Featured stories

Below you will find stories about outdoor experiences from a diverse group of Minnesotans. You can submit your story here. Engage with our campaign on social media using the hashtag #MyMNOutdoorAdventure.

The birthday gift: An ice fishing experience

Man ice fishing in an ice house.


My husband, John, is a native Minnesotan and an avid fisherman, but he had never been ice fishing until this year. I decided this year was the perfect time for our family to help John embrace winter fishing and arranged an ice fishing excursion for his birthday. Read more.

 

 

 

Finding the outdoors

Woman kissing a fish that she caught.


Before moving to Minnesota, being called a “city girl” was a badge of honor that I proudly wore and embraced. My life consisted of work, family, friends, happy hour, church, shopping and traveling. It was a very full and action-based life. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Biking the Cannon Valley Trail

Woman on a bike on a trail.


This is a photo of me at Canon Valley Trail (Canon Falls-Welch-Red Wing) where we enjoyed a round trip bike ride with our family.  Read more.

 

 

 

Camping at the lake with friends

Four young girls on a bench on a lake dock.


We along with five other families ventured to Fall Lake in Ely for a weekend of camping. Read more.

 

 

 


Father and daughter fishing moment

Dad and daughter on a boat fishing. Dad holding fish.


Fishing has always been something I did with my dad, so introducing this to my daughter was important to me. Read more.

 

 

 


Learning to spool line

Young boy spooling a fishing line.


Meet Alex: he was in our Spartan Angling class at Nashwauk High School. During this class, we teach the art and science of angling and take fishing trips in Northeast Minnesota and distant adventures to larger lakes. Read more.

 

 

 

My favorite days

Man on a boat holding a fish he caught.


“If you know where the fish are biting on any given day, I’m the guy to call because I always say, ‘any day I’m on a lake in a boat, that’s my favorite day.’” —John Myles. Read more.

 

 

 

The story of why I fish

Woman on a boat holding a fish she caught.


I started fishing at the tender age of 10 in Plain Dealing, La., a small rural town 45 minutes north of Shreveport. I learned to fish from my dad, mom, and maternal grandparents on a cane fishing pole. Read more.

 

 

 

Enjoying all seasons

Woman and man taking a selfie outdoors.


Our family loves the outdoors in Minnesota and embraces all four seasons. Whether it’s snowmobiling or skiing, fishing or tubing at the lake, or just a weekend hike or bike ride. Read more.

 

 


 

Fishing is my escape

Man holding a fish he caught.


When I'm out on the waters trying to find fish, then hook into fish, that melts away all the external noises in my life. Read more.