7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

We've all heard the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of the United States and even 7 Wonders of the Solar System. So how about the 7 Wonders of Alexandria!? That’s right, we have a list of 7 things that make Alexandria MN unique, interesting and leaving you with a sense of wonder!

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1. Chain of Lakes

Overhead picture of Rotary Beach and the channel between Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Carlos. Photo by Cybersprout
Overhead picture of Rotary Beach and the channel between Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Carlos. Photo by Cybersprout.

The Alexandria Area has over 300 lakes within Douglas County. Among all these lakes a few stand tall in terms of uniqueness and all out fun. Yep, the Chain of Lakes! Just as it sounds, most of these lakes link to one another by channels without having to portage your watercraft (accessibility varies by lake, season and boat size). Located directly around the city of Alexandria, this collection of lakes includes Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, Lake Victoria, Lake Cowdry, Lake Jessie, North Union Lake, Lake Taylor, Lake Stony and Lake Brophy. There are also some additional lakes on the chain with channels only navigable by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. The lakes with channel accessibility for the majority of boats are Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, Geneva, Victoria and Darling.

These lakes are true gems for Alexandria. Countless people enjoy numerous activities including boating, fishing, tubing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and docking your boat at a lakeside restaurant for a bite to eat! The Chain of Lakes are an outstanding recreational resource for Alexandria and a perfect destination for vacations. Visit our activities page for additional information on lake fun, boat rentals and other great ways to Explore Alexandria!


A canoe connecting to Lake Brophy through a channel from North Union Lake.


Aerial view of the Alexandria area!
Aerial view of Downtown Alexandria!


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James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

8 Responses to 7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

  1. Beautiful pictures of our favorite town. The picture of the
    road between Lakes Le Homme Dieu & Carlos was amazing.
    I couldn’t wait to see where that picture was taken and when I found out we have taken that road lots. Sure looks beautiful from the air.

    • Thanks for the compliment on the Three Havens photo! I’m just a hobby photographer but I get lucky every once in a while with a shot!

  2. I spent several years there. Went to the tech school and stayed for several years. Great times. My sister still lives there so I do get a chance to visit from time to time.

  3. In 1962′,my family and I went to to
    The Viking Trail Resort and met friends we have enjoyed all these years, Bought a Mother of the bride dress in Alexandria!Now I go the Elderuniverties at Mt. Carmel!

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