Top 5 Minnesota Lakes to Check Out this Summer

Lake Sign

What's the first thing that hits your mind when you hear Minnesota? Well, if you're like us, there's a good chance you're thinking about lakes! Yes, Minnesota is home to over 10,000 beautiful lakes — it's even known as the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes'. 

What types of lakes fit your lifestyle? In Minnesota there are lakes that are great for throwing floating parties and some better suited for ice fishing. Whether you're into swimming, kayaking, floating or just relaxing with a pair of Lifted's wood framed sunnies on, there's certainly a lake for you. 

Trying to figure out where to start? If yes, be sure to join us as we explore 5 of the best bodies of water in Minnesota. Of course, you can also check out our premium quality glasses, all of which are named after the best lakes in Minnesota — just take your pick, match and have fun! 

Let's dive in!

Lake Superior

Lake Superior View with Lifted Optics Sunglasses

Taking the first spot is Lake Superior — a truly magnificent lake that's totally worth checking out. Why? Well, for one, Lake Superior is considered to be the largest freshwater lake in the world — it holds one-tenth of all freshwater on the planet. For the most part, Minnesota's portion of this amazing body of water is known as the North Shore — it's home to rocky cliffs, beautiful beaches and forested hills. It's good to know that Lake Superior is great for sailing among other super fun water activities. In essence, you're sure to have a swell time kayaking, canoeing and fishing this summer! But that's not all — Lake Superior is also home to beautiful migratory birds, so of course, you won't be wrong to stop by just for bird watching. And oh, if you're planning to spend the night by the lake, we'll recommend you resist the urge to take a quick swim. Why? Well, it's only because the water will be freezing cold — pretty sure you get the point!

Lake Harriet

Next up is Lake Harriet — yet another beautiful lake that's located in the southwest part of Minnesota. Of course, this lake is not as large as Superior, but it still offers opportunities for recreation and relaxation. It's good to know that Lake Harriet allows for boat, kayak, paddleboard rentals; so of course, you and your friends can always look forward to having a blast in the water. What's more, the lake boast walking and cycling trails, and you can also check out the bandshell for tasty snacks and live entertainment. And if you're looking for a tranquil way to spend your time here, we'll recommend you wear your Harriet sunglasses and just chill at the pavilion.

Lake Minnetonka

Minnesota Lake Swimming Area

Go get your Tonka Sunglasses and get set to explore all that the state's 9th largest lake has to offer. For the most part, Lake Minnetonka sits on the western edge of the Twin Cities metro area. The lake is a great spot for everything from fishing to sailing to swimming and more. What's more, this eye-catching body of water is surrounded by up to 13 different towns! So of course, you can always take a look around once you're done soaking up in the sun.

Lake Pepin

Known as the largest part is of the Mississippi River, Lake Pepin is yet another naturally occurring lake that's worth checking out this summer. For starters, it's good to point out that Lake Pepin is shared with Wisconsin — it's basically a border between the states. What activities can be enjoyed here? Well, the lake offers everything from fishing to camping to hiking and bird watching. If you're stopping by for fishing, you'll be happy to hear that the lake is home to northern pike, crappie, walleye, bluegill, channel catfish and more! What more could you ask for?

Lake of the Isles

Last but not the least is Lake of the Isles — it's the quietest and perhaps, most beautiful of all lakes in Minneapolis. It's good to point out that Lake of the Isles is pretty low-key compared to other bodies of water on the list, but the good thing is, you can still enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The lake is also great for fishing! And lest we forget, the west side of the lake is surrounded by beautiful stately houses — totally worth checking out!

So there you have it!  These are five of the best Minnesota lakes you won't want to miss this summer. It's up to you to check them ALL out or just stick to the one that fits your style. And of course, don't forget to get your matching wood framed sunglasses while you get out there and Live. Life. Lifted.