• Angle Inlet, Minnesota

      post office
      Photo by Michael Roth
      Angle Inlet has the distinction of being the northern most town in the contiguous United States. This slice of land is part of Minnesota, because treaties between the US and Great Britain in the 17th and 18th century defined America's northern border as the Northwestern most point of Lake of the Woods, before accurate maps of the area existed. Today, the Angle consists of about 100 residents, a post office, the last one-room school in Minnesota, as several Fishing Resorts.

      If you go:
      Gravel roads provide the only land access to Angle Inlet. Visitors must first cross into Canada, and drive about 60 miles through Manitoba. There is no customs station at the US Border, instead, visitors are required to use a video phone to check-in with the US Border Patrol upon arrival at Angle Inlet, and call again to check-in with Canadian authorities before departing.


      Angle Inlet Historic Marker
      17606 Inlet Road NW
      Angle Inlet, Minnesota 56711 USA

      Mailing address:
      Lake of the Woods Tourism
      P.O. Box 518
      Baudette, MN 56623 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Lake of the Woods Tourism
      +1 (800) 382-3474

      Comments 3 Comments
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        Don't go by the placement of the map icon in the map above, this place really is in Minnesota. That placement is a result of the compression algorithm used by Google Maps. What is interesting is how large an area this is. The entire area is something on the scale of greater Winnipeg. Pretty interesting place to live!

      1. AZBuck's Avatar
        AZBuck -
        I would also note, for the trivia minded among you, that this is just one of at least three U.S towns that can only be reached by going through Canada. The other two that I know of are Point Roberts WA and Estcourt Station ME. Like Angle Inlet, their situation is due to peculiarities in how the border is/was defined.

      1. Midwest Michael's Avatar
        Midwest Michael -
        Wow, I knew of Port Roberts, but I had never heard of Escourt Station before. It's a shame, Had I known, I would have visited when I drove through that area a couple summers ago - then again, I would have driven through on a Sunday and the customs station would have been closed so I guess I couldn't have visited legally!