Albert Lea Lake

Hikers wake up to the sun filtering through the trees and the chirping of indigo buntings and eastern bluebirds at Albert Lea Lake in southern Minnesota. A quick hop out of the tent reveals a soft mist disappearing off the…

Fountain Lake

Fountain Lake is a sparkling 521-acre southern Minnesota lake, featuring three prominently-placed water fountains. Its shores surround the city of Albert Lea and connect to its southern sister, Albert Lea Lake. Fountain Lake is a recreational haven, with activities ranging…

Madison Lake

Madison Lake is a natural, freshwater lake situated in Minnesota’s Blue Earth County. It is a rather large lake, with a surface area of 1,113 acres and a maximum depth of 59 feet. Madison Lake features 9.8 miles of immaculate…

Lake Washington MN

Minneopa State Park Frozen Waterfall

Lake Washington is a uniquely-shaped body of water situated just northeast of the Mankato Regional Airport, in Minnesota’s Southern tourism region. While most of the lake’s 1,487 acres fall within Le Sueur County, a small portion is considered a part…

Okamanpeedan Lake

Located in Martin County, Minnesota and Emmet County, Iowa, Okamanpeedan Lake is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan is Native American for “nesting place of the herons” signifying the large population of herons that live along the shoreline in the…

Lac qui Parle

Thousands of feathered creatures gather here, nesting, breeding and chattering about things only birds would know about. For the myriad sounds the birds make, the Dakota people called the water body the “lake that speaks” and the French, when they…

Lake Shetek

Water Reflections on Lake Shetek

Located near the southwestern corner of the state, Lake Shetek is one of the best known of Minnesota Southern Region Lakes. Shetek means pelican in the Ojibway language; indeed, lakes named for some variation of the word are found across…