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On the Mark: Up north swimming vacation hits the spot


July 17, 2020

Fall Lake is an entryway to the eastern BWCAW, where Anne Markusen encountered a mother mallard with her chicks.

Tired of staying home and not hosting friends and family for meals, music evenings and overnights, my husband and I provisioned our small motorhome and set out for a week in the Northwoods. We'd never been to Voyageurs National Park, so we headed directly north, swimming every day a major goal.

We stopped at McCarthy Beach State Park. A bit disappointing. The lake is shallow and was almost uncomfortably warm. It was crowded, and most people seemed content to float on puffed-up plastic and play with children. We swam anyway.

We try to avoid big campgrounds. We were delighted to discover the...

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