Next year’s annual Governor’s Fishing Opener, May 10-11, 2013, will be held in the
Park Rapids Lakes Area.
Park Rapids area is home to Itasca State Park, the Heartland Trail, Lake
Country Scenic Byway, and the Chippewa National Forest.
2013 Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted locally by the Park
Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Dennis Mackedanz will chair the committee of
volunteers to plan the event. Mackendaz says, "Our excellent local fishing, recreational
activities, attractions and points of interest are a perfect fit for the
2013 Governor’s Fishing Opener.”
Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since
1948. The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s
recreation industry, and in recent years, it has served as a kick-off
celebration for the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism generate $11.3 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota annually.