Discover the Heartland Lakes

Each town has something unique to offer visitors. We encourage you to check back soon as this website will evolve with custom itineraries and interactive maps so you can perfectly plan your trip to the Heartland Lakes.

Oct 14, 2018 - Apr 14, 2019
Terrapin Sundays
Find inspiration at this monthly art & music series at Terrapin Station in Nevis. Stop in the second Sunday of the month for an art show and concert at a friendly community atmosphere. 2nd Sunday of the Month, October through April Discover more info HERE!
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Oct 31, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids
Walk the streets of downtown for some fun in downtown Park Rapids and Heritage Living Center. Halloween 4-6PM MORE INFO
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Nov 29, 2019
Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting and Yuletide Sampler
Downtown Park Rapids turns into a Norman Rockwell painting. Begin the holiday season by lighting the tree, singing carols and toasting marshmallows. MORE INFO
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Feb 8, 2020
Audrey’s Purple Dream Fishing Tournament & Purple Plunge
This unique community event raises money to help people with the expenses of fighting cancer. You can either ice fish or raise money by jumping in the lake! MORE INFO
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Feb 2, 2020
American Legion Ice Fishing Derby
A full day of fishing on Fish Hook Lake. Prizes, food, dancing and more later at the Park Rapids American Legion. MORE INFO
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Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020
USXC Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race
Watch racers tear down the trail in the woods or on the lake. USXC is a cross-country snowmobile racing circuit that stops in Park Rapids for snow adventure. MORE INFO
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Jan 18, 2020
Menahga Fishing Derby
Fish Spirit Lake in Menahga and win wonderful prizes! In true Minnesota tradition, there’s a fish fry after. MORE INFO
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Jul 12, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019
Menahga Midsummer Celebration
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Jul 11, 2019
Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival
Check back soon for more information on the Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival!
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Activities for Kids in Heartland Lakes
When school lets out for spring break, summertime, or just the weekend, it is inevitable that kids will get bored. In Heartland Lakes, there are tons of opportunities to have fun that don’t involve staring into a glowing handheld device. Here is a list of ideas to get the kids active and enjoying their free […]
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Heartland Lakes Must See Sights
Itasca State Park Most people know that the park features the the headwaters of the Mississippi River, but did you know the entire park spans a whopping 32,690 acres? It’s located just 21 miles north of Park Rapids, and if you like to hike, camp, swim or do some kayaking, this is the perfect vacation […]
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Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Akeley Paul Bunyan Days
Enjoy 3 days of fun in Akeley, Minnesota! Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, food and a beer garden. Friday night features Kidzone and a Street Dance with 3 bands. Saturday night entertainment is provided by Billy D & the Crystals.
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Jun 13, 2019 - Aug 15, 2019
2nd Street Stage Concert Series
Join us for live music and good times every Thursday during the summer in Downtown Park Rapids. 5-6pm is the Social Hour with concert from 6-8 pm. June 13 – The Joyann Parker Band June 20 – Collapsing Stars June 27 – Kind Country July 5 – The Front Fenders (Friday) July 11 – The […]
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Aug 10, 2019
Legends & Logging Days
This event features the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, historical demonstrations, the Smokey Hills Outdoor Store Archery Challenge, chainsaw carvers, tomahawk throwing, a community feed, food, cornhole tournament, games, music and more for the entire family! The fun starts downtown on Thursday night with Water Wars & Second Street Stage music event, then moves to the East […]
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Aug 8, 2019
Water Wars at 2nd Street Stage
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