DESTINATIONS

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A TRIP THROUGH
DESTINATIONS
COUNTRY
W
elcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, sce-
nic and interesting vacation play lands through-
out Minnesota. This publication is your guide
on where to go and what to do as you explore
the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji,
Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, East Otter Tail County,
Wadena and Alexandria.
There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations
area. It’s a postcard-perfect world year around. Come
and visit the hundreds of fun places where you can
hike, swim, golf, fish, hunt, bird watch, berry pick, ski,
windsurf, play tennis, relax, skateboard, sunbathe,
toboggan or sled, shop ‘til you drop or just see the
sights.
Destinations will lead you to theater, art and music
produced by local talent. We’ll show you the annual
citywide festivals that nearly every community in the
area proudly presents.
If you already live in Destinations country, you’re
bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were
that close to home.
Pick up a few copies of Destinations. Keep one for
yourself and pass a few copies around to your friends
and neighbors. And Destinations has an easy Website
to remember at mndestinations.com
We’ve given you an overview of Destinations country
and how this publication can guide your journey. Now
we invite you to turn the page and take a closer look.
Bemidji................................................. 4
Itasca State Park............................. 8
Park Rapids..................................... 10
Including Walker, Akeley & more
Detroit Lakes................................... 38
East Otter Tail County.................. 46
Including Perham, New York Mills & Ottertail
Wadena............................................ 54
Area Maps....................................... 52
Alexandria....................................... 57
Duluth ................................................ 72
Including Cloquet, Grand Marais & more
For more information on Destinations
contact Melissa at 218-346-5900 or
mswenson@eotfocus.com
Publisher: Dennis Winskowski
Design: Kelsey Langager & Karla Mikkelson
Destinations is published jointly by
the following newspapers:
Alexandria Echo Press, Detroit Lakes Tribune,
Duluth News Tribune, Park Rapids Enterprise,
East Otter Tail Focus, Wadena Pioneer Journal
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B
emidji is the first city on the
Mississippi. The name of the city is
an Ojibwe term meaning “waters
crossing waters,” which refers to
the Mississippi crossing Lake Bemidji
and flowing north before turning south
and east.
There are many reasons to enjoy the
natural lifestyle of the area. Bemidji is
located north of Park Rapids on two
major U.S. Highways: Highway 71, run-
ning north and south and Highway 2
running east and west. About 13,000
people live in this
city, situated on
Lake Bemidji and
Lake Irving, which
are both fed by
the Mississippi
River. Many first-
time visitors com-
ment that the town
feels much larger,
and indeed, if you
include highly
populated town-
ships surrounding it, the number rises to
more than 30,000.
Bemidji has a large movie theater and
a professional theater that presents musi-
cal performances as well as variety
shows. Other area amusements include
golf, bowling, bingo, miniature golf,
horseback riding, racquetball and high
school and university sports.
Winter recreation is provided by a curl-
ing arena, two municipal skating rinks
and Buena Vista Ski Area. There are 11
area parks to enjoy, and public beaches
are maintained at Diamond Point,
Nymore and Cameron parks. Shopping
opportunities abound in the quaint down-
town district and at the mall on Paul
Bunyan Drive.
Tall tales and tall timber
Bemidji claims the birth of Paul
Bunyan, which makes sense since
Bemidji is the First City on the Mississippi
River - the river that legends claim Paul
created! The legend of Paul and his
mighty Blue Ox Babe goes on and on
and the stories of his super powers just
get bigger. There are giant statues of both
Paul and Babe built right on the shores
of Lake Bemidji to mark the spot where
Paul was born. Descendants of old-time
loggers say that this is the exact spot
where the five giant storks delivered Paul
to his parents. The huge statue of Paul
(18 feet tall and 2.5 tons) stands next to
a five-ton statue of Babe. They are
thought to
be the sec-
ond most
pho-
tographed
icons in the
nation,
behind only
Mount
Rushmore.
Festival City
The Bemidji area is bubbling with festi-
vals and special weekends, most of
which focus on the great outdoors. Polar
Daze in January starts the year off.
Buena Vista Logging Days in February
takes visitors to the Lumberjack Village
into the world of draft horse teams and
old-time timber harvest. The Lake Bemidji
Pond Hockey Classic 4-on-4 tournament
in February attracts players from through-
out the region. Summer brings the
Bemidji Youth Advisory Council Youth
Rally every June 7, plus new additions to
the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Take a Kid
Fishing, Fishing Has No Boundaries and
Let’s Go Fishing, the Jaycees Water
Carnival, Fourth of July celebrations, the
Birchmont Golf Tournament and Art in the
Park are summer highlights. Throughout
Bemidji is an
Ojibwe term
meaning
“waters
crossing
waters.”
DESTINATION
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Bemidji’s bank since 1897
the year, the First Friday Art Walk features
many gallery openings and receptions.
Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is
held the first weekend in August. The First
City of Arts Studio Cruise features artists
working in their studios. See calendar for
all event dates.
Monsters lurk in area waters
The city of Bemidji lies in the epicenter
of some of the most productive muskel-
lunge waters in the country. Every year
numerous muskies over 48 inches are
caught, photographed and released.
Closely related to the northern pike, the
mighty muskies that terrorize most all
other fish in northern Minnesota lakes
grow to be larger and are generally more
aggressive than their northern pike
cousins. The battle gear required to take
on these denizens of the deep is highly
specialized and an experienced guide
can provide tackle, rods and reels and of
course inside knowledge. Local guides
take pride in giving their clients a top-
notch experience. Typically all you need
is a fishing license and rain gear. The
guide will provide everything else, includ-
ing great fishing tales! Several fish over
50 inches have been taken, close to the
coveted state record of 60 pounds plus.
Again, most are photographed and
released back to become fatter fish for
next season.
Trails for all
The city and surrounding area also
boasts an extensive trail network appeal-
ing to outdoor enthusiasts year round.
There are nine cross country ski trail sys-
tems in the vicinity for all skill levels and
Cross Country Skier magazine named
Bemidji as “one of the most attractive
areas to ski in the United States.” The city
also serves as a hub for two major
paved trail systems with the 100-mile
Paul Bunyan Trail connecting Bemidji to
Brainerd and the Blue Ox Trail, which
extends 110 miles from Bemidji to
International Falls. During the summer,
bicyclists, runners and walkers frequent
the trails, while snowmobilers enjoy the
trails once the snow flies.
Curling
Bemidji claims to be the nation's curl-
ing capitol. Over at Eveleth, about 150
miles due east of Bemidji is a huge-
hockey-stick-and-puck marking that city
as home of the U.S. Hockey Hall of
Fame. There is no giant curling-broom-
and-rock erected in Bemidji, yet, but
don’t be surprised if it happens. Bemidji
has long been a spawning ground for
champion curlers. It is also fast becom-
ing one for U.S. Olympic curlers.
Fourth of July
Speaking of “rockets red glare,” the
Bemidji Fourth of July celebration lasts
for about five days based on what day
July 4th falls on. Bemidji Jaycees Water
Carnival serves up fireworks, a grand
summer parade, carnival, kids events,
and more. It’s also a great time to enjoy
the simple pleasures of the summer at
the hundreds of lakes and picnic spots.
Bemidji State University
The campus is important to the aes-
thetics of Bemidji and BSU plays a cen-
tral role in providing cultural opportunities
for area residents, visitors and students.
The university emphasizes the arts in its
academic offerings and programming,
and presents special events as well.
Beltrami Co. Historical Society
The Beltrami County History Museum is
located in the Great Northern Depot in
downtown Bemidji. The historical collec-
tion includes more than 105,000 pieces
of American Indian and settlement arti-
facts, old maps, newspapers and photos.
Headwaters Science Center
Located in downtown Bemidji, the
Science Center's mission is to provide
intellectual stimulation and enjoyment for
children and adults via scientific and
technological interactive displays,
exhibits, and programs.
Art, music, theater
Bemidji’s longstanding reputation for
fine art, music and theater can be attrib-
uted to a unique and creative combina-
tion of talent. The Bemidji Community
Arts Center is located in the Carnegie
Library on the shores of Lake Bemidji. It
serves as a resource for the artist, art
enthusiast, art buyer and community. The
Main Gallery displays national,
regional, group and solo
shows, while Gallery X2 shows
small exhibits and works of
emerging artists. Each gallery
features a new exhibit each
month from February to
December. Organizations in the
area include the Bemidji
Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji
Community Theater, Paul
Bunyan Playhouse,
Headwaters School of Music &
the Arts and Headwaters
Science Center.
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Paul Bunyan Memorabilia
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Local American Indian Handcrafts
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April
1 - Bemidji Jaycees Home,Sport & Travel
Show, Sanford Center
1 - Minnesota State Indoor 300 Archery Shoot
13-14 - ‘The Magical Pied Piper’ Musical
14 - March of Dimes Stride for Babies
20 - Fathom Film Festival
29 - Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Concert
American History, BHS Auditorium
May
1 - Bemidji Lions ‘Flap-Jack Day’
6 - Scandanavian Flat Plane Carving Exhibit,
Bemidji Senior Center
June
3 - Seventh annual Ride for the Troops
6-16 - “The Spitfire Grill,” Paul Bunyan
Playhouse
6 - Bemidji Take a Kid Fishing
7 - Bemidji Youth Rally
9 - Cass Lake Chippewa Triathlon
9 - Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic
11-15 - Bemidji Library Book Festival
20-30 - “Sunshine Boys,” Paul Bunyan
Playhouse
23 - First City on the Mississippi Bike Ride
23-24 - Fishing Has No Boundaries
29-July 4 - Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival
July
1-4 - Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival
4-14 - “Nice People Dancing to Good Country
Music,” Paul Bunyan Playhouse
6 - International Day, Concordia Language
Villages
14 - Beltrami County Relay for Life, Sanford
Center
18-28 - “The Dixie Swim Club,” Paul Bunyan
Playhouse
21-22 - Art in the Park, Library Park
22 - 29th annual Bemidji Car Show & Swap
Meet, Bemidji High School parking lot
23-28 - 88th annual Birchmont Golf
Tournament
28 - Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival
26-28 - Cass Lake Rib Fest
August
1-11 - “Suessical the Musical,” Paul Bunyan
Playhouse
2-4 - Seventh annual Lake Bemidji Dragon
Boat Festival
4 - Beltrami County Historical Society Depot
Day
8-12 - Beltrami County Fair
10 - International Day, Concordia
Language Villages
18-19 - Forestedge Winery Art Festival
25 - Ojibwe Forests Rally
September
14 - Cabela’s MWC Tournament, Cass Lake
18-20 - North Country Arts & Crafts
Workshop
22 - Sixth annual Bemidji Women’s Expo,
Sanford Center
October
19-21 - Bemidji First City of Arts Studio
Cruise
31 - Boo Fest, Headwaters Science Center
November
23 - The Night We Light Parade and Lighting
of the Pines
December
7 - Lefse Festival Cook-Off
13 - Sankta Lucia Festival
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14333 Roosevelt Rd SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
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218-335-2092
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17048 Wild Rice Dr NW
Bena, MN 56626
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BEMIDJI RESORTS
BEMIDJI CALENDAR of EVENTS
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P
ark Rapids is the undisputed Gateway
to Itasca State Park and the south
entrance is a 19-mile drive from Park
Rapids north on Highway 71. The east
entrance is only a couple miles farther north
of the south entrance, and then another mile
or so west on Hwy 200 – you’ll find it easily
at the junction of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200.
On the drive north from Park Rapids on
Highway 71 visitors can find several quaint
shops and recreation areas to stop at along
the way. Also, some fabulous restaurants
are located just off of Highway 71 that are
sure to satisfy any appetite.
Itasca State Park encompasses Lake
Itasca, the official source of the Mississippi
River, and a scenic area of northern
Minnesota that has remained relatively
unchanged from its natural state.
Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota’s
oldest state park. Today, the park totals
more than 32,000 acres and includes more
than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines
at Preacher’s Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian
Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks
of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars,
or stay the night at the historic Douglas
Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive
past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary,
one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural
Landmarks.
But the main attraction will continue to be
walking across the headwaters of the
Mississippi River on stones at the mouth of
Lake Itasca. But there are plenty of other
activities to do at the park. Other outdoor
activities include taking an excursion boat
on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness
Drive, biking or hiking along more that 30
miles of designated trails, fishing in one of
the many lakes, observing the wild flowers
in season as well as birding. Like the entire
Park Rapids area, wildlife can be seen
throughout the park.
Itasca
State Park
For more information about
the park events and sched-
ules, call Itasca State Park
headquarters at 218-699-
7251 or go to
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_
parks/itasca
Mary Gibbs
Headwaters Center
The Mary Gibbs Mississippi
Headwaters Center opened in
2005 and affords a “river of
stories” for guests. The visitor
center is named after the
brave young park commis-
sioner, Mary Gibbs.
The “Rivers of the World”
sculpture is the focal point,
interpretive signs identify the
earth’s waterways and the
Centennial Plaque, Time
Capsule and International
Peace Pole engage visitors.
Outdoor exhibits in a porti-
co allow the center to be open
365 days a year and as visi-
tors enter the portico, they are
greeted by quotes from the
park’s premier explorers –
Ozawindib, Henry Schoolcraft,
Jacob V. Brower and Jean
Nicollet.
Visitors see the Headwaters’
natural history and under-
stand the area’s attraction for
thousands of years. The
changes in transportation are
documented through the eras
– from Native American travel
and trade, to US settlement
and expansion to logging.
Along the trail to the
Headwaters, kiosks draw
guests to learn the river’s story
with a natural history angle.
Park visitors become attuned
to its aquatic species, birds,
animals, exotic species and
plants.
Douglas Lodge
One historic landmark that
has welcomed visitors to the
park since the beginning of
the 20th century is Douglas
Lodge. The lodge, a two-story
pine log building at the south
end of Lake Itasca, has been
serving guests since 1905.
Few changes have been
made to the original lodge,
which was built with green,
newly cut pine logs harvested
in the park.
Jacob V. Brower
Visitor Center
The Jacob V. Brower Visitor
Center – the largest visitor
center in any of Minnesota’s
state parks – starts its fifth
year of service in May. The
13,000-square-foot facility
has exhibits on the Ojibwe,
explorer and pioneer history of
the area around Itasca. Land
surveyor Jacob Brower lob-
bied hard to designate this
area as a state park in 1891
to protect the pines from log-
ging.
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Walker
Walker, located on the shores of
Leech Lake and the Chippewa
National Forest, is busy throughout
the year with celebrations, music
events and unique shopping oppor-
tunities. It is located on the Lake
Country Scenic Byway at the junc-
tion of Highways 371 and 200.
Highway 34 East ends at Walker.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
operates Northern Lights Casino
near Walker.
Tourists can learn more about the
area by visiting the Cass County
Museum. And a new community
center holds a fitness center, meet-
ing rooms and space for communi-
ty events, such as flea markets.
Yikes! Bikes! Bike Tour
Enjoy a beautiful July morning
biking among our plush forests
while taking part in a valued chari-
table event for Habitat for Humanity.
Join in on the YIKES! BIKES! Bike
Tour July 21. Come to the Walker
area and participate in this wonder-
ful opportunity to take in the scenery
and help the Habitat for Humanity
in their fundraising efforts.
Ethnic Fest
On Sept. 8, the Leech Lake Area
Chamber of Commerce will host the
annual Ethnic Fest in Walker.
Ancestors brought to America
numerous heritages when they
made that ultimate decision to leave
their homelands. It is those cultures
that are celebrated at Ethnic Fest.
The air is filled with the aroma of
many various ethnic cuisines to
savor and the streets are lined with
booths featuring crafts from different
countries. The weekend also
includes a parade with participants
from far and near.
Minnesota Folklore Theater
Minnesota Folklore Theater moved
to 507 Minnesota Ave. in Walker
this year. The mission is to create,
develop and present professional
musical and dramatic productions
that will further the knowledge and
appreciation of the culture and her-
itage of the United States. The
Children’s Theater Company creates
extraordinary theater experiences as
a means of educating, challenging
and inspiring young people.
The Polar Plunge is a
highlight of the
International Eelpout
Festival held each February.
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WALKER &
HACKENSACK
CALENDAR of EVENTS
May
5-6 – Home and Garden show, Walker
June
2-3 – Leech Lake Walleye Tournament
2-3 – 1st annual Moondance softball
tournament, Walker
July
4 – Independence Day community celebration,
Walker
19-21 – Moondance Jam 21, Walker
21 – Yikes! Bikes Bike Tour, Walker
23 – MS Tram
27 – Northern Cass Relay for Life
August
3-9 – Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop
4 – Walker By Days
16-18 – Cajun Fest, Walker
10-13 – Leech Lake Regatta, Walker
September
8 – Ethnic Festival, Walker
15 – 30th annual North Country Marathon and 10k
29 – Walker Rotary Extravaganza
October
7 – Hike for Hope – North Country Trail
Association
31 – Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Treats for Tots
November
23-24 – Festival of Lights, Walker
24 – Reindeer Run
Moondance
Moondance Jam is a classic
rock festival held annually on the
Moondance Events grounds in the
Leech Lake/Chippewa National
Forest Area near Walker. This year,
it’s scheduled for July 19-21.
Moondance Jam is Minnesota’s
largest rock festival and is recog-
nized as the premier classic rock
festival in the United States.
The Moondance Jam festival site
is about six miles south and east of
Walker on U.S. Highway 200. It’s
about two miles past the Northern
Lights Casino. Highway 371 goes
south at the casino junction, you
want to keep going east of 200 to
get to Moondance.
Walker Bay Days
A celebration of family values,
community pride and commitment
to the preservation of the Leech
Lake area culminates with Walker
Bay Days, Aug. 4. Activities and
entertainment are held at Walker
City Park.
Eelpout Fest
The International Eelpout Festival
is each February – this year it was
scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2012.
Be sure to plan on attending in
2013. The activities during the
Eelpout Festival are plentiful. The
celebration begins with the opening
ceremony at high noon in the
Walker City Park on Friday. The rest
of the day is spent out on the lake
fishing for the perfect Eelpout.
Saturday is the Eelpout Peelout
5K run. The Best Eelpout
Encampment judging is also on
Saturday. See the creativity these
Eelpouters put to use when creating
their custom-made fish houses. The
Polar Plunge is a highlight, held on
Saturday on Leech Lake.
Festival of Lights
The Annual Festival of Lights is
held the day after Thanksgiving in
Walker, this year Nov. 24. Spend
the day shopping. Santa and his
wife, Mrs. Claus, will visit Village
Square during the day. They are
available to hear the children’s holi-
day wishes and to take pictures.
Make sure to stay in town for the
Festival of Lights Parade. The town
will be lit up by the array of holiday
floats.
Leech Lake Regatta
The 41st annual Leech Lake
Regatta is Aug. 11-13, 2012. The
Leech Lake Regatta is run by a vol-
unteer committee of the Shores of
Leech Lake Yacht Club. Racing,
sailing, campfires, music and
camaraderie are part of the week-
end. Boats race in two fleets:
mono-hulls and multi-hulls, and
within each fleet there are several
divisions.
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Hackensack
Hackensack is located on the eastern
shores of Birch Lake. Within a 10-mile
radius, there are 127 lakes, a state forest
and the Chippewa National Forest.
Wildlife such as deer, black bear, bald
eagles, fishers, porcupines, timber
wolves, coyotes, bobcats, loons and
more can often be seen.
Hackensack is located in Cass County
– about 50 miles north of Brainerd and
50 miles southeast of Bemidji; in fact,
just 10 minutes from Leech Lake. The
population of Hackensack is under 300
but it continues to be active.
History
The Hackensack area was originally
first inhabited by Ojibwa Indians in
1884. In 1903, Bye Bartlett and Curo
came to the area from Hackensack, N.J.
and named this area after the New Jersey
town. Logging was the main industry at
the time and a railroad ran through
Hackensack, where the Paul Bunyan Trail
is now used for cycling and recreation.
Tourism
Families vacation in Hackensack to get
back to the basics by renting a cabin at
one of the family-friendly resorts. There is
plenty to do in the Hackensack area,
from hunting to fishing to spending time
on the lake or having a campfire. Paul
Bunyan’s sweetheart and wife, Lucette,
has a statue in Hackensack, standing
guard over the town.
While the town explodes with visitors
during June, July and August, visitors
come year round to see the fall colors in
September and October and take in the
annual sawing competition. In the winter,
visitors come to ice fish, snowmobile or
cozy up to a warm fire.
Paul Bunyan Byway
Nationally designated in 2005, the 54-
mile route passes through Hackensack.
The route has wide paved shoulders per-
fect for walking, strolling, hiking or run-
ning. Several public accesses and two
public beaches provide plenty of chances
to fish, boat, swim and play in the sand.
The byway has 14 interpretive panel
kiosks along the byway route that offer a
little truth and a little lore about the histo-
ry of the area, as seen through the wink
and wit of Paul Bunyan.
Akeley
Akeley offers many outdoor activities
and attractions for tourists. It is located
right on the corridor of the Lake Country
Scenic Byway, 10 miles west of Walker
and five miles east of Nevis. Highway 64
also goes south toward Motley.
Besides being a good place to enjoy
the outdoors, the small town offers plenty
of other attractions with two theaters.
Many artists also make their home in
Akeley. Among them is a chainsaw carv-
er, just west of town on Highway 34.
The former school now includes a
public library, archery range and a
used clothing and furniture shop.
During the summer of 2010, a
community garden was established
near the former school. Several
organized events throughout the
summer lead ATV riders through the
managed network of trails in the Paul
Bunyan State Forest. The many resorts
around the lake-rich area offer ameni-
ties and shopping for a vacation to
remember.
Big Paul Bunyan
Akeley’s Paul Bunyan statue in the
center of town can’t be missed. He is
shown down on one knee with his huge
hand held out to comfort kids of all ages.
It’s a perfect place for seated photo-
graphs and folks love to pose there. The
31-foot tall statue has welcomed visitors
to Akeley for more than 25 years.
There is a picnic area, covered pavilion
and park close to Paul’s statue. Also, the
Heartland Trail routes behind the pavilion
and during warmer weather, you might
find music, barbecues, parties and all
kinds of activities going on around the
town’s favorite icon.
Woodtick Theatre
Woodtick Theatre’s summer season
kicks off in mid-June and runs through
mid-September. When Frank Haas and
his wife, Gail, made several trips to
Branson, Mo., it was decided that north-
ern Minnesota could use a similar type of
entertainment. Together Frank and Bill
Proudfoot joined forces and began the
task of creating a theatre. Cindy and Mike
Chase purchased the Woodtick Theatre in
1997 from the original owner, Frank
Haas. The building is a former dry goods
and grocery store that has been
converted into this theater with the down
home living room atmosphere.
Parks
Akeley is also home to two parks that
provide an excellent area to spend time
outdoors. City Park, Highway 34, Akeley.
Picnic tables, shelter, Paul Bunyan
Historical Society Museum, Paul
Bunyan’s statue and Paul’s Cradle.
City Beach & Campground, Highway
34 to Akeley, then follow signs. Public
access to 11th Crow Wing Lake, shelter,
picnic tables, fishing, boat landing and
campground.
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Nevis
Nevis is often celebrated
as the gateway to the Paul
Bunyan Forest, where hik-
ers and campers can
enjoy more than 40,000
acres of woodland. Nevis
is 10 miles east of Park
Rapids and five miles
west of Akeley. It claims to
be home of the world’s
largest tiger muskie – a
statue of such can be
found if you drive up the
main street to the park.
The town is located
along the east end of
Lake Belle Taine. A
bison ranch, an emu
ranch and golf courses
are not too far from
Nevis.
State forest trails are
signed for off-high-
way vehicle travel,
and the famous 27-
mile Heartland Trail
runs through Nevis.
It is kind of the midpoint
of the Walker to Park
Rapids portion of that
trail. The community
offers several public recre-
ational facilities, such as
a public beach, park,
dock, boat ramp and pub-
lic access to Lake Belle
Taine. The quaint village is
home to several restau-
rants, small shops, a gro-
cery and of course the
trademark – the muskie in
the center of town that
reigns and watches over
all festivities which
includes a new ‘50s and
‘60s Festival Saturday,
June 16.
Nevis Muskie Days
Nevis will celebrate its
annual Muskie Days July
20-21. Geared to young
and old, the event features
parades, food, games and
music. Nevis School will
have a 100-year celebra-
tion reunion the same
weekend as Muskie Days.
There are many events
planned for the weekend
such as an alumni bas-
ketball game and pep-
band. A Music Festival
also coincides with
Muskie Days and will fea-
ture a variety of bands.
Nevis Pig Races
The Nevis Pig Races are
becoming a destination for
many and the event con-
tinues to grow, now enter-
ing it’s third year.
Thousands flood to Nevis
for the event that features
young piglets heading out
with the bell to gain fame
– or infamy – for their
sponsors. The pigs are
trained by Gary and
Glenda Dauer, of Leader.
This year is sure to bring
squeals of joy once again
to those who attend. So
make sure to mark July 8
on your calendar and plan
a trip to Nevis to see the
pigs.
Northwoods
Triathlon
Nevis’ Northwoods
Triathlon sets off across
north woods lakes and
trails Saturday, Aug. 11.
The event sends contest-
ants into the waters of
Lake Belle Taine for a
quarter-mile swim, over
14 miles of scenic coun-
tryside aboard a bike and
down the Heartland Trail
on a 5k run.
Uff Da Days
Nevis will be celebrating
the 9th Annual Uff Da
Days, a Scandinavian cel-
ebration, held annually on
the last Friday and
Saturday of August. As
always, there will be lots
of family fun, food, and
entertainment. Activities
include bingo, a horse-
shoe tournament, a lute-
fisk, Swedish meatball,
and homemade lefse din-
ner, kids games, contests,
prizes, a flea market, ven-
dors, a beer garden, a
parade, lots of local music
and entertainment for the
entire family and the
“Continuing Saga of Ole &
Lena,” the fifth in a series,
performed by the very
unprofessional Uff Da Day
players. The fun Starts
Friday, Aug. 24. Ya, sure
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City Beach & Park,
Highway 34 to Nevis, north
on CSAH 2 and west on
Beach Road. Playground
equipment, picnic tables,
swimming beach and rest-
rooms.
Muskie Park, Highway 34
to Nevis, north three blocks
on CSAH 2. Picnic tables,
pavilion and playground as
well as a Veterans Memorial
with a lighted flagpole,
flowerbed, honorarium bench-
es and walkway.
Dorset
Dorset, a town with just a
handful of people, boasts
being “The Restaurant Capitol”
of the world. It is located
about six miles east of Park
Rapids or six miles west of
Nevis on Hwy 34 and about a
mile north on state Hwy 226.
Many travelers bicycle to
Dorset by starting on the
Heartland Trail in Park
Rapids, Nevis, Akeley or
Walker. Some start out at the
trailhead in Dorset. There is
plenty of blacktopped parking,
a playground to keep the kids
amused while parents can
relax at the rest area, which
includes a bench, toilets, pic-
nic tables and water from a
hand pump. Plus, the trail-
head is right next to down-
town Dorset for easy access
to restaurants and shopping.
Streets are lined with board-
walks, casual porch swings
and flower baskets. The
shops are filled with special
items, from books to unique
decor and antiques – the kind
of stuff that turns houses into
homes.
Festival of Authors
A Festival of Authors and
Artists will be from noon to 8
p.m. June 23 in Dorset. The
event continues to grow and
attracts people interested in
seeing and shopping for
unique art and those who
want to meet regional authors
to chat or have a book
signed.
Taste of Dorset
The annual “Taste of
Dorset” feeding frenzy is held
the first Sunday of August –
Aug. 5 this year from 11:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. Folks walk the
main street of Dorset while
nibbling all kinds of tasty cui-
sine from outdoor vendors.
Lake George
The community of Lake
George is perhaps known best
for its blueberry festival and
the lake is known for great
fishing. It is located six miles
east of Itasca State Park on
71/200 towards the
Kabekona Corner.
The lake itself is a spring
fed lake and a great place to
catch pan fish, walleye, north-
ern pike and bass. The water
is clear, clean and inviting.
The Jack Weinmann Family
Memorial Guest Quarters at
St. Francis Lodge on Lake
George opened in 2010. The
retreat center for nuns started
out as a vision and prayer of
Sal Di Leo, a man raised by
Catholic nuns in the 1960s.
Each summer, the small
town hosts a three-day festi-
val that is focused on blueber-
ries. This year it’s scheduled
for July 27-29. The festival
includes a blueberry pancake
breakfast, a blueberry ball
and blueberry square dance.
There is an educational
booth on blueberries.
A pie sale, a pig roast and
the Firemen’s Bean Feed are
also great fun. There is a quilt
show, an arts and crafts show
and a flea market.
The Lake George
Community Park is on Payne
Lake. Swimming beach, base-
ball field, picnic tables, picnic
shelter, playground, toilets
and public access.
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less recreational opportunities and lakes, friendly people
and outdoors activities. It is known as the Gateway to
Itasca State Park because of its proximity to the park,
located 19 miles north on Highway 71.
Park Rapids swells in the summertime as visitors return to
the area for its unique features, including more than 500 clean,
clear lakes that surround the area and invite all types of water
sports from fishing to water skiing. Visitors return each year to
stay at resorts and cabins during the summer. The area also
boasts more than 3.5 million forest acres to explore during a
visit to Park Rapids.
Fall is also a popular time to visit the Park Rapids area, with
plenty of places to hike, canoe, fish and bike. Driving around
for a look at colorful trees in the fall is
also a popular activity.
Main street
The old-fashioned Main street, with
center parking, is the center of a down-
town revitalization project. Downtown
Park Rapids offers a variety of unique
stores, restaurants and shops that are
filled with fun items.
The downtown reconstruction and revi-
talization project is finally completed after
many years in the making, with several committees making
decisions about streetscapes and other details over the years.
Construction was completed in 2012.
The finished product features customized granite inlays on
street corners depicting area lakes, decorative light poles, along
with unique benches, trash cans and bicycle racks. Many busi-
nesses also completed renovations to coincide with the project.
Visitors are encouraged to check
out the revitalized downtown that
has maintained its old-fashioned
charm.
Arts Downtown Park Rapids
Downtown features music and
other entertainment every third
Thursday of the month for Arts
Downtown Park Rapids.
Audiences are invited to see
and hear visual artists, musi-
cians and writers at several
locations in downtown. The
public is invited to attend and
encouraged to make a free
will donation to the artists.
Special musical performanc-
es will be Thursday evenings
during the summer from June
21-Aug. 16. This activity is funded
in whole or in part by a Region 2
Arts Council Grant through an
appropriation by the Minnesota State
Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage
Fund passed by Minnesota voters on
Nov. 4, 2008.
History
Located at the intersection of
Highways 71 and 34, Park Rapids was
established in 1879 when C.O. Todd
filed the original town site. The railroad
Park Rapids
is known as
the Gateway
to Itasca
State Park.
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arrived in 1884 and the city was named
as the county seat of Hubbard County in
1887. The local economy is based on
tourism, agriculture, logging and light
manufacturing with a strong service
sector.
Tourism in the area was a thriving
industry starting in the late 1880s. Most
came to the area via the railroad with the
resorters picking up their guests at the
train depot and transporting them to their
respective resorts. The resorters would
use roadways as well as waterways to
the resorts
In 1920 there were 11 resorts in the
area and within two years that number
had doubled providing accommodations
for 1,500 visitors. The number jumped to
47 in 1928 and topped 200 in the early
1970s. The number of facilities is fewer
at this time, but there are plenty of quality
resorts, motels, private campgrounds
and bed and breakfasts to provide a
quality stay in the area.
Fourth of July
Park Rapids is a destination for Fourth
of July each year. Events include a large
parade through town and a famous fire-
works display over the beautiful Fish
Hook River. In between these events, be
sure to check out the shops and restau-
rants that are open for visitors to enjoy
during the day.
Legends and Logging Days
Park Rapids Legends and Logging
Days continues to grow at its new venue
at the East 40, Park Rapids Antique
Tractor & Engine Club grounds.
Park Rapids calls itself the “Loon
Capital of the USA” and annually hosts
the Legends and Logging Days. This
year’s event will be held Friday and
Saturday, Aug. 10-11 at the East 40.
The festivities, sponsored by the Park
Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, cel-
ebrate the area’s history, culture, artists,
music and food. It features skilled chain-
saw artists who will create magnificent
pieces during the two-day event as well
as quick-carves. World record-holding
loggers compete in several events.
Each year, contestants participate in a
loon calling contest and there is plenty of
activity for kids and adults. For more
info. go to www.parkrapids.com.
Art Leap
Art Leap 2012 is slated for Sept. 22-
23. The two-day event, sponsored by the
Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council,
invites visitors on a driving tour of artists’
studios and other culturally rich destina-
tions. Some artists reported as many as
300-400 guests arriving at their studios
for Art Leap 2011. Highlights of the sixth
annual Art Leap in 2011 included out-
door music, hors d’oeuvres and seeing
fall colors at their peak while driving from
studio to studio.
Artists utilize this event to educate peo-
ple about their art. Downloadable
brochures with maps will be available
closer to the dates at
www.parkrapids.com or www.prlaac.org.
Itascatur Ski-Bike-Run
Itascatur is a bike, ski, and run club
from the Park Rapids area. It is a social
and active group that sponsors the
Headwaters 100 bike ride every
September as well as running races
throughout the year. The club has built
and maintained the Soaring Eagle Ski
Trails and Nordic Center north of Park
Rapids. The club has an organized bike
rides in the summer and also has gather-
ings during the ski season. For more
information, go to www.itascatur.org.
PBR Bull Ride
The 34th annual Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Challenger Tour Bull Ride will be Wednesday and Thursday,
July 4-5 in Park Rapids. Jokela ProWest produces
Minnesota’s largest PBR event each year just east of Park
Rapids. Also, coming on the heels of the bull ride, is two
days of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)
rodeo July 6-7.
Fans who follow the PBR on ESPN will recognize the
same top cowboys and bulls at the Challenger Tour Bull
Ride. Park Rapids has become legendary for its hospitality,
all-American holiday atmosphere and energized crowds. The
nation’s top bull riders also hope for a spot here, too,
because it’s a retreat from the heat of venues in
states like Texas and Arkansas.
In addition to seeing live, heart-stopping
action as cowboys go after that eight-second,
scoring ride, audiences return year after year to
enjoy the pageantry of the opening cere-
monies, kids amateur sheep riding events and
nightly dances.
The PRCA event will feature saddle bronco
riding, bareback riding, bull riding, calf rop-
ing, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel
racing. Cowboy athletes, skilled horses and
riders, and arena action will entertain spec-
tators Friday and Saturday, July 6-7.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with shows
beginning at 6:30 p.m. Go to
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Bite of Park Rapids
The second annual Bite of Park Rapids
coincides with Crazy Days sales in downtown
Park Rapids July 27. Second Street west of
Main Avenue is blocked off for people to
gather and sample a variety of food from
area restaurants. Musicians entertain during
the event as well.
Businesses gear up with special deals dur-
ing Crazy Days each year as well. This year,
sales will be offered July 26 and 27. Show
up early to get deals on shoes, clothing, gifts
and more.
Hubbard County Fair
The annual Hubbard County Fair, put on by
the Shell Prairie Ag Association, is a draw
each July in Park Rapids.
This year will be the 117th annual fair and
runs from July 4-8 at the fairgrounds. The
midway will be set up on the Fourth of July
holiday for some activities, however, the 4-H
and open class exhibits won’t be set up until
Thursday, July 5.
In the past the demolition derby has been a
big draw. The fair also has a carnival, tractor
pull, 4-H exhibits and talent shows. The 4-H
exhibit hall will be home to chickens, bun-
nies, horses, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle
throughout the week. And don’t forget the
classic fair food. Stop on for cheese curds,
ice cream and other delicacies.
Field Days
The Park Rapids Antique Tractor
and Engine Club will have its 20th
annual Field Days show Saturday and
Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5.
Field Days activities bring visitors
back to the old days with demonstra-
tions of what life was like on a farm.
Demonstrations of combining, thresh-
ing, tractor plowing, shingle making, a
hay press, gas engines, lath making,
snow fence machine and sawmill are
done on the grounds.
Horse-related machinery is on display
as well. For the kids there is a petting zoo,
miniature railroad train rides and col-
lectibles. Square dancing, gospel music
and a church service Sunday morning
are part of the events. Breakfast and
lunch are served both days and a light
supper is available Saturday evening.
Ice cream is plentiful and available all
weekend. A tractor parade is each day
and Saturday has a tractor pull.
The Antique Tractor and Engine
Club grounds are located on County
Road 6 about a half mile south of
Highway 34 on the east side of Park
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Museums
Entertainment and fine arts possibilities
abound in the Park Rapids area. The
Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County
Historical Museum are both located in
the original Hubbard County Courthouse
at 3rd and Court in Park Rapids.
Theatre
The Long Lake Theater presents heart-
warming drama and sidesplitting comedy
and is located in Hubbard on the south
end of Long Lake. The Northern Light
Opera Company stages musical produc-
tions in the Area High School auditorium.
Jasper’s Jubilee Theater on Highway
34 east of Park Rapids provides comedy
and musical theater for area residents
and visitors alike. And the Heartland
Concert series, Community Band and
Classic Chorale provide entertainment
throughout the year.
Parks
Park Rapids has numerous public
parks that are well-used by visitors as
well as residents. Red Bridge Park and
Heartland Park are located on Fish Hook
River and are at the start of the Heartland
trail, which is a popular destination for
cyclists. Depot Park near downtown Park
Rapids features tennis courts and an ice
skating rink in the winter.
The All-Veterans Memorial Park is
located on Highway 71 south, adjacent
to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber
of Commerce. The memorial is devoted
to the memory of all veterans of all wars
and branches of service. Visitors will find
granite monoliths commemorating past
wars and a stone walkway and benches
commemorating individual veterans. The
lighted area is open 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Construction has
begun on the All Veterans Memorial
Interpretive and Educational Center.
Yuletide
Sampler/
Christmas
tree lighting
Every year, on
the day after
Thanksgiving,
the community
comes together to
celebrate the
beginning of the
holiday season
and partake in the
true meaning of giv-
ing. The Yuletide
Sampler and Community Christmas Tree
Lighting is held the day after
Thanksgiving on Main street in Park
Rapids. This year, the event is Friday,
Nov. 23. Each year, a tree is donated by
someone in the area and the night is
filled with Christmas carols and an
appearance by Santa Claus.
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PARK RAPIDS AREACALENDAR of EVENTS
April
1 - “The Seven Last Words of Christ,”
Hubbard United Methodist Church
7 - Easter Egg Hunt at Muskie Park in Nevis
13-17 - Red Bridge Film Festival, Park
Theater
16 - Redhead Express Heartland Concert
14 - Stream trout season opens
19 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
27&29 - Park Rapids Classic Chorale
concerts
May
1 - Hubbard County Historical Museum opens
1 - Nemeth Art Center 32nd Annual High
School Exhibit
6 - Park Rapids Area Community Band spring
concert, Park Rapids Area High School
11 - Kinship fish fry
11-12 - Menahga citywide garage sale
11-13 - Huntersville spring trail ride
12 - Walleye, pike, lake trout fishing opener
12-13 - Take a Mom Fishing weekend
15 - Metales M5 Heartland Concert
17 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
17-20 - Festival of Birds, Tamarac National
Wildlife Refuge
26 - Bass fishing season opens
28 - Memorial Day Services, Park Rapids
Area High School, Red Bridge Park and
All Veterans Memorial Park
June
1 - Nemeth Art Center “Impressions In Print”
1-3 - Huntersville Enduro Race
2 - Muskie fishing season opens
2 - Walt Winskowski Memorial Fishing
Tournament, Straight Lake, Osage
2-10 - Chamber Lodging Spring Golf Week
3-4 - Northland Studio of Dance annual
recital
8-10 - Take a Kid Fishing weekend
9 - Headwaters Animal Shelter Tails on the
Trail Walkathon and Pet Expo, Heartland
Park
9 - Laporte’s Take a Kid Fishing on Garfield
Lake
9-10 - Two-man Best Ball Scramble,
Headwaters Golf Club
15 - Hubbard County Relay for Life
16 - ’50s & ’60s musical event, Nevis
16 - Lakes to Pines Triathlon
16 - Gene Cirks Memorial Fishing
Tournament, Lake Belle Taine
21 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
22-23 - Sidewalk sales, downtown Park
Rapids
22-24 - Paul Bunyan Days, Akeley
23 - Festival of Authors and Artists, Dorset
29-30 - Park Rapids Craft Fair
July
1 - Nemeth Art Center “Sculptural Articulation”
4 - Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park
4 - Pie contest and auction, Beagle Books
4 - Park Rapids 4th of July parade
4 - Park Rapids Area Community Band
pre-fireworks concert
4 - Fireworks over Heartland Park
4 - Hubbard County Fair Midway
4-6 - PBR Challenger Tour Bull Ride,
Double J Rodeo Grounds
5-8 - Hubbard County Fair
6-8 - Menahga Midsummer Festival
7 - St. Urho Run, Menahga
8 - Pig races, Nevis
12 - Wet and Wild, Itasca State Park
14 - Itasca’s annual butterfly hike
19 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
20-21 - Muskie Days, Nevis
26-27 - Crazy Days, downtown Park Rapids
27 - Bite of Park Rapids
27-29 - Lake George Blueberry Festival
27-29 - “The Sound of Music,” Northern Light
Opera
29 - Smokey Bear Day, Itasca State Park
August
2-4 - “The Sound of Music,” Northern Light
Opera
3-5 - Family Music Event, Lake Itasca Region
Pioneer Farmers grounds
4 - Citywide garage sale, Nevis
4-5 - Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine
Club Field Days
5 - Taste of Dorset
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7 - Discover Itasca’s Forest
10 - Borderline Philharmonic concert,
Hoot Owl Resort
10-11 - Legends and Logging Days
10-11 - Northern Knights Car Club’s Run to
the Rapids “Show and Shine”
11 - Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis
11-12 - Pine Point Powwow, Ponsford
16-18 - Youth Music and Arts Showcase,
downtown Park Rapids
17 - St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Festival of Tables,
Riverside United Methodist Church
17-18 - Sidewalk sales, downtown Park
Rapids
17-19 - Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers
Show
17-19 - Wolf Lake Harvest Fest
18 - Tour de Pines bike ride, Itasca State Park
18-19 - Forestedge Winery’s Art Fair
19 - Fish Hook Challenge half marathon and
5K
24-25 - Uff Da Days, Nevis
25-26 - Headwaters R/C Flying Club’s Fun Fly
25 - Itasca’s North Country Hiking Fest
September
1 - Bear hunting season opens
8 - 5K Walk for Let’s Go Fishing, Heartland
Park
8 - Fall Classic Fishing Tournament, Long
Lake
8-16 - Chamber Lodging Fall Golf Week
9 - Dorset Garage Sale
9 - Three-person scramble at Headwaters
Golf Club
14-16 - Huntersville annual fall trail ride
15 - Archery deer season opens
20 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
22 - Headwaters 100 bike ride
22 - Fall Slam fishing tournament, Fish Hook
Lake
22-23 - Art Leap 2012
22-23 - Take a Kid Hunting weekend
29 - Lantern lit night hike, Itasca State Park
30 - Stream trout season closes
October
1 - Waterfowl season opens
14 - Bear hunting closes
18 - Arts Downtown Park Rapids
26-31 - Osage Sportsman’s Club rifle sight-in
31 - Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids
November
1-2 - Rifle sight-in at Osage Sportsman’s
Club
3 - Firearm deer season opens
3-4 - Hubbard Holiday Boutique
9 - Craft Fair, Menahga Senior Citizens Center
9-10 - Park Rapids Craft Fair
17 - St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
fall bazaar
22 - Thanksgiving
23 - Light Up a Life tree lighting ceremony
23 - Yuletide Sampler
24 - Deer muzzleloader season opens
December
1 - Christmas Showcase, St. Peter
the Apostle Catholic Church
7 - Park Rapids Classic Chorale concert
8 - Santa Day, Menahga
9 - Park Rapids Classic Chorale concert
12 - Light Up Menahga contest judging
13 - Jingle Bells drawing and celebration,
Century School
25 - Merry Christmas
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anoeing is prevalent along the rivers
throughout the Park Rapids area.
Fishing, swimming, camping and
photography enthusiasts will espe-
cially enjoy a serene river excursion.
The Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) recommends planning
a canoe trip. The local Forestry office on
Highway 34 west in Park Rapids and the
Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of
Commerce on Highway 71 south have
free maps available. Most people paddle
two to three river miles per hour.
In addition to sunscreen and bottled
water, don’t forget to bring life jackets –
state law requires that every person on
board have a personal flotation device.
Several canoe outfitters are located in
the Park Rapids area that provide com-
plete camping and canoeing equipment
as well as maps and transportation to
and from local access spots. Tubing is
also available for those who don’t want
to canoe.
Crow Wing River Trail
The Crow Wing River is an excellent
river for canoeing. The nearly 115-mile
river is perfect for family excursions.
Quieter stretches of the Crow Wing make
excellent swimming and fishing spots.
Numerous campsites dot the forested
riverbanks on the journey southward.
The Crow Wing River flows from a
chain of 11 interconnected lakes, which
begins near Nevis and Akeley. The river
joins the Mississippi River at Crow Wing
River Park just south of Brainerd.
There is no usage charge at any of the
public access sites to the river, but a
nominal camping fee is charged at coun-
ty-administered campsites.
While there are many starting points
on this trail, here is one suggestion: head
to a carry-in access point roughly two
miles south of Nevis on County Road 13,
between Seventh and Sixth Crow Wing
Lakes. Launch from there, and then pad-
dle on the Crow Wing River through Fifth
Crow Wing Lake. There is a short portage
right around the Fifth Crow Wing dam
and over County Road 33. Follow the
river until it crosses County Road 13
once again. A public access is located
on the river’s left bank.
For more information, contact the
Wadena County Parks Department at
218-631-7604 or the DNR at 888-646-
6367.
Headwaters River Trail
After checking out Itasca State Park, it’s
time to paddle on the Mississippi at the
Headwaters River Trail. In its first 90
miles,
the Mississippi River winds through
ancient lakebeds, glacial hills, wetlands,
nine large lakes and narrow valleys of
spruce. Rapids dot the entire river, which
offers great walleye, northern pike and
muskie fishing.
Public rest areas are found along the
route for rest, picnics and exploration.
There are also designated campsites that
may be accessed from the river. Two
state parks, Itasca and Lake Bemidji,
offer the visitor many amenities.
The Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources advises paddlers to have
some canoe skills and patience as there
are “rocky riffles, snags and beaver
dams to be maneuvered around.
For more information, contact the DNR
at 888-646-6367 or Itasca State Park at
218-266-2100. Canoe route maps are
available at area Chambers of Commerce
or DNR Forestry offices.
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Anderson’s Starlight Bay
Resort
27155 Co. Rd. 33
Nevis, MN 56467
Sherm & Mary
Anderson
877-652-3530
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8th, 9th, 10th Crow Wing Lakes • Come make some memories! Dish Network.
Beauty Bay Lodge &
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24342 Co. Rd. 80
Nevis, MN 56467
Tim & Jenny Meyer
218-652-3557
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Lake Belle Taine • Fireplace and television in lodge.
Bert’s Cabins
15782 Wilderness Dr.
Lake Itasca, MN 56470
Dave & Pat Evenwoll
218-266-3312
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At Itasca State Park on paved road/bike trail, wireless internet, outdoor pool. Open May-October. Call about short stays. Pets allowed with approval.
Brookside Resort
31671 Co. Hwy 50
Park Rapids, MN 56470
The Keller Family
218-732-4093
800-247-1615
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Two Inlets Lake • Golf, tennis, pool, mini-golf, supervised activities for all ages, snack bar, waterskiing, child care, internet. A great value!
Camp Liberty Resort
20522 269th Ave.
Nevis, MN 56457
Todd & Kristin Kittleson
218-652-3533
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8th Crow Wing Lake • email: vacation@camplibertyresort.com
En-of-Trail Resort
48883 Marilou Drive
Ponsford, MN 56575
John & Pat Kubat
218-573-3791
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Bass Lake • Minutes from Itasca State Park. 5 rustic, but modern cabins. Quiet, secluded lake setting. Baithouse, fish cleaning station, reasonable rates.
Evergreen Lodge
17838 Goldeneye Lane
Park Raids, MN 56470
Kay Dyre & Dan Dyre
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Big Sand • Shore stays, early season. 9 hole golf course.
Fun Ta Boot Resort
34243 Co. Hwy. 46
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Robert & Harriet
Williams
218-732-4650
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Boot Lake • Open May through September.
Hoot Owl Resort
10449 Hoot Owl Lake Rd
Waubun, MN 56589
Bill & Shirley Fritze
218-734-2245
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Little Norway Resort
32016 Little Mantrap Dr.
Park Rapids, MN 56470
218-732-5480
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Little Mantrap Lake • Decks on all cabins. Free Wi-Fi in lodge. Childrens’ activities/summer. Email: littlenorwayresort@yahoo.com
Loon’s Nest Resort
19331 Eagle Pointe Trail
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Louie & Ricki Anania
218-732-3028
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New Frontier Resort Inc.
15602 Co. Rd. 6
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Ralph & Sheri Notch
1-800-932-3643
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Long Lake • A true family resort. Free Wi-Fi. AC in 6 units, fireplaces in 4 units, no pets in July, TV in 4 units.
North Beach Resort
14573 Gazebo Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Pelican Development
218-732-7030
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Potato Lake • Call us about short stays.
Norway Hills Resort
20503 Jade Lane
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Frank & Pat Hoffman
218-255-0200
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Big Mantrap Lake • Wireless internets access available
Pine Cone Lodge and
Vacation Rentals
6950 Sunset Strip NW
Alexandria, MN 56308
The Brand Family
320-491-6952
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Big Sand Lake & Thomas/Loon Lake • Open year-round. New vacation homes with wireless internet.
Resort Content
24519 Fairwood Lane
Nevis, MN 56467
Craig & Jinx Stanwick
218-652-3437
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Lake Belle Taine • Specializing in short stays (3-day min) in the spring, weekly family vacations during the summer & monthly extended stays in the fall. Affordable price.
Riverside Point Resort/
Motel
PO Box 412
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Dan & Cheryl Howland
218-732-9711
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Fish Hook River • Best of two worlds - fishing & boating, shopping & dining. Free High Speed Wi-Fi. Ask us about our value-added packages. E-mail: riversidepoint@arvig.net
Royal Starr Resort
19222 Echo Ridge Dr
Nevis, MN 56467
Ernie & Linda Strong
218-652-3821
1-800-822-0701
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6th Crow Wing Lake • Family place to be!
Sleeping Fawn Resort &
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20097 County 24
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Joe Scharber & Ellen
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877-732-5356
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Stocking Lake • 6 lakesfront cabins, 15 seasonal and 3 short-stay RV sites with full hookups, 2 primitive tent sites.
Tamarac Resort &
Campground LLC
32152 Co. Hwy. 35
Ponsford, MN 56575
Randy & Sheila Blanford
218-573-3262
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Round Lake • On a beautiful 1,100 acre lake, enclosed swimming beach, free water toys, restaurant, bait, store and more! Pets in seasonal camping. Fishing licenses available.
Timberlane Resort
18454 Dayspring Dr
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Lee & Cathy Zaczkowski
218-732-8489
800-662-0262
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Park Rapids, MN 56470
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28021 County Road 4
Park Rapids, MN 56470
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Vagabond Village
Campground
23801 Green Pines Rd
Park Rapids, MN 56470
The Nelsons
218-732-5234
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Wilderness Bay Resort
36701 Wilderness Bay Dr
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Mike & Pam Pfeifer
218-732-5608
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Wormley’s Happy Days
Resort
25951 Co. 86
Nevis, MN 56567
Bryan & Heidi Wormley
218-652-3361
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Lake Country
Scenic Byway
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he Lake Country Scenic Byway is an 88-
mile corridor along Highway 34 between
Detroit Lakes and Walker with a spur
north from Park Rapids on Highway 71 to
Itasca State Park.
Following the Lake Country Scenic Byway,
visitors discover many places to explore: Itasca
State Park, the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
and Leech Lake. Along the lake-dappled coun-
tryside, they will view winding rivers, forests
and a patchwork of farmland. Experiences for
travelers can include fantastic fishing, north
woods hiking, scenic biking, golfing and more.
In a pleasing twist, you’ll find that two of the
largest locally owned and operated music festi-
vals in the entire nation are not far from either
end of the Lake Country Scenic Byway.
Two new historic markers and interpretive
signs are up along the Lake Country Scenic
Byway. One sign is located at the Height of
Land Town Hall between Park Rapids and
Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. The other sign is
near the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and
105th Avenue in Arago Township north of Park
Rapids.
Heartland Trail
The Heartland Trail is an old railroad bed that
starts in Park Rapids and travels through
Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, Walker and ends up at
Cass Lake. It is a 49 mile multiple use trail,
open to non-motorized use during the spring,
fall and summer for bicycling, hiking and in-line
skating. Users can expect to see a wide variety
of wildlife and wildflowers along the way. In the
winter, the Heartland Trail is part of a network of
groomed riding trails in the area.
The Paul Bunyan Trail
The Paul Bunyan Trail is a bike trail and
snowmobile trail that starts at Baxter and
includes 69.6 miles of paved trail to Walker,
39.5 miles of unpaved trail that weaves and
bobs between Walker and Bemidji and then
five miles of paved trail from Lake Bemidji
State Park to Co. Rd. 20 across the Mississippi
River trestle to 5th and Gould. The total trail
length is 110 miles and when completed, the
Paul Bunyan State Trail will also connect with
the Blue Ox Trail forming one of the longest rail
to trail conversions in North America – 210
miles.
T
he Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources manages state forestlands for
all types of outdoor recreation, including
camping, mountain biking, off-highway
vehicle riding, hunting, fishing, trapping, hik-
ing, horseback riding and picking berries and
mushrooms.
The DNR is only one of many landowners in
these forested areas. Please be aware of pri-
vate property boundaries while enjoying the
scenic beauty of state forestlands.
Paul Bunyan State Forest
Divided into two units, one north and one
south, the Paul Bunyan State Forest offers
miles of hiking trails and trails for off-road
vehicles, as well as areas for snowmobiling,
horseback riding and mountain biking.
Hiking trails include a segment of the North
Country Trail, part of the national North Country
Scenic Trail, begun in the 1960s to connect
the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails.
Through efforts of the Itasca Moraine Chapter
of the North Country Trail Association, the trail
has been extended from the Chippewa
National Forest to Steamboat Pass, near Spur
Lake in the Paul Bunyan State Forest, a total of
21.4 miles from state Hwy 64.
The DNR manages two outdoor recreational
facilities in Paul Bunyan State Forest.
• Mantrap Campground has 38 campsites,
a picnic area, swimming beach, play-
ground and boat landing. Mantrap Lake
is a designated muskie lake. To reach
the campground from Park Rapids, take
CSAH 4 north to Emmaville and turn right
onto CSAH 24. Travel east 1.5 miles until
you reach Co. Rd. 104, turn left and fol-
low the signs. A daily camping fee is
required. A one-mile nature trail can be
enjoyed at the campground. Contact Itasca
State Park at 218-266-2100 for further
information.
• Gulch Lakes Campground provides
camping and picnic sites, a boat launch and
hiking trails. Glacial activity thousands of
years ago created the gulch lakes area, distin-
guished by steep hillsides surrounding
small lakes. The campground may be
reached via the Halverson Forest Road
(east from CSAH 4) or on the Gulch Lake
Forest Road (west from Highway 64).
Contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-
755-3843 for additional information
about this campsite.
Huntersville State Forest
Huntersville State Forest boasts
approximately 150 miles of logging
trails, which are open for motorized and
non-motorized use. The forest is located
in northern Wadena County, roughly 12
miles southeast of Park Rapids.
Five campsites are found in Huntersville
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State Forest. All offer picnic tables, fire
rings, firewood, toilets and well water.
Most have nice swimming areas adjacent
to the campground and canoe landing.
A 22-mile horse trail, featuring two
loops and a river crossing, starts at the
Shell City Horse Campground.
Two Inlets State Forest
The Two Inlets State Forest is located in
Becker County. From Park Rapids, take
Highway 71 north 10 miles to CSAH 41.
Turn left, travel 1.5 miles and then turn
right. The Richard A. Gartner Memorial
Hungryman Forest Campground and Day
Use Area is one mile north on Co. Rd.
88.
Boat accesses are provided on
Hungryman and Cedar lakes. Pack a
lunch and head to the Cedar Lake Picnic
Area.
The South Two Inlets Forest Road trav-
erses the forest from east to west. It is
open to public travel. Two Inlets Lake
provides very good fishing for all warm
water species.
Chippewa National Forest Trails
The total Chippewa National Forest
acreage is 1.6 million acres, with
660,000 acres managed by the
Chippewa National Forest. The
Chippewa, the first ever National Forest,
is over half water and its terrain is a
result of the glaciers that blanketed north-
ern Minnesota 10,000 years ago. There
are over 700 lakes, 920 miles of
streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands.
The Forest is home to the largest breed-
ing population of bald eagles in the lower
48 states. It has been inhabited by peo-
ples for thousands of years and is home
to logging history and Civilian
Conservation Corps sites.
The western portion of the Chippewa
National Forest near Walker and Leech
Lake adjoins the Byway. Some of this
area’s highlights include:
• Stony Point On Leech Lake: The
campground is surrounded by old growth
forests, some over 200 years old.
• Lake Erin: Includes a picnic area and
one-mile interpretive wetland trail around
the lake. Adjacent to the North Country
Trail.
• Woodtick Auto Tour: Observe natural,
interpretive and historic sites on this auto
tour though the Chippewa.
• The Leech Lake Reservation inhabits
a large part of the Chippewa Forest.
• Shingobee Recreation Area: This sec-
tion of the Forest has trails and a tobog-
gan slide and sledding area. The Civilian
Conservation Corps developed the site in
the early 1930s.
• Chippewa National Forest Multi-Use
Trails-Walker Area: There are many bik-
ing, hiking, interpretive, hunter, walking
and auto trails in the Walker District of
the Chippewa National Forest. Some are
close to the trail and others just a short
side trip away. For more information on
location and trail conditions, contact the
Walker Ranger District: 218-547-1044.
Two Inlets State Forest Trails
Over 26,000 acres set in a landscape
that’s gently rolling to hilly, with scattered
lowlands. Two Inlets Trail provides over
27 miles of snowmobile trail that con-
nects to other area trails. Two Inlets Lake
provides good fishing. This state forest is
known for excellent hunting of deer,
ruffed grouse and small game. Indian
Creek Water Impoundment provides habi-
tat for waterfowl. Located about 10 miles
north of Park Rapids west of Highway
71.
Smoky Hills State Forest Trails
Rolling-to-moderately steep slopes
characterize this nearly 24,000-acre for-
est. Smoky Hills offers 30 miles of snow-
mobile trails and exceptional hunting for
deer and grouse. South half of the forest
is good for fall foliage viewing. Pick fruit
and mushrooms. Located 10 miles west
of Park Rapids off Hwy 34.
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Huntersville State Forest Trails
This 16,448-acre forest has rolling-to-
flat land, famed for its jack and Norway
pine mixed with aspen, spruce, tamarack
and northern hardwoods and clear
streams. The major attraction is the beau-
ty of the Shell and Crow Wing Rivers that
flow through the forest. The excellent boat-
ing and canoeing route traverses 80 miles
of river. There are two canoe outfitters in
the area. Wilderness campsites occur at
three-to seven-mile intervals. Located
south of Park Rapids, off Hwy 87 on CR
25.
Paul Bunyan State Forest Trails
Over 72,000 acres of terrain that’s
rough and hilly, with many tiny ponds
and bogs. Paul Bunyan State Forest has
50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails
and 15 miles of ungroomed trails. The
hiking and cross-country ski trail located
near Mantrap Lake is two miles in length.
Located just north of Akeley on Hwy. 64.
White Earth State Forest
About 160,502 acres of the forest is
rolling hills and lakes, 4/5th of which is
variegated forest and 1/5th is lowland
brush and marsh. Almost all of this forest
is within the boundaries of the White Earth
Reservation.
The Shuttlebug Nature Trail is popular
for summer hiking. It has 70 miles of
marked and groomed snowmobile trails.
Here are several routes into the White
Earth State Forest: 20 miles north of Park
Rapids on Hwy 71, then west on Hwy
113; 14 miles east of Detroit lakes on
Hwy 34 then about 15 miles north on
Becker 37; six or seven miles east of
Waubun on Hwy 113; and 20 miles east
of Mahnomen on Hwy 200.
Smoky Hills State Forest
Located 10 miles west of Park Rapids,
the Smoky Hills State Forest was estab-
lished in 1935 to perpetuate forest man-
agement and fire protection. Presently
there are almost 24,000 acres of land
within the boundaries of the state forest.
The southern portion of Smoky Hills
offers an excellent opportunity to view fall
colors on its rolling, forested slopes.
While there is no designated camp-
ground, camping is permitted with some
conditions. Contact the DNR for complete
rules.
Badoura State Forest
The Badoura State Forest is located 10
miles south of Akeley on Highway 64. It is
located around the Badoura State Tree
Nursery, the state’s oldest tree nursery,
founded in 1931. The location is very vis-
ible to travelers, as the Badoura Fire Tower
stands tall at the intersection of state
Highways 64 and 87. The tower is on the
National Registry of Historical Fire Towers.
The forested portion of the State Forest
is comprised mostly of conifers, and a
large portion of the area contains the
Badoura Bog. This is a very unique and
historical area.
Chippewa National Forest
Six miles of trails wind through a variety
of upland habitats, including mature jack
pine, young red pine, cedar swamp and
oak-birch forest. Called the Shingobee
Recreational Area Trail system, it is locat-
ed five miles southwest of Walker.
The six-mile trail loops through mixed
aspen, birch and pine forest along two
small lakes and Shingobee River valley of
Chippewa National Forest.
It intersects with the North Country
National Scenic Trail, a premier footpath
that stretches for about 4,600 miles,
which when complete will connect the
Appalachian Trail in New York to the Lewis
and Clark Trail in North Dakota.
Minnesota’s portion provides one of the
state’s longest backpacking opportunities.
The North Country National Scenic Trail
threads through numerous lakes and wet-
lands in a pine and hardwood forest. The
terrain is relatively level terrain on the
eastern portion, while the western end
becomes rolling.
The Chippewa National Forest boundary
encompasses 1.6 million acres, of the
USDA Forest Service manages 666,325
acres. Aspen, birch, pines, balsam fir
and maples blanket the uplands. Water is
abundant, with over 1,300 lakes, 923
miles of rivers and streams, and 400,000
acres of wetlands.
Visitors will find family campgrounds,
located across the forest, offering every-
thing from protected boat harbors to hot
showers. Many of the campgrounds have
access to hiking or biking trails, fishing
piers, scenic byways, and of course,
some of the best fishing lakes in the state.
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F
ormer mayor Larry Buboltz once said that if
you’re bored in Detroit Lakes during the
summer, go to the doctor because there’s
something wrong with you. He may just
be right.
Detroit Lakes plays host to a wide assortment of
entertaining activities, events and festivals —
regardless of the time of year.
Spring months can find you searching through
booths at the Street Faire at the Lakes for the per-
fect treasure, or looking through the treetops for
that one-of-a kind bird during
the annual Festival of
Birds. Spring is one last
chance to catch your
breath before the never-
ending march of summer
events begins. Summer,
which doubles the popula-
tion of Detroit Lakes each
year, hosts the area’s
largest music festival, WE
Fest — which celebrates its
30th anniversary this year — and celebrations
like the Northwest Water Carnival, which has been
in existence for almost eight decades now.
There are also endless hiking, swimming, boat-
ing, biking and of course, golfing opportunities
available for visitors at any time: Detroit Lakes
boasts 412 lakes within 25 miles, and a mile-
long city beach of its own.
During the winter, a village of fish houses can
be found on Big and Little Detroit lakes, and
snowmobilers will find miles and miles of trails
winding their way through the woods and fields of
Becker County.
Regardless of the season, there are always
trails to be found at Sucker Creek and Dunton
Locks, for hiking, cross country skiing or simply
enjoying nature up close and personal. There are
also lots of quaint shopping boutiques and
stores as well as several coffee shops for you to
stop, rest and meet some friends for a
hot cup of java, espresso or an iced
beverage of your choice.
Find your treasure at
Shady Hollow
Do you yearn to find unique, one of a
kind treasures? Are you nostalgic for all
things past and present? And finally, are
you a fan of the PBS show Antiques Road
Show? If you answered yes to any of the
poised questions above, then there is only
one place to visit this summer, and that is
the Shady Hollow Flea Market!
Shady Hollow Flea Market, located about
five miles south of Detroit Lakes on Highway
59, is one of the largest flea markets in the
area. The 15-acre flea market extraordinaire
boasts over 100 booths.
From South Dakota to Iowa; Minneapolis to
Fargo, a wide array of people are always the
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best part about the flea mar-
ket.
The friendly and interesting
vendors bring the place to life
and keep it fun. It is the peo-
ple who will keep you coming
back each season: People
like the asparagus salesman,
or the weed wreath lady or the
caramel popcorn vendor. They
are the ones that make flea
market shopping a breath of
fresh air.
Shady Hollow opens
Memorial Day weekend, May
26-28 and is opened every
Sunday through mid-
September, as well as on July
4, the Saturday of WE Fest,
Aug.4 and Labor Day week-
end, Sept. 1-3. The Memorial
Day and Labor Day holidays
are always big for the market.
The flea market is usually
very busy early in the day
when the “serious” shoppers
come out. Then it builds up
again in the afternoon when
the more casual treasure
hunters arrive.
The best part about com-
ing out early in the season,
is you get the first pick of
a variety of items. From
stoneware collectibles to
unique baseball cards, it
is always first-come,
first-served at the flea
market. For more infor-
mation, call 218-847-
9488.
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Cenex Community Coops Hot Stuff A&W
Water Carnival
It is no secret that Detroit
Lakes, Minnesota is the
place to be in the summer;
with the warm weather, lake
activities, music festivals, and
of course, the home of the
Northwest Water Carnival,
Detroit Lakes is a must stop
destination this summer. Why
not plan that stop during
the Water Carnival? This has
been a staple in DL since
its inception in 1935 and
this year promises to be an
amazing celebration that you
will not want to miss. Mark
your calendars for July 13th
through July 22nd. This 10
day celebration will be filled
with too many events to
list, so head to www.dlwa-
tercarnival .com for the full
schedule. We look forward
to seeing you at the 77th
Annual Northwest Water
Carnival this summer.
Street Faire
at the Lakes
Friday & Saturday, June 1 &
2, 2012 Kick off your sum-
mer with a full weekend of
fun for the whole family in
downtown Detroit Lakes! The
Street Faire features a juried
art show (over 125 artists),
free live music, a great variety
of wonderful “fair food,”
Bingo and a Street Dance by
the Eagles, strolling entertain-
ment and a beer garden. Stay
& play at the lakes for fun,
food & festivities during the
12th Annual Street Faire at
the Lakes.
Downtown Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-844-7469
www.dlstreetfaire.com
Boys & Girls Club
Thrift Store
The Boys & Girls Club Thrift
Store is the lakes area largest
and most complete thrift
store. Whether it’s grocery,
giftware, home decor, cloth-
ing or furniture we have it
all. Open 7 days a week we
are there when you need
us. The Boys & Girls Club of
Detroit Lakes is fortunate to
have the Thrift Store which
helps support the growing
needs of the club and the
community. We look forward
to seeing you all! Safe travels
this summer season from all
of us at the Boys & Girls Club
Thrift Store.
Hwy 10 E.
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-844-6556
DLCCC
With a brand new giant
indoor playland (the largest in
the region!), newly renovated
cardio area, newly added
weight room, an eight-lane
pool, three-lane running
track, two basketball and
racquetball courts, a 140-foot
waterslide, plus much, much
more, our state-of-the-art fit-
ness, aquatics and recreation
center has become “The
Center” for quality experi-
ences to learn, grow & play.
Our Historic Holmes Theatre,
adjacent to the fitness,
aquatics & recreation center,
presents local, regional, na-
tional & world entertainment
for all ages.
826 Summit Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-844-4221
www.dlccc.org
Bleachers Bar & Grill
If sports, burgers and beer rank high
on your score board, then come
to Bleachers for a hat trick. Voted
the best burgers in the Lakes Area,
new to the menu, taco grinders,
philly sandwich, french fries, ALL the
sports games you could ever hope
to watch on their 4 huge flat screen
TV’s and a scenic deck overlook-
ing Dead Shot Bay for relaxing
outdoors. Maybe you’d rather play
a game than watch one, they have
that covered too with summer
volleyball leagues, bean bag leagues
or try your hand at shuffle board
year round. They haven’t forgotten
about the night life either, 1/2 price
appetizers on Thursday’s, Karaoke
throughout the year, live entertain-
ment and Winter meat raffles every
Wednesday night Don’t forget
about 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday!
No matter the day of the week
Bleachers has you covered.
25807 Cty. Hwy. 22
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-844-6820
Cenex Community
Coops
If quality and convenience is
what you’re looking for, then
head on over to the Cenex Con-
venience Store located on Hwy.
34 East. Fresh made pizzas from
Hot Stuff and famous A&W
cheeseburgers are sure to satisfy
your appetite. If you’re in a hurry,
use the drive thru located on the
South side of the building. Need
a place to enjoy your morning
coffee or doughnut; we have an
expanded seating area with WiFi.
And don’t forget to stock up on
all your grocery items. Cenex
carries all your favorites from
candy bars and pop to chips and
ice cream treats. There is even an
ATM on site and propane service.
All this, coupled with high qual-
ity Cenex fuel makes this your
one stop for convenience.
911 Hwy. 34 East
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-847-3190
Water Carnival Street Faire at the Lakes
Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store DLCCC
Bleachers Bar & Grill
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Main Street
Restaurant
If you want to experience one of
Detroit Lakes’ ‘local hangouts’,
you have to stop by Main Street
Restaurant! They have been
voted the “Best Breakfast in
Town” and they are sure to
deliver. Main Street Restaurant
offers quality, homemade food
and big portions at a reasonable
price. Daily breakfast and lunch
specials round out the plethora
of menu options. Homemade
cinnamon rolls, cookies and
muffins can be picked up for a
quick breakfast or enjoyed with
a bottomless cup of coffee and
some good conversation with
the locals. No matter what
you’re in the mood for, you’re
sure to find it at Main Street Res-
taurant on Washington Avenue,
in the heart of Detroit Lakes.
900 Washington Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-847-3344
Fireside Restaurant
Location
Libations.
Cuisine.
At Fireside you’ll find a
winning combination of
culinary adventures.
We offer house made, hand
cut foods with an immense
dose of style. Our menu is
filled with classic, eclectic and
inventive fare you’re sure to
enjoy. Relax in our dining
room which is built around
an open-air antique charcoal
grill with a sensational view
of Big Detroit Lake.
Enjoy our warm personal
service in a relaxed
environment–you’ll love
dining with us!
1462 East Shore Drive
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-847-8192
www.firesidedl.com
Washington Square
Mall
Your one-stop shopping,
dining and entertainment
headquarters in Detroit Lakes
is located in the Washington
Square Mall in downtown
Detroit Lakes. Over 30 busi-
nesses, featuring unique shop-
ping, great services, casual
dining and fun entertainment.
Grab some delicious pizza or
Chinese food before seeing a
movie with the family or head
in for an ice cream treat after
the big game. Spend a “girls
day out” shopping at trendy
stores, pampering yourselves
with luxurious spa treatments
and having lunch at the cor-
ner coffee shop. While you’re
there, book your next vaca-
tion or pick up the perfect gift
for anyone on your list.
808 Washington Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-847-1679
Norby’s
Department Store
Personal, small town service
is what it is all about at this
Department store that has
been a cornerstone in the
business district of DL for over
100 years. History abounds
at Norby’s but you will be
pleased to see all the most
current styles & brands to fit
your family. From Brighton
Jewelry for her, to Fox Racing
for the young men, Tommy
Bahama for the “Trendy” dad
& Roxy for the “Hip” girls. The
fun doesn’t stop there, Norby’s
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DETROIT LAKESCALENDAR of EVENTS
May
2 - Kevin Strauss, Nature Storyteller,
Public Library
2 - Classic Car Display, Highway 59 S
4 - “Salsabrosa-Afro-Cuban Rhythms,”
Public Library
4-5 - “Holmes Spun Theatre 2,” Historic
Holmes Theatre
9 - Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive
12 - Walleye Fishing Opener
12 - Mother’s Day Wine Tasting, Lodge
on Lake Detroit
17-20 - 15th Annual Festival of Birds,
Minnesota State Community &
Technical College, Detroit Lakes.
25-28 - Avenue of Flags/Memorial Walk,
Oak Grove Cemetery
25-28 - 3rd Annual Kick Off to Summer
Beach Party, Holiday Inn
26 - Bass Fishing Opener
26 - Live Music, Holiday Inn Beach Bar
& Grill
26-27 - Discovery Dives Begin, Tri-State
Diving
June
Every Sunday June thru August - Shady
Hollow Flea Market
Every Tuesday & Saturday June thru
October - Lakes Area Farmers Market,
Peoples Park
Every Saturday & Sunday June thru August -
Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving
Every Tuesday & Saturday June thru August
- Lakes Area Farmers Market, City Park
Every Tuesday June thru August - Tuesdays
in the Park Community Concert Series, City
Park Bandshell
Every Thursday June thru August - Wildlife
Excursions, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
Every Thursday mid-June thru August - Live
at the Lodge Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit
1-2 - 12th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes
2 - Muskie Fishing Opener
2 - All-City Garage Sales, Frazee
2 - Breakfast on the Farm, Hawley
2-3 - Live Beach Party Music, Holiday
Inn Beach Bar & Grill
2-9 - Rodeo Fest, Hawley
4 - Okee Dokee Brothers, Public Library
6 - Classic Car Display, Highway 59 S
9-10 - Live Beach Party Music, Holiday
Inn Beach Bar & Grill
13 - Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive
14-17 - White Earth Powwow
15 - Face on the Bar Room Floor, Public
Library
15 - Father’s Day Beer Tasting & Shrimp
Boil, Lodge on Lake Detroit
15-16 - Live Beach Party Music, Holiday
Inn Beach Bar & Grill
16-17 - Quake the Lakes Powerboat
Races on Little Detroit Lake by
Zorbaz
16-24 - Turtle Fest, Perham
19 - Karen Solgard, Norse Fiddler, Public
Library
29-30 - Shakespeare in the Park,
“Romeo & Juliet,” City Park
29-30 - High Plains Festival, Soo Pass
Ranch
29-30 - All-School Reunion and 140th
Anniversary Celebration, Hawley
July
1 - High Plains Festival Finale, Soo Pass
Ranch
1 - All-School Reunion and 140th
Anniversary Finale, Hawley
1, 6-8 - Shakespeare in the Park,
“Romeo & Juliet,” City Park
4 - Fireworks at the City Beach
4 - Classic Car Display, Highway 59 S
11 - Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive
13-22 - 76th Annual Northwest Water
Carnival
14-15 - Phelps Mill Art Festival, Phelps
Mill Park, Battle Lake
14-15 - Live Music, Holiday Inn Beach
Bar & Grill
22 - Parade of the Northwest
25-29 - Becker County Fair, County
Fairgrounds
27-29 - 58th Annual Turkey Days, Frazee
28-29 - Live Beach Party Music, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
29 - 34th Annual Arts & Crafts in the Park,
City Park
August
1 - Classic Car Display, Highway 59 S
2-4 - WE Fest 30th Anniversary
Celebration, Soo Pass Ranch
4-5 - Live Music, Holiday Inn Beach Bar
& Grill
6-12 - 79th Annual Pine to Palm Golf
Tournament, Detroit Country Club
7 - Crazy Day, downtown Detroit Lakes
8 - Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive
9-12 - Vergas Looney Days
11 - “Minnesota On the Map” Traveling
Exhibit opens, Becker County
Historical Society Museum
11-12 - Pine Point Powwow
11-12 - Live Music, Holiday Inn Beach
Bar & Grill
17-18 - Young Life Triathlon, City Park
17-19 - Harvest Festival, Wood Lake.
18-19 - Live Music, Holiday Inn Beach
Bar & Grill
19 - Holy Rosary Parish Festival, Freeman
Arena
25 - 7th Annual Boats & Bars to benefit
Habitat for Humanity
31 - Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion, Rollag
September
1 - 6th Annual Summer Luau
Celebration, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
1-2 - 22nd Annual Laddies
Loppet Stage Race,Maplelag
Resort, Callaway
1-3 - Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion, Rollag
1-3 - Shady Hollow Flea Market
5 - Classic Car Display, Highway
59 S
8 - Dick Beardsley Run
12 - Cruise DL Night, West Lake
Drive
29 - Fall Festival, Tamarac
National Wildlife
Refuge,Rochert
October
6 - Damien Fall Home Tour
7 - Oktoberfest, Frazee Event
Center,Frazee
12-14 - Oktoberfest, City Park
13 - Oktoberfest, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
27 - Sugar & Spice Craft Fair,
Frazee Elementary School
27 - Boo Bash, Holiday
Inn Beach Bar & Grill
November
1-30 - Light Up the Lakes
Holiday Events
22-23 - Thanksgiving
Comedy Fest, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
24 - Live Music, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
26 - Santa’s Grand Parade of
Lights, downtown Detroit
Lakes
December
1-31 - Light Up the Lakes
Holiday Events
31 - 2nd Annual New Year’s
Eve On Ice, Holiday Inn
Beach Bar & Grill
Please visit the website,
www.visitdetroitlakes.com for any
scheduling changes or additions.
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33991 Victory Way Dr. • Ogema, MN 56569
1-888-593-2882 or 1-218-983-3217
www.strawberrylake.org
Take time this year to spend at least a
week on these beautiful grounds and
relax under annointed music, teaching
and preaching of he Word.
Gerald & Beulah Derstine
Founders
JUNE
June 10 - 12 GERALD DERSTINE
Brother Gerald Derstine founder of Strawberry Lake
Christian Retreat, Florida Christian Retreat, and Israel Affairs
International will give us updates on Israel and Romania
outreaches.
June 12 - 15 FULL GOSPEL FEL-
LOWSHIP OF NATIVE AMERICA
FGFNA’s goal is to develop formal and informal opportunities
that provide fellowship, friendship, networking and mentor-
ing among Native Americans and others. Featured speaker
“Ambassador” Rev. Bill Butler is of the Cherokee tribe and
has a heart for all the Indian nations.
June 17 - 22
FAMILY WEEK with JOAN
HUNTER
Hosted by Beulah and Joanne
Derstine with Special Guest
Joan Hunter, a dynamic teacher,
accomplished author, and anointed
healing evangelist who has devoted
her life to carry a message of hope,
deliverance, and healing to the nations.
June 24 - 29 ROB GARRETT
Has a strong teaching and preaching anointing. His musical
gifting also allows him to interweave the Good News with
a dynamic worship and psalmist ministry, both vocally and
on the piano.
JULY
July 5 (Thursday 6:30pm) PARTNERS
BANQUET
Annual Banquet that will be held at the Holiday Inn in
Detroit Lakes. Designed specially for our Strawberry Lake
Christian Retreat Partners. Limited seating. Reservations
required. Call for info.
July 4 (Wednesday 1:00pm)
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Join us for picnic at the Strawberry Lake Beach; afternoon
outdoor concert, boat parade and fireworks over the water
at dusk.
July 4 (one day only) RICHARD SHERBER
Dr. Scherber is Executive Director for Minnesota Teen
Challenge who for 20 years has guided its incredible growth
making it what it is today.
July 1 - 7 PHIL DERSTINE
Senior Pastor of Christian Retreat Family Church in Braden-
ton, FL. His lively and practical teaching on unconventional
soul winning will encourage and empower you to make a
difference in your community.
July 1 - 7 ALL
AMERICAN FISHING DERBY
Fishing contest each day with prizes!
All ages included. Free admission!
July 8 - 13 RON
STOLTZFUS
Ron is the son of the late Amos Stoltzfus who was actively
involved in the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit as described in
the book Following the Fire.
Ron is a passionate speaker dedicated
to sharing God’s uncompromising truth. Ron
pastors a church in Winchester, TN.
July 15 - 20 JOAN PEARCE
A powerful evangelist who is anointed of God and
operates in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. She has been in-
volved in Channel of Love Ministries that conducts crusades,
city-wide evangelism and revival meetings around the world.
July 23 - 2 PASTOR JEFF JOHNS
Senior Pastor of White Horse Christian Center, a revival
celebration center in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has been
a minister of the Gospel from his youth and is anointed to
identify, nurture and raise up leaders.
July 29 - Aug 3 MIKE SHREVE
Bible teacher with a love for people and enthusiasm for
helping Christians achieve their full potential. The moving of
the Holy Spirit is always an emphasis: with high expecta-
tions for miracles, prophetic words and deliverance.
AUGUST
August 5 - 10 THE NATIVE AMERI-
CAN HOLY SPIRIT GATHERING with GABRIEL
& LAURA WARD
Enrolled member of the Desert
Cahuilla Tribe, from the Torres-
Martinez Indian Reservation in
Southern California, and cur-
rently pastors The Body of Christ
Church. He and his wife Laura,
and their three daughters have
been missionaries to Native America since the early 80’s.
August 12 - 15 DAVE DUELL
In 1998 established a network to help others to fulfill their
callings and destinies. In 35 years of ministry, they have
encountered many experiences, made many connections
and delivered the “good news” of the gospel. Their
trademark has been sharing the joy and laughter of Jesus in
over 70 nations around the world.
August 16 - 19 DAVID SUTTON
Director at The Salvation Army’s “Center of Hope” in
Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Sutton, an ordained minister with a
PHD in psychology, has spearheaded a Recovery Program
which is now being modeled all over Florida. His teaching on
'how to pray with fervent passion and earnest expectation'
is sure to leave an impact on your prayer life!
August 19 - 24 AREA CHURCH
LEADER’S WEEK
Several Pastors from the community share their passion for
Christ and the ministry He has called them to.
August 26 - Sept 2 BEN SMITH
Prophet Smith has
traveled to more
than 20 nations of
the world equipping,
training and
activating believers
into their calling
and gifting for the
Kingdom of God.
2012 Speaker
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Threshers Reunion to feature
International Harvester
Every Labor Day weekend since 1954,
generations of threshermen and women
have gotten together to relive the tradition
of the good old days and bring the past
to life, for the enjoyment of young and
old alike.
The 2012 Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion near Rollag will be
held Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
A variety of IH engines, from farming to
construction and harvest machinery, will
be on display.
Anyone who has IH equipment and
would like to be included in the 2012
Expo at Rollag, please contact Donald
Clarke by e-mail at IH2012@rollag.com.
The annual Steam Threshers Reunion
is a great family occasion. Here’s an idea
of what to expect:
As you enter the reunion grounds,
located at Rollag — about 10 miles
south of Highway 10 off Clay County
Road 32 — you will cross an old rail-
road track.
But this track is far from being aban-
doned. It is actually used exclusively by
Engine No. 353, a 500-passenger steam
locomotive that travels the 2.5-mile track
around the reunion grounds several times
daily.
A short distance away, at the north end
of the exhibit grounds, you will find a
fully-operational, Model 21 steam-pow-
ered shovel moving gravel, and on
Gunderson Pond, a small tugboat push-
es logs to the Briden-Roen sawmill to
make lumber.
These are just a few of the demon-
stration exhibits found on the Rollag
grounds.
In the 17-acre exposition area on the
southwest end of the grounds, there are a
variety of exhibits, everything from a vin-
tage Parker merry-go-round — powered
by steam, of course — to a rare Prony
Brake demonstration, which can test the
maximum horsepower of an engine.
A working blacksmith shop, log cabin
museum, print shop, mercantile and gen-
eral store are just a few of the many
exhibit buildings located on the grounds.
There are daily demonstrations of
equipment that uses real horsepower —
the four-legged kind — starting at 10
a.m., along with a steam-powered lum-
ber-sawing at the sawmill, a steam ham-
mer stamping souvenir plates and a vari-
ety of other machine demonstrations
going on continuously throughout the
grounds.
But the fun isn’t all for the mechanical-
ly minded. There’s women’s activities
including skill demonstrations of every-
thing from lace-making to cloth and bas-
ket-weaving, kiddie rides and activities
(including the merry-go-round), constant
musical entertainment, and, of course,
food.
Several
area churches will serve full
meals at scheduled meal times, and
there will also be short-order fare served
throughout the day.
There are daily parades; a style show
each day; steam and gas threshing, lum-
ber sawing, and a number of other
demonstrations.
And then there’s the live music. If you
need to step in from the heat, occasional
rainfall or coal smoke, you can usually
find some type of live music program
taking place in just about any building,
at just about any time of day.
Starting in the early hours of the morn-
ing, music starts in Nelson Hall on top of
the hill, you can see square dancing
doing on directly behind the Nelson, and
in the afternoon you can see the Style
Show in the TMB building and grab a
bite to eat at the same time.
Scattered about grounds, you will
always find musicians ‘jamming’ with
each other or under a gazebo, in the
Print shop, or just under the shade of a
tree.
For more information, visit the WMSTR
web site at www.rollag.com, or call 701-
212-2034.
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Mike McNabb
26389 County Highway 4
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
218-863-8155 • www.crystallidaresort.net
lakelida@loretel.net
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5 modern cabins • AC, 2 sandy swimming beaches, excellent walleye and pan fishing. Hiking and Birding across the lake at maple Wood State Park, WiFi
THE HIDEAWAY RESORT
Island Lake
Al & Marg Chirpich
25574 E. Island Lake Road • Detroit Lakes, MN
218-847-6886 • 800-363-7122
www.detroitlakes.com/hideaway
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7 Units • Camping & RV Sights • Lakeside modern cabins, sandy beach, full menu restaurant. Near Tamarac Wildlife Refuge and Itasca State Park. Excellent fishing. Snowmobilers welcome.
LAKECREST RESORT
Dan & Sandy Berg
Long Lake
24013 US Hwy. 10 • Detroit Lakes, MN
56501
218-847-5459 • 800-435-5459
www.lakecrestresort.com
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17 Units • A classic upscale resort with 1, 2, 3, 4 & new 8 bedroom units. Great enclosed beach, boat rental, tennis, play areas, good fishing and so much more!
NEW HORIZON
RESORT & LODGE
White Earth Lake
Chris & Linda May
2379 Perch Rd. • Waubun, MN 56589
1-800-533-1940 • www.newhorizonresort.com
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8 Units • We have a full service restaurant.
TAMARAC BAY RESORT
Island Lake
Terry & Susan Liem
40728 County Rd. 126 • Rochert, MN 56578
218-847-7096 • 888-847-7096
tamaracbay@lakesnet.net
www.tamaracbayresort.com
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11 cabins • Great fishing & family resort. Nice swim area. Pontoon & boat rentals. Canoes, Fun Bugs, kayaks & paddle boats. Fall duck hunting & excellent walleye fishing.
VIKING RESORT
Little Detroit
Helen Trisko
612 West Lake Drive • Detroit Lakes, MN
218-841-1588
vjproperty@yahoo.com
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Detroit Lake
1155 Hwy. 10 East
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VIKING RESORT
Little Detroit
Helen Trisko
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218-841-1588
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G
ood things come in small pack-
ages. Perham, New York Mills,
Ottertail and their surrounding com-
munities prove that.
Though the towns are small, the hearts
and hospitality of the people here are big
– and the area’s
opportunities for
shopping, recre-
ation and enter-
tainment are virtu-
ally endless.
With more than
1,000 crystal
clear lakes, scenic
parks and trails,
numerous festi-
vals and events
throughout the
year, resorts galore and much more, East
Otter Tail County provides visitors with
whatever it is they’re looking for – from a
bustling day at the fair to a quiet evening
on the lake.
Perham
Top-Notch Hospitality
Perham, the economical anchor of the
area, features a diverse mix of industry,
agriculture and tourism.
Known for its dynamic downtown
shopping center, Perham is home to
dozens of specialty shops, antique and
thrift stores, restaurants, and a retro-style
movie theatre.
Throughout the community are many
bike and walking paths, parks, recre-
ational trails, golf courses and athletic
fields. There’s even a disc golf course.
The town is also home to two
renowned museums – the History
Museum of East Otter Tail County and the
In Their Own Words Veterans Museum –
a new state-of-the-art medical center, a
library, a historic Pioneer Village, and a
community fitness center and pool.
On just about any given weekend in
Perham, and especially in summer, the
calendar of events is packed with things
to do. Beloved annual events like the
International Turtle Races, county fair,
Crazy Days sidewalk sales, parades and
community festivals attract thousands of
visitors to the town every year – and the
top-notch hospitality of the people here
keeps them coming back again and
again.
Turtle Fest
For more than a quarter century,
Perham’s Turtle Fest and International
Turtle Races have been the highlight of
the summer for area
kids and fami-
lies, as well as
many out-of-
town visitors.
The races
will be going
on in down-
town Perham
every
Wednesday
in June,
July and
August.
Turtle Fest will
take place June
16-24, and will
include family-
friendly street ven-
dors, performers and
entertainers, plus a
parade, a kiddie trac-
tor pull and much
more.
For a complete
schedule of events,
visit the Perham
Chamber website at www.perham.com.
Find
whatever
you are
looking for
in East Otter
Tail County.
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New York Mills
A hub for arts and culture
Located on Highway 10 between Perham
and Wadena, this small town boasts big
things in the way of arts, culture and commu-
nity events.
It’s the home of the New York Mills Regional
Cultural Center, which hosts regular live theatre
and concert performances, as well as innova-
tive art exhibits. The Cultural Center also puts
on the annual Great American Think-Off, which
solicits the opinions of armchair philosophers
from across the country. The 2012 Think-Off is
scheduled to take place June 9.
New York Mills is also within easy driving
distance to two other area attractions – Phelps
Mill and the Finn Creek Museum. Both hold
popular festivals every summer.
The annual Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant
Festival is another prime example of New York
Mills’ appreciation for the arts. This unique
event features a two day film festival and pup-
pets on parade – larger-than-life works of art.
Also the home of Lund Boat Company, the
“world’s finest fishing boat,” New York Mills
hosts Lund Mania every summer, featuring
fishing tournaments, a parade, a street dance
and more.
The Ronald McDonald House Ride is among the largest charity motorcycle rides of its kind.
55442-340th St.
Six miles SE of New York Mills, MN
Finnish American Homestead featuring Finnish log
home and barns, "smoke sauna," replicas of old village
and farm buildings, and more!
Gift shop offering iittala glass, Marimekko textiles,
aarikka jewelery, Fazer candy and sauna supplies
Summer Folk Festival August 25-26 2012
Finn Creek Open Air Museum
Phone 218.385-2233
Free Admission, Donations Welcome
OPEN DAILY MEMORIAL DAY-LABOR DAY 1:00-5:00 PM
218-758-2598 summer
701-282-6753 winter
www.pocahontasresort.com
email: Pocahntsresort@aol.com
The Barnick’s
One of Otter Tail County’s
best all around fishing lakes.
Pocahontas Resort and
Campground, LLC
38034 Co. Hwy. 35, Dent, MN
Pocahontas Resort features 10 air-conditioned
2bdrm cabins, tub/shower, sandy beach,
picnic tables, boat docks/launch, bait, and groceries.
See you in 2011! Make your reservation!
Pocahontas Resort,LLC
on Dead Lake Dent, MN
Dining
Bowling
Outdoor Patio
Family Fun
43521 Fort Thunder Road
Perham, MN
218-346-2554
www.thecactusperham.com
email: Info@thecactuscity.com
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218.346.7678
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Ottertail
A little city on the
county’s
biggest lake
One of the fastest growing
communities in rural
Minnesota, Ottertail is serenely
situated on the eastern shores
of Otter Tail Lake, south of
Perham along Highway 78.
The city’s ‘pet’ otter – a 10-
foot-high, 14-foot long statue
made from 1,200 pieces of
welded steel – is a prominent
and popular landmark. What
many people may not know
about the critter is that hidden
inside it is a time capsule
containing community infor-
mation and photos.
Ottertail is widely recog-
nized for its annual Otter Fest,
which features a demolition
derby and other community-
wide activities, including one
of the largest small-town
parades in the area.
And every summer, thou-
sands of visitors flock to the
town for its annual Smokin’
Iron Truck and Tractor Pull, a
two-day event that attracts
more than 80 pullers from
across the nation.
Visitors flock to Ottertail every summer for its annual
Smokin’ Iron Truck and Tractor Pull.
Otter Fest, above, and
Polka Fest, left, are two
community events held
in Ottertail.
www.whisperingpinesmn.com
For more details see the
Lakes Area Lodging Guide in this Magazine.
For more details see the
Lakes Area Lodging Guide in this Magazine.
A Friendly Welcome…
awaits your arrival
on Beautiful
Big Pine Lake!
A Friendly Welcome…
awaits your arrival
on Beautiful
Big Pine Lake!
On Dead Lake, Richville, MN
Clean, Fun, Family Resort
with 10 modern a/c cabins
and 8 campsites with water/
electric hookups. Pets allowed.
Check our website for details.
www.northernlightsresort.com
Reservations: 1-800-758-3121
Mike & Cheryl Harris, Owners
www.perham.com
We invite you to
Perham, MN
to shop, visit or come
live your Vacation.
Turtle Races
Every Wednesday at 10:30am
for kids ages 0-100
June • July • August
Perham Area
Chamber of
Commerce
218-346-7710
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Spin City Laundry
610 West Main, Perham, MN
Hours: 6:30AM-10:30PM
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• Air conditioned facility • Soft Water
• Competitive price per pound
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Fly Casting Classes Available +
Fly Tying Classes Available +
www.front20outhtters.com
218.640.3163
138 West Main Street
Perham, MN
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43937 Fort Thunder Road
Perham, MN 56573
218-346-2100
218-346-7810
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HIDDEN HAVEN RESORT
36242 Rush Lake Loop
Perham, MN 56573
218-346-6046
hiddenhaven.com
hiddenhaven@
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Rush Lake is well known for excellent walleye, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, and largemouth bass fishing.
KIMP'S KAMP RESORT
38267 White Haven Rd.
Dent, MN 56528
218-758-2555
218-298-2716
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LILLIBRIDGE’S MAPLE
BEACH RESORT
(summer) 31026 Cty
Hwy 4, Vergas, MN 56587
(winter) 910 5th Ave., S.,
Fargo, ND 58103
218-342-2581
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701-232-6717
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West Loon Lake • 14’ aluminum boat provided with each cabin. One Stop Convenience Store located 1/2 mile away provides internet access, bait, gas and groceries.
Access to three spring fed lakes.
NORTHERN LIGHTS
RESORT
35387 Northern Lights Trail
Richville, MN 56576
218-758-2343
800-758-3121
northernlightsresort.com
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Dead Lake • Sandy beach, protected bay, clean, fun, modern family resort. Paddle boats, innertubes, canoe free for guests. Campfire rings.
Shower/restroom facility & dump station for campers. Water/electric hookups. All cabins air conditioned housekeeping. Wi-Fi available. Spring/Fall packages.
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EAST OTTER TAIL COUNTY
April
6 – 2nd Annual Otter Tail County Historical
Society Brewers Fest, at Whiskey River
7 – Maple Syrup Day, downtown Perham
21-22 – 15th Annual Antique Sporting
Collectibles and Fish Decoy Show, at
the Perham Area Community Center
23 – Easter Egg Hunt in New York Mills
May
5 – Rotary Spring Fling, at Perham
Lakeside Golf Club
12 – Walleye fishing opener
26 – Bass fishing opener
June
Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham
International Turtle Races. Registration begins
at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the
Perham Chamber at 218-346-7710
2 – Hoot’s Sport’s Fourth Annual Angler-
Young Angler Fishing Tournament, on
Little Pine Lake in Perham
(www.hootssports.com)
9-11 - Annual Ronald McDonald House
Benefit Ride in New York Mills
(www.rmhride.com)
9 – Great American Think-Off, at the New
York Mills Regional Cultural Center
15-16 – 10th Annual Smokin’ Iron Truck
and Tractor Pull, in Ottertail (Ottertail
Business Association, 218-367-3092)
16-24 – Turtle Fest 2012, in Perham. For a
complete schedule of events, visit
www.perham.com or call the Chamber at
218-346-7710
22 – Turtle Fest Grand Parade, in
downtown Perham at 7 p.m.
23 – Veterans Motorcycle Ride
(218-298-2211)
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NEW YORK MILLS/PERHAM/RICHVILLE/DENT/VERGAS/OTTERTAIL RESORTS
POCAHONTAS RESORT
AND CAMPGROUND
38034 Co. Hwy. 35
Dent, MN
218-758-2598 summer
701-282-6753 winter
pocahontasresort.com
Joy & Collene Barnick
10 12
• • • • • • • • • • • • •
Dead Lake • Modern, air conditioned, 2 bedroom cabins on beautiful Dead Lake. One of Otter Tail county’s best all around fishing lakes. Email: pocahontasresort@aol.com.
SUNSET BAY RESORT
38274 Co Hwy 44,
Richville, MN 56576
218-758-2080
800-SUNSBAY
www.sunsbay.com
email: info@sunsbay.com
Mark and Joci Kerr
7 4
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Dead Lake • Family fun; secluded, wooded 15 acres w/500’ clean sandy beach; outdoor, indoor & water activities; Wi-Fi available; campfire pits. Spring & Fall special rates and short stays. Air
conditioning extra charge. 1 unit with screened porch.
WHISPERING PINES
RESORT
46362 Cty Hwy 8
Perham, MN 56573
800-452-4338
whisperingpinesmn.com
email:
wpresort@arvig.net
Owners Josh and Anita
Mycke
8 16
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Big Pine Lake
30 – Average Joe Triathlon, at Paul Miller
Park in Perham
July
Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham
International Turtle Races. Registration begins
at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the
Perham Chamber at 218-346-7710
4 – Fourth of July Fireworks, at Krueger
Field in Perham at 10 p.m.
6 – Lund Mania Summer Celebration and
Fishing Tournament in New York
Mills. Parade, street dance, vendors
and more
6 – Relay For Life of East Ottertail County,
at the Perham High School track
7 – Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the
Lakes Pageants, at the Perham High
School Auditorium
(www.perhampageants.org)
8 – Perham Area Cruisers Classic Car
Show, at the Perham Fairgrounds
14 – Ottertail Community Auction
14 – Dent Daze, in Dent
14-15 – Phelps Mill Arts Festival, at
Phelps Mill, 10 miles north of
Underwood (www.phelpsmillfestival.com)
19-22 – East Otter Tail County Fair, in
Perham (www.eotcountyfair.org)
27 – Annual Tuffy Nelson Classic, at
Perham Lakeside Golf Course
28 – Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Minnesota Dreams for Kids Ride, at
Pioneer Village in Perham
(218-298-2211)
August
Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham
International Turtle Races. Registration begins
at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the
Perham Chamber at 218-346-7710
3-4 – Crazy Days, in Perham
10-12 – Otter Fest, in Ottertail. Friday night
demo, Saturday parade and Sunday
pancake feed (Ottertail Business
Association, 218-367-3092).
17 – Annual Corn Feed and Puppet
Pageant Festival, in New York Mills
17-18 – Continental Divide Film and
Music Festival, in New York Mills
(218-385-3339)
17-19 – Heritage Festival and Black
Powder Rendezvous, at Pioneer
Village in Perham (218-371-7187)
18 – Vining Watermelon Days
(218-769-4432)
18 – Cal Miller Bike Race, at Paul Miller
Park in Perham
24-25 – Finn Creek Museum Summer
Folk Festival, near New York Mills
September
1-3 – Labor Day Sidewalk Sales, in
Perham
Date TBD – Pumpkin Patch, in New York
Mills
October
6 – Annual Harvest Fest, in Perham. Flea
markets, food, art and more
20 – Ottertail Pumpkin Festival
(www.williamscompanystore.com)
Date TBD – Halloween Party, at New
York Mills Regional Cultural Center
and Mills Lanes
November
3 – Annual Women of FOCUS Christmas
Plus Bazaar, at the Perham Area
Community Center
23 – Holiday Parade of Lights, in
downtown Perham after sundown
December
1-24 – Perham’s Christmas Promotion.
Holiday sales throughout town
1 – Otter Dazzle Parade of Lights, in
Ottertail
Dates TBD – New York Mills Community
Christmas Party
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54 Destinations 2012
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f you like wide open spaces, you’re going to love Wadena.
Wadena has several beautiful and well-maintained parks
featuring everything from playgrounds to horseshoe pits.
Totaling more than 200 acres of playgrounds and parks,
Wadena is sure to have a few things to keep kids occupied this
summer. All parks and playgrounds close at 10 p.m.
Parks
Sunnybrook Park
Sunnybrook Park is just east of Wadena with access from
U.S. Highway 10. It is the largest park in the city with 78 acres
of grass, water, pines and oak trees. Some features include:
Fishing for trout and sunfish, picnic areas with grills, play-
ground, frisbee golf, volleyball and softball fields, viewing of
buffalo, deer, peacocks and golden pheasants at the children’s
zoo. Sunnybrook also offers semi-enclosed shelters and a
campground. The campground area includes 20 full hookups
with 39 sites and takes reservations. Open May 15 – Oct. 1.
Black’s Grove
Black’s Grove is two miles west of Wadena. This park, which
is more than 50 years old, is sure to provide a relaxing atmos-
phere.
Surrounded by majestic oak trees and
pines, the park offers trails suitable for
hiking in the summer. Children may also
enjoy playing in the log shelter or look-
ing for deer and other sorts of wildlife.
About a mile (2 kilometers) of new trail
has been added to make the already
long and winding ski trail 7k long.
Tapley
Tapley Park on Lincoln Avenue
Southwest offers within its 18 acres: Soccer field, basketball
and volleyball courts, nature trails, horseshoe pits, shelter, rest-
rooms and play area
Southwest Playground
The Southwest Playground on
Fourth Street provides numerous
activities for children. Some
include: playground equipment,
basketball court, soccer field, ten-
nis and volleyball courts, baseball
fields, warming house and skating
for the winter as well as restrooms.
Burlington Northern Park
At the center of the city, Burlington
Northern Park serves as a common
ground for children and adults during
the summertime. Burlington Northern
offers a nice picnic area with the
atmosphere suitable for a lunch. The
park also includes a bandstand and
skateboard area.
Softball and Horseshoe
The Softball and Horseshoe
Complex is also on the southwest
side of town at Second Street. This
recreation complex is home to the
summer recreation baseball and soft-
ball programs. The complex includes:
Four fenced softball fields, competitive
horseshoe pits, concession and rest-
room building, sliding hill in the winter.
Historic Wadena Depot
In 2008, the restored, historic Wadena
Depot opened its doors. It boasts railroad-themed events as
well as a full calendar of community and arts events. Located
near the intersections of U.S. Highways 10 and 71.
www.thedepotwadena.org.
The Wadena
area has over
200 acres of
playgrounds
& parks!
DESTINATION
WADENA
Whitetail Run Golf Course
Golfers will want to experience the Whitetail
Run Golf Course north of town. It’s a Joel
Goldstrand 18-hole course, and captures the
beauty and challenge suggested by Wadena’s
motto: Where the prairie meets the woodland.
(218) 631-7718.
Wadena County Historical Society
If you’re looking for more learning than
leisure, try the Wadena County Historical
Society (Museum and Historical/Geneaology
Research Center). It is at 603 North Jefferson
Street (U.S. Highway 71). The museum offers
15 exhibit areas featuring artifacts depicting
the lifestyles of early pioneers. It has an 1886
courthouse tour on the grounds, which was
part of the original court house, 1896 barn
wall in its country store room and in 2009
created a Two Nations Indian Village. It has a
large collection of photographs related to
Wadena County. You will find family histories
of many citizens, past and present.
Murals of Minnesota
Learn about Minnesota’s history in the back
alleys of Wadena with the Murals of
Minnesota, also known as the Alley Arts
Project. Wadena now boasts dozens of huge,
color murals depicting the people and places
that shaped Minnesota history. Learn about the
early settlers, the logging industry, how natural
resources shaped our development, and inter-
esting people down through the years. Stop by
the Bernauer Building on Jefferson Street in
Wadena to start the tour of murals.
Shopping, dining and lodging
There are many fine restaurants, cafes, cof-
fee shops, fast food places and several bars
with grills for your dining delight. The down-
town area also has gift shops, grocery stores
and other stores for your needs. There are sev-
eral motels in Wadena and resorts in Wadena
County and the surrounding area.
Madhatters
Wadena’s Madhatters group has entertained
audiences for more than 52 years. To help
entice kids into drama, Madhatters, with the
help of Five Wings Arts Council, also sponsors
a summer drama camp for ages 9-18. Call
(218) 631-1751 for more information.
Christmas Festival
The annual Christmas Festival has brought
artists and art lovers together during the week-
end after Thanksgiving for 30 years. The festi-
val is held at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.
Antiques and Flea Markets
Wadena has many opportunities for antique
enthusiasts as well as huge flea markets.
Wadena Flea and Craft Market is located in
Wadena’s old poultry hatchery and offers a
unique experience, inside and out. With four
full buildings, a large variety, many vendors,
and good stuff, this can be a fun stop over the
vacation or weekend getaway.
Green Island Preserve
The Green Island Preserve is found just
north of the intersection of U.S. Highways 10
and 71, and features a “back to nature” theme
combining a vast variety of plants, wildlife and
art. It’s meant as a retreat, a place to soak in
nature and beauty, and a perfect spot to catch
your breath. For more information, visit
www.greenislandpreserve.com.
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May
16 - Cyber Fiesta at the Cyber
Café, Jefferson Street,
Wadena
June
14-17 - June Jubilee in Wadena
15-17 - Sebeka Red Eye
River Days
27-30 - Wadena County Fair
July
13-14 - Henning Festival
20-21 - Clarissa Summerfest
23-Aug. 3 - Madhatters'
Drama Camp In Wadena
28 - Deer Trails Festival in
Deer Creek
August
9 - Rotary Corn and Chicken
Feed, BN Park, Wadena
11-12 - Old Wadena
Rendezvous
11-12 - Farm Show Days
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Paul Bunyan Land,
Brainerd
18 - Vining Watermelon Day
24-26 - England Prairie
Pioneer Days
September
1-3 - Nimrod Jubilee
14-20 - Whiskey Creek Film
Festival in Wadena, Cozy
Theatre
October
Every Friday and Saturday, 7-
10 p.m., Haunted Corn Maze,
Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd
November
24-25 - Christmas Festival in
Wadena
December
Every Friday and Saturday
before Christmas, 6-9 p.m.,
Lighted Enchanted Holiday
Village, Paul Bunyan Land,
Brainerd
WADENA
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See & hear our
26' tall animated
Paul Bunyan
greet your
children by name
Over 40 rides
and attractions
and 30 building
Pioneer Village
Low gate price
incIudes aII rides
and features
10 AM to 6 PM MemoriaI Weekend thru Labor Day
6 miIes east of Brainerd on State Hwy 18
www.PauIBunyanLand.com
1-877-412-4162
For more information,
call Donna at 218-924-2764
email: pioneer@england-prairie.org
website: www.england-prairie.org
England Prairie
33rd Annual
Verndale, Minnesota
August 24-25-26, 2012
• parade
• tractor pull
• threshing
• exhibits
• activities
• museum
• music
• food
• demonstrations
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Hwy. 71 N.
Phone: 218-631-2930
Toll-Free Reservations:
1-800-929-4603
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Eaat Highway 10 - Wadena, MN 56482
218-631-7707 Ext 204
www.wadena.org
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525 CoIIax Ave 5E - Wadena, MN 56482
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218-639-8017 or
218-639-2359
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500 Aah Ave. NW - Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: 218-632-4000
Toll-Free Reservations:
1-877-425-7026
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T
he phrase, “easy to get to – hard to leave,”
isn’t just a Chamber of Commerce pitch line
for the Alexandria lakes area. It’s true.
People are having a hard time leaving
because they’re having so much fun. Alexandria
is conveniently located on Interstate 94 – 110
miles from Fargo, 68 miles from St. Cloud, 131
miles from Minneapolis and 142 miles from St.
Paul.
Nestled in scenic rolling hills and trees where
the prairie meets the forest, the Alexandria area is
brimming with 375 glacier-formed, pristine lakes.
That makes it the perfect
playground for swim-
mers, boaters, anglers,
golfers, bicyclists, hik-
ers, bird watchers, ice
skaters, skiers, snow-
mobilers and anyone
who enjoys the great
outdoors. Even if you
don’t consider yourself
an outdoorsman or out-
doorswoman, there’s
still plenty of fun to
enjoy while on vacation in the Alexandria lakes
area:
• Browse for antiques.
• Take in an arts production.
• Shop historic downtown Alexandria or visit
the Viking Plaza Mall.
• Explore the area’s fascinating – and
controversial – history.
• See a movie – there’s a nine-screen
movie theater near the mall.
• Get a workout at the Alexandria Area
YMCA.
• Tour a winery – the award winning
Carlos Creek Winery is just three miles north
of Alexandria.
• Catch an entertaining, college-level
baseball or hockey game.
In addition, Alexandria lists several golf
courses on www.alexandriamn.org, an
amusement park, go-cart racing, horseback rid-
ing, three museums, public swimming beaches,
a water park, a winter ski hill, three marinas and
much more — all in the Alexandria lakes area.
There is also a trail of antique, curio and
specialty shops (many of them downtown) that
collectors, browsers and shoppers love to follow,
and Alexandria has a very active downtown
restaurant and shopping area.
The Alexandria website lists numerous resorts,
motels, and many B&Bs. There are also
campgrounds, RV Parks and other lodging
accommodations.
The
Alexandria
area
features 375
glacier-formed,
pristine lakes.
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Summer Fun
in the Lakes Area
Big Splash
Big Splash is a wet, wild waterpark won-
der. One of the biggest indoor waterparks in
the nation is at the Arrowwood Resort and
Conference Center, located about four miles
north of Alexandria on Lake Darling.
The 38,000-square-foot water park offers a
wide variety of water activities, including four-
story waterslides, a “Lazy River” floating inner
tube ride, a lily pad water walk and a tropical
whirlpool spa and waterfall. There’s also a chil-
dren’s play fort in a zero-inch-entry pool.
For more information, call (320) 762-1124 or
visit the Big Splash website at
www.arrowwoodresort.com.
Vikingland Band Festival
Every year, on the last Sunday in June, the
streets of Alexandria come alive with the sound of
music.
The 28th annual Vikingland Band Festival is set
for June 24, featuring the Midwest’s finest high
school marching bands in a fun but intense compe-
tition. Summer parade bands are at their peak in
June and pull out all the stops as they perform on
the city’s extra-wide main street.
The Vikingland Band Festival parade begins early
afternoon Sunday and proceeds along Broadway
from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue.
For more information about the band festival, visit
the website www.marching.com/events/vbf.
Fourth of July –
Watch for a Storm!
Although there are several fireworks displays
around the area on the Fourth of July, one of the
most spectacular is Star Storm.
Those who go to Lake Darling near Alexandria on
July 4 will enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks
display set to music. The annual display, which is
designed to be enjoyed either from land or from the
lake, is organized by Arrowwood Resort. Folks can
watch the show from the front lawn of Arrowwood,
which overlooks the lake, or they can boat over to
see the display. Watchers are encouraged to tune
into KXRA-FM, 92.3, for the show.
Awake The Lakes
A county brimming with hundreds of lakes should
have a big event to rouse them from their winter
slumber; and for Alexandria, the annual “Awake the
Lakes” on Memorial Day weekend is that event.
Most of the activity happens along 2nd Avenue in
downtown Alexandria. Highlights include a “Ribfest”
cook-off with music, and a family friendly Heritage
Fest that offers ethnic foods, artisans and entertain-
ment. For more information, call (320) 763-3161
or visit www.alexandriamn.org.
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Central Lakes Trail
If you like biking, walking, in-
line skating or snowmobiling,
you’ll love the Central Lakes Trail.
The 14-foot-wide, 55-mile paved
trail begins in Fergus Falls and
crosses Douglas County to con-
nect to the Lake Wobegon Trail in
Osakis. Together, they make the
longest paved trail in Minnesota. In
Douglas County, the trail connects
Alexandria with six other cities,
many of which have trailside park-
ing, restrooms and shelters. In
Alexandria, the trail also connects
to a paved trail that travels along
the shore of Lake Agnes to
Alexandria City Park. In the winter,
the Central Lakes Trail is also a
popular snowmobiling route.
Visit www.centrallakestrail.com.
Explore Historic Downtown
There’s more to downtown
Alexandria than storefronts. Visitors
can discover enchanting shops
and beautiful boutiques. They can
stroll through timeless antique
stores to find unexpected treasures
and nostalgic memorabilia. They
can take a break and try out one
of the many cozy eateries.
For information on upcoming
events, visit
www.downtownalexandria.com.
Viking Plaza Mall
The Viking Plaza Mall in
Alexandria has more than 30
stores for customers to shop in
comfort.
Many updates and improve-
ments have been completed and
more are on the horizon. The
Viking Plaza is often described as
“tomorrow’s mall” and manage-
ment takes pride in offering cus-
tomers a clean, relaxing and fun
environment that makes the mall
not just a place to shop but a des-
tination to visit. It’s the largest
shopping mall in Douglas County.
Recent upgrades include com-
fortable new furniture, a creative
playscape for children, a new
entrance off South Broadway, new
signs and free Wi-Fi access for
shoppers.
There are events happening all
year round at the Viking Plaza. It’s
also a popular spot for walkers to
get in some exercise, seven days
a week.
Maritime Museum
The Minnesota Lakes Maritime
Museum offers visitors a chance to
experience the history of boating
and resorts in the Alexandria lakes
area. The museum, located on 3rd
Avenue West in Alexandria, houses
the area’s extensive classic boat
collection as well as resorting,
fishing, hunting and other maritime
memorabilia.
An exciting new addition to the
museum is also taking shape –
Maritime Gardens. It will feature a
grand design of gazebos, park
benches, lush flower gardens,
ornamental grasses, streams and
waterfalls, and an event stage with
seating.
A celebration of the first phase in
Maritime Gardens – A Growing
Legacy! is planned for August
2012. The project is scheduled to
be completed in three phases.
The museum also provides edu-
cational programs in the summer,
such as sailing lessons, water
safety and youth boat operation.
For more information, visit its web-
site at www.mnlakesmaritime.org
or call (320) 759-1114.
Runestone Museum
Located near the “Big Ole”
Viking statue at the north end of
Broadway, it’s home to the contro-
versial, world famous Kensington
Runestone. It tells of Viking explor-
ers, there is a Native American
exhibit, exhibits on early immi-
grants and the history of
Alexandria, a memorial/gun exhib-
it, a Minnesota wildlife exhibit, and
a hands-on children’s area.
The museum is located in Fort
Alexandria — a nearly exact repli-
ca of the stockade constructed in
1862 by order of the governor of
Minnesota. It’s located at 206
Broadway.
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Carlos Creek Winery
No matter the season, there’s
always something happening at
Carlos Creek Winery.
Founded in 1997, the winery offi-
cially opened in July of 1999. It’s
located on 160 acres with 13 acres
devoted to vines and 15 dedicated
to apples.
Visitors can sample a wide-range
of the winery’s award-winning
wines. Grape varieties include
Frontenac, Sabrevois, Valiant, King
of the North, Brianna, Marquette,
Petite Pearl and Edelweiss. Apple
varieties include Cortland, Fireside,
Haralson, McIntosh, Regent, and its
largest planting, Honeycrisp, the
state apple of Minnesota.
The winery is owned and operated
by the Bredeson family.
Winter hours are from noon to 5
p.m. Sunday through Thursday and
noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday. Summer hours are from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m.
on Sunday.
Complimentary tours are offered
daily, year-round at 1 and 3 p.m.
plus 5 p.m. on Saturdays. (No
reservations are needed for groups
fewer than 20.)
Yearly events include the extreme-
ly popular “Grape Stomp”
(September 14-16 this year); “Apple
Fest” (October 20), featuring a
pumpkin-throwing catapult; and
“Awake the Grapes,” which includes
1K, 5K and 10K runs through the
vineyards (May 27-28).
The winery is also a favorite spot
for destination weddings. It hosts
more than 40 weddings each year,
plus a number of corporate events.
It was recently nominated a “top
three non-metro venue” by
Minnesota Meetings and Events and
was given the “Bride’s Choice
Award” by Wedding Wire.
There is also a full venue of musi-
cal entertainment, mystery dinner
theater and other fun activities. Go
to www.carloscreekwinery.com for
more information or call (320) 846-
5443.
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604 Broadway,
Downtown
Alexandria
320-763-6363
Velkommen!
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Parks
in the Lakes Area
City Parks
Alexandria City Park – north end of town,
one block west of County Road 42 (North
Nokomis). Playground, picnic area, tennis
courts, swimming beach, fishing pier. The
point between Lakes Agnes and Henry offers
a great view of the two lakes and city sky-
line.
Big Ole Central Park – north end of
Broadway in Alexandria, next to Lake Agnes.
Gazebo, parking area for the Central Lakes
Trail.
Dean Melton Fillmore Park – Fillmore Street
and 15th Avenue West in Alexandria.
Includes skateboarding with ramps and
rails.
Fred Foslien Park – Victoria Heights, two
blocks south of Highway 27 off Knut Street
in Alexandria.
Geneva Crest Park – west side of Lake
Geneva in Alexandria (take Highway 27 East
to Birch Avenue, then go east on Basswood
two blocks and east on Geneva Drive).
Goose Park – three blocks west of
Broadway on 5th Avenue West, Alexandria.
Lake Agnes Park – south shore of Lake
Agnes along County Road 37, Alexandria.
Lake Connie Park – 7th Avenue East
between Roosevelt and Spruce streets,
Alexandria.
Lakeview Park – Highway 27 East and
Birch Avenue in Alexandria (take Highway
27 East to Birch Avenue, turn west on
Runestone Place and then west on Lake
Park Avenue).
Legion Park – Broadway and 8th Avenue
West, Alexandria.
Manor Hills Park – Take Highway 29 North
to Manor Drive and go two blocks to the
right on Springdale in Alexandria.
Martin’s Hope Park – 2nd Avenue, across
the street from Big Ole Central Park in
Alexandria
Noonan Park – this city park is located at
Nokomis Street and 10th Avenue in
Alexandria. Be sure to pack your picnic
lunch and include some bread for the ducks!
From the playground to scenic pond, this
park is a favorite all year round. The frozen
pond, hockey rink and warming house are a
great place to spend a winter’s day.
Oak Knoll Park – northeast side of
Alexandria near McKay Avenue. Take
Highway 29 North, turn right on McKay
Ave. and left on Oak Knoll Dr.
Osagi Park – Lake Street in Osakis. Picnic
tables and shelter, restrooms, playground
and lakeshore (no swimming area).
Pooch Playland – a new dog park with a fenced-in area.
Located at the south end of Victor Street on the east side of
Alexandria.
Runestone Park – about one mile east of Broadway in
Alexandria on 6th Avenue East.
County Parks
Chippewa Park - Three miles north of Brandon on County Road
108. Picnic tables and shelters, charcoal grills, restrooms with
showers, drinking water, a swimming beach (no lifeguard),
playground, horseshoe pit, camping sites.
Curt Felt Memorial Park - North of Alexandria off County Road
42. Volleyball court, playground, a picnic shelter, restrooms,
softball field.
Lake Brophy Park - West of Alexandria at the intersection of
County Roads 82 and 8. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, a rest-
room, drinking water, playground, scenic views of Lake Brophy.
Kensington Runestone Park - This is the site where the famed
Kensington Runestone was found. Picnic tables and shelters,
charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, heated
community building with kitchen facilities, softball field, horse-
shoe pit, volleyball court, playground, hiking trails, historic dis-
plays.
Spruce Hill Park - North of Alexandria near Miltona (from
Alexandria, take Highway 29 to County Road 5 and go east
about five miles). Picnic tables and shelters, charcoal grills,
electricity, restrooms, drinking water, softball field, interpretive
trail, hiking trails.
Lake Carlos State Park
Sculpted by ancient glaciers and encompassing more than
1,200 acres, Lake Carlos State Park offers visitors many scenic
trails to explore. It contains a tamarack bog, marshes, wood-
land ponds and lakes. The park entrance is located 10 miles
north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then two miles west
on Highway 38.
Park highlights include camping, fishing on a chain of lakes,
birdwatching, hiking through rolling hills, a swimming beach
on Lake Carlos, boating and water recreation. Filled with sce-
nic woodlands and grasslands alike, the park includes more
than 14 miles of hiking
trails, and nine miles of
horseback trails.
One third of
Minnesota's 80 mam-
mals and more than 150
species of birds inhabit
the park seasonally or
year around. Visitors
often see beaver, deer,
loons, grebes, ducks
and heron.
A variety of recre-
ational activities
revolve around the
lake. Clear and deep,
Lake Carlos offers visi-
tors a perfect setting for
everything from swim-
ming to picnicking. In the
winter, visitors can ski
from the tamarack bog to
a maple-basswood forest.
Special events may include
candlelight ski nights and
snowshoe making. For a
current list of events happening at the park, see
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lake_carlos or call (320)
852-7200.
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Arts
in the Lakes Area
Alexandria Area Arts
Association
The Alexandria Area Arts Association
(AAAA) was founded more than 30 years
ago as a way to bring theater to the com-
munity. The theater offers music perform-
ances, shows and events. The “Quad-A”
theater is located at 618 Broadway in
downtown Alexandria.
For information about the latest produc-
tions, go to the website
www.alexandriaareaarts.org or call the
box office at (320) 762-8300.
Theatre L’Homme Dieu
Theatre L’Homme Dieu has been offering
professional summer-stock theater to the
Alexandria area since 1961. This year, the
theater is partnering with Minnesota’s pro-
fessional theaters to offer five high-caliber,
family-friendly, often-comic musicals.
This year’s line-up includes God of
Carnage (June 26-July 1); Legacy – A
Tribute to the King of Pop (July 10-15);
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (July 17-
22); Doubt: A Parable (July 24-29);
Gilligan’s Island: The Musical (August 7-
12)
Theatre L’Homme Dieu is located at
1875 County Road 120 NE. Call (320)
846-3150 or visit www.tlhd.org.
Art in the Park
Promoted as “Central Minnesota’s finest
outdoor craft festival,” Art in the Park
draws about 25,000 visitors each sum-
mer to Alexandria City Park.
During the two-day, admission-free
event, visitors stroll through the scenic
park along lakes Henry and Agnes and
view the work of about 170 artisans. The
event also features plenty of musical
entertainment, as well as a variety of food
vendors. This year’s Art in the Park is set
for the last weekend in July. For more
information, visit
www.alexandriaareaarts.org.
Free Summer Concert Series
The Red Willow Arts Coalition hosts a
popular summer concert series. The series
features more than a dozen free concerts
held every Thursday evening on the lawn
of the Douglas County Courthouse, locat-
ed just one block off Broadway Street, on
7th Avenue in downtown Alexandria. The
2012 concerts are set to include country,
jazz and old time, plus a new menu
board will announce upcoming perform-
ances, and wafts of popcorn will be
detected in the air from the new addition
of a popcorn machine. Bring your own
blanket or lawn chairs. Call Sandy at
(320) 763-7161 for more information.
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Ice Skating at Noonan Park
Noonan Park in Alexandria is the site of the
city’s outdoor public skating rink. The rink is
regularly maintained, has a warming house,
and is well lit for night skating. The park is gen-
erally open for skating around December 20, or
whenever there is eight inches of ice.
Hours for the rink and warming house are
Monday through Friday from 3 to 9:30 p.m.
and weekends and vacation days from 1 to
9:30 p.m. The rink is closed daily from 5 to 6
p.m. During school vacations the rink opens at
1 p.m. There is no charge to skate at the park.
The rink is located on the east side of
Alexandria off of Nokomis Street and between
9th and 10th avenues.
Snowmobiling
Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of
snowmobile trails that criss-cross its forests,
prairies, hills and lakes. Here in Douglas
County, it’s just as wonderful for snowmobilers.
There are breathtaking scenes on 400 miles of
trails that wind throughout the county, connect-
ing every community in the area.
Snowmobile trails also connect with the
55-mile Central Lakes Trail, a four-season
recreational trail that spans the county.
A free trail map and additional trail informa-
tion are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area
Chamber of Commerce at 206 Broadway.
Ice Fishing Challenge
The annual Ice Fishing Challenge brings sev-
eral thousand anglers to the area each winter to
compete for prizes.
Featuring more than $60,000 worth of prizes,
the Ice Fishing Challenge is held each February.
For more information, visit
www.icefishingchallenge.org or call
(320) 808-5096.
Andes Tower Hills
Think you have to go to the mountains to
have winter fun? If so, you haven’t been to
Andes Tower Hills.
Located just 15 miles west of Alexandria,
Andes Tower Hills has 16 downhill ski runs
ranging from beginner to expert, as well as
facilities for tubing, snowboarding, cross-coun-
try skiing and snowshoeing. Ski and snowboard
lessons, a racing program, lodging, a restau-
rant, equipment rentals and a pro shop are also
available. The facility recently expanded and
improvements were added including new expert
terrain, new lighting and new banquet rooms.
For more information call 1-877-542-6337
(1-87-ski-andes), or visit
www.andestowerhills.com.
The annual Ice Fishing Challenge brings
several thousand anglers each February.
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The charming town of Osakis is located
along I-94 in central Minnesota, just two
hours west of the Twin Cities.
Osakis is located on
the southern shores of
Lake Osakis – one of
the state’s premier
walleye fishing lakes.
The sparkling waters
of the 6,700 acre lake
also offer the perfect
setting for soaking in
relaxing summer after-
noons and taking a
spin on your water-
craft. For waterfowl
hunters, public hunting areas are nearby.
During the winter, the lake makes for great
snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Any time of year, be sure to check out the
family resorts, campgrounds and motels
inviting you to stay for your next vacation.
Those looking for off-the-water options
should definitely check out downtown Osakis
featuring several antique and specialty shops
and cozy dining options. If you’re planning a
getaway with the young ones, venture
over to the city’s park and stop by the
local petting zoo. And be sure to bring
your bikes – Osakis is at the heart of the
Central Lakes Trail and Lake Wobegon
Trail.
Please check out the website at
lakeosakis.com. You will find a detailed
list of lodging and accommodations,
shopping and entertainment options,
as well as a calendar of events.
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From spring Easter egg hunts to
fall corn mazes and pumpkin
patches, families will enjoy an
afternoon at Erickson's Petting
Zoo, located at 11890 Hope
Road near Osakis. It’s open
weekends from Easter until Memorial Day
and open daily from Memorial Weekend
through Halloween. The pumpkin
patch/corn maze is open weekends,
beginning Friday, September 21, along
with Fall Family Fun from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on
Sundays through Halloween.
The zoo features a playground, plus
wholesome family fun on an old fash-
ioned farm. Animals include pygmy goats
and their kids, sheep, miniature horses,
llama, potbelly pigs, rabbits, bunnies,
many varieties and colors of chickens,
ducks, geese, pheasants, peacocks,
pigeons, doves and more. For more infor-
mation, call (320) 762-0184.
Quilts Along the Trail
This is an annual event the first
Saturday after Labor Day in Osakis, fea-
turing quilts of all styles and sizes for
public viewing along a two block area of
the Central Lakes Trail in downtown
Osakis. Also features musical entertain-
ment and food vendors.
Osakis Festival
The fourth weekend in June the park
comes alive with activities for all ages
during the Osakis Festival. A four day cel-
ebration, it's complete with kids' events,
flea markets and crafts, antique tractors,
street dance and grand parade.
Roddin’ Round the Lakes
If you want to experience a blast from
the past and check out an array of impec-
cably restored classic cars, make plans to
attend the 2012 Roddin’ Round the Lake
event in Osakis on Saturday, July 14.
Hundreds of cars line the streets of down-
town Osakis and the proud classic car
owners love to show off their prized pos-
sessions and chat with the crowd. The
Central Lakes Cruzers organizes the popu-
lar, family-friendly event.
Osakis Trailhead
Park your vehicle and make the Osakis
Trailhead your launching point for a biking
adventure this summer. Osakis connects
two extensive trail systems in West
Central Minnesota. Look for the large,
four-sided clock that stands at the
entrance to the trailhead parking lot in
downtown Osakis.
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ALEXANDRIACALENDAR of EVENTS
April
7 - Easter Egg Hunt at Erickson’s Petting Zoo
near Osakis
20 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Carlos
Creek Winery
20-22, 27-29 - AAAA Theatre presents
“Harvey”
May
4 – Ole and Lena’s Wedding dinner theater at
First Congregational Church
5 – Knights of Columbus Spring Fling
12 – Minnesota Fishing Opener
20 – Central Lakes Symphony Concert at
Carlos Creek Winery
23 – Sidewalk sales in downtown Alexandria
25-28 – Awake the Lakes Memorial Day
weekend celebration in Alexandria
26 – Habitat for Humanity 6th annual
Motorcycle Ride
27 – Awake the Grapes at Carlos Creek
Winery
28 – Osakis Memorial Day parade
10:30 am Park Osagi to Lakeside
Cemetery, Service begins at
10:45 am at Lakeside Cemetery
June
21-24 – Osakis Festival
22 – Alexandria Shrine Circus
24 – Vikingland Band Festival
26 - July 1 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“God of Carnage”
July
4 - Star Storm Fireworks Show at Arrowwood
Resort
4 - Evansville 4th of July Celebration
4 – 33rd Annual Lake Carlos Boat Parade
4 - 25th Annual Boat Parade on Big Chip
Lake in Brandon
4 – Parade in West Union, Fireworks in
Osakis
10-15 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Legacy - A Tribute to the King of Pop”
13 – Douglas County Relay for Life
14 – Chain of Lakes Classic Boat Show at
Arrowwood
14 – Roddin’ Round the Lakes, downtown
Osakis
17-22 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“The 39 Steps”
24-29 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Doubt: A Parable”
28 - AAAA Theatre presents, “Art in the Park”
30-August 4 - Resorters Golf Tournament at
Alexandria Golf Course
August
7-12 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Gilligan’s Island: The Musical”
16-19 – Douglas County Fair
September
8 – Quilts Along the Trail in Osakis
14-16 – Carlos Creek Winery presents “Grape
Stomp”
18 – Echo Press presents Strike Out Illiteracy
Bowling Tournament at Garden Center
Lanes
October
4 – Echo Press presents Women’s Showcase
at Broadway Ballroom
20 - Carlos Creek Winery presents Fall Apple
Festival
Ongoing Events
Viking Speedway, WISSOTA racing:
Weekends late April through early September,
Viking Speedway, Alexandria
Beetles Baseball: June through mid-August,
Knute Nelson Memorial Stadium, Alexandria
Blizzard Hockey: October through March,
Runestone Community Center, Alexandria
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4520 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-763-6808
808-634-3444
americinn.com
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High Speed Internet Access, Email: alexandria.mn@americinn.com
Country Inn & Suites
5304 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-763-9900
800-456-4000
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Days Inn of Alexandria
4810 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-762-1171
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Holiday Inn
5637 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-763-6577
800-HOLIDAY
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Super 8 Motel
4620 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-763-6552
800-800-8000
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Arrowwood Resort &
Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-762-1124
866-386-5263
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Waterpark, marina, stables, indoor/outdoor tennis, on-site spa, rental townhomes, outdoor dining.
Hampton Inn & Suites
2705 S. Broadway
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-763-3360
hamptoninn.com
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elcome to the North Shore! It’s LAKE
SUPERIOR, the world’s largest fresh water
lake and it’s one of the many compelling
reasons to visit.
While you’re here, you might explore some of
our breathtaking natural beauties. Drive up the
North Shore to visit Gooseberry Falls or head over
to Wisconsin and explore the Superior Hiking
Trail. Or, if a view is what you seek, the one from
Duluth’s most popular landmark, Enger Tower,
cannot be rivaled; according to its legend, you
can see 31.4 miles of the city on a clear day.
Plan a picnic in the grounds
surrounding the building,
walk the winding paths
through the park and ring
the Peace Bell. Be sure to
bring a camera and while
you are at it, may we rec-
ommend our favorite ways
to enjoy the Northland.
Bob Dylan Way
Step it up and go for a
walk along Dylan’s Way.
Created in celebration of Bob
Dylan’s 65th Birthday, the 18 mile Bob Dylan
Way winds through Duluth’s downtown, extending
from Michigan Street at 5th Avenue West to 15th
Avenue East and London Road. Be sure to walk
by Dylan’s early childhood residence located at
519 N. 3rd Avenue East. http://bobdylanway.com
Park Point & Brighton Beach
Take a dip in Lake Superior then sun yourself
at the beach on Park Point. Or, if you are a win-
ter visitor, check out the ice formations at
Brighton Beach.
Tour the last whaleback ship
in the world
Launched from Superior in 1896, The S.S.
Meteor is the last of these innovative ships,
called whalebacks for their rounded hulls. To
learn more visit
www.superiorpublicmuseums.org.
St Louis River Historical
Encampment
Experience living history with traders, crafts-
men, music and entertainment for the whole
family. This event is held at Dunlap Island in
Cloquet. Call (218) 879-9151 or visit
www.cloquet.com for details.
Mixed Wood Forest
A rich tapestry of golds and greens, reds and
russets blanket our mixed-wood forest, inviting
you to retreat and relax. Vistas of aspens, maples
and evergreens nestle snugly against the rolling
Lake
Superior is
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largest
fresh water
lake!
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Jay Cooke State Park 500 E. Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 218-384-4610.
Lake Superior Maritime
Visitor Center
Learn about poop decks. Visit the Lake
Superior Maritime Visitor Center and fill
your mind with knowledge about the
shipping industry. Open every day during
the summer, the center offers films,
model ships and exhibits. (218) 727-
2497.
Fairlawn Mansion
Explore the Fairlawn Mansion on the
beautiful shore of Lake Superior in
Wisconsin and tour the 42 room man-
sion which was built in the popular
Queen Anne Victorian style of architec-
ture. Open year around. Call (715) 394-
5712 or visit
www.superiorpublicmuseums.org.
Lake Superior Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears – they’re all
ready for you at the Lake Superior Zoo.
Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gar-
dens or play ape with the monkeys;
either way, the zoo makes for a wild
time. Open daily, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visit www.lszoo.org.
Duluth Lakewalk
Take a walk, skateboard or rent a bike
for a tour of Duluth Lakewalk. From 60th
Avenue East to Bayfront Festival Park this
7.3 mile pathway named the Duluth
Lakewalk traces the shore of Lake
Superior, fronting the Duluth downtown
area. Along the way you can take in the
beauty of Lake Superior and the fascinat-
ing lure of a working port with foreign
and domestic vessels sailing nearby. At
the western end are the Duluth
Entertainment Convention Center com-
plex, the Great Lakes Aquarium and the
Bayfront Festival Park. In-between are the
Canal Park entertainment district, the icon
Aerial Lift Bridge, and sculptures repre-
senting Duluth and its sister cities in
Sweden, Russia and Japan. As you con-
tinue east you will pass the Northland
Vietnam Veterans and Korean War
Memorials, Leif Erickson Park and the
Rose Garden with 2000 rose bushes of
some 99 varieties and numerous trees,
shrubs and other flowers.
Visiting the International Wolf Center in
Ely will have you howling with laughter
and fun. Learn about wolves, their rela-
tionship to wild lands and our human
roles in their lives. Education programs
and activities take place year-around.
www.wolf.org
Lake Superior Helicopters
Get a bird’s eye view of the Northland.
Bring your aviator sunglasses and let
Lake Superior Helicopters take you for the
ride of your life. Encompassing between
30 to 60 miles, these tours fly over
Duluth, Superior and the north shore of
Lake Superior.
www.lakesuperiorhelicopters.com
State Parks
The Northland offers a great variety for
nature lovers including Amnicon Falls
State Park, Jay Cooke State Park and
Pattison State Park. Take in a rushing
waterfall, watch the local wildlife or
admire beautiful native plants.
Take a whitewater rafting tour of Jay
Cook State Park. For the biggest adrena-
line high, catch the river early spring
when the rapids are at peak perform-
ance. For milder rides, paddle the river
late in the year. To schedule your own
whitewater rush, call 218-384-4637 or
visit www.minnesotawhitewater.com
Great Lakes Aquarium
Pet a stingray at the Great Lakes
Aquarium. With great exhibits of fish
indigenous to the local lakes, the aquari-
um is a great way to learn about the
wildlife of the Northland and to check out
the marine life as well. Located in Canal
Park, the aquarium is open daily from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. www.glaquarium.org
North Shore Scenic Railroad
Ride the train to the Knife River Music
Festival, or follow Grandma’s Marathon!
The Elegant Dinner Train and the Murder
Mystery Train are two of the most popular
special excursions. In the fall ride the Fall
Colors Tour through the autumn leaves, a
Beer Tasting Train, the Pumpkin Patch
Train for Halloween, and our famous
Polar Express. To learn how to book your
own tour visit
www.northshorescenicrailroad.org
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Experience the saga of the
great fire of 1894.
Located halfway between Duluth and the Twin
Cities, Hinckley is a community of great historic
importance to the east central Minnesota area, as
well as a popular destination for vacationers of
every interest.
The thriving Grand Casino complex just off
Interstate 35 boasts live entertainment, fine dining
and exciting gaming, including state of the art
slots, blackjack and poker.
When it comes to accommodations, Hinckley is
unsurpassed in its variety and exceptional hospi-
tality. With 6 hotels and over 1000 rooms,
there’s plenty of room for the whole family.
While in Hinckley be sure to visit the quaint
downtown district, located west of I-35. Lining
Main Street are several unique shops offering
antiques, furniture, gifts, flowers and thrift shop
merchandise. The local grocery store, Daggett’s
Foods IGA, is open seven days a week and has a
full-service deli.
Whether it’s a delicious caramel roll from
Tobies, hand-made pizza or a juicy burger from
The Final Score, or an elegant dinner at the Winds
Steakhouse, visitors are sure to enjoy a great
meal at any of Hinckley’s fifteen area dining
establishments.
The Hinckley Fire Museum
On September 1, 1894, an incredible fire raged
in East Central Minnesota. In only four hours,
over 300,000 acres -- 480 square miles -- of
Minnesota lay in smoldering ruins.
Come visit the Hinckley Fire Museum
to find out what happened, who lived,
and who died.
The red glow of this fire was visible in
Mason City, Iowa, and from central
Wisconsin to the South Dakota border.
The St. Paul & Duluth Railroad
Depot, rebuilt immediately after the fire,
houses a range of exhibits and fea-
tures a dramatic mural of the fire,
painted by artist Cliff Letty.
The Hinckley Fire Museum is open
May 1st through Mid-October. Plan a
visit to experience the incredible saga of the
great fire of 1894.
Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to enjoy
nature’s splendor with a round of champi-
onship golf at Grand National Golf Course or
by visiting one of the area’s two state parks,
four state forests or the Willard Munger State
Trail.
West Side Park has a large playground, pic-
nic shelter, band shell, softball fields and a
basketball court. Art in the Park entertainment
is scheduled on various evenings throughout the
summer.
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Whether it’s a day trip or
long weekend, Hinckley is the
perfect destination for your
next getaway. Its hometown
hospitality and world class
amenities are unsurpassed.
Hinckley invites you to discov-
er all it has to offer and
relax…Have Fun!
ASKOV –
Velkommen!
Founded by the Danish
Peoples Society in 1906; the
name is of ancient origin
meaning "ash wood" and is
the name of Denmark's largest
folk high school. Most of the
village was destroyed in the
1894 Hinckley fire.
Take SCENIC U.S. HWY 23!
Banning State Park
Treat yourself to a visit to
Banning State Park, just min-
utes off I-35 near Sandstone.
In the spring, watch daring
canoeists and kayakers shoot
the turbulent rapids at
Blueberry Slide, Mother's
Delight, Dragon's Tooth and
Hell's Gate. In the summer,
hike along the Kettle River
amid dramatic sandstone rock
formations with lush lichens,
liverworts and mosses. Visit
Wolf Creek Falls, the Log
Creek Arches and Robinson's
Ice Cave. Stay at the new
camper cabin (sleeps five
people), which includes bunk
beds, a table and benches.
Take in the historic ruins of
Banning Sandstone Quarry.
The park is known for camp-
ing, picnicking, cross-country
skiing, beautiful trails for hik-
ing and the study of natural
history.
Best time to contact the
park:
Fall/Spring: Saturday -
Monday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Tuesday - Thursday, Hours
Vary; Friday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Winter: Friday - Monday, 10
a.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday -
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Hours Vary.
Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4
p.m. If no one is available,
please leave a message.
Summer: Park has 17
miles of hiking trail and near-
ly 2 miles of self-guided trail.
Park has .1 mile of handi-
capped accessible trail.
Winter: 11 miles of
groomed (easy) cross-coun-
try ski trail, 4 miles of snow-
mobile trail (snowmobile
parking is available at desig-
nated site at the Banning
Junction restaurant) and 1/2
mile of winter hiking trail.
Snowshoeing is permitted
anywhere in the park except
on groomed ski trails.
Visit the Nemadji
State Forest
The Nemadji State Forest is
located in northeastern Pine
and southeastern Carlton
counties along the Minnesota-
Wisconsin border. It can be
reached by traveling east via
county highways joining State
Highway 23 near the towns of
Askov, Bruno, Kerrick,
Duquette, Nickerson, and
Holyoke.
Nemadji State Forest varies
from gently rolling upland
with large swamps in the
south to steep stream valley
and elongated swamps pro-
truding into the forest in the
northeast.
Approximately 100 miles of
trail are dedicated to ATV and
OHM riding. The trail system
connects with others such as
the Willard Munger State Trail,
St. Croix State Forest OHV
trails, Gandy Dancer Trail,
and the Upper Willow Trails.
ASKOV RUTABAGA FESTIVAL & FAIR
Friday, August 24th
1:00 - Music & Bingo Begin
2:00 - Beer Garden Opens
2-5:30 - Exhibits Entered @ Community Center
6:30 - Miss Askov coronation
7:00 -Exhibits open to the public
8:00 - Midnight - Dance to Recorded Music
Saturday, August 25th
8:00 - Aebleskiver & Rutabaga
ausage Stand opens
9:00 - Parade Lineup
10:00 - Parade begins
11:00 - Food Stands, Exhibits,
Craft Fair, Bingo stand open
11:30 - Museum opens & Button
Drawings begin
11:30 - Battle of the Fire
Departments
1:00 - Country Variety Show
4:00 - Treasure Hunt
8:00-11:30 - Dance
Dark - Fireworks Display
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Carlton
Home of Jay Cooke State Park
Welcome to the fine community of
Carlton, Minnesota! Carlton is located
approximately 20 miles south of Duluth,
Minnesota just off of I-35 and Highway
210. Carlton is known as “The Gateway
to Jay Cooke State Park”, one of
Minnesota’s premier State Parks.
Our small city boasts of its many fine
residents, excellent businesses and first-
rate community events.
Our “Winterfest Celebration” held the
second weekend in February of each
year. During Winterfest you might want to
try playing golf on ice during the Hook &
Slice Golf on Ice Tournament held on
Chub Lake or get a team together and
join the kickball tournament in the snow,
try a Moonlight Cross Country Ski or
Snowshoe event or maybe a Chili cook-
off would spice you up! Winterfest pro-
vides many other activities for the winter
enthusiast young and old alike.
During the last full weekend in July of
each year, we celebrate “Carlton Daze”, a
communitywide celebration which
includes softball tournaments, golf out-
ings, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament,
craft shows, auctions,
children’s theater, com-
munity plays, street
dances a 5k race and
an ultra marathon, a
business expo, bingo,
live entertainment, a
parade, a kid’s tractor
pull and food galore!
There is something for
everyone and a great time
is had by all who attend.
Explore - Jay Cooke
State Park
Trailblazers: this park is a
must! Park trails link up to
the Willard Munger State Trail
at the north edge of the park;
perfect for backpackers, bik-
ers (both mountain and
tour), hikers, horseback rid-
ers, and skiers. Check out
the wildflowers in the
spring, and the vivid colors
in the fall. Walk on the
swinging suspension
bridge high above the rag-
ing St. Louis River. Visit
www.carltonbikerental.com
106 Chestnut Ave., Carlton 218-384-4696
Day, hour and group rates available.
Carlton
Bike
Rental
make it an
adventure!
We now offer
Shuttle Service
106 Chestnut Ave. • Carlton, MN 55718
218-384-9420
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Cable TV
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Free local Calls
Pet Friendly
Lrg Vehicle parking (RV/semi)
visit: www.royalpinesmotel.com
or call 218-384-4242
I-35 & Hwy 210 - Carlton, MN
Just one block from Casino.
2012 Event Schedule
Carlton Daze
July 27-28th, 2012
For more details go to
www.Carltondazecelebration.com
Chicken Swaps
Spring Swap - April 28th
Fall Swap - August 25th
at the Four Seasons Complex
WINTER Fest
Candelight Ski at Jay Cooke,
Hook and Slice on Ice at Chub Lake,
Chili Cook-off, many kids events
around the town. Kickball Tournament
And So Much More!
For more Chamber and Community information, call our Chamber
Information Line at 218-384-3322 or visit www.carltonchamber.com.
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the historic cemetery and the
gorge at Thomson Dam.
Programs offered year-
round on a regular basis from
Memorial Day through Labor
Day and monthly during the
off-season. Check the "event
calendar" for a list of current
programs.
River Inn Visitor Center
Rehab Project - The original
River Inn Visitor Center was
closed in January so that the
interior of the building could
be rehabbed with new ADA
accessible bathrooms, a
remodeled interpretive display
room and upgraded energy
efficiencies.
The shelter, bathrooms and
vending area are now open to
the public. Building hours are
the same as the Park
Headquarters. The interpretive
area in the building will be
open only during naturalist
office hours. Over the winter
we will be working on design-
ing new interpretive displays
about the park. They are
expected to be finished by
June, 2012. Visitors to the
park can stop in the new Park
Headquarters for vehicle per-
mits, camping registration,
information and the gift store.
The Park Headquarters is
located in the River Inn Visitor
Area.
Mahtowa
Escape to the
Northwoods
Just 2 miles from I-35,
about 30 miles from Duluth
and 110 miles from
Minneapolis/St. Paul, in the
middle of farmland, lakes and
woods. Enjoy fishing, hiking
or bicycling north or south on
the Munger Trail or stop by
TJ's Country Store for home-
made bratwurst and potato
sausage.
Or, if fishing is what you
crave, Mahtowa has some
incredible pan fishing lakes
including Park Lake. Expore
all 376 acres and escape
to the north woods of
Minnesota--whether it’s a get-
away for a whole week or just
a weekend! In addition to the
limitless summer activities,
Mahtowa boasts perfect
accommodations for hunters
and snowmobilers as
well….and they are only min-
utes away from Black Bear
Casino.
Island Lake
Just minutes from
Duluth
Island Lake…enjoy the
atmosphere of being on vaca-
tion with the convenience of
being only 18 miles north of
Duluth. Just a short drive up
Rice Lake Road, the Lake
boasts fishing, dining, camp-
ing and promises to provide a
great evening with friends and
family.
Island Lake has several
cabins, inns and cottages,
remote enough to enjoy a
quiet vacation filled with fish-
ing (some of the best walleye
fishing in the state) boating,
bird watching, hunting and
just kicking back listening to
the loons. In the fall you can
enjoy the intense transition of
the foliage to bright red and
orange hues and in the winter
experience the traditions of ice
fishing and snowmobiling.
Located close enough to
Duluth MN that you can take
in the scenery of Lake
Superior. You can also shop
at the specialty shops on
Canal Park, Fitgers Inn,
downtown Duluth or Miller Hill
Mall or you can attend the-
atre, plays or music in the
park. For more information
1-800-4-DULUTH or visitdu-
luth.com.
Island Lake eateries offer a
full menu restaurant and bar
with on/off sale beer and
liquor.
Fifty Plus Varieties
Fresh & Smoked Sausage
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TJ’s Country Corner
2 miles W of I-35, Mahtowa, MN 55707
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July
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Cloquet
on the St. Louis River
Located at the Lake Superior North
Shore and BWCA intersection of I-35
and Highway 33 north, Cloquet is
nestled along the major artery from
Minneapolis/St. Paul Area to Thunder
Bay, Ontario, Ely and International
Falls. Cloquet is conveniently locat-
ed just two hours north of
Minneapolis/St. Paul on I-35 North.
The natural beauty of the land sur-
rounding the Cloquet area makes a
majestic statement about the quality
of life we enjoy. Our rural lifestyle is
greatly enhanced by equal access to
both the Northwoods and large urban
centers. The diversity of recreational,
educational and community activities
give our neighborhoods their special
flavor.
Adjacent to the St. Louis River,
Cloquet has everything for the outdoor
enthusiast to enjoy – wildlife, water
and recreation activities. We have the
scenic beauty of the St. Louis River,
and the only white water rafting in
Minnesota.
Whatever your preference, we have
it all here with Minnesota small-town
hospitality. We welcome the opportu-
nity to tell you more about our com-
munity.
The St. Louis River played an
important role in the City of Cloquet 's
history as a dedicated waterway for
early native people (first the Dakota
and later the Ojibwe). Rivers support-
ed a whole industry during the fur
trade era beginning in the mid
1700s. Later, rivers served as lifelines
of the lumber industry beginning in
the 1870s. The City of Cloquet grew
on the banks of the St. Louis River,
which continues to be a centerpiece
for recreation and industry.
With the sawmills, paper company
and railroads in operation by the turn
of the 20th century, Cloquet grew
quickly. By 1890, the population was
2,530 and within two decades it had
grown to 7,031. Hotels, boarding
houses, stores, saloons and specialty
shops sprung up. The city enjoyed a
lively social and cultural life. Early
celebrations were marked by parades
and sporting events, including log
rolling, baseball and other activities in
Pinehurst Park. Much of the early
social life of the city centered around
The St. Louis
River is the
largest river
to flow
into Lake
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the churches and various eth-
nic organizations, but there
were theaters, the Nelson
Opera House, a YMCA, and a
city band. The city library was
formed in 1896.
On October 12, 1918, dev-
astating forest fires destroyed
six towns and villages includ-
ing Moose Lake and Cloquet.
Over 550 people lost their
lives in the fires. The City of
Cloquet was almost complete-
ly burned, only to rise again
from the ashes in a changed,
stronger community.
Rebuilding took courage and
perseverance and reestab-
lished the agricultural and
industrial base of the county’s
economy.
Spring/Summer
Biking
Enjoy a long season on the
Willard Munger State Trail,
one of Minnesota’s most
extensive trail systems. You’ll
pass right through the heart of
some of this region’s most
spectacular and memorable
scenery along more than 50
miles of well-maintained
asphalt trails. In Cloquet,
there are no trail fees, and
entry points are just minutes
away.
White Water Rafting
Plunge head-on into excite-
ment — and the St. Louis
River! Whitewater rafting and
kayaking is for anyone with
adventure and excitement in
their blood.
Seasoned guides help even
those with no rafting experi-
ence face down rumbling,
tumbling rapids that roar
through a rugged granite
gorge.
Swimming Beach
Pinehurst Park is a great
place to go for a swim with
filtered, chlorinated water and
a sand-bottom. The Beach
at Pinehurst Park is located in
Cloquet, MN The clean, cool
water is refreshing on a hot
summer day, Sunbathers and
children will love the sand.
Golf
Link up with some of the
best golf around. Cloquet area
courses are on par with the
best in the region, so you’re
guaranteed challenging
rounds of golf and excellent
service. Reasonable green
fees and special arrange-
ments for tournaments and
other groups leave you free to
focus on your game-winning
drive!
Camping
Here’s the pitch: come
camp in Cloquet! Our 4 area
campgrounds cater to every
camping enthusiast who can’t
wait to get out and enjoy the
great outdoors
Canoeing & Boating
Water characteristics -
check the river level reports.
Stream flow usually peaks in
late April and falls throughout
the summer. The river's flow
is affected by the regulation of
reservoirs on tributaries, par-
ticularly the Whiteface and
Cloquet rivers. From U.S.
Highway 53 to Cloquet the
river falls 136 feet, an aver-
age of 1.5 feet per mile. The
river varies in width from 75
to 600 feet.
ATV & OHV Recreation
ARROWHEAD ATV CLUB IS
DEDICATED TO: Promoting
ATVing, Be Good Stewards,
Improve Trail Access, Promote
Family and Community
Involvement, Strive to educate
the Government and Public
about ATV use. From environ-
mental projects such as tree
planting programs to re-forest
our planet to youth safety
training for safe atv riding for
our youth riders. Also sched-
uled atv rides and meeting
with and working with the
DNR for better trail develop-
ment and how to ride respon-
sibly. We also have many
volunteer positions for those
interested in helping with all
the internal happening of the
club with our newsletter to
membership and attending
meeting with outside organi-
zations to keep us up to date
with all the state and federal
rules and regulations. Come
join us, we always welcome
new members and want your
input.
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3 Miles to Jay Cooke State Park - Skiing, Biking, Snowmobiling, White Water
Rafting . 15 Minutes to Duluth . Located One Block Off I-35, Scanlon Exit #239
Phone 218-879-8000 Resv
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A national
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community
theater!
Home of the
COUNTY SEAT
THEATER
COMPANY
2035 Hwy 33 South
CLOQUET
Box Office (218) 878-0071
www.countyseattheater.com
Cloquet is
home to the
only white
water rafting
in Minnesota.
Fall/Winter
Fall Colors
Take a leisurely drive along the Jay Cooke
park’s winding, 2-lane road and catch some
of the region’s most scenic colors. Or hike
and bike along the park’s 50 miles of trails
to immerse yourself in the season. City of
Cloquet has hiking on unmarked trails along
the banks of the St. Louis River, right in the
Cloquet city limits. Pine Valley Park has 6K
of hiking on scenic wooded trails, located
on the southern edge of the Cloquet city lim-
its.
Snowmobiling
Offering 500 miles of beautiful, uncrowd-
ed, groomed trails in Carlton County alone
with connections to Wisconsin, Aitkin, and
Pine County Trails.
Snow shoeing
Traditional snowshoes to modern snow-
shoes, there are a wide range of styles to fit
any body. Minnesota State Parks offer pro-
grams throughout the winter focusing on the
fun of snowshoe hikes. Candlelight
walks, moonlight walks, GPS hikes, and
winter fun can be found across the state.
Check out a program near you or find a
park with snowshoe rentals and start
exploring!
Tubing
Enjoy snow tubing at Pine Valley Park in
Cloquet, MN. Two hills to tube down with a
tow rope to pull you back up to the top.
Concessions are available in the chalet.
Cost is $5 per person and the Tubing Hill is
open on the weekends, late December -
early March, weather permitting.
Downhill & cross country skiing
Cloquet's location provides easy access
to the areas best skiing opportunities. There
is Spirit Mountain 15 minutes away at exit
#249 on I-35, and the Mont Du Lac Ski
area is just past the scenic Jay Cooke State
Park.
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Grand Rapids.
It’s in Minnesota’s Nature
Grand Rapids has been welcom-
ing visitors to our region for gener-
ations. With over 1,200 lakes and
over a million acres of public
land, the area is a premier vaca-
tion destination for those who
seek an authentic northern
Minnesota getaway. It doesn’t
matter if you stay a few days at
one of the fine in-town hotels, or
choose a week-long resort stay
in a lake side cabin, Minnesota’s
nature isn’t far from your door.
The natural choice;
convenient, too
Not only is Grand Rapids the
quintessential, back-to-nature sort
of getaway, it’s also close and conven-
ient. Located just three hours north of
the Twin Cities metro area, Grand
Rapids is accessible by a number of
major highway routes. As a vacation
destination and center of local com-
merce, the community offers services
and businesses not usually found in
smaller cities. You get the arts, the-
ater, music, culture and shopping of a thriving small city, sur-
rounded by the nature and serenity you crave. It truly is the
best of both worlds.
An angler’s paradise
Looking for the best-of-the Midwest fishing: Search no more,
because there are 1,200 lakes and every kind of freshwater
fish you can imagine right here in the Grand Rapids area.
Itasca county alone has produced four record-breaking fish,
and is home to legendary lakes such as Big Winnie, Lake
Pokegama, Turtle, North Star, and more. From 14-inch
crappie and trophy walleyes to a fight-of-your-life northern
pike or a 50-pound muskie, we’ve got a fish for you!
A whole lotta atmosphere.
Sure, everyone wants to fill their stringer, but most anglers
also enjoy the simple act of being out on the water with friends
or family. A well-stocked lake is one thing, but lakes that are
scenic, undeveloped, uncrowded and easy to get to , make all
the difference in the world. For fishing, boating, canoing or
other water sports, a wonderful experience is waiting in Grand
Rapids.
Search for adventure.
Your search for adventure begins with imagination. The area
offers high-tech adventure like geocaching at a number of loca-
tions throughout Itaskca County. Or enjoy the at-one-with-
nature feeling of kayaking an undisturbed lake that is only
accessible by hiking. For those who prefer the paved path, the
mesabi bike Trail offers a winding trail through scenic overlooks
and the famed iron range.
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Proctor
Entrance
to Sprit
Mountain
Proctor is just
two hours from
the Twin Cities
and minutes from
Duluth’s Canal
Park and the
Aerial Lift Bridge.
This friendly com-
munity has a great
golf course, dirt racetrack, fairgrounds,
dirt floor horse and indoor ice arenas,
and walking, biking and roller blading
trails.
Proctor is the primary entrance to Spirit
Mountain Adventure Park (pictured
above) and has convenient access to
snowmobile trails and the Willard
Munger and Superior Hiking Trails. A stop
into Proctor will give you breathtaking
views of the Duluth/Superior harbor, so
remember to bring your camera.
Proctor’s hotels provide visitors a vari-
ety of lodging choices, with indoor pools,
saunas, whirlpools and complimentary
breakfasts. From fast food to fine dining
to homemade pizza, Proctor has a
‘place’ to suit any taste and appetite.
While you’re here visit–
F-101F Voodoo Jet is a memorial ded-
icated to Captains James L. Verville and
Sherman Gonyea, Proctor graduates who
died in a plane crash in December of
1971, and to all who gave their lives for
the privilege of freedom. The memorial
sits on top of a hill and overlooks
Proctor.
Engine 225 Baldwin-Yellowstone
is the largest and most powerful
steam engine ever built, hauled
over 44 million tons of iron ore
from the Mesabi & Vermillion
ranges. When it was retired in 1961, the
225 had traveled approximately
694,360 miles. The DM&IR Railway Co.
donated the 225 to the citizens of Proctor
in August of 1963.
Proctor Speedway/Fairgrounds The
track hosts Sunday night races and
September’s Silver 1000, one of the
Midwest’s most prestigious dirt track
stockcar events.
Proctor Golf Course Visitors are always
welcome to this 9 hole municipal
course, with rolling hills and
challenging fairways. Located right in
the middle of town. Tee times not always
required.
Duluth
Rising from the shore of the greatest of
the Great Lakes to rocky heights criss-
crossed by trails and parkways, stretch-
ing from the meandering St. Louis River
to the beginnings of the fabled North
Shore, Duluth’s varied terrain reflects the
many facets of the community.
With more than 100,000 residents in
the city and surrounding area, it’s a
regional hub for health care and busi-
ness.
The city is a mecca for vacationers
from across the Midwest and beyond —
both as a destination and as a favorite
stop en route to the North Shore, the
Boundary Waters, the Apostle Islands or
beyond.
It’s an internationally known port, see-
ing millions of dollars in goods — iron
ore pellets, coal, grain, wind turbine
parts and other cargo — pass in and out
of its harbor.
It’s a center of education and scientific
research, with the University of Minnesota
Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica,
Lake Superior College and, across the
bay, the University of Wisconsin-Superior
and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College.
It’s a college sports title town, with the
UMD men’s hockey team winning its first
Division I national title in 2011 to go
along with the five Division I national
titles won by the UMD women’s hockey
program over the years, and the two
Division II national championships won
by the UMD football team.
And above all, it’s a showplace for the
best nature has to offer, from wicked win-
ter storms and raging waves on Lake
Superior to placid summer days on the
beaches of Park Point, from spring wild-
flowers carpeting the forests of city parks
to brilliant displays of fall colors along
the ridgetops.
Canal Park
The heart of any visit to Duluth is
Canal Park, home to the city’s iconic
Aerial Lift Bridge, under which pass mas-
sive freighters carrying assorted cargo to
and from ports both in the U.S. and over-
seas. Be sure to catch one of these big
boats passing under the bridge, with the
captain calling out to the bridge operator
with one long and two short blasts of the
ship’s horn.
Venture around Canal Park to explore
the many shops and restaurants, and
see the finish line crossed by thousands
of runners during the annual Grandma’s
Marathon.
From Canal Park, you can spend a few
minutes, an hour or an entire day walk-
ing or biking on Duluth’s Lakewalk,
which now extends several miles along
the shore and into the city’s eastern
neighborhoods. The Lakewalk passes
Leif Eriksen Park, home to the scenic
Rose Garden and host to Movies in the
Park at dusk on
Friday evenings in
the summer. Going
the other direction,
cross the Lift
Bridge and head
out onto Park
Point to walk its
miles of sandy
beach. Wade into
the chilly waters of
Lake Superior if
you dare.
Also within
walking distance of
Canal Park is the retired ore boat William A.
Irvin, now a floating museum. It’s berthed
alongside the Duluth Entertainment
Convention Center — the DECC — home to
countless conventions, trade shows and
concerts. The DECC Auditorium is home to
the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra,
and the newest addition to the complex is
the state-of-the-art Amsoil Arena, home to
the title-winning University of Minnesota
Duluth men’s and women’s hockey teams.
Also nearby is Bayfront Festival Park,
home to concerts and festivals in summer
and the massive Bentleyville holiday light-
ing display in winter; the Great Lakes
Aquarium perched alongside the harbor;
and Vista Fleet tour boats offering cruises
around the harbor and out onto the big
lake.
Downtown
Duluth’s downtown district is bookended
by the growing entertainment district on the
east side — including the Zeitgeist Arts
Building, Fond-du-Luth Casino and the his-
toric Fitger’s Brewery complex — and the
arts and culture hub at the Depot on the
west side.
The Depot — a restored and repurposed
train station — is home to many organiza-
tions, including the St. Louis
County Historical Society,
Veterans Memorial Hall, Duluth
Playhouse, Lake Superior
Railroad Museum, North Shore
Scenic Railroad, Duluth Art
institute and Duluth Children’s
Museum. It’s a great place to
learn more about the history of
Duluth and the region. For
more information about the
Depot and its many tenants,
go to www.duluthdepot.org.
Across the street is the
main branch of the Duluth
Public Library, and one more
block up the hill, past the
News Tribune building, you’ll
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Duluth offers
a growing
entertainment
district
including
Fond-du-Luth
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find the massive Civic Center
complex, home to city, county
and federal government
offices.
Scattered in between the
east and west ends of down-
town are countless shops and
restaurants, many of them
connected by the city’s sky-
walk system — a welcome
reprieve from the cold and
snow in winter.
Western Duluth
From downtown, head west
on Interstate 35 past the new
Duluth Heritage Sports Center
and Clyde Iron retail, restau-
rant and recreation complex
and under trestles upon
which rail cars bring in iron
ore pellets from mines to the
north. You may catch a
glimpse of historic Wade
Stadium, home to the Duluth
Huskies summer collegiate
baseball team, before you
pass through the historic hub
of West Duluth and up
Thompson Hill to reach the
year-round sports and recre-
ation destination of Spirit
Mountain.
While Spirit Mountain may
be best known for its skiing
— on hills with a stunning
view out over the St. Louis
River and the Duluth-Superior
Harbor —extensive terrain
park and new snow-tubing
park, it also is home to year-
round attractions including
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With unabashed wilderness
adventure. The world’s greatest
lake. And the comforts of a place
uniquely steeped in culture and
history. Duluth helps you be
good to yourself, whether you’re
out exploring—or simply sitting
back to soak it all in.
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coaster, Timber
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a new mini-golf
course.
Spirit Mountain
also hosts the
Amsoil Duluth
National Snocross
each November.
At the foot of the hill, the Lake Superior Zoo
occupies a scenic creekside site and is home
to hundreds of animals from both near and far.
Also in the vicinity are the Willard Munger and
Western Waterfront trails, and parts of the
Superior Hiking Trail — some of the city’s
many hiking, biking and ski trails.
Skyline Parkway
Developed over decades, with much of the
work completed in the 1920s and 1930s,
Skyline Parkway weaves along the top of the
ridge in Duluth, affording views of the city, the
harbor and Lake Superior.
It starts on the southwest side of the city,
passes Spirit Mountain, and snakes its way
along the heights above West Duluth. Just past
the city’s Enger Park Golf Course, the parkway
offers access to historic Enger Tower. The
tower, first opened and dedicated by
Norwegian royalty in 1939, underwent a major
renovation in 2011, and received a new LED
lighting system. It was rededicated by the King
and Queen of Norway in October 2011. It
offers stunning views of the city and at night
can be seen shining like a beacon over Duluth.
The surrounding park, with its big shade trees
and Japanese Peace Bell Garden, is a great
place for a picnic lunch.
Farther east, the parkway skirts the campus-
es of the University of Minnesota Duluth and
the College of St. Scholastica, and traverses
the verdant ravine of Chester Creek, which
reaches into the heart of the city and is pre-
served within Chester Park, one of dozens of
city parks.
At its eastern end, Skyline Parkway climbs to
Hawk Ridge, a famous birdwatching destina-
tion. Thousands of hawks and other raptors fly
past the ridge each fall as they follow the Lake
Superior shoreline on their annual migration
south, with the peak in mid-September.
From Hawk Ridge, the parkway concludes its
long route by linking into Seven Bridges Road,
which winds its way back toward Lake
Superior over a series of scenic spans.
Look Online
For more information about Duluth, its events
and attractions and its history, visit these web-
sites:
Duluth News Tribune,
www.duluthnewstribune.com
Visit Duluth, www.visitduluth.com
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& restaurants
Fine Candies
Massage & Wellness
Women’s Clothing
Personal Body Products
Gifts from Minnesota
T-Shirts & Sweatshirts
Cooking Gear
Toys & Games
Jewelry
Regional Art
& Handcrafts
Smoked Fish & Cheese
Bakery
2 Restaurants
All locally owned
Handicapped accessible
Open daily
Convenient free parking
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Canal Park • Duluth
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Two Harbors &
Grand Marais
A Trip up the
North Shore
Two Harbors – It all
starts here.
Two Harbors offers a vari-
ety of activities for every sea-
son. Hiking, kayaking, snow-
shoeing, shopping, and
sightseeing are just a few of
the possibilities during your
stay in the Two Harbors area.
You can take a relaxing stroll
on the Lakewalk with scenic
trails along Lake Superior,
camp among the north
woods Minnesota wildlife, or
visit a historic landmark or
museum.
Take the Train
Daily trains go round trip
from Duluth to Two Harbors
starting in early summer thru
the fall season. For more
information visit
www.northshorescenicrailroa
d.org
The Two Harbors Area
Visitors Bureau invites visitors
to Two Harbors and the North
Shore of Lake Superior. The
area is rich in beauty, history,
and a warm small town
atmosphere. Two Harbors is
great destination for your
Lake Superior experience. For
more information call 800-
777-7384.
Grand Marais
Grand Marais is ideally sit-
uated between the shores of
Lake Superior and the
Sawtooth Mountain Range,
with millions of acres of
inland lakes and forests
close at hand. If you’re after
some solitude, or if you want
outdoor adventure, you have
rich and plentiful options.
Hiking, biking, fishing,
canoeing and kayaking all
take you into the most spec-
tacular scenery in the
Midwest. Come in winter for
cross-country skiing, snow-
shoeing or snowmobiling.
Every season has its appeal,
but always, you have the
inspiration of Lake Superior,
the majesty of Superior
National Forest and the
serenity of the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness.
Artists and craftspeople of
all sorts make Grand Marais
their home. Their sense of
originality explains the quirky
passion for a slice of color,
subtle details, the wisp of
humor that you will discover
indoors and out. Take in a
play or concert, or enjoy
some live music in a local
pub. Visit our galleries and
specialty shops. Discover the
shops' visual gifts in and of
themselves. Restaurants and
cafés, always inviting and
relaxed, please all palates
with menus reflecting North
Shore specialties.
Only in Grand Marais will
you find both the North
House Folk School and the
Grand Marais Art Colony,
offering an amazing array of
courses. Classes are inter-
generational, non-competi-
tive, creative, and designed
for all skill levels. Reacquaint
yourself with the wonderful
satisfaction of making some-
thing meaningful with your
heart and hands.
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• High Speed Wireless Internet
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Kabetogama Lake
Kabetogama Lake, Voyageurs National
Park is a very special place. Voyageurs
National Park consists of preserved land-
scapes and scenic waterways that
shaped the route of the North American
fur traders and defined the border
between the United States and Canada.
The park and its diverse resources pro-
vide outstanding opportunities for outdoor
recreation, scientific study, sport fishing,
education and appreciation of the majes-
tic, forested lake country setting.
Kabetogama Lake is dotted with over
200 remote and scenic islands that
maintain their beauty through harsh win-
ter storms, and produce rich foliage and
wild berries in summer. Situated along
the U.S. Canadian border in Minnesota,
Kabetogama Lake has miles of spectacu-
lar shoreline and 25,000 acres of clean
water and is one of four major lakes that
make up Voyageurs National Park.
Anglers who long for wide open
spaces and fantastic fishing will revel in
the cool, clean waters and solitude of
Kabetogama. The lake is navigable by
motorboat, pontoon, houseboats, canoes
and kayaks.
If you want to experience the “great
outdoors”, canoes, kayaks and complete
outfitting services are available for you to
camp under the stars and visit the wild.
Explore the hiking trails to witness the
naturally beautiful plants, birds and
wildlife. Some are even lucky enough to
get a glimpse of many animals from
wolves, black bears, deer and moose
that call this home. At certain times of
the year blueberries, raspberries and
even wild strawberries can also be found
on trails. Numerous bird species also
make this area a birders paradise.
Visit the Kabetogama Visitor Center to
learn more about the area, from tour boat
rides, interpretive programs, camping
and hiking information.
Small resorts or a variety of medium to
large resorts are available to provide a
choice of services. Some have play
areas for children and others rent every-
thing down to complete fishing equip-
ment packages. You may choose to
cook meals at your cottage or eat out at
a variety of dining facilities. Supportive
services are available in the area to sup-
ply your vacation needs.
Stay at a resort for a full day of fishing,
camping, hiking, snowmobiling and so
much more! All offered at beautiful and
scenic Lake Kabetogama.
Visit www.kabetogama.com or call
800-524-9085 for more information.
North American Bear Center
People around the world have been
visiting the North American Bear
Center since the day it opened just out-
side Ely in 2007. The reason? It's the
only science museum
of its kind that allows
visitors to learn from the
bears them-
selves.
Adjoining the
museum full of
entertaining
and education-
al exhibits, a
forest-
ed preserve is
home to three
resident
bears, Ted,
Honey and
Lucky.
In the
summer, the
bears forage
on native
plants and
play in a
pond and
waterfalls.
Come winter,
the bears can
be observed on
a den cam
viewed not just
in the museum, but on the Internet.
The NABC partners with the Wildlife
Research Institute which also uses den
cams to gain knowledge about hibernat-
ing bears. The past several winters, thou-
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as Lily gave birth, and this
year, her sister Jewel give
birth. People “meet” wild
research bears and follow
their activities through the live
den cams and frequently
updated videos. The trust-
based research methods that
make this possible are reveal-
ing more about black bear life
than was learned with traps
and tranquilizers. This kinder
and gentler research uses a
combination of simple obser-
vation and modern technolo-
gy that allows researchers
and the public to learn
together.
The Bear Center was found-
ed by WRI chief biologist Dr.
Lynn Rogers, widely known
as the 'Jane Goodall' of black
bear research. With fellow
biologist Sue Mansfield,
Rogers' work is hailed as the
most comprehensive research
study ever conducted on
black bears.
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Summer: May 25 to Sept
12, Daily 9 am to 7 pm
Fall: Sept 13 to Oct 23,
Daily 10 am to 5 pm
Late Fall: Oct 24 to Nov
26, Friday and Saturday, 10
am to 5 pm
Winter: Dec 26 to Jan 1,
Daily 10 am to 4 pm
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Grand Portage
A one-stop year-round location, Grand
Portage, The Great Rendezvous Place, is
a perfect destination. Situated on the
north shore of Lake Superior, the abun-
dance of natural and cultural heritage
attractions and recreational opportunities
offer something for everyone.
The spectacular scenery welcomes
activities such as snowmobiling, hiking,
biking, canoeing, camping, fishing, boat-
ing, wildlife viewing, and photography.
Discover the rich history of aboriginal
culture and the fur trade at Grand Portage
National Monument, a restored North
West Company Depot and at the Grand
Portage National Monument’s Heritage
Center. Open year round, it features
exhibit galleries, a gift shop and visitor
information. Admission is free.
In Grand Portage State Park, visit High
Falls, the highest waterfall in Minnesota.
A handicap accessible trail leads to
observation decks overlooking the falls.
The Grand Portage State Park Visitor
Center, open year round, serves as a
highway rest area, state travel informa-
tion center, and park visitor center offer-
ing naturalist and interpretive programs.
It has exhibits showcasing the life of the
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa and a
gift shop.
Enjoy a boat ride and discover Isle
Royale National Park, an International
Biosphere Reserve consisting of one
large island surrounded by 400 smaller
islands. The panorama is breathtaking!
View parallel ridges, tilted and glaciated
from ancient lava flows, historic light-
houses, shipwrecks, abandoned copper
mining sites, and plenty of wildlife.
The Grand Portage RV Park and
Marina has 30 boat slips and an RV
Park with 29 full hook-up sites, camp-
sites for tenting, restrooms, and showers.
Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our
remote cabins at Hollow Rock Resort.
Located on a peninsula jetting out into
beautiful Lake Superior, nature is at your
door with trails and wildlife to explore.
Dine in the Island View Dining Room,
which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Relax in Antlers Lounge, or at the pool or
sauna. The 95 rooms or five Jacuzzi
suites featuring fireplaces are a perfect
place to end the day.
For your next meeting or social gather-
ing, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino’s pri-
vate meeting rooms and banquet facili-
ties can accommodate your group of up
to 400 people. Enjoy year-round events,
such as the Rendezvous Days every
August, celebrating Ojibwe culture with
traditional foods, dances, arts and crafts.
The Trading Post is a smoke-free facili-
ty located directly off of Highway 61 and
adjacent to the Lodge & Casino. Visitors
can stop, grab a bite to eat, pick up
some groceries, and use the UPS parcel
pick-up. Plus, the Trading Post has great
rates on gas and diesel fuel. Grand
Portage, is 2 1/2 hours northeast of
Duluth and less than one-hour south of
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Warm
welcomes are guaranteed year round.
If you’ve come to play, this is where the action is!
At Grand Portage, the adventure never ends. Experience the thrill of
superb casual and fine dining, luxury accommodation, outstanding
entertainment, and round the clock, non-stop gaming action.
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Discover Isle Royale
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consisting of one
large island and
400 smaller islands.
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The South Shore
A journey rather than a
destination
A trip along the South Shore of Lake
Superior is an inviting event. But one
should consider this drive to be a journey
rather than a destination. Dotted along
the route are towns and communities that
have a vast array of offering to seduce
the senses. The stimulation of sight,
sound, and taste is ever changing as you
journey along to wherever your intended
destination may be.
As you travel along Wisconsin’s State
Highway #13, you will be treated to a
crossing of the Brule River. This famous
trout stream will caress the eyes with an
explosion of colors as the sunshine
dances throughout
the hardwood
trees. The rush-
ing river sounds
collect in the
ears, ever so
slightly changing
until the sound
becomes a gentle
lapping against
the riverbank in
areas of pools
and gentler flows.
The soft breeze
from Lake Superior may collect in your
nose, allowing a peaceful sedation
through its clean, crisp smell. Perhaps a
picnic lunch is in store at the mouth of
the Brule.
Further along this adventure one cross-
es the Iron River and then enters the
community of Port Wing. Don’t rush.
Explore the history rich area. Examples of
horse drawn school busses and mail
delivery carts are on display. Look at the
weathered wood of these conveyances.
Imagine a time when the sound of hoof
beats announced the arrival of mail or
children home from school.
Herbster and Cornucopia come up in
the distance, rich in fishing heritage.
Stop by a marina, listen to the sounds of
the mighty Lake Superior gently kissing
the hulls of the boats in the marinas.
Listen to the tell-tale “clink” as hardware
taps the masts of vessels begging to go
upon the lake. Watch as birds gently
glide through the currents of air as if
dancing with the clouds. Think back to a
time when raw-handed fisherman hoisted
their daily catch from the holds of their
boats to the waiting shores.
Onward again, through the
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, to
Washburn located on the north side of
Chequamegon Bay. Another community
with roots proudly established in the
early days of Lake Superior fishing. Stop
in this community and enjoy a barrage of
sights, smells and tastes.
Continuing, the traveler comes upon
the Mt. Ashwabay Recreation Area, sum-
mertime home to Big Top Chautauqua.
Just a bit further is the Les Voigt State
Fish Hatchery. Now, just up ahead, is the
community of Bayfield. On your journey,
this destination is a bustling community
that swells to over 30,000 people during
the Bayfield Apple Fest. With its eclectic
collection of shops, restaurants, and
attractions, one day will cause a visitor
to miss many opportunities to satiate all
their senses. Take time to enjoy the
offerings.
Perhaps a crossing to La Pointe, on
the Madeline Island Ferry will entice you
to sample one of the many restaurants,
gift-shops, or parks on the island.
Maybe a trip to the museum in La Point
will awaken a sense of appreciation or
awe for the South Shore. This 42 square
mile island has much to offer the traveler.
A gentle drive to Ashland should be on
your itinerary. This vibrant community
offers all to visitors. Marina’s, camp-
grounds, fine dining, and recreational
opportunities abound in the home of the
Oredockers. West bound from Ashland,
the road travelled gently undulates
through corn fields, hayfields, and the
occasional berry and pumpkin patch.
During the Fall Harvest Season, look for
farmers reaping their crops, the rhythmic
clang of machinery resounding through-
out the countryside. Westward still, you
will find woodcarvers, corn-mazes, a
winery, and plentiful accommodations
and amenities.
Take the
Madeline
Island Ferry
to La Pointe
for shopping
& hiking.
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Superior, Wisconsin
Venture into our rugged natural beauty
Welcome! Douglas County is nestled on the western tip of the
Great Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in surface area
in the world. The sheer enormity of Lake Superior and its ever-
changing colors and moods will astound you and awaken the
adventurer within. Our incredible scenery, rich history and
unique attractions provide the backdrop for colorful events and
recreational opportunities.
Douglas County and its unique communities are nestled on
the western tip of the Great Lake Superior. Whether you are
looking for incredible scenery, rich history, rare attractions, col-
orful events or year-round recreational opportunities, Douglas
County has something to fit your needs. We look forward to
your visit!
The Twin Ports of Superior and its sister city, Duluth, MN, is
one of the busiest in the nation and is the leading bulk cargo
port on the Great Lakes. International salties, lakers, tugboats,
cruise ships, harbor cruise and charter fishing boats, sailboats,
powerboats and Coast Guard cutters and icebreakers sail
through our international seaport located 2,432 miles inland
from the Atlantic Ocean.
The flavor of our rich history can be discovered in our muse-
ums, parks and historic districts. Our unique attractions tell the
story of American Indian heritage, early explorers and settlers,
the prosperity of the early boomtown days and our part in
American history, especially World War II.
Venture into our rugged natural beauty. Let the sweet smells
of our North Woods surround you. Walk upon ancient lava
beds that date back more than one billion years. Hike the
portage trails of the early voyageurs. Stroll the beaches of
Wisconsin Point, part of the world’s largest freshwater sandbar.
Play in our clear blue lakes, our tens of thousands of acres of
forested land and our rivers each with their own distinct person-
alities. Create your next adventure by the greatest of the Great
Lakes! We look forward to your visit!
Solon Springs
Headwaters of the Brule & St. Croix Rivers
Solon Springs is a small community off of U.S. Hwy 53 in
Northwestern Wisconsin. The area is surrounded with beautiful
towering pines that extend to the doorsteps of the residential
areas.
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The community is made up
of two separate political enti-
ties, the Village of Solon
Springs and the Town of Solon
Springs. Located in the
Duluth/Superior metro area.
Whether you are a lifelong or
a first-time visitor, we hope you
will enjoy your journey through
Solon Springs while you learn of
the many services and activities
we have to offer. You'll enjoy a
very high quality of life in Solon
Springs, surrounded by the pristine
lakes and lush forests.
Douglas County Forest
One of Solon Springs most
attractive features is its Forest.
The Douglas County Forest is
over 280,000 acres in size,
making it the largest county for-
est in Wisconsin. It offers an
abundance of recreation oppor-
tunities and breathtaking views.
Lucius Woods County Park
is located in the center of the
village and on the banks of the Beautiful Upper
Lake St. Croix. There are a variety of fun filled adventure for the
entire family in Lucius Woods, including swimming, camping,
canoeing, picnicking, hiking, or simply relaxing on the beach.
The Beautiful 855 acre Lake St.Croix is very popular for fish-
ing, boating and water-skiing. There are several boat landings
in the village allowing easy access to the lake.
Just a short drive from the greatest of the great lakes and all
that Lake Superior has to offer, yet the geographic location of
Solon Springs makes it a great escape from the cooler "lake
effect" temps of the Duluth/Superior area. It is not uncommon to
find temps. 20 to 30 degrees warmer much of the spring and
well into summer. While planning your stay at Solon Springs be
sure to check out the Solon Springs Historical Museum. This is
a highly recommended tourist stop. The museum features the
history of the local timber industries, Railroad, and Water
Bottling company in which the town was named. The friendly
guides are sure to interest you
in all of the local history and
artifacts on display at the
museum. The un-crowded
business district in the village
of Solon Springs is the perfect
place to spend time exploring
art galleries, quaint gift shops
or simply relaxing over a hot
cup of coffee or tea. All just a
short hike from Lucius Woods.
Lucius Woods
Performing Arts Center
Lucius Woods Performing
Arts Center, Inc. is a presenter
of an eclectic blend of quality,
professional music genres.
Seven weekly concerts (upper
left photo) are scheduled in
2012 starting July 7 through
August 18 to comprise the
summer series. The setting is
the beautiful Lucius Woods
Park in the heart of the Village
of Solon Springs in rural north-
west Wisconsin.
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Bayfield, Wisconsin
Escape to the Apostle Islands
From Apostle Islands camping to sce-
nic hiking and bicycling, the boundless
natural beauty of the Bayfield area sets
the stage for so many unforgettable
things to do in Wisconsin. The pristine
setting that surrounds Bayfield is much of
what makes the area a favorite Wisconsin
tourism destination.
Discover Wisconsin in a way the first
settlers would have experienced it by
going on a simple hike. You'll find sever-
al well-marked trails right near town. Or
head out into Apostle Islands National
Lakeshore and nearby Wisconsin state
parks to get off the beaten path and dis-
cover some of the area's most breathtak-
ing views. Can't get enough? Consider
camping at one of the many available
campsites.
Birding enthusiast? The Bayfield area is
one of the best Wisconsin sites to see
bald eagles, warblers, woodpeckers and
even the occasional Peregrine Falcon.
Bicycling is the perfect way to savor
even more of the surrounding splendor.
Road cyclists will find miles of wide
roads and challenging climbs to test their
legs and scenic views to reward their
eyes. Mountain bikers will discover
dozens of inviting trails to follow their
bliss. There are also several good bike
shops in town that will rent bikes or help
make sure yours is ready for adventure.
Love to golf? Apostle Highlands Golf
Course offers golfers a steep challenge,
along with sweeping views of the blue
bay below.
Bayfield's unique climate also makes it
the "Berry Capital of Wisconsin." You'll
find dozens of charming berry farms and
rolling apple orchards where you can set
out, bucket in hand, to pick your own
fresh seasonal fruit.
Of course, being surrounded by so
much natural beauty, you may feel a little
artistically inspired. Perfect. You'll find all
sorts of workshops and classes to help
get those creative juices going and
refine your skills at the Madeline Island
School of Arts, area arts and crafts
shops and galleries, and at the Bayfield
Recreation Center.
Or you may want to learn a little bit
more about the history of the area.
Then it's time to pay a memorable
visit to any of several fascinating
area museums or go on the captivat-
ing Bayfield Heritage Walking Tour or
thrilling Ghost Tour.
When night falls and you've enjoyed
dinner, it's not time to settle in yet!
Instead, head over to the dazzling new
Northwoods Lodge-inspired Legendary
Waters Resort & Casino. There, you can
try your luck on the slots and gaming
tables or just enjoy a drink or late-night
snack on the deck overlooking Lake
Superior as it sparkles in the moonlight.
For more information, visit
www.bayfield.org
Over 30,000 people come to
Bayfield’s Apple Fest each year.
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DULUTH AREACALENDAR of EVENTS
April
28 – Carlton County’s Largest Chicken Swap
8 a.m. to Noon. Buy-Sell-Swap any
animal – breakfast available
29-May 6 – Homegrown Music Festival,
featuring dozens of bands and musicians
performing at venues around Duluth and
Superior
May
26 – Wurst Day in Mahtowa,10 a.m. Music
by Wurst Band, Brat Trot & Walk, Brat
Eating Contest, Non-alcohol beer drinking
contest, Cash prizes & trophies, free pony
rides, food
June
Every Sunday, June 3 thru Sept 30 –
Outside Farmers Market, Carlton
10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Local foods, produce,
flea market, crafts, demos, farm animals.
Our 4th year! No vendor fee!
4 – Hinckley Chamber Golf Tournament
9-10 – Hinckley City Wide Garage Sale
15-17 – 21st Annual Grand Celebration
Pow Wow
16 – 36th annual Grandma’s Marathon, The
course runs along the shore of Lake
Superior from Two Harbors to Canal Park
22-24 – Hinckley Knights Ann. Baseball
Tournament
23-24 – 42nd annual Park Point Art Fair
July
4 – Fourth Fest in Duluth, a day of Fourth of
July festivities capped by a big fireworks
display shot off from the harbor. Watch it
from Bayfront Festival Park, or from
Skyline Parkway
6-7 – Corn & Clover Carnival, Hinckley
11-15 – South St. Louis County Fair
14-15 – Bayfront Reggae and World Music
Festival, returning for its seventh year
21 – Oktoberfest in July, Carlton, 11:00 a.m.
Old time music with 3 bands, German
cuisine and beer!
31-Aug. 4 – Spirit Valley Days in West
Duluth
August
3-5 – Hwy 61 Folksfest, Carlton, Friday from
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Music by Doug
Soukkala and Country Junction; food.
Music all 3 days at Rob’s Mahtowa
Tavern; food
5-19 – Proctor High School All Class Reunion
& Hoghead Festival
10-12 – Bayfront Blues Festival, an annual
tradition bringing top blues musicians to
play alongside the harbor at Bayfront
Festival Park
25 – Hinckley Smokin’ Rib Fest
24-25 – Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
at Barkers Island in Superior
24-25 – Askov Rutabaga Festival & Fair
30-Sept. 2 – Duluth-Superior Pride festival,
which marks its 26th year with events on
Labor Day weekend in Duluth and
Superior
September
2 – Rat Rod Rally & Swap, Carlton, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Each participant receives a free
bratwurst. Over 100 unit in 2011 plus
Rat Rod Magazine coverage
9 – KIA of Duluth Drag Races and Car Show,
during which Duluth’s Garfield Avenue is
shut down to allow drag racing at speeds
exceeding 150 mph
15 – Carlton County’s Largest Fall Chicken
Swap, 8 a.m. to Noon. Buy-Sell-Swap
any animal – breakfast available
15 – North Shore Inline Marathon
22-23 – Duluth Air and Aviation Expo, Duluth
International Airport
October
11 – Fall Wine Tasting, Hinckley
November
3-4 – Hinckley Holiday Craft Fair
16 – Scheduled opening of Bentleyville Tour
of Lights holiday lighting display at
Bayfront Festival Park; open through
Christmas
December
1 – Santa Day in Hinckley
1 – ChristKindl Market, Carlton, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. A German Christmas Outside
Market with music, food, vendors, bonfire.
All crafters welcome!
6 – Santa Day Community Dinner, Hinckley
For More Information
www.visitduluth.com or call
Visit Duluth at 1-800-438-5884
Hinckley Convention & Visitors Bureau
1-800-952-4282 www.hinckleymn.com
www.visitproctormn.com

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