Best Lakes in Minnesota

Lake of the Isles

The park surrounding the lake features several fishing areas, a boat launch, a dog park, and much more. You can even take a scenic drive around the lakeside.

Lake Vermilion

Visit the lake at sunrise, and you’ll experience a beautiful array of colors and an unforgettable vista – making it worth it to get up so early.

Lake Harriet

Visitors can walk or bike around the paths that encircle the lake. In addition, the park provides a variety of activities, including a garden and playground areas for the kids.

Lake Pepin

Lake Pepin is the largest part of the Mississippi River. Formed by a backup of water along the Chippewa River delta, the lake is 21 miles long and spans just under 30,000 acres

Bde Maka Ska

visitors can enjoy a picnic, play volleyball, or practice sports at one of the athletic fields. You can also walk or bike around the 3.2-mile trail that encircles the lake.

Mille Lacs Lake

find a relaxing escape into the Minnesota wildlands at Mille Lacs. Off the water, enjoy hiking or biking, or take one of the region's ATV trails.

Lake Superior

In the winter, when parts of the lake freeze over, visitors can go ice skating and ice fishing in designated areas. There’s so much to do year-round for the entire family!

Rainy Lake

Non-fishermen will also have a wonderful time at Rainy Lake. Companies along the shores offer all types of boating, from kayaking to sailing.

Gull Lake

Located in central Minnesota, Gull Lake spans nearly 10,000 acres and is known for being one of the deeper lakes in the state.

Leech Lake

There are also opportunities for hiking, camping, and shopping and dining around the lake.