The Sleepy Eye Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing launched its pontoon in 2005 and it was given the name “The Chief’s Pride” and uses Sleepy Eye Lake to do the outings. Let’s Go Fishing is a non-profit organization providing free fishing and boating excursions families, senior groups, anyone who has meetings and celebrations in Sportsmen’s Park.
A current MN fishing license is required, but all the other equipment is furnished on the pontoon, including life vests, rods and reels, bait, fish finder, stereo, drinking water, sweet snacks for diabetic emergencies, first aid kit, cell phone, a trained Captain and 1st Mate. The Chief’s Pride is a 25 ft long TMC, with a 115 hp motor, a full canopy and 12 captains
Sleepy Eye Chapter is proudly supported by Sleepy Eye Sportsman’s Club, Volunteers of America – Sleepy Eye Campus, the City of Sleepy Eye,
Sleepy Eye took its name from Sleepy Eye Lake, and that was named after Chief Sleepy Eye who was known as a compassionate person with droopy eyelids (or maybe just one). The Chief was one of four Sioux Native Americans (four Ojibwe also attended) chosen to meet President James Monroe in 1824 in the nation’s capital. Later, Sleepy Eye was an integral player in the 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, which gave all of the land but a 10-mile swath on each side of the upper Minnesota River to the U.S. government.
His recommendations to traders led to the successful settlement of Mankato, away from flood areas, and the Chief eventually settled his people near the lake now known as Sleepy Eye Lake. Sleepy Eye was platted in 1872, and incorporated as a city in 1903.
Meet the Team
We are a team of dedicated volunteers, ready to do what ever it takes to help you enjoy your time with us
President – Larry Evers
Secretary – ShellyRae Zinniel
Treasurer – Brian Mulry
Equipment Coordinator – Harold Windschitl
Safety Coordinator – Dale Evers
Website Coordinator – Michelle Evers
Reservations – Linda Schueler
Scheduler – Joleen Jensen