The Lake Mille Lacs Loop

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Lake Mille Lacs Loop

Minnesota

Distance: 60 miles

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The roads on the loop are in great condition and they hug close to the lake on the northwest and north parts of the lake. There are plenty of vistas along the way to see the immense lake and the many boats out fishing.

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Ride Rating
3/5
Scenery
3.8/5

TAKE A LEISURELY RIDE AROUND THE LAKE, GET GREAT VIEWS AND A COOL RIDE

A couple years ago, I decided to take a ride on a nice, crisp spring day in Minnesota. It was 70 degrees and the sun was shining. The ice wasn’t out on the lakes yet, but I nevertheless decided to take a cruise around Lake Mille Lacs because I had a hankering for some good scenery and to get away from heavy traffic.

I cruised for about an hour before I got to the lake and enjoyed the early warm weather. Once I passed Onamia coming from the south on 169, I began to feel a chill. And when I got to the lakefront, I was downright cold. I got a quick lesson in old-fashioned air conditioning when people would get a block of ice and blow fans over them.

Ice was still covering the lake from a long, cold winter and the wind was blasting across it and the temperature dipped to 54 degrees on my bike’s thermometer.

So this time, I went after the ice was gone on a mid-60 degree day a week after fishing opener and it was excellent.

So this time, I went after the ice was gone on a mid-60 degree day a week after fishing opener and it was excellent.

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Driving along the west side of the lake produces the most traffic of the ride because people are going to resorts, fishing charters and Grand Casino, Mille Lacs. Once you pass Garrison, the traffic reduces significantly.

The roads on the loop are in great condition and they hug close to the lake on the northwest and north parts of the lake. There are plenty of vistas along the way to see the immense lake and the many boats out fishing. There are a few curves, but you won’t put your bike into much a lean throughout the loop. However, there are some nice slow-paced curves on the southern end of the lake.

There are plenty of places to stop for gas or a bite to eat along the way in Isle, Wahkon, Malmo, and Garrison. You’ll have to do a good Yelp search to see if you can find what you’re hankering for.

Lake Mille Lacs is just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak) with places to ride in the area. It’s the gateway to plenty of other places to ride, so it would be a good place to start your day’s ride and explore the beginning of the lakes area.

 Great views of Mille Lacs Lake alongside the road[/caption]

Father Hennepin State Park is on the lake and you may want to stop by to see one of the albino deer roaming the park. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is nearby too and you can climb a fire tower and see the lake from a whole different perspective. It’s not a bad idea to buy a season pass to the state parks in Minnesota since there are plenty of parks around the state that you’ll want to explore with your bike.

But if you’re going to ride the Lake Mille Lacs Loop, make sure the ice is off the water – or wear your thermal undies.

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<span class="hpt_headertitle">The Lake Mille Lacs Loop</span>
60-mile loop around Mille Lacs Lake