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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

Warm Days & Refreshing Night Breezes

Northern nights promise a cool escape

If you live in southern Minnesota or other Midwestern states and endure the heat of the day that blankets the night air and hangs on until a storm passes, an escape to the north woods and naturally air-conditioned nights bring welcome relief.

Northern nights offer possibilities for a bonfire, star gazing and northern lights as a breeze from the lake stirs the air and fans low-hanging branches of spruce and palm-like ferns.

Daylight extends until after 9 p.m. as the summer solstice nears so there is plenty of time to play on the water, too. Fishing, pontoon picnics, canoeing, tubing, water skiing and other activities draw visitors to area lakes and rivers. Rather than enduring the day, you can embrace it.

If water sport isn’t your thing, there are hundreds of other ways to immerse yourself in the north woods: biking, hiking, ATV riding, exploring parks and trails. At Itasca State Park, you can walk across the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River as it flows out of Lake Itasca on its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Park naturalist programs invite learning more about the area’s flora and fauna, history and geological wonders.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber website suggests varied itineraries for a day or two or three. Check them out if you are looking for unique experiences on your visit.

The website calendar guides you to local events and festivals. Summer theater and other entertainment are available during a stay. You also will find unique shopping and great places to eat morning, noon and night.

Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area provide guests a delightful place to stay at the center of this extraordinary region and will help you realize your dream vacation whether it’s lying on the beach with a good book, venturing out to learn more about the local flora and fauna or timing a stay to take in local festivals or cultural events.

The Park Rapids area welcomes you.

If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about the area or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 or visit to learn more.


Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber, a Partner of Explore Minnesota Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Northwoods Bank, Partner of Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Citizen's Bank in Park Rapids, MN Park Rapids Downtown Business Association Park Rapids Lakes Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau