Northern Lakes Chapter/MDAA

PO Box 773

Grand Rapids, MN 55744


    The Northern Lakes chapter encompasses the towns of Deer River, Grand Rapids, Warba, Bigfork, Marcell, Talmoon, Marcell, Coleraine, Bovey, Calumet, Marble, Pengilly, and virtually all of the rest of Itasca County. This large area also incudes the Chippewa National Forest and more than 1000 surrounding lakes. There is a rich history of angling and darkhouse spearing in Itasca County. The first wave of opposition to darkhouse spearing also began here after the designation of Deer and Moose Lakes as musky lakes in 1963. This is also where the roots of the MDAA itself began in the mid-1980's to combat the ever-growing stream of influence against spearing. Since that time there has existed a locally-based pro-spearing organization known now as the Itasca Darkhouse and Winter Angling Association.  This club has our full support in its endeavors and should not be mistaken for this, one of the newest chapters within the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Assciation. The Northern Lakes chapter was started in February, 2008 for the purpose of making available an outlet through which the voices of Itasca County spearers and anglers can be heard at the state level.

Amber Kemppainen with 2 of her fish caught at the 2013 Ladies Day event