Nestled in the heart of Minnesota lake country, the Park Rapids Lakes Area serves as a source of peace, inspiration, and adventure. Hundreds of pristine lakes, winding rivers, miles of paved and off-road trails, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River provide the ideal opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The community’s charming small-town hospitality is surpassed only by its endless opportunities to experience nature. Be forewarned, the laidback spirit of lake life is known for capturing hearts and minds and frequently turns visitors into full-time residents.
The Mighty Mississippi
As a bucket list destination for many Americans, the first stop for most visitors isa trip to Itasca State Park to walk across the Mighty Mississippi. Established in 1891as Minnesota’s first state park, it provides extraordinary views of over 100 lakes, huge virgin pines forests, a Wilderness Sanctuary, and a Scientific and Natural Area. Itasca State Park is an outdoor oasis with boat tours, lodging, camping, dining, and equipment rentals.
Lovin’ Lake Life
With over 75 public access lakes and more than 50 lakeside resorts and campgrounds, the joys of a North woods summer are never out of reach.
Area lakes boast a variety of fish ranging from trophy walleye and muskie to crappies and sunfish that are perfect for a fresh caught fish fry. Cool off during the heat of the day by tapping into local water sports including skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking. Cap a memorable day on the lake with a leisurely pontoon ride at sunset and enjoy a shoreline campfire while watching for the breathtaking northern lights.
The Bold North
Explore an extensive trail system and three state forests for an up-close view of majestic pines and a refreshing dose of outdoor adventure. Whether you prefer quiet hikes in the woods, pedaling on winding paved paths or cranking up the throttle on an ATV, there are hundreds of miles of trails to discover.
Set your sights a notch higher with aerial adventures, a zip line, or a trek up the steps of the Aiton Heights Fire Tower for a bird’s eye view of Itasca State Park.
Local Fare & Fun
Famous for parking in the middle of Main Street, Park Rapids offers a one-of-a-kind downtown experience featuring homegrown restaurants, numerous ice cream and candy stores, wine bar, brewery, and much more. Downtown Park Rapids is also home to the area’s signature summer event series, 2nd Street Stage, which draws a thousand or more people each week to its free outdoor concerts.
Less than 10 minutes from Park Rapids, the small town of Dorset is the self-proclaimed Restaurant Capital of the World. The town is home to one restaurant for every 10 residents and hosts a unique food extravaganza each August called the Taste of Dorset.
Plan your adventure to the Park Rapids Lakes Area and escape to a place that rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. After all, you’re not just getting away, you’re making memories to last a lifetime. Start planning today at www.parkrapids.com.