Lake of the Woods County

December 07, 2013  •  1 Comment

When it comes to Lake of the Woods County, most would think of Baudette, resorts and walleye fishing on Lake of The Woods. But there’s so much more to this far away region of Northwestern Minnesota.

My initial exposure to Lake of the Woods County came during a late summer trip across Northern Minnesota in 2009. I’d decided to spend a few days at Zippel Bay State Park while traveling east from Thief River Falls to my eventual journey’s end in the Arrowhead and Superior National Forest. It was not until 2012 however that I decided to really explore the remoteness of Beltrami Island State Forest, a vast area of forest and wetlands, mostly abandoned by homesteaders in the mid-1930s, that I discovered what the area really has to offer: If you want to know what it’s like to have 700,000+ acres of Northern Minnesota all to yourself, drive into Beltrami Island State Forest.

Yes, Lake of the Woods is a very far drive from Minneapolis. But it’s also uniquely Minnesota and very beautiful.
PinePineZippel Bay State Park

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Lake of the WoodsLake of the WoodsZippel Bay State Park, Minnesota - September 4, 2010

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Zippel Bay ShoresZippel Bay ShoresZippel Bay State Park - August 27, 2009

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North Branch Rapid RiverNorth Branch Rapid RiverBeltrami Island State Forest

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Young PineYoung PineBeltrami Island State Forest

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Zippel Bay State ParkZippel Bay BeaconZippel Bay State Park

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Beltrami PeatlandBeltrami PeatlandBeltrami Island State Forest

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Roosevelt Norris Forest RoadRoosevelt Norris Forest RoadBeltrami Island State Forest

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Beltrami Island State ForestBeltrami SunsetBeltrami Island State Forest

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Blue MoonBlue MoonZippel Bay State Park

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Beach at Zippel Bay State ParkBeach at Zippel Bay State ParkZippel Bay State Park, Minnesota - September 4, 2010

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Waning twilight...

The very serene Zippel Bay State Park is located on the Southern shores of Lake of the Woods in extreme Northwestern Minnesota, about 1/2 hour east of Warroad, MN. After a few visits, I'd come to realize this park's calm and quiet atmosphere is own to the simple fact that there are no electrical hookups for the RV crowd, and the city slickers.

Zippel Bay has 57 camp sites, and even the Labor Day weekend of this year only saw 27 of those sites occupied. If you like seclusion, this is THE PARK to find your peace while camping.

This campfire was lit to warm the kids after we'd been swimming in water cooler than the air of this early September night. As we were all getting ready to head back to the campsite, I was inspired to take a few minutes to re-light the fire for this photograph.

Zippel Bay MoonriseZippel Bay MoonriseZippel Bay State Park, Minnesota - August 13, 2011

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Zippel BayZippel BayZippel Bay State Park - August 27, 2009

Lake of the Woods County


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Lake of the Woods HazeLake of the Woods HazeZippel Bay State Park - August 26, 2009

Lake of the Woods County

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Lake of the WoodsLake of the WoodsZippel Bay State Park - August 26, 2009

Lake of the Woods County

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End of Civil Twilight at Zippel BayEnd of Civil Twilight at Zippel BayZippel Bay State Park - August 26, 2009

Lake of the Woods County

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Hand Pump At Zippel Bay State ParkHand Pump At Zippel Bay State ParkZippel Bay State Park - August 27, 2009

Lake of the Woods County

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After setting up camp in the Ridge Campground, I went out on a walk and noticed this freshly painted fire engine red hand pump. At 10am the next morning, the light was perfect.

Zippel Bay CampingZippel Bay CampingZippel Bay State Park

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Daniel Morris(non-registered)
Beautiful images. Saw your post about Mamiya 645 lenses. Just bought a Pro and a few lenses & hoping to get back up to speed with film again. Do you still shoot film ?
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