trace Adkins
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Maiden Dixie
  • Steele River Band

General admission concert passes will allow you to enjoy everything that Lakes Jam offers over all 3 days. General admission includes 15 bands and access to food, beverage, and merchandise stands.

You can also purchase VIP tickets, which give free tap beer, soda, and water in the VIP tent, three complimentary meals in the VIP tent (limit one each night), access to a VIP eating area, a souvenir mug and lanyard, and VIP only bathrooms.

If you go in your RV, you’ll also want to purchase a full service or reserved camping site.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to make sure that your rig is ready to roll. If it’s time to upgrade your ride or even if you’re ready to purchase your very first RV, PleasureLand RV Center would love to help. Stop by and tour a motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the various models and layouts.

RV to Winstock 2017

Kick off your summer RVing with the Winstock 2017 Country Music Festival.

Taking place June 9th and 10th in Winsted, Minnesota, 2017’s lineup features star headliners and plenty of other country music performers. Keith Urban and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be there, along with Little Big Town and Brantley Gilbert. Other acts include Locash, Drake White & the Big Fire, Tucker Beathard, Lindsay Ell, Runaway June, Brooke Eden, and Ryan Hurd. Local acts include Chris Hawkey, Dylan Jakobsen, Shane Martin, and Copperhead Creek.

Festival goers can also enjoy food vendors, beverage stalls, and authentic merchandise for both the festival and the musicians and bands in attendance.

General admission tickets are still available at the gate, but reserved seating and VIP tickets are sold out. General admission costs $140 for both days. If you’re coming in a camper, you can stay on the grounds all weekend for $120. Additional vehicles cost $25.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to make sure that your rig is ready to roll. If it’s time to upgrade your ride or even if you’re ready to purchase your very first RV, PleasureLand RV Center would love to help. Stop by and tour a motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the various models and layouts.

Keeping Your RV Pest-Free in Storage

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If you’ll soon be storing your RV for any amount of time, nothing’s worse than coming back and finding that your rig is full of unwanted tenants. From rodents to insects, pests take many forms, but they’re never desirable. Obviously you want to avoid this scenario, so here are some tips you can use if you’re putting your RV in storage to avoid unwanted guests.

Keep Them Out

Physically blocking mice is one of the first steps you can take. Since mice can squeeze themselves through any hole that their head can fit through (about the size of a dime), you’ve got to make sure your RV is sealed nice and tight. Try to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible and seal them up tight if you’re going to be leaving your RV in storage.

If you have gaps, maybe around your windows or doors, you can try using expanding spray foam. This is a great temporary solution as it’s easy enough to remove once you’re done with it, like when you take your rig out of storage. Make sure to check the underside of your RV thoroughly, as you may have small holes caused by some debris you ran over at some point. If foam isn’t enough, you can add mesh or screens to the mix.

There are also odor deterrents common at most stores, scents that mice and other rodents will want to avoid. You can place these at various points around your RV while it’s in storage.

Remove Incentives

While the incentive for a mouse to invade your RV may simply be for warmth and shelter, there are factors you can control that will make your rig less appealing. Namely, make sure that all food, human and pet, is sealed tightly and that there are no food particles littering your RV. A steady source of food is enough to keep any mice around. Once they settle in, they’ll look to build a nest. Make sure that you have paper and cloth products in a secure location and that you keep an eye on destruction to these items. If they’re missing shreds, it’s likely that a mouse has been pulling it apart. Your best bet, if you’re going to be storing your rig, is to simply remove all food items, even if they’re non-perishable.

Eliminate the Intruders

If all else fails and you’ve got an infestation, you’re going to have to remove them. Traps work best. From the classic snap-trap to glue traps to humane cage traps, the best way to remove a mouse is to trap it. Even if you don’t suspect that there will be a pest problem while you’re storing your RV, it’s still a good idea to set some traps out in your stored rig just in case a rodent comes sniffing around.

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Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. If your current RV needs service, contact the service department at PleasureLand RV Center to schedule time with a technician. We can also help you get our RV ready for storage.

The Top 5 Campfire Games

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Huddling around a campfire with your friends and family is always fun, but campfire games make it even more enjoyable. These five campfire games are fun for all ages, and they don’t require any accessories, so you can play them whether you’re tent camping or at the RV park with your motorhome.

1. Name That Tune

This game is simple, and it’s even more fun if you have a musician in your group of campers. Have your musician begin playing a song or play the beginning of a song on your phone or MP3 player. The first person to guess the name of the tune wins a point, and the person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

2. Telephone

Telephone is a game that always ends in a lot of laughs. Start with one person in your group and have them think of a phrase. The phrase is then whispered from one person to another around the campfire. The last person will then recite the final phrase. Hint: It is often much different than the original.

3. The No Game

The No Game is played by forbidding everyone at your campfire to say the word “no.” Campers can ask each other questions and make comments to get each other to say the word. Each person who says “no” is eliminated, and the last person standing wins.

4. Charades

Charades is a campfire game guaranteed to make you laugh. Have one person come up with a topic and attempt to act it out. The first person to guess correctly wins.

5. Pass the Ghost Story

It’s not a campfire without a ghost story. Have one player start the ghost story with one sentence then let every person in the circle add a sentence. Make it around your circle at least twice before finishing the story.

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Try this Classic Minnesotan Recipe

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A classic Minnesotan comfort dish, try this Wild Rice Hotdish the next time you’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed. It’s perfect after a long day of activity. The heartiness of the dish will leave everyone feeling refreshed and filled.

Minnesota Wild Rice Hotdish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 c. onion, chopped
  • 1 c. celery, sliced
  • 1 c. carrots, sliced
  • 1 c. wild rice, rinsed well
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 c. cold water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onions until beef is no longer pink. Drain excess grease.

In a greased 9×13 baking dish, combine celery, carrots, and wild rice. Add ground beef and onion mixture next. In a bowl, combine water, soy sauce, pepper and soups. Pour over other ingredients and mix well. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Cascade River State Park

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Minnesota is one of the country’s best states for outdoor fun. With scores of campgrounds, state parks, and wildlife preserves, there’s always a new area to explore. Take Cascade River State Park, for example. Located just 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais and about 265 miles from the Twin Cities, its office is located just off State Highway 61 at mile post 101.

The Cascade River is fast-moving and cuts through black volcanic rocks and into a gorge, creating a spectacular waterfall. Ferns and moss add to the beauty of the park, growing along the river. The park offers views of Lake Superior along numerous hiking trails that lead through forests of birch, spruce, and white cedar.

The park covers over 5000 acres and is home to a number of species across its hilly terrain, including moose, wolves, bears, pine martens, and deer. Bird-watching is also a readily pursued activity with a variety of birds and hawks native to the area, including warblers and chickadees.

RVers will find a number of RV sites to use, making for a comfortable spot to set up camp and stay for a few nights while exploring the area.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you head out on any road trip this summer, it’s important to get your RV checked over by a technician to help prevent any mechanical mishaps. Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to schedule some service or to tour some new motorhomes.