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Visit the Northwest Angle – Minnesota’s Best Kept Secret

Shhh, Listen Close! I'm letting you in on Minnesota's Best Kept Secret

Use Roseau as your Homebase and take a Daytrip to the Northwest Angle

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  • Photo Credit: Cyrus Flag Island Resort

Got a passport?
Then you may want to consider a day-trip to Minnesota's Best Kept Secret-The Northwest Angle

 At the very tip of the state, in the northernmost reaches of Minnesota, lies a hidden gem known as the Northwest Angle. You have to cross the Canadian border to get here but its totally worth it and simple.This is one of our favorite day trips using Roseau as a homebase.Its simple to stay in Roseau and cross the border for a day at the Angle.  The NW Angle is a remote area, surrounded by the waters of Lake of the Woods, that  offers a summer experience like no other. From thrilling fishing adventures to serene hikes through lush forests and tranquil evenings spent kayaking under breathtaking sunsets, the Northwest Angle is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to reconnect with nature. Listen close, we will tell you all about what makes it great. 

Come for the Fishing- Book a day charter or trailer your boat into Canada

Fishing is more than just a pastime in the Northwest Angle—it’s a way of life. Situated in the pristine waters of Lake of the Woods, anglers can reel in a trophy catch. 

Whether you’re casting a line from a boat on the expansive lake or trying your luck at one of the many secluded fishing spots along the shoreline, the thrill of the catch is ever-present.

Local guides offer expertise, ensuring that even novice fishermen can experience the excitement of reeling in a trophy-worthy fish. They know where some of Minnesota’s best kept secrets for fishing Lake of the Woods.

If staying at one of  our local hotels its only a short 10 minute drive between the border crossing and Roseau. Our local hotels also allow trailers to be parker for free.  Stayng at a hotel is a great way to start and end your day with the proximity to Canada. 

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Come for the Outdoor Recreation| Hiking and Kayaking

On warm summer days, when the wind is light, there’s no better way to explore the waters of Lake of the Woods than by kayak. The area boasts over 14,000 islands. Paddlers can glide through hidden coves, navigate gentle currents, and discover secluded shores teeming with wildlife. You can even make your way to a waterfall. The peacefulness of the surroundings is enhanced by the occasional splash of a fish breaking the surface or the gentle lap of water against the kayak’s hull. Sunset kayaking is particularly popular, offering a front-row seat to the vibrant colors that paint the sky as the sun dips below the horizon.

For those who prefer exploring on foot, the Northwest Angle offers a variety of hiking trails that wind through dense forests and along picturesque lakeshores. Trails range from easy strolls suitable for families to more challenging routes that lead to panoramic viewpoints overlooking the vast wilderness. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting bald eagles soaring overhead or listening to the melodic songs of native songbirds. Every step taken in this untouched landscape reveals the area’s natural beauty.

Minnesotas Best Kept Secret

Come for the Sunsets

As day gives way to night, the Northwest Angle treats visitors to some of the most breathtaking sunsets imaginable. The expansive skies are transformed into a canvas of fiery oranges, soft pinks, and deep purples, casting a warm glow over the landscape. Whether viewed from the shore, a boat on the lake, or during a leisurely evening paddle, each sunset is a reminder of the area’s natural splendor and the peace of being surrounded by untouched wilderness.


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Come Meet the Locals

Beyond its natural beauty, the Northwest Angle is home to a vibrant community that welcomes visitors with open arms. Local resorts and lodges offer comfortable accommodations and hearty meals, often served with a side of friendly conversation and tales of fishing adventures past. Summer events and festivals celebrate the area’s heritage, showcasing traditional music, crafts, and cuisine that reflect the unique blend of Native American, Canadian, and Scandinavian influences.

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The Northernmost Point of the US

Don’t forget to have your photo taken at the buoy marker. This quirky beacon is less known than its southern sister buoy in the Florida Keys, but it’s a celebrity in its own right. Here, at the northernmost point of the contiguous United States, visitors come from far and wide to pose for selfies who can’t resist its charm. It’s not just a marker; it’s a conversation starter, a testament to human curiosity and the thrill of reaching the edge. It tells tales of storms weathered and voyages undertaken while quietly promising endless adventures for those who dare to venture north.

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In the Northwest Angle, summer is a time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the wonders of nature. Whether casting a line into the crystal-clear waters, hiking through dense forests, paddling along rugged lakeshores, or simply marveling at the beauty of a sunset, this remote corner of Minnesota offers an unforgettable outdoor experience. For those seeking adventure, tranquility, and a deep appreciation for the natural world, the Northwest Angle is truly a paradise waiting to be explored.

Make Roseau your Homebase - Lodging Options

Roseau is less than 10 minutes from the Canadian Border crossing at the South Junction port of entryMaking Roseau your home base for day trips into Canada is convenient and hassle-free. Make your reservations today.

The Northwest Angle - Minnesota's Best Kept Secret