Sakatah Lake Loop

Waterville, Minnesota

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The scenery of this area of rolling prairie comes to us again courtesy of glaciers. Glacial activity shaped this region some 14,000 years ago by leaving behind piles of rock debris called moraines. As the glacier retreated, huge blocks of ice broke off and formed depressions; these became the lakes that now dot the landscape. As you look at the lakes, try to imagine the size of the ice chunks that dimpled the surface enough to make a permanent body of water. Lake Sakatah is a wide spot in the Cannon River, which is one of the major rivers in southeastern Minnesota. If you've cycled the Cannon Valley Trail, you've seen where this river cuts through the steep forested hills of the Big Woods area near the Mississippi. Here the Cannon meanders aimlessly through small rolling hills as it drops slowly but ever steadily toward the great river.
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by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)

The scenery of this area of rolling prairie comes to us again courtesy of glaciers. Glacial activity shaped this region some 14,000 years ago by leaving behind piles of rock debris called moraines. As the glacier retreated, huge blocks of ice broke off and formed depressions; these became the lakes that now dot the landscape.

As you look at the lakes, try to imagine the size of the ice chunks that dimpled the surface enough to make a permanent body of water. Lake Sakatah is a wide spot in the Cannon River, which is one of the major rivers in southeastern Minnesota. If you've cycled the Cannon Valley Trail, you've seen where this river cuts through the steep forested hills of the Big Woods area near the Mississippi. Here the Cannon meanders aimlessly through small rolling hills as it drops slowly but ever steadily toward the great river.

©  Mark Weinberger/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Waterville
Distance: 11.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Riding Time: 1 hour
Season: Best spring to fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Sakatah Lake Loop

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Apr 2018