Terry Larson's Northern Adventures

Terry Larson offers first-hand knowledge of the lakes and rivers of northern Minnesota, gained through a lifetime of fishing and exploration. Veterans of the outdoors appreciate his professional attitude, while his keen passion conveys excitement to novice explorers.

Terry enthusiastically welcomes families seeking a special way to experience the area’s resources, and sets at ease serious outdoor enthusiasts hoping to head home with a trophy catch or newly gained appreciation for the wild and scenic region.

Learn about local legends, pick up little known fishing tips, delve into history, and discover the wonders of nature from the deep blue waters to clear blue skies. Terry’s expertise shines through in an engaging and entertaining manner.

Terry has been guiding for 25 years. He has provided professional services to members of the National Geographic and several film and exploration groups from around the world.

His vast experience and deep respect for nature and the people of the area make Terry the ideal host for your Northern Adventure.

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Latitude: 47.396506 Longitude: -94.674114 Elevation: 1338 ft
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Terry Larson

Areas of Service and Expertise


  • Complete Rod and Tackle Available
  • Homemade Brownbag Lunch Provided
  • Bait Provided
  • Pick-up service Available on Cass Lake Chain Resorts
  • Scenic Rides
  • Birding and Photography Outings
  • Nature Tours on the Mississippi Chain

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

  • All paddles, life jackets, and area maps are included
  • Guided or unguided trips are available
  • Shore lunches available
  • Drop-off and Pick-up service available
  • Groups of any size

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Full and half-day fishing trips on the chain of lakes stretching from the source of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park to the 25 square miles of Cass Lake on the shores of the Chippewa National Forest.

Experience the beauty of Northern Minnesota from a canoe or kayak. Paddle the mighty Mississippi and deep, clear lakes, where birding and photography opportunities abound.

Personal, professional guided trips tailored for family fun or the serious fisherman, or explore the north country on your own, properly equipped – a Northern Adventure is waiting for you.


  • The wild and scenic portion of the Mississippi
  • Bemidji to Big Wolf, Andrusia, Cass Lake or beyond
  • Itasca Park to Coffee Pot Landing or Overnight to Bemidji

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Terry's Story in his words...

"I was born and raised by Itasca Park, my grandparents worked there, and had a few hundred acres on the river as it left the park. In the early 80's we donated the first canoe landing on the river to the state, in memory of them, Gulsvig Landing. My wife and I have a lake home on Wolf Lake, the 3rd lake on the river, for nearly 40 years now.

About twenty years ago, I became involved with the Mississippi Headwaters Board, and worked on cultural and stewardship activities. I became a canoe and fishing guide about then, after a life changing accident, and started taking and outfitting people for the first 100 miles of the river, as well as a fishing guide in both areas. It's been great to work with people from all over our nation, and world, as a guide, and documentaries/book jobs came shortly thereafter.

What a pleasure to share the river in my life with others, and the headwater lakes she flows through on her way to the ocean. My lifetime acivities of wild ricing, berry picking, fishing and hunting gives me so much to share with my customers. I do archaeology demonstrations as a volunteer in the park each year, and for clients, and birch bark crafts are a favorite pastime and income for me. I helped build a full size birch bark canoe a couple of years ago with my Ojibwe neighbors at the tribal college, what a experience.

Having spent my whole life living with the Chippewa, and my lake home on the reservation, has been such a blessing and learing curve in my life. And whether it is sharing these things I do with clients, documentary people, or my community of Bemidji, Cass Lake, and Itasca Park, I am a very blessed man. After giving up my ice fishing business of 25 years, Mary and I spend the winters in South Padre Island, Texas for 3-4 months, where I sell my hand harvested wild rice, jellies, maple syrup and honey, at the farmers market, for our spending money."

Terry is a member of the Cass Lake and Bemidji Chambers of Commerce. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association, and is very active in the community including the Kids’ Fishing Derby.

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