One thing to consider when traveling in this area are flies, ticks, and mosquitoes. You should come prepared. After one camping trip I bought a net to put over my face and neck. While you are riding the insects are not bad, but they sure find you fast when you stop.
Akeley started during the boom time of lumbering in Minnesota in the early 1900s. The lumber barons Walker and Akeley set the mill in this town. Now town has around 500 residents down from a peak of over 2000.
In some areas the trail has a path for horses and one for snowmobiles.
The Tiger Muskie that you might go after in the lake could reach 34-48" and weigh over 30 pounds.
I found out that the Red Ox Trails came through Detroit Lakes. These were trails used to haul animal pelts from Canada to be shipped down the Mississippi River from St. Paul. These cart could carry a half ton and would return north with supplies, and food. Fur trading was the first big industry in this area.
The added Lakes to the name to stop confusion with the Detroit by me. Detroit is a French word that translated to straits or narrows. I see why our city got that name.
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Pacific Coast Highway