Local Activities & Attractions
Dining & activities in otter tail county
DALTON LOCAL FESTIVALS
The town of Dalton MN has two local festivals every year: the most famous is the annual Thresherman Festival held each year after Labor Day weekend on the Dalton Thresherman Grounds. You will see the large steam engines and how life was lived and agriculture was harvested 100's of years ago.
From Thanksgiving through the new year Dalton's threshing grounds turns into a display of holiday lights. Load up your family and take a drive through a brightly lit display of holiday spirits!
LOCAL DINING + karaoke + bowling
Union Pizza and Brewing Company / Fergus Falls
Even New Yorkers would agree this is some of the best food fired custom made pizza joint ever. Comfortable and charming dining area and locally brewed beer.
144 South Union Ave in Fergus Falls / 218-998-8888
Kafe Toast / Fergus Falls
Service breakfast and lunch this restaurant brings a delightful flavor profile to morning and mid-day meals.
116 S Union Ave Fergus Falls / 218-998-8888
The Fabled Farmer / www.thefabledfarmer.com / Fergus Falls
This is a great place for fresh, nutritious and locally sourced food. Juice bar. Breakfast & Lunch.
412 W Lincoln Ave. Fergus Falls, MN / 218-998-4848
Meadow Farm Foods (grocery store) / www.meadowfarmfoods.com / Fergus Falls
This is an amazing place for healthy food.
23064 CR-1 Fergus Falls, MN 56537 / 218-739-4585
Don Pablo's Mexican Family Restaurant / Fergus Falls
Fantastic Mexican food in the heart of Fergus Falls.
108 E Lincoln Ave in Fergus Falls / 218-998-6394
Big Chief Truck Stop and Auto Cafe / Fergus Falls
Trust me on this one, they are the home of the bison burger and homemade pie!
Highway I94 off exit 61
Ten Mile Steakhouse / Dalton.
Weekends you must try their prime rib, but wonderful steaks, ribs and fish in a casual dining setting.
12303 Co Highway 35 Dalton / 218-589-8845
Stella's Bistro & Wine Bar / Battle Lake
A broad menu of American food with indoor and outdoor seating.
114 Lake Avenue South Battle Lake, MN. / 218-862-5576
Battle Lake Boathouse / Battle Lake
Pizza, pasta, steak, burgers & beer, friendly service in a hometown environment
112 Lake Ave S Battle Lake MN / 218-864-2550
The Hideout Saloon & Grill in Dalton
They chill their beer mugs and have a great prime rib sandwich. Casual.
111 Main Street East Dalton, MN
Falls Baking Company - Artisan Baking Company / Fergus Falls
The bread at Falls Baking Company is made in the old world tradition with no preservatives or additives. All of our breads are made from scratch with artisan bread flour. In addition to bread they make scones, cookies, granola, granola bars, biscotti, brownies and bars.
1217 North Union Avenue, Fergus Falls MN 56537 ~ 218 739 0888
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5:30 pm
Sportsman's Bar - karaoke / Clitheral
If you like karaoke call ahead to see what night they are doing it here - small bar with darts and cold beer.
106 E Main Ave. Clitheral MN 56524 / 218-864-1000
Shoreline Restaurant Bar and Bowling / Battle Lake
Its a family restaurant, bar and bowling center. On occasion they have live music.
505 Lake Ave. Battle Lake / 218-864-5265
LAKES FOR SWIMMING AND BOATING
Fishing lakes we recommend in the star are: Ten Mile Lake (which rents boats), Johnson Lake, Stalker Lake, Ottertial Lake, Long Lake, Eagle Lake. All of these are 10-20 min away plus there are other lakes for fishing nearby as well.
Ottertail County Public Water Access, Beaches and Watersports
Lakes in the area include: 10 Mile Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Battle Lake
Pebble Lake Public Beach
The Market / Fergus Falls
The Market is truly fun shopping experience with funny gifts and card, kids toys, gourmet and specialty foods, kitchen items, household accessory items, jewelry, soaps and incense. A very fun space to visit and linger in and look around.
120 South Union Ave, Fergus Falls / 218-998-3663
Center for the Arts / Fergus Falls
A beautifully restored historic theater where local and regional musical and theatrical performances thrive.
124 West Lincoln Ave, Fergus Falls / 218-736-5453
Pomme de Terre Pottery
Visit their store located out of their home to view locally made, beautiful pottery.
32586 Island Road, Battle Lake / 218-589-7507
I have not been here but it looks good! https://www.artsyhome.com/author/myexile
Rothsay, MN. 56579
WINE AND DISTILLERY PRODUCERS
Fergus Falls Brewing / https://www.fergusbrewing.com
A taproom and brewery along the Ottertail River in a historic but contemporary setting.
1683 Ottertail Drive, Fergus Falls / 21-770-3547
Outstate Brewing Company / https://www.outstatebrewing.com
There is a tasting room and outdoor patio.
309 S. Vine Street, Fergus Falls MN / 218-531-1124
Carlos Creek Winery / https://www.carloscreekwinery.com/home
Say yes to wine tasting in Alexandria - open all year!
6693 Country Road 34 NW Alexandria, MN 320-846-5443
Panther Distillery / http://www.pantherdistillery.com/home
They say they make the finest tasting craft whiskey and spirits in Minnesota!
300 East Pike Street Osakis, MN 56360 320-760-5002
OUTDOOR & SPORTING ACTIVITY
For birding, wildlife, reptile, butterfly, waterfoul events at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center in Fergus Falls:
Fishing Ottertail County for Walleye!
This is really fun - Ross from Battle Lake Fishing Guides can provide everything you need to catch fish and clean the fish! They also offer ice fishing . 218-760-0511.
Trap Shooting at Viking Valley Hunt Club
218-747-2537 and 35956 Grue Church Road, Ashby MN 56309
$22.00 for a round of 50
Biking and Snowmobile Trails
Catch the "Central Lakes Trail" right from the town of Dalton and this trail takes you to the extensive Continental Divide Trail. Dalton and Fergus Falls is a pit stop for the Otter Trail Scenic Byway, a 150 mile loop through beautiful country and rich tradition. The trail takes you through 1,000 lakes and wildlife-filled wetlands and to a historic flour mill and other cultural stops. This byway was created to display the cultural, historical and natural significance of Otter Tail County. The Otter Trail Scenic Byway is just one of Minnesota's 20 byways and includes 23 sites, many with interpretive signs, trails, picnic facilities and opportunities to view wildlife. - See more at: http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/otter-trail-scenic-byway#sthash.94XUNmu5.dpuf
DNR Hunting Events and Seasons
The closest is Stalker Lake Golf Course but this link will show you all the
18 hole and 9 Hole Golf Courses in the Area:
33503 State Highway 34, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 56501
Hours of operation Mon-Sun: 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center / Finn Creek Open Air Museum
U.S. Highway 10 and County Road 67
In the 1885 Olaf Pary building, the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center sponsors an on-going schedule of art exhibitons and cultural events including the annual Great American Think Off, recognizing New York Mills as a recipient of national attention as a haven for art and culture in rural America.
OtterTail County Historical Museum
Considered one of the best local history museums in Minnesota there are over 100 permanent and changing displays of Native American History, 19th century agricultural life and a 1915 Main Street. 111West Lincoln Ave Fergus Falls. http://www.otchs.org/
Runestone Museum in Alexandra, MN
This region of MN is culturally and historically rich in Viking history including the famous Runestone Musuem in Alexandra, MN which is a small detour of Highway 94 if you are driving from the twin cities. This is a must see for any history buff. https://www.runestonemuseum.org
NOTEWORTHY STATE PARKS
Maplewood State Park 40 minutes from Joten Lake has THE BEST FALL COLORS!
39721 Park Entrance Road, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
Glendalough State Park at County Road 16, 1.8 miles east of State Highway 78
Nine miles of lakeshore and 2,000 acres of woodlands and prairie is perfect for hiking, biking, pickicking, fishing, swimming, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
OTHER TOURISM RESOURCES
Otter Tail Country Tourism
Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau