Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (2022)

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Minnesota’s NW Angle

The Northwest Angle aka “the Angle” is located on the northern side of Lake of the Woods, or when viewing a map, the “chimney”. The area is 596.3 miles, 473.2 miles of that is water. It is also the northern most point of the contiguous 48 states. The Angle is in coexistence with Angle Township and Lake of the Woods County, surrounded by Manitoba and Ontario. The reefs create a fun and unique fishing experience for all!Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (2)

There are many ways to travel to the NW Angle

Drive to the Northwest Angle

Guests can choose to drive up! This beautiful drive will have you driving through Canada for about 40 miles and re-entering back into the U.S. up at the Angle. The NW Angle is one of four exclaves across the U.S. / Canada border.

Travelers must have a few things to clear customs with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption
  2. Accepted form to prove identity and residency (Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, etc.)
  3. Fill out the ArriveCan App

Take the Lake and Avoid Customs

Some choose to travel to the Angle across the lake which keeps you in Minnesota and avoids crossing the border. There are a number of options.Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (3)Boat to the Angle aboard a charter boat. If you prefer to avoid customs, boating across the lake on a charter boat via the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service is one option. These large boats will transport you and your gear to your favorite NW Angle resort.

Boat to the Angle on your own. As long as you have a large boat that can handle big water and the experience on big water, boating across the lake, about 40 miles across, is a viable option. Lake of the Woods is big water. Even the most experienced captain with the right gear closely watches the weather, wind, waves, etc, making good decisions about when it is safe for travel and when it is not. Having some extra time is always advantageous in the event you have to leave the next day when there is more favorable weather.

Fly to the Angle! Whether it is summer or winter, flying across the lake is a quick 15 minute flight. Lake Country Air specialized in transporting you and your group to the NW Angle or south shore of the lake. They can set up charters from various Midwest destinations straight to Lake of the Woods.

Bombardier Service Across the Ice. In the winter, the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service will transport you across the ice via bombardier! Traveling on well groomed and staked trails on the ice, this is a fun way to get up to the islands area in the winter.Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (4)

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Snowmobile Across the Ice. In the winter, snowmobile trails are groomed and marked during the winter months from the South Shore and Warroad up to the NW Angle. A shelter is located on Garden Island about 25 – 30 miles off the South Shore if you need a break, want to warm up or need shelter from weather events. If your sled is not registered in MN, you will need a trail sticker when traveling.

When arriving into the U.S. at the NW Angle, travelers will use the ROAM app located at most resorts or at the Custom and Border Protection’s self serve kiosks at Jim’s corner, Carlson’s Landing (near the Church/School), or Young’s Bay.Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (5)

Most angle resorts have an iPad loaded with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection check in program. Resorts provide a heated, somewhat private area with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Travelers can also download the ROAM mobile application for quick and easy check in.

Recreating in Canada while staying at the Angle. During your stay up at the Angle, visitors who cross into Canada via boat and do not touch land, a dock, another boat, anchor or exchange goods or services, do not need to clear customs when entering Canada or returning back into the U.S.

If you plan on touching land in Canada, one must fill out the ArriveCan App and then call CBSA via the 888-CAN-PASS number before entering Canada. Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (6)

When traveling back into the U.S. after touching land in Canada, travelers must check back in with U.S. Customs with one of the designated ROAM check in stations or resort iPads.

Remember, if you are snowmobiling or ice fishing, ice equals land, meaning everyone must check in with CBSA before entering Canada and check back in with U.S. Customs when you are back in the U.S. at one of the resorts on a designated iPad or via ROAM on your mobile device.

Traveling back south through Canada from the Angle. Travelers headed back home to the U.S. through Canada can check in via the phones located at Jim’s Corner which connect you to Canada Border Services Agency, or call the 1-888-CAN-PASS number to clear with Canada Customs. Both options get your call to the same call center.

Very simply, when you are cleared, CBSA will give you a check in number you can write down which is your verification of clearing Canada customs and you are cleared to enter Canada.

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Visitors with DUI’s must check with the Canada Border Services Agency prior to their trip and apply for a the proper credentials to cross into Canada before arriving.

Check out this great video about the NW Angle.

Fort St. Charles located on Magnuson Island is a must see destination for visitors to the NW Angle. It is free and open to the public.

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Visitors to Canada…
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5119-eng.html

Pre-approval and trusted traveler programs.

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The bi-national NEXUS program.
http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/nexus

The U.S. I-68 Canadian border boat landing program.
http://www.cbp.gov/travel/pleasure-boats-private-flyers/cbbl

RABC… Remote Area Border Crossing Permit.

Designed for travelers who will frequently be crossing the U.S. / Canada border in designated remote areas such as the NW Angle that doesn’t have a CBSA office, the RABC allows travelers to quickly get through the process of clearing Canada customs. In a nutshell, this is for frequent travelers to Canada who will be touching land in Canada.

Pet lovers, remember, vaccination papers are required for pets. For more information on crossing into Canada, http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

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Directions to the Angle when driving

From Warroad: Take MN-313 N into Manitoba, CN. After 12.6 miles, make a right turn onto MB-308 N (follow signs for Sprague just before Esso gas Station). After 27 miles, take a right onto MB-525 E (this will enter back into MN). Continue on Co Rd 330 Angle Road NW.

Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (8)From Roseau: Follow HWY 310 into Manitoba, CN 10 miles. Continuing on to Main St, turn right onto Manitoba 12 S. Travel 5.9 miles and take a left on MB-308 N (turning by Esso gas station following signs for Sprague. After 27 miles, take the right onto MB-525 E (entering MN). Continue onto Co Rd 330 Angle Road NW.

What to do when you get to the Angle…

Northwest Angle - The Northern Most Part of the Continuous United States (9)You are required to stop and “check-in” with U.S. Customs after making the journey through Canada to the NW Angle as you have crossed the international border from Canada into the U.S. Most resorts have an iPad you can check in to U.S. Customs with via their ROAM App.

Another option is to stop at U.S. Customs kiosks with iPads at Jim’s Corner, Young’s Bay Resort or Carlson’s Landing (next to the NW Angle School).

When leaving the Angle back into Canada (such as if you are headed south back to the U.S.), you must check in with CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) as you will be driving through Canada for about a 40 mile stretch. You can either stop at Jim’s Corner where there is a phone that connects to Canada Border Services Agency or call the 1-888-CAN-PASS number on your own phone. Have the license plate of your vehicle handy as well as the names and dates of birth for all passengers traveling.

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CBSA will ask you a few questions and once cleared, will provide you a number to write down. This number is your proof in the event you would get checked driving through Canada.

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  1. Boat across on your own
  2. Snowmobile across on marked and groomed trails
  3. Use the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (charter boat during open water and bombardier shuttle across the ice)
  4. Fly with Lake Country Air. (Float plane in the open water, skis on plane in winter)

Contact your favorite NW Angle resort for details or info.

In addition to the World Class Fishing, Explore the Angle!

The NW Angle boasts some of the best fishing in North America. In addition, this area has so much more to see and do.

Check out the islands and mainland for even more Angle adventures. Miles of sandy beaches are another great way to spend a day on the lake.

Massacre Island, Eagle’s Rock, Penasse Island, and Fort St Charles are all great spots to learn a little history.

Birding and Wildlife are abundant in the area, as are the wild flowers, wild rice, blueberries, and raspberries.

Play a round of golf on the Northern-most 9 hole golf course in America. Take a boat tour of the lake; check out Painted Rock Island that has evidence of the area’s earliest inhabitants! Paintings dating over 1,000 years can be seen here. Late at night the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Check out the Lake of the Woods Explorer App. A local explorer, Joe Laurin, didn’t want to keep these well researched locations throughout Lake of the Woods a secret any longer. He developed an app so visitors and locals alike could check out the many wonders of this area. Abandoned gold mines, abandoned prisoner of war camps Canadians housed Germans, interior waterfalls, Cheerios Beach (where the rocks look like Cheerios), landmarks, lithographs (paintings on rock dating over 1,000 years), common fishing spots and so much more.

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The northernmost marker is located at Young’s Bay Resort in the community of Angle Inlet, MN. Young’s Bay was chosen as it is where the main marina is located for visitors and residents who are staying on one of the island resorts or cabins amongst the islandsof the NW Angle. It is also adjacent tothe bar and restaurant of the Angle called Jerry’s is located where folks will stop in for a cold beer or a good burger

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FAQs

What is the northernmost spot in the 48 contiguous US? ›

The Northernmost Spot in the 48 Contiguous U.S. States – The Northwest Angle in Minnesota.

Why is Northwest Angle part of the United States? ›

The Angle became part of the US due to an oversight: during the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the border drawn between the US and what was then British territory was designed to cut through the Lake of the Woods area at a northwest angle, but the map they used misrepresented the lake's location.

What angle is Northwest? ›

Northwest (NW), 315°, halfway between north and west, is the opposite of southeast.

What is unique about the Northwest Angle? ›

Among Minnesota's many charms and unique attributes is the fact that it contains the northernmost part of the contiguous United States: The Northwest Angle, also known as the “Top of the Nation” or the “Chimney.”

What is the northern most state in the contiguous US? ›

Looking at a map, Alaska is clearly the most northern state in the U.S., and Hawaii, at 20º North, is without doubt the most southern state.

What are the 2 farthest points in the US? ›

  • Northernmost - Point Barrow, Alaska (71.39040° N, 156.47741° W)
  • Southernmost - Ka Lae, Hawaii (18.91023° N, 155.67927° W)
  • Easternmost - West Quoddy Head, Maine (44.81335° N, 66.94975° W) ...
  • Westernmost - Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska (65.64° N, 168.12° W) datum uncertain. ...
  • Highest - Mount McKinley, Alaska (20,320 feet)

Do you need a passport to go to the Northwest Angle? ›

Drive to the Northwest Angle

The NW Angle is one of four exclaves across the U.S. / Canada border. Travelers must have a few things to clear customs with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Accepted form to prove identity and residency (Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License, etc.)

Do people live in the Northwest Angle? ›

Nearly every dollar that goes to the Northwest Angle of Minnesota travels there in the pocket of an angler. Only about 120 people live there year-round.

Why is there a bump in Minnesota? ›

The protrusion of land is due to a historic mapping mistake. When the American Revolutionary War ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783, Britain and the US agreed on the new border based on a map maker's error about the source of the Mississippi River, which was used to help draw the boundary.

What does north of west mean? ›

For example, a vector can be said to have a direction of 40 degrees North of West (meaning a vector pointing West has been rotated 40 degrees towards the northerly direction) of 65 degrees East of South (meaning a vector pointing South has been rotated 65 degrees towards the easterly direction).

How did mn get the Northwest Angle? ›

A line was drawn from there to a northwestern point at Lake of the Woods, meeting the existing border. That's how Minnesota got the little chimney at its northern border, officially known as the Northwest Angle.

How many degrees are there between west and north west? ›

A compass rose is primarily composed of four cardinal directions—north, east, south, and west—each separated by 90 degrees, and secondarily divided by four ordinal (intercardinal) directions—northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest—each located halfway between two cardinal directions.

Does anyone live in Angle Inlet? ›

Its population was 54 as of the 2020 census.

Can you cross into Canada from Minnesota? ›

Minnesota shares a 547-mile border with the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario. There are 8 border crossings in MN. The Baudette – Rainy River border crossing is an international bridge that connects the communities of Baudette, MN and Rainy River, Ontario.

Why did the United States not want to give up the Northwest Angle once the error was discovered? ›

During this survey both Great Britain and Canada tried to eliminate the Northwest Angle by reviving the suggestion made in 1807. The U.S. government rejected their offers to buy the angle. The Americans realized that it did not have great economic value.

What is the furthest west point in the continental US? ›

The Answer:

The westernmost point is Cape Wrangell, Alaska, which is 3,625 miles west of center.

What is the longest distance you can travel in the United States? ›

At over 3300 miles (5400km) U.S. Route 20 is the longest road trip road in the United States. U.S. Route 20 covers 3,365 miles, from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon.

Is Alaska more west or Hawaii? ›

The state farthest west is Alaska!

It might surprise you to learn that Alaska is the most western state, especially when considering how far west Hawaii lies from the Continental U.S. An island named Attu located at the very tip of the Aleutian Island chain is the most western point in the entire country.

What is the longest drive in the United States? ›

In 1963, therefore, U.S. 20 became the longest road in the country. U.S. 20 is 3,365 miles long according to the 1989 log. The route begins in Boston at a junction with Massachusetts Route 2 and ends in Newport, Oregon, at a junction with U.S. 101.

Is there a ferry to the Northwest Angle? ›

Service from the Rainy River to Oak Island, Flag Island, Northwest Angle, and the surrounding area with navigable docks. $625 for the boat up to 6 passengers up to 2 hours on the island. Additional time on the island $50 per hour. - Click on the day of your choice for available options.

Can you cross into Canada on Lake of the Woods? ›

Border Crossing

You must cross the border into Canada and then back into the U.S. when driving up to Angle Outpost. Each traveler is required to have a passport. Children who are traveling without one or either of their parents must have a permission document signed by the absent parent(s).

Is the a ferry to Angle Inlet Minnesota? ›

This can be done by aircraft, by boat when the lake is free of ice, or by ice road in the winter months. Since there are no automobile ferries operating on the lake, vehicles coming from the rest of Minnesota can only reach the Angle without crossing the border in winter.

What US city is completely surrounded by Canada? ›

Point Roberts is a pene-exclave of Washington (state) on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen peninsula, south of Vancouver, Canada. The area, which had a population of 1,191 at the 2020 census, is reached by land from the rest of the United States by traveling 25 mi (40 km) through Canada.

Why is Point Roberts so cheap? ›

Point Roberts is cut off from the rest of the U.S. mainland, and because of this, it relies heavily on Canada for most of its economic needs. Point Roberts receives all its electrical power and water supply from the province of British Columbia and Canadians own over 75% of the properties in Point Roberts.

Can you cross the border on Lake of the Woods? ›

visit the Lake of the Woods Tourism Website. In addition to the link above: You no longer need a negative Covid test, however, you do need to download the Arrive Can app to present when crossing the border. Your Port of Entry will be either South Junction when crossing via Roseau or Sprague when crossing at Warroad.

What town in Minnesota is closest to Canada? ›

Minnesota Canada Border Towns

Another Canadian city that's close to Minnesota is Fort Frances, which is on the Canadian side of the town of International Falls in Minnesota.

Why does part of Minnesota go into Canada? ›

Due to a mapping error in 1783, a part of Minnesota is completely cut off via land travel from the rest of the United States called Angle Inlet, MN up at the Northwest Angle. Is the NW Angle completely controlled by Canada as the story this week at digg.com suggests?

What town is the farthest north in Minnesota? ›

Angle Township is a township in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 119 at the 2010 census. At 49.22° north latitude, it is the northernmost township in Minnesota and the Contiguous United States.

What is the difference between west of north and north of west? ›

There is a direction called 'northwest'. It is specifically halfway between north and west, or 45 degrees from each of those directions. Directions which are between west and northwest are called 'north of west', and directions which are between northwest and north are 'west of north'. ...

What is the difference between north west and north north west? ›

Lowercased northwest (American spelling*) or north-west (British spelling**) indicates a compass point. Capitalized Northwest or North-West refers to a region of the world, of a country, of a city, etc. For example, in the United States, the Northwest is the northwestern part of the country. Is NW a word?

What is the difference between north of east and northeast? ›

It seems that you are right and "northeast" is American English, while British English spells it "north-east". However, Cambridge Dictionaries Online do not have any reference to the hyphenated variant. The Wikipedia article on compass directions shows "northeast" but not "north-east".

Is Minnesota further north than Maine? ›

It may appear on the map that Maine is farther north than Minnesota. However, the Angle Inlet of northern Minnesota at 49 degrees 23 minutes north is north of the 49-degree boundary between the United States and Canada. This is well north of any point in Maine, no matter how the map looks.

How did Minnesota get Lake of the Woods? ›

When the glaciers over Minnesota withdrew many years ago, a lake known as Glacial Lake Agassiz formed. Eventually, this lake shrank drastically, forming what we know today as Lake of the Woods. The waters of Lake of the Woods, like those of Lake Agassiz, flow north and empty into the Hudson Bay.

Is Minnesota apart of Canada? ›

About Minnesota

Minnesota, is in the north central United States. Near the geographic center of North America, it is bordered on the north by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, on the west by North Dakota and South Dakota, on the south by Iowa, and on the east by Wisconsin and Lake Superior.

What is the measure of angle in degrees between North and west? ›

The measure of the angle in degrees between: (i) North and West is 90o . (ii) North and South is 180o .

What is the true bearing of northwest? ›

Three-figure bearings
North000 ∘
South180 ∘
South West225 ∘
West270 ∘
North West315 ∘
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How many degrees do you turn when you are facing south and turn towards North west clockwise? ›

If we start facing South and turn clockwise to West, then we make 1 right angle. Was this answer helpful?

Why does the US own Angle Inlet? ›

The Angle became part of the US due to an oversight: during the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the border drawn between the US and what was then British territory was designed to cut through the Lake of the Woods area at a northwest angle, but the map they used misrepresented the lake's location.

What is the deepest part of Rainy Lake? ›

Is Minnesota similar to Canada? ›

According to Doran, who is from southern Minnesota, “Minnesotans have an identity with Canada that perhaps no other state has to the same degree.” “There are just lots of commonalities,” he said. “People move back and forth, so there are family members on both sides of the border.

Can you drive from Minnesota to Canada without a passport? ›

In lieu of a passport, you will need to provide other documentation such as a birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a Certificate of Indian Status, plus a photo ID.

Do you need a passport to go to Canada from Minnesota? ›

U.S. citizens do not require a passport to go into Canada. However, they must present a valid passport card (such as an Enhanced Driver's License), NEXUS card, or FAST pass/card to gain entry in its stead.

Do I need a passport to go to Canada from MN? ›

Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 only need proof of U.S. citizenship.

Why does the US have the Northwest Angle? ›

The Webster–Ashburton Treaty of 1842 reaffirmed this border. However, the placement of the northwestern corner and shape of the lake meant that this north–south line cut off a section of U.S. territory to its east, now known as the Northwest Angle.

Do people live in the Northwest Angle? ›

Nearly every dollar that goes to the Northwest Angle of Minnesota travels there in the pocket of an angler. Only about 120 people live there year-round.

What is the bump on top of Minnesota? ›

The upshot is that Minnesota has a 25 by 20 mile bump sticking into Canada. About two-thirds of the bump is water, and what land there is can only be reached from the U.S. by boat. That is, unless you wait for the lake to freeze in winter, in which case you can take your ice truck.

What is the northernmost state capital in the lower 48 states? ›

What distinguishes Olympia, Washington from other American cities? The city is the northernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. The Castle, the Old Capitol Building in Olympia. The former Thurston County Courthouse served from 1905 until 1928 as the Washington state capitol.

Is Minnesota more north than Maine? ›

Maine, while sometimes appearing to be the northernmost of the 48 contiguous states, actually ranks sixth after Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

What is the westernmost point in the lower 48 states? ›

The westernmost point in the contiguous United States is at Cape Alava, south of Cape Flattery in Olympic National Park.

What is the furthest west point in the continental US? ›

The Answer:

The westernmost point is Cape Wrangell, Alaska, which is 3,625 miles west of center.

What are the 10 most northern US states? ›

The Northern states – or simply, the North – is a region located in the United States. This region encompasses the nation's northernmost states that are also located in the East and Midwest regions of the country.
...
Northern States.
State2022 Pop.
North Dakota800,394
Ohio11,852,036
Pennsylvania13,062,764
Rhode Island1,106,341
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What is the northernmost city in the United States? ›

Utqiagvik is the northernmost city in the United States and the ninth northernmost city in the world. It is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Is it colder in Maine or Minnesota? ›

Coldest States in America
RankYearSummer
1AlaskaAlaska
2North DakotaWyoming
3MaineIdaho
4MinnesotaMaine
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Is Minnesota colder than Pennsylvania? ›

On average across the year, yes, Minnesota, United States is colder than Pennsylvania, United States . Minnesota, United States has an average minimum temperature of 2°C/36°F and Pennsylvania, United States has an average minimum temperature of 6°C/43°F.

Is Maine warmer than Minnesota? ›

The state's average annual recorded temperature between 1901 and 2000, a time period that allows easy comparison with other states, was is 40.1 degrees Fahrenheit. That puts Minnesota tied for second in the lower 48, along with Maine. North Dakota is the coldest in the contiguous U.S., at 39.7 degrees on average.

What are the 4 corners of the continental US? ›

Below: A similar oddity exists at Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states meet. Here (for only $3.00 per person) you can be in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona all at the same time.

Which US city is farthest west? ›

According to cohp.org, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska is the westernmost town in the 50 US states. If including territories Udall Point, Guam is the westernmost. If only looking at contiguous 48 states Cape Alava, Washington is the westernmost city.

What is the southernmost point in the 50 United States? ›

Extreme Points of the United States (50 States)
Distance 1
Extreme pointLatitudemi.
Easternmost point: West Quoddy Head, Maine44°49' N1,788
Southernmost point: Ka Lae (South Cape), Hawaii18°55' N3,463
Westernmost point: Cape Wrangell, Alaska (Attu Island)52°55' N3,625
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