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On the Water
It's known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but Minnesota has many more than that (11,842, actually) – not to mention the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and superlative Lake Superior. The vast number of lakes, rivers and streams create an endless array of water experiences, from kayaking along the North Shore to fly fishing gentle streams to relaxing on a houseboat. Read on to find on-the-water fun for every season.
All Aboard for Boating Adventures
With so many pristine and beautiful bodies of water, Minnesota was bound to be beloved by boaters. There are plenty of ways to experience Minnesota by boat, including sailing Lake Superior, taking a river boat tour, paddling through a wilderness area and getting away from it all on a houseboat. Plan your boating adventure today.
Top Fishing Experiences
Fishing is a much-loved pastime throughout the state – so much so that Minnesotans even do it in the winter. Whether it’s a day trip or a weeks-long canoe trek, your dream fishing adventure awaits in Minnesota. Discover top fishing spots, insider tips and much more.
Just Add Water
Wilderness paddles through the Boundary Waters. Family fishing trips on any of the state's most magnificent lakes. Lazy days spent river tubing and soaking up the summer sun. Add a bit of water to your next vacation and Enter Your Dream State in Minnesota.
A magical place teeming with dramatic natural beauty, the North Shore of Lake Superior is a nature lover’s dream. Go kayaking or sailing to enjoy the vast lake's boundless tranquility.Read More
The Mighty Mississippi
Bisecting the U.S. at 2,552 miles long, the Mississippi River is the stuff of legend – and it all starts in Minnesota. See the iconic river’s headwaters at Itasca State Park, and take a narrated boat tour to learn about the river's history and lore.Read More
The Boundary Waters
Accessible primarily by canoe, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeast Minnesota is one of America's most beautiful and remote places. Straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, explore its 1,500 miles of water trails to find diverse wildlife, pristine nature and solitude.Read More
The thunder and majesty of Minnesota’s waterfalls are a universally inspiring sight. Whether you’re taking a break from the city at Minnehaha Falls or snapping photos at High Falls (the state’s tallest), these waterfalls promise to impress.Read More
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