Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Minnesota is dubbed the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," and the state owes a lot of that number to Otter Tail County. The county officially contains 1,048 lakes, the most contained in a single county in the United States.
"People love to live on lakes up here," says Bill Kalar of the Otter Tail County Land and Resource Management Department. "Every year we have more waterfront homes being built. We've got no shortage."
What the area loses to a short summer, it more than makes up for with some of the most passionate boaters in the country. You'd be hard-pressed to find a single person in the county who doesn't spend at least one day on the water. The construction of an ethanol plant in the area promises new jobs and more than $110 million per year added to the local economy, making the near future look bright.
Scorecard (scale of 1-5)
Waterfront Availability: 5
Ease for Boaters: 4
Strong Boat-Related Business: 3
Number of Good Boating Days: 2