Visit Crane Lake Featured in Minneapolis Star Tribune Travel and Lifestyle Section

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Star Tribune Travel Writer Kelly Jo McDonnell tells the story of her experiences while visiting the Crane Lake area of northern Minnesota in her article titled, “Start your adventure at the end of the road” published in the Special travel section June 23, 2012.

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park

“There are four seasons of unique experiences to be found in the Crane Lake area, Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness" commented Dee Kuder of the Crane Lake Visitor and Tourism Bureau.

McDonnell tells readers that Crane Lake is situated just a few miles from the Canadian border, recognized as the southern entrance to Voyageurs National Park where visitors have the chance to experience the pristine natural environment as it existed when voyageurs, fur trappers and traders and Native Americans found it some hundreds of year ago.

She based her introduction on the unusual image of a location where the paved highways that bring vacationers to the area end and the waterways of historical significance begin. She notes that from Crane Lake it is possible to travel by boat via Kabetogama, Rainy and Sand Point lakes for more than sixty miles in several directions. For the more adventurous visitor who does not mind portaging a canoe across trails between waterways, it is possible to travel more than 1000 miles by water.

McDonnell notes that though the area is remote, there is no shortage of places to stay in the Crane Lake area with accommodations well suited to all types of visitors; families, fishing groups, couples, campers, hunters, hikers, explorers, birders, or folks simply seeking a place to relax surrounded by nature.

The article noted the amazing opportunities found at Crane Lake for immersing one self into the natural environment via any of several activities. “Fishing is prime here, as are water activities of all sorts – boating, swimming, sight seeing, wildlife and bird watching, scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking on well marked trails might allow for a glimpse of whitetail deer, bear, moose, wolves, eagles and loons.”

According to McDonnell, group excursions and guided tours or fishing trips are available which provide everything a visitor will need to enjoy the day, just show up at the appointed time and off you go. With unlimited options for enjoying Mother Nature’s handiwork it should be noted that the small town atmosphere of Crane Lake, the shops, restaurants and community events are also worthy of exploration.

Minnesota residents are often referred to as “Minnesota Friendly” by vacationers and for good reason. It is overall a very welcoming place where people are genuinely delighted to be of assistance. Making visitors feel “right at home” is another natural element found in the community of Crane Lake.

“There are four seasons of unique experiences to be found in the Crane Lake area, Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Hundreds of islands, thousands of acres of wilderness and uncounted lakes provide spectacular opportunities to the hearty and to the less adventurous among us,” commented Dee Kuder of the Crane Lake Visitor and Tourism Bureau.

The “Visit Crane Lake” organization represents many vacation properties here, “at the end of the road” as it was dubbed in the Star Tribune article. Their staff is more than happy to assist visitors in finding the appropriate lodgings to serve the specific interests of the vacationer to the area. http://www.visitcranelake.com is a good place to begin planning a visit.

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