Mother Nature and Weather Patterns at Lake of the Woods

Weather Patterns can sure affect your daily life and travel. Lake of the Woods is your destination for all season adventures and enjoyment. Winter has arrived in this north country but Mother Nature has been slow on the freeze.

Weather in the cloudsThe first sign of winter is the Baudette Bay freezing over as well as other bays on the Rainy River. This amazing phenomena occurs when the current of the river naturally slows down during this time of the year. One day the bay is clear and the next day, there’s a skim of ice that starts to form and winter is on.

It is nearly Christmas and resorts are just now taking their fish houses out on the lake. Weather patterns this season have been interesting. Temperatures plummeted early on but most recently temps have been above average. That made for slow ice making.

However, now temps are dropping to the single digits in the evening and that’s great for making ice. We are always reminding visitors to be checking with their favorite resorts regarding venturing out on the ice. Right now, travelers must use great caution and only stay on plowed areas.man with ice auger

Many resorts at the Northwest Angle and the Islands are saying that ice is forming well but they will be safely starting to fish by December 26th.

Weather patterns are very interesting to follow. Predictions for this area come from Grand Forks, ND or Fargo, ND weather stations. However, for those of us that have lived here for many years, we know that this big body of water called Lake of the Woods affects the weather greatly. A more accurate reading of the weather actually comes from our neighbors in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

good weather for a day out

Beautiful Weather at a State Park

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Check out this interesting website called www.lakemonster.com. Type in Lake of the Woods MN and check out the current weather and lake temperatures.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

The most pleasant months of the year for Lake of the Woods County are July, August and June. In Lake of the Woods County, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. July is the hottest month for Lake of the Woods County with an average high temperature of 78.7°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in Minnesota. January is the snowiest month in Lake of the Woods County with 10.5 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant.

Average Monthly High and Low (°F)  Weather in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota (bestplaces.net)

High Low
January 15° -6°
February 22° -1°
March 35° 13°
April 52° 29°
May 65° 41°
June 74° 52°
July 79° 56°
August 77° 54°
September 67° 44°
October 52° 32°
November 34° 18°
December 20°


Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Lake of the Woods Weather in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota (bestplaces.net)

January 0 31 6 8
February 0 28 4 5
March 0 29 5 4
April 0 20 6 2
May 0 5 11 0
June 1 0 13 0
July 1 0 11 0
August 1 0 10 0
September 0 2 11 0
October 0 16 9 1
November 0 28 7 5
December 0 31 7 7


As you can see by the numbers above, Lake of the Woods has all the weather variety that’s needed for all outdoor sports. Spring brings the opening of the river and the big lake and spring fishing on the Rainy River is a hit between dodging “ice burgs” floating along.

warrior boats 2023Summer brings full open water fishing where walleyes venture from shallow to deep water to illude the anglers who chase them. Then there’s hiking, biking, golfing and ATV travel through gorgeous forest areas. Fall brings grouse, duck and goose hunters as well as white tail deer and bear.. Winter months in this northland are the favorite of many as cross country skiing, snowmobile riding and of course, ice fishing becomes a must-do sport.

Weather is watched very carefully in this land because it affects much of the travel and activity that happens here. Be aware, Be wise, and Be Careful are the best advise to be given.

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