Day trips for any day

NOTE: Plan ahead for closures due to COVID-19 or weather


  1. Start the morning off birding at Glacier Ridge National Wildlife Refuge outside Fertile

  2. Check out the variety of choices for lunch in Crookston.

  3. Head over to Old Treaty Crossing Park near Red Lake Falls for some great hiking opportunities (don't forget to stop in Red Lake Falls for an afternoon treat!

  4. Grab a burger at Broadway Station in St. Hilaire.

  5. Spend the night at Falls Stay 'N Play in Thief River Falls, after you play a round of mini golf and drive a go cart, of course.


  1. Hit a morning round of golf at the Sand Hill River Golf Course in Fertile. Don’t forget to grab a donut (or a dozen) at Opdahl’s Donuts afterwards!

  2. Visit Old Crossing Treaty State Historical Wayside Park, where in 1863 the Ojibwe Indians ceded almost 10 million acres of land for white settlement of the Red River Valley near Red Lake Falls.

  3. Grab a bite to eat at Joe Dimaggio's Sports Cafe or The Spot in Red Lake Falls.

  4. Check out the Historic Downtown Crookston with a Self-Guided Walking Tour (we recommend stopping for a chocolate snack at Widman's Candy Store).

  5. Catch the summer sunset from your campsite at the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks. Marshmallows anyone?



Dip your toes in the Red Lake River

  1. Check out the confluence of the Red & Red Lake Rivers near the Red Lake River boat launch in EGF boat ramp

  2. Central Park in Crookston. - boat launch, picnic areas, and camping

  3. Sportsman Park in Red Lake Falls - boat launch, picnic areas, and camping

  4. City park in St. Hillaire - boat launch, picnic areas, and camping

  5. Thief River Falls - Rent a kayak or paddle board from Wild Side Kayak Rentals in Thief River Falls!


  1. Step back into yesterday at the Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls 

  2. Discover life in the Upper Midwest in the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s at Heritage Village in East Grand Forks

  3. Tour the grounds of the historic Red Lake County courthouse in Red Lake Falls

  4. Find one-of-a-kind exhibits of local life at the Myra Museum in Grand Forks.


  1. Start the day with a hike through the Sand Hill Recreation Area and Agassiz Environmental Learning Center in Fertile. 

  2. Grab a picnic lunch on your way out of town.

  3. Next, head up to Red Lake Falls and visit our friends at Voyageurs View for a relaxing tube ride on the Red Lake River. The friendly staff will help find everything you need for an afternoon of the sun and water.

  4. Time to fuel up the car and refresh the snack bag. Stop at The Kruse Inn outside St. Hilaire for cold drinks and yummy snacks.