Minnesota may have 10,000 lakes, but they’re not all found up north. Right here in Minneapolis Northwest, visitors can take advantage of several pristine bodies of water. Generally a few hundred acres in size, these lakes provide a quiet escape with less boat traffic than larger lakes. Indulge in fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, or simply enjoy the brilliant scenery and sounds of the water lapping the shore. These are wonderful spots to view brilliant spring and fall colors, and to observe local wildlife.