One of the perks of being at the Governor’s Annual Fishing Opener (69th this year!) is being in close proximity to wildlife and natural resource experts. You get this rare chance to understand an area that others merely pass through and I took full advantage. Savanna Portage State Park is only a few short miles from downtown McGregor and is absolutely beautiful; rich with history, places to camp, hike, swim, fish and has 32 miles of snowmobile trails. The Savanna Portage Trail, a historic trail traveled by fur traders, Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, and explorers for more than 200 years, includes a six mile portage across marsh, swamp, and forest which took an average of five days to reach the West Savanna River. It is remarkably unique in the way that the Continental Divide runs through the park; water to the west flows into the Mississippi River; water to the east runs into Lake Superior. Cool, right? Known for its fishing, you can expect to catch panfish, trout and bass. If you’re like me and fishing isn’t your thing, come for the north woods. Chock-full of birch, aspen, maple and tamarack peat bogs, you are bound to get an amazing picture or two. Have you been here, do you have a favorite state park?
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