Six Minnesota State Parks With Fewer Bugs This Summer
If you're looking to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and you don't want to turn into one big mosquito bite, here's some good news from the Minnesota DNR.
While just about all of us enjoy getting outside during our fleeting summer months here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, nobody enjoys getting all bitten up by
Minnesota's state bird, I mean, mosquitoes, right?
Luckily, the DNR says there are several of Minnesota's beautiful state parks where the mosquitoes aren't quite so bad-- and they're all in our neck of the woods, too. So what's up with these state parks not having mosquitoes? Well, first, that's not entirely true. While the DNR says they can't promise there won't be ANY mosquitoes, these state parks-- thanks to their location here in southeast Minnesota-- most likely have less.
What's up with that? Well, you can thank the glaciers that once covered the upper Midwest millions of years ago. When those glaciers last moved through, for some reason, they avoided what's now southeast Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin-- which is why we don't have any natural lakes in these parts.
But that's good news for having fewer mosquitoes. Because mosquitoes like stagnant warm water-- like lakes-- to reproduce. And, without any lakes, our environment isn't as attractive to those blasted bugs. As the DNR says, "these particular parks tend to have fewer biting insects because of their geologic and meteorologic conditions."
So, here are the six state parks you'll want to check out if you're looking to avoid those blasted mosquitoes: