One of the most sought after communities in Northern MN is Baudette, also known as the Walleye Capital of the World. Baudette is located in Lake of the Woods County on State Highways 11 and 172 just south of Lake of the Woods. Close by are Zippel Bay State Park and Beltrami Island State Forest.
Baudette is an attractive community in an area known for its year round fishing and many outdoor activities. Baudette is home to many fine businesses, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and resorts with facilities to serve you or your guests when traveling in the region.
Businesses in the community are able to meet the needs of residents and travelers alike. One attraction in Baudette is Willie the Walleye. He turned 50 years old in 2009. Each year in June the City of Baudette celebrates his birthday with “Willie Walleye Day”, a fun filled day the entire community participates in. The City maintains three beautiful municipal parks. Timber Mill Community Park, Peace Park (enables you to get a view of Canada and the International Bridge) and Bay Front Park (Bay Park is home of Willie Walleye). The River is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and activities.
International Falls has a large amount of great local attractions in an area of natural beauty and peace – a place where thousands of tourists visit year.
One of the most well known beautiful, scenic views is that of Voyagers National Park featuring 200,000+ acres of stunning scenery of islands, camp sites, interwoven rivers & streams, and wildlife. Spend your day canoeing, touring our parks, or renting a houseboat. There are plenty of outdoor recreational activities International Falls has to offer. The Falls Country Club is a great place to shoot a round of golf as well as catch a great view of the rainy river- offering an 18-hole championship course as well as a pro shop + restaurant. Some other fun, inexpensive activities include visiting the Bronco Nagurski Museum or the Koochiching County Historical museum. Learn about some of our history, including International Falls’ most famous son, NFL legend Bronco Nagurski and our borderland history.
Roseau, Minnesota’s North Star City, is an energetic, progressive community of over 2,800 located just ten minutes from the Canadian Border in beautiful Northwest Minnesota. Roseau is a small community; however, residence enjoy an excellent public school system, first-class medical facilities, good employment opportunities, diverse civic and community organizations, extensive recreational opportunities and a strong business community. Roseau is also the county seat of Roseau County and home to a variety of Local, State and Federal governmental offices.
One of the most notable facts about Roseau is that it is the birthplace of snowmobiling and Polaris Industries. Today, Roseau is still home to the snowmobile and Polaris Industries although Polaris produces more All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) than snowmobiles.
Visit the Polaris Industries Assembly Plant and watch snowmobiles and ATVs being built. The Polaris Experience Center, located one block from the Polaris Assembly Plant, chronicles the history of Polaris dating back to the very first snow machines ever built.
Roseau is located in an environmental transitional area of Minnesota where the coniferous forest gives way to the prairies of the Red River Valley. Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate Roseau’s spectacular array of offerings. Surrounding Roseau are tamarack bogs to the north, prairie grasslands to the west and sandy pine forests to the east. Nearly forty percent of Roseau County is open access State or County parkland, forest or wildlife areas. These areas provide ample opportunity for hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, ATV riding, horseback riding, snowmobiling, berry picking, hiking and cross country skiing. In fact, Outdoor Living Magazine placed Roseau 20th in the nation in its 2009 ranking of County Courthouse the best cities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Roseau has something for every interest. You will enjoy the unique beauty of Roseau, along with the great people who call it home. That is why Men’s Journal Magazine named Roseau: “The Friendliest Place in America.” So no matter what you are looking for Roseau just feels like home!
Thief River Falls
Thief River Falls is the home of snowmobile manufacturer Arctic Cat. South of Thief River Falls is one of the area’s few Native American casinos, 7 Clans Casino, which also contains a hotel and indoor water park. Thief River Falls is home to the electronic parts distributor Digi-Key, one of the largest employers in the area, and was the birthplace of the vaunted Steiger Tractor, produced from 1958 to the late 1980s.
Thief River Falls first developed as a lumber milling town.It also became a major agricultural service area because of the rich soil left by ancient, glacial Lake Agassiz. The unusual name, “Thief River,” was given to the river by the Ojibwe and Dakota people. “Falls” was added to the name of the new city in 1896 because a series of rapids in the river had been converted to a waterfall by the construction of a dam. Until 1904, an Ojibwe village of 40 families was located where the Thief River and Red Lake River meet. The Great Northern and Soo Line Railroads brought prosperity when Thief River Falls became a center for shipping wheat. Today, the city continues its entrepreneurial spirit, preserving and respecting the past, yet growing and moving toward the future, especially in the manufacturing and distribution industries.
Located on Highway 11, just five miles south of the Canadian border on Lake of the Woods, Warroad is ideally situated and equipped to offer you the opportunity to enjoy many activities in northern Minnesota.
The local residents like to say that Warroad is known for three things: walleyes, windows and hockey. And indeed this is the case. Warroad is currently the only American port on Lake of the Woods, making for quick, easy access to fishing on “the big lake.” It is also home to Marvin Windows and Doors, a company known internationally for its quality products, corporate integrity and family heritage. Finally, Warroad’s infamous moniker, “HockeyTown USA” boasts of its proud hockey legacy.
And Warroad is so much more! Not only does Warroad offer excellent summer fishing and ice fishing, there is also hunting and other outdoor activities for any season. Interested in exploring the region? Due to its central location on Lake of the Woods and Highway 11, Warroad can be a great “base camp,” providing all of the necessary amenities for your adventures as well as comforts of town after you spend the day taking in all the area has to offer.
Warroad also has plenty of indoor activities such as shopping, swimming, and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf for the family. Win big at the Seven Clans Casino, catch a hockey game nearly any time of the year (be sure to check out our own Olympic “Hall of Fame”), visit The Shed a unique collection of antique cars, or take in a production of the Warroad Summer Theatre.