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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

June 2015, Where memories are caught

fishing familyThe docks are out, the boats are in and the lakes are waiting for you to catch a memory this summer. It’s pretty hard to imagine catching just one – fish or memories – with all the things the Park Rapids Lakes Area offers to see and do.

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. The water is high now so maybe bring an extra towel. Park naturalist programs invite learning about the area’s flora and fauna, history and geological wonders. Park naturalists also offer series for kids and families. For information, call 218-699-7251 or go to

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber website calendar guides you to local events and festivals. June brings the opening of summer theater and other live entertainment, too. You will find unique shopping and great places to eat morning, noon and night.

The free music series, 2nd Street Stage, invites you to downtown Park Rapids Thursdays, June 18 through Aug. 20 for live bands, a beer garden and family friendly activities. Go to for times and to learn more about the bands who will be playing.

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 much more. A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo will entertain Thursday, July 2 and Professional Bull Riding brings thrills, chills and spills to the arena July 3 and 4th.

The Park Rapids area welcomes you any time. 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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