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Angle Inlet

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Angle Inlet

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Angle Inlet is a town in Minnesota.


The Treaty of Paris (1783), concluded between the United States and Great Britain at the end of the American Revolutionary War, stated that the boundary between U.S. territory and the British possessions to the north would run "…through the Lake of the Woods to the most northwestern most point thereof, and from thence on a due west course to the river Mississippi…" The parties did not suspect that the source of the Mississippi, Lake Itasca, was south of that point. Consequently the Northwest Angle is the result of 18th-century ignorance of geography. In the Anglo-American Convention of 1818, the error was corrected by having the boundary run due south from the northwest point of the lake to the 49th parallel and then westward along it. When this north-south line was surveyed, it was found to intersect other bays of the lake and therefore cut off a portion of U.S. territory, now known as the Northwest Angle.

The Angle is one of only four non-island locations in the 48 contiguous states not directly connected to them by land within the country, the others being nearby Elm Point, Minnesota; Point Roberts, Washington; and the town of Alburgh, Vermont. All four are located on the Canadian border with the United States. The settlement itself is the farthest north in the contiguous United States.

Get in[edit]

By Air[edit]

The closest airport to Angle Inlet is in Kenora, Ontario. Float or ski plane service directly to Angle Inlet is available out of International Falls.

By Car[edit]

Angle Inlet is most easily accessed through Canada by road. From the Trans Canada Highway (MB-1) take MB-308 South to MB-525 East. Stop for an interesting un-staffed US Border Crossing at Jim's Corner by phone. Very unique, bring a camera. MB-525 East becomes Winter Road which takes you directly in to Angle Inlet.

By Boat[edit]

One can reach the angle without crossing the international border by crossing the Lake of the Woods. This can be done by aircraft, by boat when the lake is free of ice, or by ice road in the winter months. Since there are no automobile ferries currently operating on the lake, vehicles coming from the rest of Minnesota can only reach the Angle without crossing the border in winter. While the ice is forming in late autumn and breaking up in the spring the lake's surface cannot be safely crossed – at these times domestic access to the Angle is possible only by air.

Get around[edit]

Angle Inlet is easily seen on foot. No need for transit or Taxis. Boats are of far more use for visiting islands and can be rented at most lodges.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Angle Inlet School, 17606 Inlet Road NW, (218) 455-6198. One of the few remaining one-room school houses in the United States.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Sportsman's paradise. Hunting, fishing, hiking.

  • Northwest Angle Golf and Country Club, (218) 223-4161, [1]. Most northerly course in the lower 48 states. Community focal point. Lake of the Woods borders Holes #4 and #5. Clubhouse for sales and rentals. Tees and balls available. Golf cart rental and mini-storage located across the road. $60 for a membership/$9 per round.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • J&M General Store, 9385 Golf Course Dr, 218-223-4381.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Jerry's Restaurant, PO Box 31, (218) 223-8381, [2].  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • North Point Bar & Grill, 17542 Inlet Road NW, (218) 223-4888.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Northwest Angle Resort, PO Box 68, 218-223-8511, [3]. Rates start at $65/night for lodging only and go up for guided tours. $65.  edit
  • Young's Bay Resort, 7610 Young's Bay Dr, (218) 223-8031, [4]. Young's Bay Resort is a small family-owned fishing camp located in the heart of Lake of the Woods on the easternmost part of the Northwest Angle. Lake of the Woods has miles of unspoiled wilderness and 14,000 wooded islands abounding with wildlife. These sheltered waters can be fished for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern, muskies, perch and crappie regardless of the weather.  edit
  • Oak Island Resort, (218) 223-8501.  edit
  • Angle Outpost Resort, 8206 Dawson Road, (218) 223-8101, [5]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. In each of the cabins we provide: linens, bedding, dishes, pots and pans, towels, dish cloths, salt and pepper, and dish soap. There are full bathrooms with hot showers, however there is a limited towel service (one towel per person), so if you feel that you need more towels please bring them with you. All of our modern cabins have: complete kitchens fully equipped for cooking, there are stoves, microwaves, toasters, Mr. Coffee machines with filters provided, and charcoal grills. Varies, depending on season.  edit
  • Angle Inn Lodge, 800-879-4986, [6]. Minutes away is the best reef-fishing on the lake. We are the heart of Lake of the Woods, famous for sport fishing, wildlife, snowmobiling, and breathtaking scenery. Starting at $115/day-pp.  edit
  • Flag Island Resort, PO BOX 98 Flag Island, 218-223-8011. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Located on Flag Island 3 miles from Youngs Bay. Cabins all fully furnished, all linens, full kitchen, gas grilles, fire pits, cable & WI-Fi. Our cabins are all modern and updated. Full bar and restaurant onsite. Plenty on hiking trails, fishing and exploring to do here. starting at $70.00/pp/night.  edit


Get out[edit]

As lodging at the Angle is based around Outdoor tourism, you'll likely be here for the hunting, fishing, hiking, golfing, or other outdoor activities in the area. If you find yourself in Angle Inlet, it's likely for the isolation and natural beauty of the area. With little surrounding towns or villages, getting out should be the last thing to worry about while on vacation in this beautiful, un-disturbed, natural wonder.

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