The Beauty of Northern Minnesota
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- May 3, 2019
- Destinations, Things to Do
The Beauty of Northern Minnesota
Minnesota, nicknamed “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, offers some of the most stunningly beautiful sights and natural wonders in the country! Nestled below Canada and surrounded by the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin, this midwest destination offers spectacular scenery, outdoor activities and our personal favorite, houseboating! Take a look at few of Minnesota’s gorgeous lakes below and decide for yourself, what location is your favorite?
Located at the edge of Superior National Forest and Boundary Water Canoe Area in Tower, Minnesota you will come across one of the most scenic lakes in the whole country, Lake Vermilion. Vermilion takes its name from the translation of the Ojibwe word “Omamuni”, meaning “Lake of the Sunset Glow." If you are able to travel in between September and early November, you will be in awe over the brilliant colors of the fall foliage. Bald Eagles and Loons make their homes along the shoreline so be sure to be on the lookout! With over 600 islands, 1200 miles of shoreline and 40,000 acres of water, fisherman can find a variety of fish in these parts. Most popular are Black Crappie, Bluegill, Golden shiner, Bass, Brown Bullhead, Muskie, Pumpkinseed and White suckers. Opportunities are endless for boating, canoeing, kayaking, houseboating, and swimming. In the 1940’s locals and tourists declared Lake Vermilion one of the top ten most scenic lakes in the United States...and it still is! Whether you have 4 or 14 in your group, 1 of 11 different houseboat models from Lake Vermilion Houseboats are sure to fit your needs.
Voyageurs National Park is a place of interconnected waterways that flow west, and eventually north as part of the arctic watershed of the Hudson Bay. Voyageurs National Park is made up of 26 small and 4 large interior lakes including Rainy Lake, another popular destination that offers houseboats. This park is popular for its excellent water resources and is most popular with canoers, kayakers, boaters and fishermen. Many come from out of state and country to experience the thick green forested terrain, the Kabetogama Peninsula and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernes. The Kabetogama Peninsula lies within the park making up most of its land area and is only boat accessible. To the east of the National Park lies the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The most visited of the National Parks, this 1900 acre vast area is known for its forests, glacial lakes, streams and kayaking heaven. Ebel’s Voyageurs Marina in Orr, MN will offer 12 different houseboats ranging from a 3 sleeper up to a 12 sleeper.
Rainy Lake is a strikingly alluring lake that might seem endless as you navigate through undeveloped wilderness, hidden bays, secluded beaches 221,000 acres of space and its 2,500 plus islands. The Rainy River issues from the west side of the lake and is harnessed to make hydroelectricity for US and Canadian locations. Known for is explosive fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating and nature watching, you can also choose from over 9 different houseboats ranging from a 2 sleeper to a 12 sleeper located at Rainy Lake Houseboats Marina in International Falls, MN. While exploring on your houseboat; keep your eyes peeled for Rainy Lake’s Mermaid Rock!
Birch Lake is located in the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota and voted one of Minnesota’s most scenic lakes by Boating World Magazine. Birds, fishing and wildlife are abundant across this 7,628 acre area. Adjacent to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area and sprawling over 100 miles of undeveloped heavily forested shoreline, sheltered bays and picturesque islands, you are sure to enjoy nature at its finest. Choose from 4 models of houseboats ranging from a 4 sleeper to an 8 sleeper.
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