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Minnesota’s big waters provide big fun, even in winter. From carnivals to eagle watching to the world’s largest vintage snowmobile expo, Minnesota lake and river communities capitalize on their natural assets. From southeast to northwest, consider visiting these fun destinations that refuse to hibernate.
Spearing is a fun and fascinating way to pursue northern pike on Minnesota’s frozen waters. The ancient art is actually enjoying a spike in popularity. Last year, more spearing licenses were sold in Minnesota than anytime in the past 27 years.
There’s no escape from winter, but a winter escape is fun and easy. From skiing to snowmobiling and urban adventures, options for snowy recreation are practically endless in Minnesota. So, take advantage of nature’s gift to the north. The snow will be gone before you know it.
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.
If you enjoy turkey hunting, then you will enjoy Minnesota. Wild turkeys are abundant, as is public land to hunt them on. Today, following decades of stocking and natural reproduction, turkeys inhabit almost all of Minnesota except the vast pine and poplar forests of the far north.
Anglers drawn by the lure of stunning streams have plenty of places to fish for trout in Minnesota. A great thing about stream fishing is you don’t need a boat, motor, depth finder or expensive tackle.
Upland bird hunters aiming for a good time should set their sights on Minnesota. A big state – some 400 miles from top to bottom – its forests offer some of the best ruffed grouse hunting in the nation, plus fine hunting for pheasant, Hungarian partridge, woodcock, sharp-tailed grouse, spruce grouse, mourning dove and prairie chicken.
Bass anglers who visit southern Minnesota can easily hook into some outstanding fishing. On the eastern side of the state, the Mississippi River’s sprawling backwaters and mile-wide pools offer excellent opportunities for catching largemouth and smallmouth bass. Slightly inland, the Root River is a great choice for those who want to pursue smallmouth bass while taking in the historic Bluff Country scenery. In south-central Minnesota, the Waterville, Faribault and Waseca areas are among the go-to destinations for largemouth bass in the region. Southwest Minnesota—encompassing the prairie and Minnesota River Valley areas—features mostly shallow lakes better suited for ducks than bass. Still, anglers have options.
Those itching for a quality turkey hunt will find plenty of places to scratch their desire in Minnesota. Wild turkeys inhabit all of southern and central Minnesota, and can be found even in parts of the far north.
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