This weekend was absolutely beautiful. We've had perfect conditions to enjoy a gorgeous fall color peak this year in northern Minnesota.
Sunday afternoon we tossed the kayaks in the truck & headed out to Holy Water Lake. It was a warm & wonderful day to be on the water with paddle in hand.
Holy Water is a undeveloped lake without any dwelling or structure on it's shores.
Northern Minnesota's lake water is often stained tea or coffee-colored. This comes from the tannic acid in bog plants & organic matter, and is natural & harmless. When I was a small kid, I thought it looked like root beer when making a wake with the boat.
Holy Water is very clear, with less staining. I assumed this might be where it got it's name.
(Underwater leaves, below.)
I found information, though, stating the lake got it's name during surveying. A Catholic priest owned forty acres and wanted lines run on his land. When the surveyor ran the lines they found most of his land was in the lake. They had to name it, and came up with "Holy Water."
Whatever the reason for it's name, it was a beautiful, peaceful place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Having lakes like this completely to ourselves is what I love most about Minnesota.
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