Minnesota – Great Outdoors

The Land of 10,000 Lakes

With more than 10,000 lakes, immense forests and rugged bluffs, Minnesota is perfect for outdoor thrill-seekers. White-water kayak, hike winding climbs, mountain bike challenging trails, rock climb, or buzz over 900 miles of ATV trails. In winter, make tracks on more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails, or ski or snowboard at Minnesota's exciting downhill areas with black diamond runs and terrain parks.

Water skiing was invented in Minnesota in 1922, and boating is always a summertime favourite. Paddlers will enjoy the canoe and kayak routes on rivers and along the North Shore of Lake Superior. You can also go river rafting or tubing, scuba diving or even house boating.

Minnesota has one of the nation's great, diverse state parks systems, more than 227,000 acres in 76 parks and recreation areas, with 1,030 miles of hiking trails. Voyageurs National Park is uniquely accessible only by boat. Minnesota is also home to Chippewa and Superior national forests and the renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Top outdoor adventure areas in Minnesota:
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Boundary Waters
  • Pine Island State Forest