Rotary Room

The Rotary Room is available for rental for parties, meetings and any other function. The Rotary Room comfortably seats 150 and is located directly next to the kitchen. A serving area is available between the kitchen and Rotary Room. There is a variety of audio-visual equipment available in the Rotary Room. Also located outside of the exterior doors is are several picnic tables with umbrellas for outdoor seating.


The full service kitchen contains ample stainless steel tables and counters, large stainless steel sinks (no garbage disposal), 2 ovens, a 6-burner stove with griddle, a microwave, a large 2 door fridge, an upright freezer unit, 3 compartment steam table and a cafeteria-style serving area. A separate back entry provides convenient caterer access. NOTE: Utensils, cookware, silverware, dinnerware, towels, potholders, sponges, etc. are provided in limited supply.

Ringle Library

The year was 1930. Dr. Wilcox had served the medical needs of the Leech Lake Area for about 30 years and was getting very tired. One evening, after a hard days work in his office, he sat down behind his desk, put his head down to rest a bit, fell asleep and never woke up. A young doctor, fresh out of medical school, whose name was Ringle, but everyone pronounced Ringel, came to Walker from a farm in Southern Minnesota to replace Dr. Wilcox and resume his busy medical practice. In 1931, Dr. Ringle, built a new hospital, a new home and he and his wife Clara had a baby boy - all in the same year! Dr. Ringle continued to serve the medical needs of the Leech Lake area for the next 46 years, until he also passed away in 1976. This library was built in his memory and his family wishes that you will use it for your pleasure and enjoyment.


The Walker Area Community Center is home to Walker Youth Hockey as well as the Walker Curling Club. In addition to these clubs, we offer open skating times and a variety of intramural leagues. During our summer months, the WACC Arena hosts a variety of events including Home & Garden shows, Flea Markets and Craft Fairs. Visit our calendar to see what is coming up!

Skating & Ice Time Fees

Skate Rental
Skates are available for rent at $1.00 per pair per time. We have a variety of sizes available. We are always accepting skate donations to help build our inventory.

  • Open Skating, Hockey/Open Hockey: $5.00

Card is good for one year from the date of purchase, can be used for open skating or open hockey, may be shared. Open ice availability will vary throughout the season.

  • Prime Ice (3:30 pm – 10:00 pm): $110.00/Hour + tax
  • Dead Ice Mon-Fri (8:00 am – 3:30 pm): $72.00/Hour + tax
  • Late Night (10:00 pm – 12:00 am): $135.00/Hour + tax

To find out rental rates and further information, contact Gretchen Gribbin at 218-547-1853 or wacc@arvig.net

Boys & Girls Club

The Mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area serves over 950 youth (ages 6-18) during after-school and summer hours. We pride ourselves on creating once in a lifetime opportunities for our youth that they would not find elsewhere. We offer a variety of programs aimed at enhancing the lives of our members, from getting homework help, to building character and leadership skills, to participating in fun activities in the gym. Boys and Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Great futures start here each and every day. For questions call 218.547.1853 or visit our website at www.bgcleechlake.com


Private Parties & Special Events

Whether you are planning a social event, fund-raiser, holiday party, wedding reception or any other celebration, the Walker Area Community Center can accommodate your needs. We offer both traditional and non-traditional sites to host your event. Choose from the Ringle Library, which is suitable for up to 20 guests and features a fireplace, soft seating and a touch of home or choose the Rotary Room, which is suitable for gatherings up to 250 people. For non-traditional setting, host your event on our multi-sport court, which can be set up to accommodate dinner, dancing and entertainment. Our staff will help you with your food and beverage needs upon request.

Corporate Events

Business meetings, sales rallies, trade shows and employee appreciation events area all possible at our versatile facility. We offer wonderful and unique meeting and reception space. Our staff provide a hands on approach to assure that your event successful.

Employee Appreciation Days

Treat your employees and their families to a day of fun. Let us help you design a day of activities for your employees with a slightly competitive edge as they compete as teams or individuals in volleyball, pickle-ball, dodgeball or maybe a puck-shooting contest.


How often does a worthwhile project that’s searching for funding cross paths with a business that wants to donate funds to a worthwhile project?

Not often — but that’s what happened with the Walker Area Community Center (WACC) and its new 90-panel solar array.

The WACC has been working with the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) of Pine River to design a solar panel installation to offset some of the WACC’s electrical costs. WACC and RREAL had done all the legwork and the project was ready to go — except for funding.

At roughly the same time, Minnesota Power and Light (MPL) was trying to decide how to use money that was earmarked for qualified projects in communities intheir service area. But the window of opportunity to spend those dollars was short.

“We had four or five months to nail down projects,” recalls Josh Goutermont of MPL. “So we worked with the Region 5 Economic Development Corporation (R5DC) to see if any local units of government or nonprofits had approached them looking for funding.”

Among the eligible projects suggested by R5DC was the one at the WACC.

“It fit all our requirements,” Goutermont said. “The WACC serves the community, and they had this great solar project put together that was all ready — except for the money.”

On Aug. 12 the solar array, with about 90 solar panels, was being installed by a RREAL crew in a cleared area north of the WACC that faces south.

MPL’s final contribution will be slightly under $150,000. No matching funds are required from the WACC. MPL estimates the solar array will generate about 39,000 kilowatts annually. At optimum production, it should offset about 40-45 percent of the WACC’s energy usage per month.

“There are some variables, like if the panels are dirty or how much sun they get; but it’s a pretty good estimate,” he added.

Barring weather delays, the solar array should be commissioned and operating by mid-August.

“MPL is very happy to be making an investment in all the communities we serve,” Goutermont stated. “This will be a model that people and businesses can come and look at.”

by Gail DeBoer, Pilot Independent Staff Writer

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