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Lake Of Woods, Minnesota

Lake of Woods is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota, at the northernmost part of the continental U.S., north of the 48th parallel -- blissfully free of light and air pollution. It contains 65,000 miles of shoreline and 14,582 islands. It is particularly known for its great fishing, as the "Walleye Capital of the World."

Things to Do in Lake of the Woods

In addition to witnessing the spectacular view of Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights), picnicking, nature walking or cross-country skiing at the many state parks, or fishing for Walleye, there's much to do at Lake of Woods.

The many outdoor adventures to be had at Lake of Woods - year round - include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing at Zippel Bay State Park, snow shoeing, dogsledding, biking, wind surfing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, backpacking, golfing and more.

Be sure to visit Rainy River, which serves as a boundary between the U.S. and Canada. Enjoy the various birds, the sheer beauty of the area, and the whitewater at Manitou and Clementson Rapids. You can even stay at a lodge or resort along the river.

Golfers can go straight to Oak Harbor Golf Club - a stunning 18-hole par 72 golf course located along the Rainy River. It's open from May to November, and welcomes golfers at all skill levels.

Some cultural and educational attractions include the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, and the Low County Museum, which offers exhibits on the county itself, the geology, history, native cultures, and re-creations of the regions early settlement days.

Lake of Woods Trivia

Q.What tragic event occurred in Fall of 1910?

A.On October 4, 1910, Lake of Woods was struck by a major forest fire - killing 43 people. The county bounced back from the event fiercely. Within a decade, settlers claimed almost every 160-acre plot. The settlements have since been reclaimed by wilderness.

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October 20, 2013


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