Snowmobiling Enjoy hundreds of miles of well groomed wilderness and lake trails through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Snowmobile from the south end of the lake 40 miles north on groomed and staked trails to the northernmost point of the Continental U.S., the NW Angle. Enjoy a nice mix of the areas wooded and lake trails. Take a break for good food and drink and top off your gas tanks at our many resorts all around the lake. Snowmobile as far west as Warroad, north to the NW Angle, East to Big Falls and International Falls and south to Washkish. Snowmobiling takes place December through March. Snowmobile trail maps are available at the Tourism Bureau office, or by going online to www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Zippel Bay State Park, located 10 miles northeast of Williams, maintains over 12 miles of groomed ski and snowshoeing trails during the winter months. The trails wind through scenic areas of vast pine, spruce, and birch trees. Enjoy the gently sloping topography of the park. Starting in December a moonlight ski is planned each month offering an incredible view of the trails. The Lake of the Woods School now offers a trail for snowshoeing. FREE Rental equipment is available at Zippel Bay State Park. DNR has snowshoes available as well. Kayaking and Canoeing Lake of the Woods is the perfect place for your water adventure. The Rapid River, with its many branches and tributaries, is part of the Rainy River Watershed. The Rapid River Canoe and Kayak Route covers 33 miles with many small riffles and Class I Rapids. If a peaceful paddle is your choice, the Rainy River, Baudette Bay, Four Mile Bay, Zippel Bay, Silver Creek, Winter Road River, Wabanica Creek and certainly the many tributaries and thousands of islands around the NW Angle are all good choices. Contact Lake of the Woods Tourism or your favorite resort to help plan your route. Blueberry and Mushroom picking May-early June then in mid-late July through the middle of August are prime "hunting" weeks for visitors and locals looking for a great outdoor activity. Morel mushrooms come just after the frost when the world warms. Forested areas are the best places to look, but hurry it is a short season! Zippel Bay State Park has miles of groomed trails for blueberry pickers to a recreational walk and pick as they please without even leaving the beaten path. Blueberry Hill in Williams is dedicated to the months of blueberries. This spot gives a little more freedom and terrain to explore while picking buckets of berries. Miles of Beltrami State Forest and the Baudette School Forest are also available for pickers to explore. A couple of farms are also available for berry pickers. Biking Lake of the Woods area offers several routes for biking. The forest roads surrounding the Faunce State Forest Campground, about 13 miles south of Williams, offer several loop routes up to about 30 miles in length. Also, there are several hunter walking trails in the area that are open to nonmotorized vehicle use. The City of Baudette and surrounding areas have family friendly paved and marked biking and park trails ranging from .36 miles to 7.4 miles; maps are available at the Tourism Bureau. Birding Lake of the Woods County is recognized statewide as a bird watcher's paradise. Almost 300 species of birds nest here and can be seen and heard in any season of the year. Seasoned or beginner, birding opportunities are abundant in Lake of the Woods. The area sits on one of the four major migratory flyways, plus, aquatic and forested areas are perfect for those residential. Raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl, loons, woodpeckers, warblers and many more species call L.O.W their home. There is also a remnant colony of endangered Piping Plovers located on Pine Island Sanctuary. Visit acres of public land along the South Shore and Rainy River, or enjoy unique boat and island tours at the NW Angle. ATV The Lake of the Woods area is a "go to" spot for those who love off roading. The area is home to hundreds of miles of ATV trails. Visitors enjoy exploring the vast wilderness through a variety of beautiful terrain. Beltrami Island State Forest and the Bankton Road south of Williams and Roosevelt have over 200 miles of trails, not to mention great hunting that goes along with it. Off highway vehicles can be driven on all state forest trails that are not designated as off limits for environmental or safety reasons. Miles of trails without the traffic, enjoy! Geocaching Geocaching is a new spin on an ageless passion - treasure hunting. With the use of a gps, you are led to many geo caches in the area, including Zippel Bay State Park, Garden Island State Park and Franz Jevne State Park. Bring your own GPS, rent one from the City of Baudette or purchase one at one of our local businesses. This fun activity gets the family exploring off of the beaten path. Once you And the cache, sign the logbook. Go to geocaching.com and share your day's experience with other geocachers. The area has more than 20 geochache sites to explore and And.
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