The vast forestlands and numerous lakes are what characterize this region of east central Minnesota. The Superior Uplands region is a recreational haven. The lakes, forests and rivers are what brought people to this area and those attributes, along with the region’s rural character, continue to be an attraction for many. The many state forests and state parks provide residents and visitors a like ample opportunities to fish, hunt, camping or simply enjoy the outdoors. Mille Lacs is famed for its walleye fishery and tourism is the cornerstone of the local economy. It’s proximity to the Twin Cities and easy access from I35 makes this region a popular one for summer cabins. The St. Croix River with the Upper and Lower Snake River, provide additional waterway recreation.