The St. Croix, Kettle, Snake, Rum and St. Louis rivers have charter fishing on Lake Superior from Duluth area ports; the Mississippi headwater area at Lake Itasca which meanders through Bemidji, Cass and Winnibogoshish lakes; the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area includes the highly developed Lake Minnetonka and the scenic Mississippi riverfront; the central area includes Mille Lacs Lake and dozens of smaller lakes; the southern area is home to the Great River Road Scenic Byway on Highway 61 between La Crescent and Red Wing, and is also dotted with many small lakes.
You can catch walleye, bass, northern pike, muskie, perch and pan fish in most Minnesota lakes. In addition, Lake Superior offers rainbow trout, coho, chinook salmon and steelhead. The Red, Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers are habitat for catfish.
Choose from hundreds of national brand hotels, historic motels, over 900 resorts and a wide selection of bed-and-breakfast inns. Daily rates range from up to $49 to $250 or more.
Minnesota has dozens of state parks, two national parks and about 500 privately owned campgrounds and RV parks that are open to the public (see Resources). Many also include indoor lodging, swimming pools and restaurants.
For a copy of the Minnesota Travel Guide and the Minnesota Fishing Guide, call
Explore Minnesota Tourism at (888) 868-7476; for information on Minnesota fishing, regulations, lake maps, etc., call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at (888) 646-6167.