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May – Spring Unfolds Across the Northwoods

Spring unfolds across the north woods

Mother Nature has delivered enough rain to freshen the landscape. Pink and white blossoms have emerged on wild plum, chokecherry and crab apple trees. Lakes have turned icy blue and reflect the yellow-green of deciduous trees along their shores. The loons are calling.

Fishing opener – May 12 this year – becomes a deadline for a fresh coat of paint, a new sign, for sweeping the streets and cleaning the ditches along our roadways, all in preparation to welcome anglers and other visitors to our communities. We are fortunate to have some new businesses opening their doors this spring and invite you to visit them when you arrive.

There’s still time to plan your vacation. For decades, the Park Rapids lakes area has welcomed fishermen and families, fun seekers and adventurers to explore our natural areas, forests and pristine lakes. The Mississippi headwaters flow from the mighty river’s source in Itasca State Park, 20 miles north of Park Rapids. The Lake Country Scenic Byway stretches from Itasca to Park Rapids, west past the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to Detroit Lakes and east through the Chippewa National Forest to Walker.

Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area provide guests a place to stay at the center of this extraordinary region and will help visitors realize their 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.

Downtown Park Rapids is planning a music series called 2nd Street Stage on Thursdays, starting June 21. Top bands, a beer garden with snacks and more offer a new place to enjoy a summer evening. See the schedule at

The Chamber website can also assist with your trip planning with itineraries for day trips, attractions and dozens of ideas for things to see and do. The Festival of Birds May 17-20 at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge draws visitors from throughout the country to the field where 90 percent of the state’s regular bird species have been seen. From beginning birding to the latest bird research, this festival has something for all levels of bird enthusiasts. (Go to for more.) Itasca State Park also becomes a Mecca for birders this time of year.

Whether you’re fascinated with fishing or wildflowers, batty about birding or just want to recharge your batteries, the Park Rapids area welcomes you any time of the year.

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.


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