Berry Picking LOW.
Approximate harvest times for local berries: blueberries, mid-to end of July; chokecherries, mid-August; June berries, mid-July; high bush cranberries, September; huckleberries, mid-to end of July; pin cherries, mid July; and raspberries, July.
Fresh pie, crumble, or just fresh picked; blueberries are a favorite past time for Lake of the Woods. Mid-late July through the middle of August are prime “hunting” weeks for visitors and locals looking for a great outdoor activity. Hiking though some of the most beautiful areas of the county bring you to secret spots even the locals haven’t found.
Zippel Bay State Park has miles of groomed trails for pickers to recreationally walk and pick as they please without even leaving the beaten path. Blueberry Hill in Williams, well the name speaks for itself. This park is dedicated to the months of blueberries. This spot gives a little more freedom and terrain to explore while picking buckets of berries. Blueberry Hill State Forest is located 3.5 miles west of Williams on the south side of Highway 11 and is one of the highest points of elevation in the county. Miles of Beltrami State Forest, the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, and the Baudette School Forest are also available for pickers to explore. Franz Jenve State Park to the east of Baudette also has lots of area to forage. A couple farms are also available for pickers.