Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Best Boating Lakes in Minnesota

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is a dream for a boater. With so many different options to pick from, it is obvious to see why we are known for our selection of lakes. Whether you are a beginner or consider boating a serious sport, Minnesota has a place for you.

The Brainerd area is comprised of more than 500 lakes, sure to offer plenty of amazing scenery. It’s a well-known 'stay-cation' spot in Minnesota, and offers a wide variety of boating from pontoons to water skiing. You could ride the channel of connected lakes from Gull Lake towards Nisswa for a relaxing day cruising the canals.

Itasca County
The Grand Rapids area has been called a 'mecca' for fisherman looking to catch crappies, northerns, walleye, panfish, bass and perch; just check out the latest fishing reports. John Collins Park offers a public access boat launch to Reeds Lake as well as access to a wonderful lake shore walk and is often home to events such as concerts and movies.

Lake of the Woods
Located in Baudette, Lake of the Woods is the place to be for trophy fishing and house boating. It is not unusual to catch fish with a length over twenty inches, and it's possible to see them as long as 50 inches. The local River Bend Resort offers live bands and fish fry’s during your stay, as well as an annual Girls Gone Fishing Walleye Tournament. All the resorts in the area offer a wide variety of lodging and entertainment choices.

The Alexandria Lakes area is located a couple hours North West of the Twin Cities and boasts over 300 lakes. They are also among the top multi-species fishing producers in the mid-west. This area has been a year-round vacation destination for many because of the wide variety of accommodations available. If you ever choose to leave the lake, you could even visit award winning, Carlos Creek Winery.

Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes is a place where you can go river tubing, SCUBA diving, swimming, fishing, or a number of other water sports and activities. Visit Little Detroit Lake, the home of a mile long beach- popular for swimming. While your there, check out The Sailboat Sculpture on the shore of Little Detroit Lakes; its become a symbol of the community and is beautifully illuminated in the evening.

Don’t have a boat or your boat is too old? No problem. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union wants to help you make your dream a reality. We generally offer the area’s best rates and our dealer partnerships make it easy to get 'On-The-Spot' financing. Spend your summer cruising around some of the best lakes in the state.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Classic Camping Destinations in Minnesota

Camping season is right around the corner, and with it, fun activities for the whole family this summer. Where will you be spending your summer vacation? Here are five incredible and classic Minnesotan camping destinations.

Voyageurs National Park
Considered a great destination for boaters, Voyagers National Park welcomes visitors with canoes, motorboats or houseboats to enjoy the island-filled waters of Rainy, Namakan, and Kabetogama. With over 270 campsites throughout the park along with beautiful destinations like Kettle Falls, Ellsworth Gardens, and more, it’s no surprise that thousands of people from all over the country visit the park year round. Voyageurs’ Sand Lake Resort has one of the top campgrounds and gives you access to fishing boat motors, jet skis, dock space, pontoon boats, and a beautiful swimming beach. With miles and miles of open water, fishing is an absolute must.

Saint Croix State Park
A huge park located in Pine County, Saint Croix State Park gives you endless options with miles of hiking trails, interpretive and interactive historical programs, canoe and kayak rentals, access to fishing equipment and recreational sports, and even some geocaching! There are also great options for mountain biking and winter-friendly activities like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. With knowledgeable rangers and activities for all-year round, this is an excellent weekend venture or day trip exploration.

Beaver Trails Jellystone Park Camp
Located in Austin, Minnesota, Beaver Trails Jellystone Park Camp has been designated as one of the best campsites for families with small children, and one of the best RV parks for families. Beaver Trails has 225 full hookup sites with a large variety of hookups, water and electricity accessibility, and amenities. Wonderful sports courts, hiking trails, and indoor, heat-fighting activities are available; you can also rent bikes, horseshoes, and more. Of course, what Jellystone visit is complete with a welcome from Yogi Bear himself? The possibilities will be endless for your kids.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
The Boundary Waters are composed of 1,500 miles of prime canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. The stunning and serene area was set aside in 1926 to preserve the land for generations to come and so that visitors can explore in the spirit of the French pioneers 200 years ago. Most of the campgrounds in the Boundary Waters are accessible only by water, which adds to the prevalent spirit of adventure.

Superior National Forest
Superior National Forest has nearly all your camping necessities. Over 18 rustic campgrounds, 277 backcountry campsites, and 2000 miles of nature trails? Check. Your choice of activities including, but not at all limited to hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobile and ATV riding? Check. Access to three national scenic byways? Double check. This national forest that sits on the U.S.-Canadian Border has all the perfect elements for a wilderness camping trip.

Don’t miss out on these or any other incredible and stunning camping destinations in Minnesota this summer!