Like all northern Minnesota lakes, winter transforms Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids. That means it can be a lovely time to explore.
Winter along the lake
Because I’m not a big fan of winter sports, a winter vacation to Minnesota’s lake country isn’t high on my travel list.
But every time I head north during winter, I’m reminded of how beautiful it can be. And staying at Green Heron Bed and Breakfast (my favorite place to stay in northern Minnesota!) makes it easy to get out and play in the snow.
I’ve been at Green Heron during a picture-perfect snowstorm and when it’s been icy cold and clear.
Both have their moments of delight.
Along Pokegama during a snowstorm
While it’s never fun to be on the road during a snowstorm, getting snowed in at a lovely bed and breakfast along a northern lake isn’t such a bad thing.
Snowstorms turn the world into a quiet, magical landscape of obscured, shifting shapes.
It’s beautiful. And, when I was ready to go back inside, a warm and cheerful room was waiting for me.
On Lake Pokegama when it’s cold and clear
When it isn’t actually snowing, it can get really cold in northern Minnesota. I mean, really cold. For example, we woke up to 20 degrees below zero temperatures during one of our stays at Green Heron. But it was still and sunny, so worth braving the cold to see what Pokegama was like on a crisp, clear winter day.
So I headed out to the lake.
It’s very white out there. But, even so, there are plenty of interesting details to photograph.
It’s a bit hard to believe this will all be green trees and blue water under blue skies again in a few months, but I know that is true. And, when that day comes, Lake Pokegama will again gently lap against the sand beach and caress the reeds along the shore.