This is the 50th post in a series of 50 posts we have put together for the celebration of our 50th Anniversary this year! Wow, what a fun time we have had talking about all the wonderful things Minnesota has to offer. We encourage you to look back and read all of our amazing posts about Minnesota.
Well here we are – the last post of our 50 things we love about Minnesota. When we reviewed all the blog articles about all the things we love about Minnesota we couldn’t believe that no one had written about something we hear about all the time – our 10,000 lakes. So it seems appropriate as we wrap up this series and end our 50 year anniversary year at Fazendin Realtors that we remember the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota.
Actually after doing some research, we officially have 11,842 lakes! Those are lakes that are more than 10 acres in size, so truly there could be more. Minnesota comes from the Dakota word for “clear blue water”. It seems an appropriate name considering the amount of clear blue water in our state.
It is interesting to note that the most popular lake names in the state include: Mud Lake – 200, Long Lake – 150, and Rice Lake – 120. All but four counties in the state contain at least one natural lake. Our lakes provide 44,926 shoreline miles, more than the coast of California.
So what do we do with all these lakes? There are many ways to enjoy the lake, but here are five common methods that are tried and true.
1. Go to the beach and play. You could go to the largest lake in the state – Lake Superior and enjoy Park Point Beach in Duluth or try Calhoun or Harriet in the heart of Minneapolis. Many of our state parks also have great sand beaches.
2. Pick up a paddle and try a canoe, a kayak or a paddleboard. Equipment for all of these activities is rented at many area lakes.
3. Fish – on the dock, on a boat – you can fish for walleye, northern, bass, muskie and other pan fish.
4. Take a cruise – Lake Minnetonka on the western side of the Twin Cities metro area offers many excursion options from dinner cruises, to fiesta’s, paddleboats and more.
5. Stay the night – we think we may be having so much fun at the lake that you won’t want to go home – so enjoy a lakeside resort, lodge or campground.
6. Think you can’t enjoy the lake in the winter time? Think again, once the lakes freeze they are great for ice fishing, ice skating and snowmobiling.
You can also live by the lake and we have many clients who make that a priority when looking for a new home – they want to be on water or near water. There are so many ways to enjoy the lake, a sunrise, a walk, a sunset, a nap – the list is endless. Share with us as we wrap up this series and head to the lake –what is your favorite lake and your favorite way to enjoy it?