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Boating Bliss: 5 of Our Favorite Spots in the Land of 10,000 Lakes


Boats on a lake at sunset

Minnesota – where the land of 10,000 lakes offers endless opportunities for boating bliss. Whether you seek the serene beauty of remote lakes, the tranquility of state parks, or want to try your hand at catching a trophy fish, Minnesota has a boating paradise waiting for you. 



To help you plan your unforgettable lake escape for summer 2024, we've put together a selection of our favorite boating havens across the state. 


Let’s dive in…


1. Crane Lake


Nestled in the heart of Northern Minnesota and part of Voyageurs National Park, Crane Lake invites boaters to experience a region so vast and unspoiled that “it has been designated a permanent remembrance of America and the way it appeared centuries ago to the Indigenous people and fur traders”. With crystal-clear waters and a backdrop of lush forests, this remote gem offers an escape for those seeking a peaceful boating retreat. 


Handberg's Marina, a local full-service marina, has been serving tourists and residents of the Crane Lake, Minnesota area for almost 100 years!  Offering boat rentals, rv sites, clothing, gifts and even ice cream, Handberg’s is a must stop on your trip to Crane Lake.


2. Battle Lake and Glendalough State Park


Along the western shore of West Battle Lake in Central Minnesota's renowned "Lakes Country” you’ll find the small town of Battle Lake and the remote state park, Glendalough. Within the park lies one of the final expansive stretches of undeveloped lakeshore in western Minnesota, covering an impressive 9.2 miles. This hilly, lake-strewn, and partially wooded countryside provides an exceptional backdrop for a variety of recreational activities. With two locations (one in Battle Lake and one in the park), Galloping Goose Rentals is the go-to spot for canoes, kayaks, SUP's, row boats, pedal boats and more.


3. Whitefish Chain of Lakes


Discover the wonders of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes aboard a pontoon from Bertha Boatworks, conveniently located in the delightful town of Pequot Lakes. Within this expansive chain of lakes, boaters are treated to a captivating journey through interconnected waterways, each presenting its own distinct opportunities for fishing, watersports, and lakeside dining. 


Among these gems lies Crosslake, celebrated for its breathtaking sunsets, inviting beaches, and well-appointed campsites. Rent a pontoon from Pine-Toon and set sail across the tranquil waters, aiming to capture the magic of one of Crosslake's renowned sunsets. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a moment of serenity amidst nature's splendor, the Whitefish Chain of Lakes promises an unforgettable experience for all who embark on its waters.


4. Bay Lake


Nearby Bay Lake is one of the top bass fishing lakes in the state. Rent a pontoon from Bay Lake Marina and cruise along the lake's calm waters, surrounded by towering pines and rocky shorelines, or… drop anchor and cast a line in search of trophy fish!


5: Rush City


Looking for a day trip from Minnenapolis? Only about 60 miles from the Twin Cities is Rush City, a quaint and welcoming community with a rich history and vibrant small-town charm. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes and scenic riverways, Rush City offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and small-town hospitality. East and West Rush Lake are a few miles west of town and combined are almost 2700 acres. Rent a boat or jetski from T&T Sport and Lawn and hit the water for a day of family fun. 


Set Sail…


Pontoon boat on a lake

Minnesota's Land of 10,000 Lakes truly lives up to its name, offering boaters a diverse range of experiences. Whether you're navigating the pristine waters of Crane Lake, exploring the interconnected lakes of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, or fishing for trophy fish in Bay Lake, Minnesota has something for everyone!



If you're ready to embark on your own Minnesota lake escape, don't forget to check out Recreogo for a wide selection of rental options, from pontoons to kayaks to jetskis, and more. 


Where’s your favorite lake escape? Share with us in the comments below!

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