9 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Minneapolis-Saint Paul This Summer

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, even if in reality the state is home to exactly 11,842 lakes. For a significant part of the year, the land’s lakes are frozen, making them perfect for ice fishing, ice skating, and makeshift hockey tournaments. Lakes in the summer however, are a Minnesotan’s best friend. Many flock “up north” every summer weekend to their cabin on a lake possibly three hours away. In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, we’re lucky. You’ll barely have to leave your backyard to splash in and enjoy these nine gorgeous lakes:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

We know that any lake you visit in Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be a wonderful experience. What’s your favorite lake in the metro and why?


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