Trails Q&A: Echo Trail

Names: Steve Lehman and Greg Larson

Occupations: Steve is a grocery store manager in Aitkin and Greg works for Super One Foods in Virginia. They became friends when they both worked for Red Owl in Aitkin in 1976, and they and their families have been camping together at least once a year ever since.

Seen: Playing fetch with Greg’s labrador retrievers Kenna and Lola along the shores of Jeanette Lake along the Echo Trail. Steve’s dachshund, Josie, is 14 and doesn’t do water.

What brings you to the Jeanette Lake Campground: Every year we go camping for about a week and we like to try out new locations. The last places we’ve stayed were Echo Lake, Hay Lake, Side Lake and the Savannah State Park.

What has been your favorite place to camp: We’d have to say this place is about the best. It’s a nice, quiet, peaceful campground with lots of things to do: hiking, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking.

Gear: A Scamp camper, a couple of pickup tents, an assortment of Schwinn, Trek and Giant bikes, a fishing boat, a few Old Town Otter kayaks, a coffeepot and lawn chairs.

Favorite gear: Lawn chairs

What is your favorite

activity: Sitting around the campfire in the evening

making ‘smores and watching the fire.

Favorite trail treats:

“Growlers” from Fitger’s Brewery in Duluth and salted peanuts

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