In the land of 10,000 lakes, it can be hard to stand out. But our community is not afraid to boast our natural river and the many seasonal amenities that come with it. With 365 days and four seasons, you’ll find unique and endless opportunities around every turn. Birding, camping, snowmobiling, canoeing allow you to get away from daily and urban distractions. And although we cannot claim rolling landscapes and mountainous peaks we do claim our endless gravel roads that take you further into the abyss and make for scenic country drives. And most of all, our prairie lands that lie flat for miles on end open up the countryside for the most beautiful sunset you make have ever seen. 

So get ready to meet Mother Nature or find your happy place. Bring your camera, your backpack and your send of adventure. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find options. With our winding river at your feet, woodsy trails as your sides, no matter if you are out on a stroll or out with the family, you can turn out the noise and tune into your surroundings.

Get out the binoculars and be ready for some peace & quiet and peace of mind. A short drive provides a pathway for the Pine to Prairie Birding trail and the Glacial Ridge Nature Conservancy.

If you want to embrace it our river, take to the water with your paddles and canoe. Stop along the banks of the Red Lake River for a picnic and a tranquil escape.

A new spin on an old game. Our disc golf course is located in Central Park right along the Red Lake River and challenges you with shots in and around the trees.

Enjoy Summer & Ice Fishing on the Red Lake River. With surrounding lakes and the Red Lake River, we have some of the best fishing for catfish, crappies, walleyes, flatheads, northern pike, bass, red tail suckers, carp and perch. Whether you’re after a fish dinner or a trophy for your wall, we have it all. For information on fish consumption go to www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Play in a tournament or all summer long. Stay in town or take a short drive. Beautiful courses offer for beautiful play.

Minakwa Golf Course

Oak Knolls Golf Club

Bentwood Municipal Golf Course

Oak Lake Golf Course

Sandhill River Golf Course

Riverside Golf Club

Open to tackling some parks with the family? For starters, you’ll find 19 parks and acres of green space in our community. Relax in the parks with amenities from playground areas to softball, tennis and basketball courts. 


Our swimming pool offers numerous swimming opportunities and lessons for all ages.

Look at town in a different way as you take a walk along our trails. Interested in creating more opportunitiies for biking and hiking? Get involved with the River & Trails Committee coming soon!

Our winter climate and available land provide a perfect getaway on your snowmobile.  Make your plans now, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling, or download a map of Northwest Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Here.


If our in town and near town activities just don’t cut it, get our further into the wild.

Only a short drive away to the heart of the Sand Hills of Fertile, MN, the Nature Center combines the best of nature study, conservation education, outdoor recreation and environmental education. The site covers 640 acres and includes over 10 miles of hiking/cross country ski trails, a campground, a deck overlooking the Sand Hill River and a nature center which provides restroom facilities and a meeting room for classes and community event. Check out more here.

Thank you to Agassiz Environmental Learning Center for the above information.

Many may have to travel for quality hunting but some of the best all around hunting is right here. Hunt waterfowl as millions of migrating ducks and geese pass through our thousands of acres of lakes and river. Or take to the forest, thick woodlands and open fields to hunt for grouse, deer and bear. 

An hour’s drive, Itasca is Minnesota’s oldest state park being established in 1891. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery of Wegmann’s Cabins, 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. For more information about this park call 218.266.2100, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us or click here.

Jump on your bike or jump in the car and make the short trip to Old Crossing Treaty Park also known as Hout Park. The crossing is rich in history and marks where ox carts once forded the river. It is now home to the Chautauqua and French Festival and offerings camping facilities. 

Experience the wild in the Prairie Pothole Region of Northwestern Minnesota. The refuge visitor center and an extetnsive trial system allow for optimum wildlife observation and photography. A large variety of mammals, raptors, invertebrates and over 100 species of migratory waterfowl and songbirds breed and migrate through the refuge each year. Click here for more.

Thank you to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge for providing the above information. 

Get wet at this family-owned and operated resort. The once cattle pasture has been transformed into a thriving summer tourism destination in Red Lake Falls, MN, only a short drive away. Click here for more information.

Thank you to Voyageur’s View for providing the above information.