Points of Interest
Things to Do in Fergus Falls and Surrounding Areas
A Center for the Arts
Home of exhibits, concerts, movies, plays, and more. Located downtown at 124 E. Lincoln Ave. 218-736-5453 or 218-998-ARTS.
Broken Down Dam
This city-owned dam gave way in 1909, but the ruins create a beautiful, rustic, scenic attraction and a great picnic area. Drive east on Mt. Faith.
Central Lakes Trail
This 55-mile paved “rails to trails” is 14 ft. wide and meanders through beautiful prairies, parks and lakes country. The trail begins in Fergus Falls and travel SE to Osakis where it joins the Lake Wobegon Trail, continuing to St. Joseph. Together, these trails provide 135 miles of beautiful scenery and wildlife, making this an inspiring ride. The fairly level grade makes it an easy ride for all ages. The Central Lakes Trail is also a serene location for walking, jogging, and in-line skating or snowmobiling in the winter. (Snowmobiles without studs are permitted). Maps are available at the Chamber office.
Get out and Golf
There are several fine golf courses in the area that are open to the public. Try Pebble Lake Golf Course, just outside of town. Also nearby are Stalker Lake Golf Course and Thumper Pond Golf Resort.
WISSOTA sanctioned races every Friday night in the summer, green flag at 7:00pm. Tailgating available, gates open at 5:00pm. I94 emr Speedway is located on the north side of Fergus Falls in the Industrial Park.
Glendalough State Park
Hiking trails thru rich hardwood forests, wildlife viewing wetlands, around park lakes and fishing are just a few of the things to check out there. Park hours are 8am-10pm. The park is located 3 miles northeast of Battle Lake with the park entrance road off Cty. State Aid Hwy. #16.
Inspiration Peak State Park
Offers a panoramic view of several lakes and parts of 3 counties.
Kaddatz Galleries opened in June 2009 in the renovated Kaddatz Hotel in historic downtown Fergus Falls. The Gallery features the work of Charles Beck, a local artist whose work interpreting Minnesota landscapes has earned him the widespread respect of artists and collectors. Rotating exhibitions of other area artists will showcase the variety of artwork and the talent in the lakes area. 218-998-4405
Kirkbride Tower/Fergus Falls State Hospital (RTC) @ Kirkbride Park
Drive through the campus and marvel at the beauty of the architecture. The Kirkbride Tower, a castle-like historic structure built in the 1880s, sits on top of a hill at the north end of Union Avenue. It is one of the few remaining complete examples of a Thomas Kirkbride-designed psychiatric hospital. The eight-story brick tower, capped with a red tile roof, is the centerpiece of the campus that once housed as many as 2,000 mentally ill patients.
Maplewood State Park
Maplewood Park is a captivating 9,000-acre wilderness. The park is known for its irregular terrain, heavily wooded forests and numerous lakes. It’s open year round! Facilities in the park include a campground with electrical hookups, a swimming beach on South Lake Lida, boat ramps on South Lake Lida and Beers Lake, numerous picnic spots, hike-in camping areas, and forest demonstrations. Go check them out 6 miles east of Pelican Rapids on Hwy. 108. 218-863-8383.
Northern Aire Lanes
Look us up at 1419 College Way, across from the Fergus Falls Community College. We are a newly modernized 20-lane bowling center, also offering a restaurant with the original hamburger and old-fashioned malts, along with a variety of other sandwiches, soups and pizza. 218-736-3333
One Mile Prairie
Enjoy two miles of walking trails through native prairie, just on the edge of Fergus Falls. One Mile Prairie is approximately ¾ of a mile East on Hwy 210, take a left onto the 19th Street. Over 100 different species of native grasses and wildflowers have been identified.
Orwell Recreation Center
There’s a new dike, new rock shoreline and new playground equipment, south of Fergus Falls on Co. Hwy. 15 on the Otter Tail River. It’s a great place for nature-watching, picnicking and fishing.
Otter Trail Scenic Byway
From more than 1,000 sparkling lakes and wildlife-filled wetlands to 19th-century flour mills, scenic trails and spectacular roadside sculptures, the byway offers something for everyone. The byway goes 150 miles around Otter Tail County. Stop in at the Chamber for a brochure and map.
Otter Tail County Historical Society Museum
The Museum is recognized as one of the top county historical societies in Minnesota! Tourist information, Heirloom Garden, Exhibits, Gift Shop, and E.T. Barnard Library are what the museum is all about!! They are open all year round! Go check them out at 1110 West Lincoln Avenue. Museum hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 218-736-6038.
Pebble Lake Golf Course
One of Western Minnesota’s finest 18-hole champion golf courses is located 2 miles south of Fergus Falls on Co. Rd. 82. They offer a state-of-the-art practice facility, golf shop, golf lessons, cart & club rental and full-service refreshments at Palmer's Bar + Kitchen. Public swimming at Pebble Lake beach is nearby. Call for tee times: 218-736-7404.
Phelps Mill County Park
Phelps Mill is one of the most peaceful places on earth. It is located 20 miles northeast of Fergus Falls on Cty. Rd. 45 near Otter Tail Lake. Phelps Mill is a beautiful park, offering a day of picnicking, walking through the park, touring the mill, fishing or browsing through the General Store across the street.
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
This unique 300-acre site includes 23 wetlands, 19 acres of virgin prairie, and approximately 175 acres of restored prairie grasslands. Visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. The grounds are open dawn to dusk throughout the year. Free admission. The Prairie Wetlands is located just south of Fergus Falls on Hwy 210 Bypass, I-94 Exit 57. 218-736-0938.
The riverwalk is a path that stretches along the south bank of the Otter Tail River from Union Avenue to the Veteran’s Memorial Park. Access is available at the chamber office as well.
The Otter, The Goose, The Working Man and George B. Wright
Go check out these roadside Sculptures. These are all located in Fergus Falls.
Day passes available. Running/Walking Track, Senior Citizen Exercise, Volleyball Leagues, Pickle Ball, Racquetball, Tennis, Personal Training, Land and Water Aerobics, Weight Room & Training, Family/Open Swim, Arthritic Water Fitness, Basketball & Birthday Parties. The YMCA is located 1164 N. Friberg. 218-739-4489.