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bcd
05-20-2013, 07:07 PM
The wife and I are going to take a short vacation at the end of July. It's just going to be us 2, so I'm thinking MN is a good option since you don't need a spotter. The twin cities are 5 hours from us, and I'd like to not drive farther than that, so anyone have recommendations for lakes. Here's what we're after:

southeast MN
good ski water (we're leaving on a Sunday and coming back around Wed, so weekend lake traffic shouldn't be an issue)
quiet lake, don't need a party cove
cabin on or near the water
slip for boat would be nice

peason
05-20-2013, 10:35 PM
I'm not too familiar with lakes south of twin cities, but you may want to consider the St. Croix river between Stillwater on north side and Prescott, WI on south. Lots of traffic on weekend, but relatively quiet on weekdays. May be a place to rent with a slip in Afton, MN.

bcd
06-22-2013, 12:30 PM
The wife wanted to take the dog, so that made things more complicated. We couldn't find anywhere to stay as close as we wanted, so we ended up getting a place at Bay Lake (near Mille Lacs Lake). Anyone familiar with the area have any recommendations for places to go, things to do/see in the area?

bigmac
06-22-2013, 12:37 PM
Staying at Ruttgers?

bcd
06-23-2013, 11:24 AM
Yes, but it's the condos a mile away from the main area. We still have access to the main Rutgers facilities.

bigmac
06-23-2013, 11:46 AM
Bay Lake is a very, very nice lake. Ruttgers is one of the original (some would say the original) Up North resort and it is excellent. It's been around and family-owned and operated since about 1900. I haven't seen the Battle Point condos but I hear that they're nice.

If you golf, Ruttger's course is pretty good, but within 20 miles are three of the best championship courses in the midwest. If you mountain bike, you should absolutely bring your bikes - the Cuyuna Trails about 10 miles away in Crosby are absolutely world class mountain biking trails. You can also kayak or canoe around in the various mine pits (it's a beautiful area despite the sound of "mine pits" - they're abandoned some 30 years ago and are now a large state recreation area). If you prefer, you can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, etc. There's a place in Crosby called Cycle Path that rents all that stuff.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-23-2013, 03:42 PM
If you fish, Mille Lacs has fantastic fishing opportunities (as long as you don't do it in your MC:rolleyes:). There are plenty of guides available as well as launches (large party-fishing boats) which will take you out for some serious walleye fishing. Hooking up with a local guide can get you on some huge muskies. I caught these two last weekend.

bcd
07-18-2013, 12:32 PM
Any recommendations on muskie guidesn for Mille Lacs?

bcd
07-07-2015, 09:24 PM
We were supposed to visit some friends in MI at the end of July, but that just got pushed back. Wife has vacation days reserved, so we're trying to plan a trip. We've really enjoyed Bay Lake, but they are booked up. I'm on the hunt again. We still need to take the dog, so that limits options, and we now have a 4 month old. The wife would prefer a shorter drive with the baby.

I've found 2 options so far: one is on Big Stone Lake (Ortonville, MN), the other is on the chain of lakes (Hall Lake in Fairmont, MN). Big Stone Lake is 7.5 hours away, so that's a little farther than the wife would like. Fairmont, MN is only 4.5 hours. Anyone know anything about either lake? They both talk about fishing mainly. I did find some maps that show they are around 15'-20' deep. Hall actually is shallower, but it's connected to Budd Lake that is deep enough.

We want to wakeboard and ski, and not run into any unknown shallow areas to cause damage. That's always my main concern on unknown lakes.

curver900
07-08-2015, 01:54 PM
If you fish, Mille Lacs has fantastic fishing opportunities (as long as you don't do it in your MC:rolleyes:). There are plenty of guides available as well as launches (large party-fishing boats) which will take you out for some serious walleye fishing. Hooking up with a local guide can get you on some huge muskies. I caught these two last weekend.

Ahhh the DNR (Does Nothing Right) has ruined the greatest Walleye lake ever... it is really to bad but that lake was the best Walleye fishing within 3 hours of the Twin Cities ever... it will probably take a bunch of tax dollars and complete destruction of all the evasive species and start back with walleye stocking from scratch... just like upper and lower red lake... sigh.... They can put muskies in the other 9,999 lakes we have :mad:

Opening fishing this year on this lake was less than 1/4 it used to be just 8 years ago....back in the day the fable was you could walk from shore to shore across all the boats on the lake...and to be honest it was close... now boats are far and few between...