It is beautiful weekends like last weekend that make me treasure living up here. The weather was great for a hike to Lake Agnes on Saturday and a family canoe trip on White Pine Lake on Sunday. Both are located up the Caribou Trail in the Lutsen area. The hike to Lake Agnes is a beautiful way to see some major changes in the forest. There are some areas of thick moss, large rock, and of course the lake. The lake itself is quiet as there is no access via motorized vehicles. It is the perfect area for an afternoon lunch or swim.
There are 2 routes to get to Lake Agnes – one is via the Caribou Lake Boat landing which involves a steep climb up at the beginning and some wood log stairs midway through and the other is via County Rd 39 which is pretty flat the whole way. Drive about 1/4 mile or less down Cty Rd 39 and you will see the trail head on your left.
Our adventure on Sunday to White Pine Lake was a real treat. It was our first time bringing our son out in the canoe and he loved it (minus the part where he threw a golf ball in the water and then wanted us to jump in and get it). We watched 5 ducks enjoy the day too – a mom and 4 babies. White Pine Lake is a larger lake, great for fishing and recreational sports like canoeing and kayaking. There is a nice boat landing with bathroom and a fishing pier if you don’t have a boat. Our friends have caught good sized walleyes on this lake, but be aware that there are some pretty large rocks to watch out for. To get to White Pine Lake, take the Caribou Trail to the Honeymoon Trail. You will see signs for White Pine a couple miles in. – Kris