The Boundary Waters is a true wilderness preserved within Superior National Forest’s 3 million acres, and offers its many visitors an experience of a lifetime. But it isn’t the only place to take in the area’s beauty. Much of the forest shares the BWCAW’s distinctive, rugged beauty.
When America’s National Park Service turns 100 this year, Minnesota will play a proud part in the coast-to-coast celebration. Six diverse and unique national park sites can be found here, preserving and highlighting some of our most distinctive natural, historical and cultural resources.
Seeking summer fun? Then go with the flow. Minnesota has thousands of miles of rivers that are perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. In fact, about 4,500 miles are part of a state water trail system, making them easy to find and navigate.
The great heritage of Minnesota’s state park system begins at the source of America’s greatest river. Itasca State Park, home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, was established in 1891, launching what is now the second-oldest state park system in the nation. The system has continued to grow, and Itasca remains one of the most beloved of the state’s 67 state parks.
Thanks to Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, the state has a reputation for excellent fishing. But when it comes to hunting, particularly for pheasants, grouse and waterfowl, it’s a hidden gem.
Many Minnesota anglers who have spent their lives with a spinning rod and reel, cranking baits and plopping bobbers, think fly fishing is too difficult and too refined for regular folks. Fly fishing expert and guide Bob Nasby says different.
Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is best known for wilderness canoeing. But winter transforms this magnificent landscape into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering a wilderness experience like no other.
No matter the season, adrenaline junkies have no shortage of options in Minnesota.
When it comes to pleasing furry, four-legged travelers, few destinations rank as highly as Grand Marais and its surrounding North Shore towns, with their cobblestone beaches, Lake Superior to wade into, hiking paths and waterfalls to explore, cafes with dog-friendly patios, and many welcoming resorts. Stillwater, Red Wing and Excelsior are other pet-friendly places rich in waterfront trails, inviting downtowns and outdoor dining.
Looking for a hike that offers scenic views, some challenging trails, colorful wildflowers, and...maybe...even a place to fly a model airplane? Then check out Spring Lake Park, a few miles west of Hastings.
“Voyageur” is a French word meaning “traveler.” And as the best, seasoned voyageurs know....to get to where you’re going, sometimes you have to travel to the end of the road. Or at least, to where the highway ends, and waterways begin. Voyageurs National Park is an expanse of lakes and forests at the end of the road on Minnesota’s northern border.
For a great getaway that is just an hour from the Twin Cities, head to Taylors Falls for a scenic trip down the St. Croix River.
Here's a sampler of routes for viewing a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota.
Walleye, muskie, panfish, bass, catfish and trout are among the many fish species that can be found in Minnesota waters.
Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the best places for bass fishing in the country. Anglers from all over the United States talk about Minnesota’s lakes and rivers as ideal for catching smallmouth and largemouth bass. Here’s a guide to four major bass fishing areas and 16 of their notable lakes, rivers and streams.