Glancing outside it is hard to fathom that it is December in Alexandria, Minnesota. Even in the video below, it would be a challenge to guess the time of year. It was recorded the weekend prior to Thanksgiving this year at Maple Lake. In it, an unedited video as you will notice when I redirect my drone, you will get a good view of the homes along one of the most desirable locations at Maple Lake, Forada Beach Road. Around the 25 second mark of the video, and in the photo above, there is a view of a new lake home being built. Forada Beach Road lakeshore is in demand because it is level and sandy. Some of the properties have some emergent vegetation in front of them but even that isn’t a negative. It is far enough out from the shoreline that it doesn’t affect swimming or boating and it provides a buffer between young swimmers and watercrafts.
There are a number of Maple Lakes in Minnesota but this one is a standout. It is 830 acres and is usually one of the cleanest lakes in Douglas County and Pope County. I mentioned the two counties as Maple Lake is unique in that some of the addresses are part of Douglas County and others Pope. Some have Alexandria in their mailing address and others Glenwood.