Minnesota is well-known for its appreciation of the beautiful outdoors and hockey. It makes sense that the state is sometimes referred to as “the land of lakes” given its enormous lake population. There are more than 15,000 lakes greater than 10 acres in Minnesota. Speaking of lakes, they are included in our ranking of Minnesota’s seven most deadly locations. Prepare yourself—some of these hazardous locations may surprise you.
1. Rural Backroads
In Minnesota, driving on small, rural back roads may appear safer and wiser than driving on major thoroughfares. Backroads can frequently present a greater risk of harm than well-lit routes. On backroads, a lot more can genuinely go wrong in a variety of ways. Due to the lack of traffic lights, animals darting out in front of moving vehicles, and the increased risk to huge limbs in the lanes, travelling after dark can be risky. If a hazardous person stops to “help,” it is also possible to get into far worse difficulty with your automobile.
There are several opportunities for someone driving without much road knowledge to turn too fast or to not slow down at a risky crossroads. Many drunk drivers use the back roads as a way to avoid traffic jams and to elude the authorities. This results in a large number of deaths each year. Although driving on backroads might be enjoyable, it’s best to do so during the day.
2. Icy Lakes
After spending too much time indoors, a frozen lake may seem like the ideal location. Rescue workers in Minnesota go out to save many individuals every year because people are willing to brave the bitter cold to spice up their day. It’s difficult to determine when a lake’s ice is thick enough to walk on, and children are less likely than adults to stop and think about it. But, adults are more likely than youngsters to get into difficulties when skating.
Ice fishing is a favourite pastime in the Midwest, especially if the lake is full of edible fish. Many people confuse the frozen lake for safety when it’s not, putting them in risk of death. This is one of the reasons it’s crucial to always go ice-bashing with a buddy and survival kit. It’s quite challenging to escape a lake once you’ve broken through the ice. Hypothermia can be fatal and sets in quickly.
3. St. Croix River
Too many television programmes and films have glorified cliff leaping, despite the fact that it is a bad idea. It is more common than in some other states in Minnesota, a state with 15,000 lakes and several rivers. It is difficult to determine the precise depth of that area of the river, and there is a very real chance that a jumper will shatter their legs, neck, spine, or other bones. Furthermore, it is impossible to predict what will be beneath the water at the landing place; it can be a broken glass, a jagged rock, a tangled tree branch, or other debris that could cause harm or even death should the jumper fall on it. It would probably be fatal for a jumper to land head-first on a protruding rock below the surface.
These are but a handful of the numerous scenarios that could occur and make cliff leaping exceedingly dangerous. Additionally, it puts the people the jumper is with in danger because it would be up to them to rescue the jumper and bring them back to safety without risk of drowning. River currents can be incredibly erratic.
4. Residential Homes
Although many people don’t think so, we all want to think that our home is the safest place for us to be. Anyone can become a victim of domestic abuse at any time. It affects more than just one kind of household or one income level. Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate and is a common occurrence for everyone. It might be challenging to determine whether someone we know is living in a dangerous environment. Even in families that seem joyful and flawless on the outside, cruelty, violence, threats, and murder occur far too frequently in the home. Do not wait until it is too late to report the police if you believe violence is taking place at a friend’s, neighbor’s, or family member’s house.
5. Rural Campsites
The sense of privacy and escape from the spotlight that come with camping is one of the main reasons why people love it so much. Regretfully, there are a lot of risks for those who decide to camp distant from other campers or who venture outside unaccompanied. The most common drawback to the additional seclusion is robbery, however several violent crimes often follow.
When camping, it’s critical to exercise caution and bring essential emergency supplies. Every year, a lot of people pass away whilst camping. If an attack isn’t the cause, it could potentially result from freezing to death or being lost in the woods. Always set up a sensible camp and pack essential survival supplies. As someone’s mother (or yours) once remarked, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
6. Kettle River’s Hells Gate
Knowing the body of water you will be kayaking in is crucial, regardless of where you decide to go kayaking. To avoid any unpleasant shocks when you’re kayaking, it’s best to take a stroll through the region you plan to paddle. Another smart approach is to use a drone to scout the region if walking isn’t an option. Make sure you do your homework and speak with other boaters who have recently been to the area you want to paddle in. Don’t forget to include essential survival kit for unexpected situations. In case of a spill, it’s also crucial to carry a waterproof floating container for your cell phone and to wear a life jacket. It can literally save your life to paddle beside a friend.
There are many rivers in Minnesota that have more advanced whitewater classifications. If a whitewater kayaker is novice, this can be very dangerous. Having the appropriate whitewater equipment, especially a helmet, is crucial. In the Kettle River, Hells Gate is a well-liked but possibly extremely deadly location. That section of the whitewater is Class III, so inexperienced users should avoid it. Going without the necessary equipment or alone can be a death sentence. This is one place where wearing a helmet is crucial for any whitewater kayaking activity. The “gate” is a small, uneven opening between two strongly protruding boulders. It is tiny and uneven. The depth, amount of rainfall, and amount of snowmelt upriver can all affect the water. Bring some companions with you. Although it can be a lot of fun, just in case, be prepared for things to go wrong!