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Description - Minnesota encompasses a diverse landscape with glaciated lakes, dense woodlands and shortgrass prairies. It can be split into four regions: northern, central, southwestern and southeastern. Northern Minnesota is comprised of heavily glaciated region of intricate waterways. This region borders Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. It includes the vast acreage of Superior National Forest in the east, Voyageurs National Park and four Minnesota State Forests. This region also include the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Grand Portage National Monument.

The central portion of Minnesota contains the lakes region, which is slightly more developed than the northern reaches of the state. It contains several state parks and forests, including Itasca State Park where the source of the Mississippi lies. The 650,000 acre Chippewa National Forest can be found in this area, as well as the 100-mile Paul Bunyan multi-use trail, which extends from Brainerd to Bemidji. Minneapolis and Duluth are population centers within this region.

Southwestern Minnesota contains vast farm and prairie lands. Small state parks dot the landscape here and the Minnesota River crosses the northern stretches of the area. Pipestone National Monument, portrays the Indian heritage of the prairies and preserves 283 acres surrounding a cherished quarry.

The southeastern corner of the state is contained on the east by the Mississippi. The Great River Road is a scenic drive, which lies on both sides of the river. It passes through several river communities and affords excellent glimpses into the character of the region. The Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest covers the eastern portion of this region. Interspersed within the forest are smaller parks and facilities which interpret natural and historical attractions.

Recreation - Minnesota is well known for its diverse fishing terrain. The northern and central regions boast over 11,000 lakes many of them navigable. The southern regions of the state support many hiking, biking and camping facilities.

Climate - Minnesota lies so far north that winter is the longest season of the year. There are many recreation pursuits to enjoy during this season, but be sure to dress appropriately so that you can enjoy them. Temperatures often dip below freezing during winter and the state receives an average of 50 to 60 inches of snow. Spring, summer and fall can be very wet and rain gear will be necessary for travel during these seasons. Spring and fall tend to be shortened with variable weather, due to long winters, but offer less crowded trails and campgrounds. Summer temperatures average between 70 and 85 degrees F. Night time temperatures dip near 55 and a light jacket is recommended. July and August are the height of the tourist season.

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Filed By: Gayle Wenzlaff (Chanhassen, MN)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I do not see anywhere on this site the fact that the state of Minnesota has its a unique OHV park that is located in the Iron Range area of the state. This park is operated by the Minnesota DNR and 'This park features more than 1,200 acres of recreation trails, scramble areas, training, hill climbs, rock crawls, special events. This northern Minnesota OHV facility is for use by off-road motorcycles, all- terrain vehicles, and 4x4 Jeeps and trucks.' Some of these trails are not for the 'faint of heart' and are a great challenge to off-road and 4-wheel driving skills. More information can be reviewed at http:// www.irontrail.org/Recreation/Summer/ ATV-OHV+Riding/Iron+Range+Off-Highway+ Vehicle+Recreation+Area or the MN DNR site at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/rmv/ iron_range/gilbert/index.html. I highly recommend this location for a great off-road experience. Lodging, including camping, can be found in Virginia and Eveleth and throughout the surrounding area. Also, there is still an operating taconite mine. Wildlife abounds and of course, there is great fishing.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wow, this state was clean, very little roadside advertisments, billboards,etc. We enjoyed the many parks in and around Minneapolis. Minnehaha falls were wonderful! Lots of walking paths right in town and in the neighborhoods. The city was very clean and the Mall of America was a destination in itself.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Itasca State Park- Backpack campsites are excellent...we stayed at one down Nicollet Trail deep inside the park; totally remote and unpopulated (and this was Memorial Day weekend. The trail to the campsite was a little under two miles, made tough by the wet/muddy ground. The actual tent site, on the water, was cool as hell.


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Minnesota Office of Tourism, 500 Metro Square, 121 East Seventh Place , St. Paul, MN, 55101-2146, Phone: 612-296-5029

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