8 of the most pristine & beautiful lakes in Minnesota

Minnesota isn’t called the land of 10,000 lakes for nothing. Big lakes, small lakes, narrow lakes and round lakes: If you have a particular preference on what you want in a body of water, Minnesota probably has it.

The crystal clear, freshwater extends all the way out to the horizon and then it keeps going for a few more hundred miles, touching Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada along the way.

Lake Superior

It is something of a hotspot for Minnesotans because of the peerless fishing opportunities that present themselves on this body of water.

Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Minnetonka is also one of my favorite places to take a boat out and enjoy the gentle rocking of the waves. There are plenty of rental agencies available for you to rent whatever boat you would like to use for the day, and they generally tend to be fairly affordable.

Lake Minnetonka

It’s a pretty place to be no matter what season it is, but my favorite is when winter is just rolling in and there’s a thin layer of ice over the water. When there isn’t any snow covering it up yet, it sparkles in the sunlight, reflecting back various hues of blue.

Medicine Lake

Lake of the Isles is a tiny bit of wilderness finding a home in the concrete jungle. Because of its proximity to the city, it’s arguably the most heavily trafficked lake system in the state.

Lake Of The Isles

Leech lake used to be a collection of six smaller lakes, making it difficult to hop from one body of water to the next.

Leech Lake

Leech lake used to be a collection of six smaller lakes, making it difficult to hop from one body of water to the next.

Leech Lake

It is most notable for being the largest, natural freshwater lake entirely found within Minnesota, offering 440 square miles of water for you to explore.

Red Lake

Lake of the Woods is arguably the most remote lake mentioned in this article, especially if you’re starting your journey from Minneapolis. However, just because it takes a full day to get to by car doesn’t mean you should write it off too quickly either.

Lake Of The Woods

We hope your favorite lake made the list or that you found a new one to visit!

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