Lake of the Woods
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I think of Lake of the Woods I envision a sheltered bay with
a sailboat safely anchored to shore and a small group of
people sitting around a campfire. The sailing on Lake of the
Woods is wonderful but arriving to a sheltered bay is my
very favorite part of the sailing experience. One reason I
am a cruiser and not a racer is I like to arrive more than I
like getting there. I love that feeling of dropping the
anchor in a secluded bay and feeling the boat come to a stop
after a hard day of sailing. When the sounds of sailing have
died away and the soft noises from shore take over, the
feeling of relaxation and peacefulness is wonderful.
I figured this out a few summers ago when I
cruised the lake in a 42 foot houseboat. I was prepared to tolerate the noise
and the lack of nautical challenges in operating something you just point and
drive. However, I was surprised to find that arriving to my destination
was just as satisfying in the houseboat as in the sailboat. In fact I realized
that when you enter a harbor with a sailboat you are always motoring so the
feeling was mostly the same. I didn't convert to power boating but I did
discover that getting there is still my favorite part of cruising.
Lake of the Woods has thousands of anchorages and
each has its own unique atmosphere. Once anchored to shore one can explore
ashore, hike in the woods, swim in the water, explore the shore by dinghy, fish,
or just sit and watch the sun set.
Lake of the Woods facts:
-1,980 square miles, 2/3 of which lies in Ontario
and Manitoba, 1/3 lies in Minnesota. Of this, 1,485 square miles is water.
-65,000 miles of shoreline, more then Lake
-14,000 islands. More then any other lake
on the North American Continent.
-Deepest spot is 216 feet in Whitefish bay.