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Old 05-15-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Sandy and I are traveling up to Minnesota in June for a month long expedition of the area and escape Texas heat and humidity. This will be my first visit up there. I received the tourist information I sent off for. Visiting Voyageors National Park is a must. And Soudan Underground Mine looks interesting. We are likely to camp in state parks and state/national forest areas off the power grid.

Does anyone have a favorite place where you have camped, dined, fished, or visited in Minnesota and would recommend to us?
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Being a former Minnesota resident and tent camper I have some suggestions. First, remember the Minnesota state bird is the Mosquito. Pack and plan accordingly.

My favorite location is Itasca State Park, generally recognized as the premier state park in Minnesota. I always like Ely, not the village, but the area. There are many state and national forest campgrounds in the area. Finally, the North Shore, the area that spans the Lake Superior shoreline from Duluth to Thunder Bay. Numerous state parks in this stretch of Minnesota.

I have a secret campground in Duluth if you send me a personal message. It is a hoot.
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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Hi Paul or Janet,
I am trying to get my blood supply built up to face Minnesota mosquitos and biting black flies. We deal with their cousins, the Texas saltwater mosquito quit often down here. Ledgendary for attempting to drain most of your blood before dawn.
I see that Itasca SP is the headwaters of the Mississipi River and the oldest SP. Hiway 61 along Lake Superior from Duluth to Canada looks inviting.
I believe I will have the folds of my new Minnesota travel map worn open before we return home.
I may PM you for your secret campground.
Thanks for your response.
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I second the north shore from Duluth to Thunder Bay. We lived in Thunder Bay for 17 years and drove that scenic route many times. There are numerous state parks along there, have only stayed at one and it was OK - Gooseberry Falls. If you do get as far north as Thunder Bay (don't forget your passports) then be sure to take in Old Fort William. Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is great to stay for easy access to the Fort.

Also be advised that unless it gets very hot in June you are also going to encounter black flies as well as mosquitos!

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If you are interested in some canoeing you could camp just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and take a day trip in. The North Shore along Lake Superior is a very nice drive like others have stated. Taking a walk across the Mississippi at the headwaters in Itasca State park is also a must do. If you spend any time in the Twin Cities you should visit the the American Swedish Intitute Homepage | American Swedish Institute. And of course if you want to go shopping we have the Mall of America. (it hurts me to say that because I hate malls and shopping)
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The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of my all time favorite places. All of the MN State Parks are pretty with some excellent hikes that often follow beautiful streams up from the Lake. But, the parks there are very popular and sometimes can be full in June. There are numerous private RV places and some nice National Forest places if the State Park campsites are full.

If you decide to follow the Lake into Ontario, we really enjoyed Sleeping Giant Provincial Park north of Thunder Bay. Lots of beautiful campsites along a lake and some spectacular views of the big lake. (On the attached pictures you can see some of the reclining giant)

We did the Circle Tour of Lake Superior and I highly recommend it to anyone. Ontario Parks are expensive to camp in though.
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Thanks everyone for your replies and suggestions. We'll have enough unvisited area to explore in Minnesota to stay in the US this time and feed our mosquitos. Besides...I'm taking my friend along and he's forbidden in Canada.
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Dave and Sandy, sorry for the late response -- I got involved in other activities yesterday and didn't get back to this. There is little doubt that the North Shore is one of the nicest places in MN. If you can get a spot in Gooseberry Falls State Park or Tettegouche State Park, you will have lots of nice hiking and scenic views. But they aren't the only spots. Moose Lake SP has lots of things to do. Lindy and I really enjoyed spending 2 or 3 days there a couple of years ago. I have been pleased with all the state parks in MN, and many of the towns have municipal campgrounds that are little gems. Sauk Center (home of Sinclair Lewis) is one of these. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to send us a PM and we will help you best we can.

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Hi Leon,
I'm writing these places down. Thank You...I am starting to think that perhaps a month in Minnesota will be too short. Maybe we should consider selling the ranch.
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Hi Leon,
I'm writing these places down. Thank You...I am starting to think that perhaps a month in Minnesota will be too short. Maybe we should consider selling the ranch.
And if you come across the border into Wisconsin, we of the Wisconsin Escape Clan can you even more ideas to help you spend even more time up here in the North Woods.
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