Inland Lake Houseboat: Rainy Lake, Minnesota
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There are a lot of lakes on the Minnesota-Ontario border and the largest (excepting Lake Superior) is Rainy Lake. The size of the body of water combined with the thinly populated area surrounding it makes it the sort of place where you can easily be alone with your thoughts. The best way to get out there? Get a houseboat. Houseboating is very popular on Rainy Lake, and a number of outfits rent them out by the week or day. A small houseboat with a double bed, couch, propane stove and refrigerator starts at $1300 a week and goes up, depending on the time of year. To ensure peace and quiet, you can always motor to a spot far from other boats and people. And, if you want to go fishing, you don’t have to travel far.