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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Winter Vacations

Fun winter vacation ideas for the family!

Cool temperatures and a blanket of snow provide endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether a Minnesota winter vacation or a quick getaway, discover the out-of-the-ordinary fun you can have in Detroit Lakes!

Take a break with a Minnesota winter getaway in Detroit Lakes. Known nationally for their cross country ski trails and bottomless cookie jar, Maplelag Resort is located north of Detroit Lakes. Detroit Mountain Recreation Area opened November 2014 with skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing centered out of the new lodge. A new tubing lodge was opened in 2016 complete with 275 tubes and up to 10 lanes of slippery fun!

Load up your sleds for 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Becker County, running through rolling hills to secluded woodlands with wildlife. Make new friends over a super burger or pizza at stops along the way! See the calendar for winter events such as snowmobile races, vintage snowmobile runs and swap meets in the Detroit Lakes area. Pick up a free map or download the city and area maps.

If you prefer moving under your own power, choose from over 40 miles of public cross country skiing at Pickeral Hills, Mountain View, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Pine Lake, Detroit Mountain and East Frazee trails. Don't have your own skis? Maplelag Resort has additional miles of cross country trails complete with skis as a winter vacation package.
Winter-time temperatures freeze the water making ideal conditions for ice fishing. Fish houses dot hundreds of lakes, with rentals available for angling adventures. See the fishing report for what's biting, see the Snowflakes brochure for fish house and dog sled ride rentals!

To really experience winter fun in Detroit Lakes, come in February 2020 to see intricate works of art sculpted out of blocks of ice, the illuminated Royal Ice Courtyard, snow sculptures and a sledding hill in the Detroit Lakes City Park, free admission. Winter fun continues during the almost-famous Polar Fest in February! Cool events include a fishing derby, 5k run, spectacular fireworks at the beach and the Polar Fest Plunge right into Detroit Lake. For a sneak peak, see the Polar Fest video!

Did we mention the other fun winter activities in Detroit Lakes such as curling, ice skating, hockey tourneys, live theatre performances, birding, shopping and night life?

See You at the (frozen) Lakes!