Northwest Angle of Minnesota
The Most Northern Part of the USA
The Northwest Angle of Minnesota (affectionately called "The Angle" by Minnesotans and those who vacation there) is the most northern part of the United States. A small piece of the state juts about thirty miles north of the rest of Minnesota.
Unless you travel by boat across Lake of the Woods, you must enter Canada to get to The Angle driving through Baudette or Roseau, Minnesota up through Manitoba.
It's a beautiful peninsula. This is my tribute to one of the last natural wilderness areas in the country.
Where is the Northwest Angle?
You can see the border dividing the United States from Canada as a broken line.
Click on the map to enlarge it for a much better view of the map area.
As you can see, the only way to reach The Angle is either by boat which would take several hours or by driving across the border just north of Warroad, Minnesota and traveling about 60 miles where you will again cross the border into the United States.
"Upon entering the Northwest Angle by road, the traveler must enter the booth at Jim's corner and report to U.S. Customs via videophone. Before leaving the Northwest Angle by road, one must report to Canadian customs from the same booth." Source: Wikipedia
The History of the Northwest Angle
The Northwest Angle of Minnesota was formed where the border between the United States and Canada juts to the north and then turns back through the Lake of the Woods. It cuts off the piece of land on about 150 square miles on the west shore of the lake. This was the result of an error that was made in 1783 when border was determined.
Most of the Northwest Angle is Ojibwa Indian Reservation and National Forest. Many of the inhabitants live on islands in the lake, but the village of Angle Inlet has a population of 100.
Some Facts About The Lake of the Woods
The Northwest Angle of the United States juts into the Lake of the Woods.
The Lake of the Woods boasts 65,000 miles of shoreline, 14,582 islands, 90 miles long, 55 miles wide.
The Lake of the Woods is known as The Walleye Capital of the World. Other fish you'll catch are Northern Pike, Sauger,Smallmouth Bass, Crappies and Jumbo Perch. . . That's just for starters!
In the winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular.
If you are visiting The Angle and you want to fish on the Canadian side of the lake, you must register your boat by telephone at this tiny booth. Quite amazing!
Prothero's Post is an old resort with five log cabins and the lodge all of which were hand made by the owner, Bill Prothero. He and his wife (Grace) are in their 70's and built the resort in 1963 after moving from Wichita, Kansas (of all places).
The cabins are gorgeous with window boxes overflowing with flowers - it's as neat as a pin. The furniture was all handmade, too, by Bill and a good friend of his who was an old Trapper, I guess. There's a beautiful painting of The Trapper over the fireplace in the lodge.
A Trip to The Angle
Good friends and neighbors of ours recently built a wonderful cabin at The Angle right on the creek that flows into Lake of the Woods. They took us up for visit.
So there we were at the Angle...had a blast! I caught my very first fish ever which is kind of ironic since we live on a lake. It was a beauty...a walleye that fought for it's life but I triumphed and reeled that big boy in! Okay, slight exaggeration. Not hard at all. I will admit that at first I thought I had caught my hook on a rock and I also have to admit that catching fish on the Lake of the Woods is so easy even I can do it!
There are millions of rocks throughout the lake because it's not a very deep lake in many places. In fact, most boaters have a GPS gadget that shows the depth of the water and where the reefs and rocks are. Very cool.
After we fished for awhile we pulled up to an island for lunch. They call it "shore lunch"...supposedly because you eat it on the shore?? Lots of the islands have these spots where you can clean your fish and then cook it over an open fire.
Here's a slide show of our experience. That 20-1/2" beauty is mine.
How old is your Walleye?
Remember I mentioned that I caught my first fish at the Northwest Angle on the Lake of the Woods. Well, it was 20-1/2" long which is dandy size. I found a chart on The Walleye Kid website that calculates the age of the fish by the size.
Here's that chart: (you can see that my fish was almost 5 years old)
Walleye Age Chart
1 year old is 10"
2 year old is 14"
3 year old is 17"
4 year old is 19"
5 year old is 21"
6 year old is 22"
7 year old is 23"
8 year old is 25"
9 year old is 26"
10 year old is 28"
11 year old is 29"
12 years old is 30"+
Coleman Dry Gear Bag - You'll want one of these in your boat.
Here's an excerpt from one review of this product:
..."The first weekend I bought this bag, I went on a canoe trip. I had a complete change of clothes (shoes included) along with someone else's spare clothes in addition to spare hoodies and whatnot.
It was roomy enough to fit everything I wanted and then some. That bag of clothes was kicking around the bottom of the boat the whole trip in about 3-4 inches of water. No worries."
Visiting the Northwest Angle of Minnesota - ...or the Canadian Lake of the Woods.
Now that you've read my impressions of The Northwest Angle, I'd like to know what you think about the northernmost part of the United States.
Would you ever visit The Northwest Angle?
Important Websites - More information about The Northwest Angle
This website will tell you just about everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Northwest Angle.
- The Northwest Angle Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce website will give you all of the information you will need to plan a trip to The Angle.
Want to know more about the beautiful Lake of the Woods?
If you go you'll need a guide...
Thanks so much for visiting this lens. I hope you've learned something you didn't know before and maybe even learned that you'd like to visit The Angle!
© 2009 Cheryl Kohan