While there’s nothing wrong with taking your boat rental out in the fall, summertime is for sure prime time for boating in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

However, since Minnesota actually has something like 11,842 lakes, it can be hard to choose a destination when you rent a boat. From tourist towns to hidden gems, our beautiful state has it all – how are you to choose?

Fractional Toys is here to help. With almost a decade of boat rental services, we’ve helped more customers than we can count on their way to their perfect boating weekend, and we’re not about to stop anytime soon.

Here are a few of our favorite Minnesota boating destinations!

St. Croix River

At the Minnesota – Wisconsin border, you’ll find miles of water to explore along the scenic St. Croix River. Wandering south from Stillwater, you’ll find numerous river towns to check out, including Bayport, Hudson, Afton, and Prescott. Along the way there are plenty of beaches and bays to take a dip in the water. 

Pro tip: If you’re not a highly experienced boater, you’ll find weekdays to have far less boat traffic for a more relaxing, worry-free cruise. On the weekends, the St. Croix River becomes quite busy with larger watercraft traffic to navigate.

Gull Lake

Just two hours north of the Twin Cities, Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area offers some of the most enjoyable boating Minnesota has to offer. Whether you’re interested in some great fishing, a scenic lake home tour, thrilling watersports action, or a great place to pull in to enjoy a meal, Gull Lake has it all.

After working up an appetite on the water all day, consider checking out Ernie’s on Gull, Zorbaz, Bar Harbor, or the restaurants at Grand View Lodge. All offer a picturesque view, great food, and refreshing drinks.

Lake Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka, the Twin Cities area’s largest lake, is a great destination for fisherman, watersports enthusiasts, and recreational boaters alike.

With 100 miles of shoreline to explore and some of the largest and most beautiful homes in the state, you’ll never run out of water to explore.

If you’re looking for a great waterfront dining experience, Lord Fletchers and Maynards are two of the lake’s most popular boating destinations. You might even end up sitting next to a professional sports player, being that many of them have homes on the lake.

Otter Tail Lake

Strange name for a lake? Maybe. But it is indeed shaped like an otter’s tail!

This shallow body of water is a great destination for Walleye anglers, though a variety of other fish also can be of target here. The shore area is quite outdoorsy, with a variety of resorts on its borders.

Just like Lake Superior, Otter Tail Lake is relatively large, meaning there’s plenty to do for repeat visitors. The area has a variety of other attractions spread out over a considerable distance. If you’re willing to do a bit of traveling, you can take advantage of the region’s ability to provide something for all kinds of vacationers, from the savvy shopper to the outdoor enthusiast to the art connoisseur.

Lake of the Woods

A jagged-shaped lake that borders both Canada and Minnesota, Lake of the Woods is the self-proclaimed Walleye Capital of the World. But it’s not just this prized catch that dwells here!

Fish for behemoth Sturgeon or toothy Pike and stay up-to-date with weekly fishing updates from the lake’s official website.

When you’re done with the water for a bit, try your hand at some of the more eclectic pursuits available here, from Morel mushroom hunting in the spring to all-season birding. Who knows, you may just find a new favorite hobby!

Fractional Toys: Your First Stop on the Vacation of a Lifetime

Experience the beating heart of the culture of all these fantastic destinations with a boat rental from Fractional Toys today! With questions, reach our Oakdale office at 651-340-0937 or our Coon Rapids location at 763-406-2488.