Minnesota means “clear blue water”. Aptly named for its many waterbodies, Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Minnesota is a Great Lakes State, with a border on Lake Superior. Recreational water use is central to the way of life in Minnesota. Minnesotans are passionate about enjoying and protecting their waterbodies. Beaches in Minnesota are well loved and you’ll find many clean, swimmable beaches in this state.
Hot and muggy summers in Minnesota are perfect for being out on the water. As a result, Minnesota’s residents can take full advantage of their many lakes. Water sports such as water skiing, boating, canoeing, and fishing (even ice fishing in the winter) are all popular. In fact, water skiing was first invented in Minnesota in 1922. This being said, lazing around on the beach is also a favourite pastime.
The majority of beaches throughout the state are sandy. Along the north shore near Lake Superior, however, rock beaches are more prevalent. The water in Lake Superior remains cold throughout the summer, but there are plenty of recreational activities apart from swimming that you can partake in if you’re not up for a swim. No matter where you are in the state, however, there are endless clear waters to enjoy.
Minneapolis, the largest city in the state, has a “Chain of Lakes” within its district. The shoreline of all these lakes is publicly owned, and all of the city’s residents have access to them. There are many opportunities for swimming, sailing and canoeing.
There are dozens of rivers throughout the state which are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and even swimming (when the waters are calm, of course).
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