It’s the twilight hour over Clearwater Lake in Northern Minnesota. The sun is slipping behind a bluff on the other side of the shore, but there’s still a pink hue to the sky. This is when you want to be out on the water for a quiet canoe ride; when the only sound you hear is the paddles swooshing against the water.
Time slows as I take in the serenity of the landscape; craggy bluffs in the distance, reeds poking out of the smooth water, and pines surrounding the shoreline. It’s not long before I pass the marshy grasses of the shore and head toward deeper waters in the middle of the lake. I pause at the melodious call of a loon, drifting nearer for a better look. Then, the moon fades into the scene and I realize this is the kind of escape I’d been searching for.
The jagged bluffs of Lake Superior’s North Shore are a prime destination for a getaway. Minnesota’s other lakes — from Turtle Lake to Shagawa Lake — boast water sports and beach fun. When it comes down to it, each lake in Minnesota has its own personality, which is why so many folks tend to come to the same lake resort year after year. They fall in love with the place— its smells, its sounds, and even its quirks.
Whether you’re drawn to mushroom hunting, Northern Lights watching, hammock napping, happy hour pontooning, or cross country skiing, you can find your happy place at these 10 Minnesota lake resorts.