Located 2.5 miles south of Detroit Lakes on Highways 59 and 6, Dunton Locks County Park is next to the DNR Fish Hatchery. Bring a picnic lunch and sit under one of two covered shelters to enjoy this Minnesota park. Fish off the pier. Bike or hike the trails - in the fall they're bright with changing leaf colors and in the winter the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. Learn about the area's cultural and natural history through interpretive signage.
A precious gem in northwest Minnesota, offering 117 acres of swamp, trout stream, woods and prairie within the City of Detroit Lakes have been preserved for future generations. A half mile paved trail invites visitors to a 110-seat amphitheater in the woods. Educational signage teaches about natural history, birds, water and plants. Drive about 2 miles east of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on Highway 10, turn right on 290th Avenue, then drive 3/10 mile.
The Detroit Lakes City Park is located by the beach on West Lake Drive. Its pavilion has been a landmark at this Minnesota park for decades and is available to rent for events. In 2008, the first flagship raingarden was planted during the Festival of Birds. Interpretive signage explains the importance of eco-friendly raingardens while chainsaw art situates permanent wildlife in the park. Additional parks within the city offer shaded areas with picnic tables, tennis courts, playgrounds, disc golf, skateboarding, softball, basketball, table tennis and shuffleboard. Long Lake Park is located west of Detroit Lakes at 650 Longview Drive. The nearly 39 acre city park sits at the shores of Long Lake and features a picnic shelter and kitchen facility available to rent, restrooms, picnic tables, boat launch, playground, horseshoe pits and parking.
Three Minnesota state parks and a Minnesota state forest are located within an hour of Detroit Lakes. They include Maplewood State Park, 25 minutes south; Buffalo River State Park, 30 minutes west; Smoky Hills State Forest, 20 minutes east; and Itasca State Park, one hour east of Detroit Lakes.
Explore several trails that Detroit Lakes is part of - Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, Lake Country Scenic Byway, and Minnesota Winter Wonderland snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. Ask for a publication detailing each of these. America's longest hiking trail, stretching over 4600 miles, now extends into Becker County at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Find out more about the North Country National Scenic Trail and the recreational opportunities the trail will provide.