You don’t have to own special outdoor gear to experience all the wonder winter has to offer. Look to Northeast Minnesota for exciting ways to try out cold weather fun. Here are six special rental opportunities that will get you into the season.
Try Skijoring in Cook County
There aren’t many places you can try skijoring–being pulled on skis by your dog or dogs along snowy trails–but Cook County is one of them, and it’s one of the best. If you don’t have your own cross-country skis, you can rent them, along with a skijoring towline and waistbelt, from Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais. Then you and your canine pals (you do have to bring your own dog) can go explore frozen lakes and wooded trails. Some trails are dog friendly, but not all, so be sure to check before you go. For those who’d rather just watch, check out these Cook County festivals where skijoring is popular.
'Shoe Your Way Through History
Make plans to explore the Mesabi Iron Range on snowshoes this winter. You can hike into a former mine pit at Redhead Mountain Bike Park. Winter trails lead into this historic site, now reclaimed for recreation, including snowshoeing. Additional trails can be found on the grounds of the nearby Minnesota Discovery Center, a history museum where snowshoe and headlamp rentals are offered. Watch for weekly guided snowshoe tours on-site.
Make Tracks on Lake Vermilion
With nearly 40,000 acres of surface area, Lake Vermilion, one of Minnesota's favorite lakes, offers vast spaces to explore by snowmobile. Don't worry if you don't own a snowmobile, Lake Vermilion Houseboats in Tower offers rentals conveniently located near the Arrowhead and Taconite trail systems. The communities of Tower, Soudan and Cook are easily accessible by great snowmobile trails and offer all the creature comforts you need for a thrilling winter escape. There are lots of winter lodging options in the area, too.
Find Your House Away From Home
The Grand Rapids area is home to dozens of lakes that offer great ice fishing, and several resorts that offer ice house rentals. Experience this quintessential northeast Minnesota winter activity without purchasing all the gear. Area guides can provide tips on where to fish and advice on licensing for in-state and out-of-state anglers. Explore the area for great lodging and dining options while you visit.
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