With blustery winters and beautiful Midwest summers, the state of Minnesota is famous for being a year-round outdoor paradise. The Land of a Thousand Lakes boasts over 11,800 bodies of fresh water that are 10-acres or larger that are perfect for fishing and water sports. And with countless wooded forests, hilly terrain, and rugged trails, both hunters and backpackers alike will enjoy the natural splendor that’s abundant within the state.
Moving to Minneapolis
My wife and I lived in Colorado for five years after we were married and loved everything about it – hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and more. When I started looking for a new job, I got an offer from Target at its Minneapolis headquarters we couldn’t turn down. I thought we would miss living in Denver and having access to so many outdoor activities. However, we were pleasantly surprised by all the things this beautiful state offers. Shortly after cheap movers Minneapolis carted our gear across the country, we were out exploring our new home state. If you’re planning a move to Minnesota and are looking for invigorating activities in the great outdoors, here are a few things to check out.
Hunting and Fishing
The North Star state is chock full of wildlife and big game to hunt all around the region. Here you’ll find seasonal hunting for black bear, elk, and deer. And although moose hunting is temporarily suspended, several types of birds and waterfowl are available to hunt and a few fur-bearing animals that are legal to trap as well.
With over 2.6 million acres of lakes, fishing in Minnesota is a year-round activity, even when the lakes are frozen over. Fisherman will find a variety of pike, bass, perch, catfish, trout, sunfish, and perch in the region, and can find plenty of ice fishing communities in the colder winter months.
Boating and water-skiing are popular activities in the many flowing rivers and lakes around the state, with numerous beautiful beaches that are ideal for swimming as well. Canoeing and kayaking are also a favorite pastime for Minnesotan residents with white water located in the St. Croix River. And if you enjoy scuba diving, you’ll even find a few choice diving spots in Lake Superior.
Camping, Hiking, and Climbing
Minnesota boasts 59 state forests that provide stunning natural scenery and camping opportunities. The Chippewa National Forest is located in the heart of Northern Minnesota and features nearly 100-back country campsites, 160-miles of camping trails, and plenty of archeological and historic sites to which you can hike. Outdoorsman will also love the peaceful Voyageurs National Park that contains over 270-campsites, miles of off-road biking trails, and private lakeside access within the area. And with over 1,000 different rock climbing spots and plenty of indoor climbing gyms, Minnesota is the ultimate state for athletes of all types.
Skiing and Snowmobiling
With a large amount of snowfall and long winter seasons, this Northern state provides plenty of fun wintertime activities. There are over 20 areas to ski and snowboard within Minnesota or nearby Wisconsin, with several miles of well-groomed cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails as well. Minnesota also has 17,000 miles of snowmobile trails with the perfect flat runs over frozen lakes. Just don’t be over-eager to get an early start, as snowmobiling over early or late ice can be dangerous.