Roseau County is about as far as one can get from Minneapolis while still remaining within Minnesota. I’ve been lucky enough to know someone from Roseau and, despite the long drive, I’ve made this trip repeatedly since my first visit in August 2009.
Roseau County was once covered by Lake Agassiz. Most of the terrain is now vast farmlands, but Roseau County also contains Hayes Lake State Park, Lost River State Forest and also a significant portion of Beltrami Island State Forest. Because the area is so far away from most tourists destinations, there is not a lot of traffic to deal with and people you’ll encounter tend to be out and about their daily lives.
The people of Roseau County are some of the most genuine that I have found in all of my travels. They are open, friendly and willing to help without hesitation. If you should visit, Roseau has hotels, grocery stores, mechanics and restaurants. Everything you need and more is right there. Camping at Hayes Lake State Park is also beyond comparison. It’s a beautiful, well-run Park on the edge of Betrami Island State Forest.