When most people who’ve never been visualize Minnesota, they tend to think of it during the height of the winter months. It’s certainly true that in December, January, February, and sometimes even March that Minnesota might be one of the last states you would ever want to spend time in. The snow that piles up, the frozen lakes, and the snow covered forests can certainly be beautiful that time of year, but the temperatures are often so cold that if you’re not extremely used to it you can’t even step foot outside. In fact, in Minneapolis many of the downtown buildings are connected with indoor elevate sidewalks that run from building to building just so people don’t have to go outside during the winter.
The problem with thinking of Minnesota in this way, however, is that people are failing to recognize that Minnesota has warmer months just like everywhere else does, and that’s really the time that you would want to go to the state. Minnesota has over 1,000 lakes within its border, making it one of the states with the most water. These lakes offer lots of great recreational activities, from camping and fishing to canoeing and boating. On top of that, the summers are really quite pleasant apart from the occasional overly humid and hot day. There are few places in the country that are more beautiful than regions of Minnesota during the summer. It’s an absolutely gorgeous state that doesn’t get its fair shake simply because the winters there are so brutal. No one is saying that you need to move there and brave the winters, but you should certainly try to spend some time there during the summer.
One of the most beautiful parts of the state is near Ely. Known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, this region of the state is absolutely breathtaking. Camping in Ely and the surrounding areas is incredibly popular, and once you’re there you’ll see why. Of course, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before you camp there. Here is a list of two of them.
1. Don’t go in the winter. Based off of the beginning of this article, it should be clear to you by now that you don’t want to go camping in Minnesota in the winter. Much like the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, doing so is taking your life into your own hands.
2. Know what you want to do beforehand. Before embarking on one of the many epic Ely camping trips, it’s a good idea to have a clear vision for what you want to do on your trip. If you want to go canoeing, then you’re going to need to find a great outfitters like Spirit of the Wildnerness to rent your canoes from. If you’re planning on going fishing, you’ll need to get your equipment before you head into the wilderness. With so much to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Figure out what you want the focal point of your trip to be and stick to that. It’ll help simplify things so you can enjoy your time there.