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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

May 2014, May blossoms in anticipation of summer fun

Mother Nature is slowly setting the stage for summer. The ice is out and the Loons are back!

A year ago excitement was spreading about hosting the Governor’s Fishing Opener. It seemed everyone was involved in preparations. Leaders made lemonade out of lemons. When the big day came and most lakes were still frozen, the governor’s fishing guide led the party to the Fish Hook River and Governor Dayton caught his first walleye ever. By all accounts, all the weekend’s events were successful.

Things seem more routine this year as resort owners prepare to host guests, several new businesses open and businesses and residents clean up after a long winter.

It’s not too late to plan your summer vacation. If you haven’t visited here for awhile, we welcome you to come back again and see why fishermen and families, fun seekers and adventurers have come to explore our natural areas, forests and pristine lakes for decades.

Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area provide guests a place to stay 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.

The Chamber website can 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 15-18 at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge draws visitors from throughout the country to the field where more than 200 species of birds have been recorded. 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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