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A Fly Fishing Adventure on the Root River!

The state of Minnesota is a fisherman’s paradise, with countless rivers and lakes to choose from around the state. Even with so many great places to choose from, you can find some of the best fly fishing on the Root River right here near Lanesboro MN! Couple your fishing adventure with the uniquely beautiful scenery that can only be found in southwestern Minnesota’s bluff country, and you have the perfect recipe for a relaxing summer escape.

Take your fishing trip to the next level and add lodging at our historic Lanesboro MN Bed and Breakfast.  We’re just a few steps away from all that awaits on the Root River, including the Root River State Trail, as well as restaurants, shops, and more in downtown Lanesboro. There’s a reason they call this charming little town the Bed and Breakfast capital of Minnesota. Pack your fly fishing gear, and join us on the Root River for an exceptionally relaxing few days. Book your room at our Lanesboro MN Bed and Breakfast today!

Fly fishing on the Root River near Lanesboro MN

Great Fly Fishing on the Root River in Minnesota

Grab your fly fishing gear this summer and head out on the Root River near Lanesboro MN – it’s the perfect place to land a gorgeous trout! In fact, this area is home to the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world, with more than 2,000 trout streams. The Root River is one of the best of them, too, especially for fly fishing.  It meanders through Minnesota’s Driftless Region, surrounded on both sides by steeply rising limestone bluffs, beautiful natural scenery, and of course, plenty of wild trout.

The health of the Root River and area trout streams is thanks largely to the calcium and carbon-rich limestone that is predominate here. It serves as something of a reservoir for the streams, and keeps them flowing at just the right temperature and other conditions throughout the season. The result of these natural conditions have led to a wild trout lover’s dream, and the perfect waters for fly fishing near Lanesboro MN.

The best spot for fly fishing on the Root River is the South Branch. It’s actually the largest and most diverse of the streams you’ll find in southeastern Minnesota. Your best chance for wild brown trout is the upper branch of the river, near Forestville or just downstream from Seven Springs.  There, the cool waters are a trout’s ideal habitat. There are also some great sections for fly fishing on the lower South Branch of the Root River, including near Preston and right here in Lanesboro.

Other great trout streams in the area include Forestville Creek, Canfield Creek, Rush Creek, Trout Run Creek, and more. Fly fishing for trout isn’t the only thing the Root River offers.  The main stem of the river (when the north and south branches merge together), along with the middle and north branches, are also good for things like smallmouth bass.

After fly fishing on the Root River, enjoy staying at our nearby Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro MN

The Best Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast

When you’re done on the river, return to the comfortable guest rooms at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast.  Here, you’ll find unbeatable accommodations and welcoming hospitality, and you’re just a short walk away from the town’s best shops and restaurants. It really is the perfect location to enjoy the best of the area, including biking down the extraordinary Root River State Trail.

There are also some local guides in town that can help arrange everything you’ll need for fly fishing on the Root River. Root River Rod Company is located in downtown Lanesboro.  They offer a variety of fishing equipment, and also offer a guide service for those who’d prefer that.  In neighboring Preston, the Driftless Fly Fishing Company is a great place to pick up equipment, arrange for lessons, or even a guide.

In the morning, we’ll greet you with a hot breakfast, serving up the perfect fuel for your days adventures ahead. We even offer a breakfast to go, for those of you who want to get out on the water earlier in the day! At the Habberstad House, we believe the smallest touches make the biggest difference. Join us this fall, and see why we’re rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro MN.  Book your room today!


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