Governor's Fishing Opener Byway Bus Tour

At 12:30 pm on Friday, May 9, registered guests of the Governor’s Fishing Opener can step onto the bus at Breezy Point and into a Paul Bunyan world! They’ll hear one dandy story after another on the 2008 Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Bus Tour.

The Tour is part of the array of activities planned around the Governor’s Fishing Opener. Bus hosts and tour narrators will be John Wetrosky, Pine River Chamber director, Byway board member and long-time area resident, and Lynn Scharenbroich, Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association chair and area old-timer herself with her family homesteading on the Whitefish Chain in 1901.

In addition to the stories of the area, the Paul Bunyan tall tales, and a few snappy bus games, Byway Tour participants will enjoy stops along the way that include the DNR Fire Tower, listed as a National Historic Lookout and site of the true story of Sassy, the bear. If the weather cooperates, the forested Veterans Walking Trail will lead tour participants to the Wetlands Walk, a 500’ board walk across a shrub swamp, ending at an island that was once a moonshine-making site back in prohibition days. The great story about the cows that discovered the sour mash, teetered home and scared their owners to pieces with their bizarre behavior will have to be told too, of course.

In Crosslake, the Historic Log Village will be ready for tour participants to gather a sense of small town life long ago. The Crosslake Historical Society is sponsoring a refreshment break across the road at the Crosslake Army Corps of Engineers Campground where well-known historian and Crosslake Corps administrator, Ray Nelson, will tell about the site’s award-winning dam and a bit about the history of dam-tenders.

Tour time: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Boarding location: Marina Lounge at Breezy Point Resort.

For more information about the Byway Bus Tour, contact Carol Altepeter at

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Published Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
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the Brainerd Dispatch