May 29, 2019

There are a number of outdoor activities for the whole family when you come to the Minnesota Northwoods. No matter their interests, everyone is sure to find something they love!


The variety of species is a major reason anglers have great success here. You can push off from the dock in the morning intent on catching walleye, find the going a bit tough, and instead end up with a limit of northern pike. Set your hook into a largemouth bass and get ready for a fight. Go after pan fish with an ultralight and hang on, because they’re easy to find and catch, but crappie and bluegill feel surprisingly powerful on the business end of light gear. Our pristine lakes have not been discovered or over fished by the general public.

Water Activities

The lakes in our region represent hundreds of miles of shoreline and thousands of acres of water. Those who enjoy waterskiing, sailboarding, boating, and sailing will find plenty of room to move about. With all the miles of lakeshore, there’s plenty of beach for everyone. Most of these entertaining water activities are happening all of our resorts! Take the kids tubing or go for a relaxing and refreshing swim. Those who sail will have plenty of wind to cruise along or sit quietly in calm water and snuggle into a bay.


Whether you prefer paved trails, dirt trails, highways, or quiet country roads, you have several options in the Minnesota Northwoods. A new paved trail in the Chippewa National Forest meanders along the shoreline and campgrounds. In total, the Forest offers 160 miles of trails for non-motorized use. The 20-mile paved bike trail around Lake Itasca, in the Itasca State Park, the home of the Mississippi Headwaters, is a short drive from any Northwoods resort.

These are only a few of the great outdoor recreation activities you can try with your family on your next trip to the Minnesota Northwoods. Check out the rest HERE and start planning your next getaway today!

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