There are over 800,000 boats registered in Minnesota. This is the second largest number among all 50 states and the highest per capita. Most watercraft are on lakes. Despite the state’s motto of “Land of 10,000 Lakes,’ there are actually 11,842 over 10 acres. Many summer-weekend captains prefer the rivers. As a result, you will see the riverbanks sprinkled with docks for pleasure boats such as the Watergate Marina on the Mississippi River.