In just a matter of weeks—or days—the Northern Minnesota outside temperature will commence its annual descent. While we certainly adore and appreciate the warm seasons, ice fishing in Minnesota wouldn't be possible without our yearly freeze.
Embracing winter is a way of life for those of us living in the Upper Midwest. As autumn fades away, the state parks become less frequented, the temperatures drop, and the snow piles up. There's something special about the sound of boots crunching on fresh powder or newly formed ice glassing over a secluded lake. Now is the time to dig out your thermal socks, long johns, and stocking caps to layer up and make the most of the whitest, coldest time of year with a smile on your face.
As the heat and humidity gradually wane, we'll continue to anticipate winter's inevitable arrival, but not before relishing Minnesota's fall foliage. While we undoubtedly cherish the warm weather and sunshine characterized by the summer months, there is something to be said about autumn's brief window.