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Summer is Here – Ready or not!

Summer is here – ready or not

Whether you and your family want to play on the water all day or just relax and hang out together, the Park Rapids lakes area is the place to stay this summer.

Daylight extends well after 9 p.m. as the summer solstice nears so there is plenty of time to play on the water. Fishing, pontoon picnics, canoeing, tubing, water skiing and other activities draw visitors to the area’s lakes and rivers.c

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.

If you have never stayed here for a 4th of July weekend, a slice of Americana awaits with an old-fashioned parade, band concert on the river, unforgettable fireworks display and more.

Or plan a visit to coincide with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber’s premier summer event – Legends & Logging Days. At a new location that will provide more space for activities, Legends & Logging Days brings world champion and world record-breaking lumberjacks and lumberjills to compete in wood chopping and sawing contests. Master chainsaw sculptors create north woods masterpieces. And many other events are planned to educate and entertain visitors.

Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area provide guests with an experience like no other 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 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