lake of the woods, mn.
Warroad is along the southwest shore of Lake of the Woods at Muskeg Bay, east of Roseau and west of Baudette. Warroad is 7.5 miles south of the Canadian border.
Warroad was once one of the largest Ojibwe villages on Lake of the Woods. The Ojibwe fought a long and fierce war against the Sioux for the lake’s rice fields. Occupying the prairies of the Red River Valley, the Sioux frequently invaded the territory by way of the Red and Roseau Rivers, a route that ended at the mouth of the Warroad River. This was the old “war road” from which the river and village derived their name.
Lake of the Woods is over 70 miles (110 km) long and wide and contains more than 14,552 islands and 65,000 miles (105,000 km) of shoreline. Lake of the Woods is also the sixth largest freshwater lake located (at least partially) in the United States, after the five Great Lakes, and the 36th largest lake in the world by area.
In the 20th century, the town had a strong commercial fishing industry, which gradually turned to sport fishing and tourism. Warroad is also called Hockeytown USA® for its strong hockey tradition