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

http://unionpizzaandbrewing.com/

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

https://www.kafetoast.com

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  

http://www.bigchiefinc.com/

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

http://www.tenmilelakeresort.com/steakhouse/

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

http://www.fallsbaking.com/Falls_Baking/Welcome.html

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

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/water_access/counties/ottertail.pdf

Pebble Lake Public Beach

http://ottertaillakescountry.com/Play/Outdoor-Recreation/Beaches

SHOPPING

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

https://www.marketfergusfalls.com/ 

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT

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

http://www.fergusarts.org

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

http://www.pommedeterrepottery.com

Studio 114

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:

http://www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com/index.asp?Type=B_EV&SEC={D45E14A2-AECC-4D8A-A69A-4E85ADDE66EF}&MODE=LIST

 

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

http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/otter-trail-scenic-byway

http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/biking

DNR Hunting Events and Seasons

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/index.html

GOLF COURSES 

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:

http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/golf

 

Charlie's Tubing 

33503 State Highway 34, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 56501

Hours of operation Mon-Sun: 10:00 am - 5:45 pm

See more at: http://ottertaillakescountry.com/Directory/5/Play/Outdoor-Recreation/Boating-and-Water-Sports#sthash.kpRyRbLT.dpuf

REGIONAL MUSEUMS 

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 

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00229#homepage

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.   

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/glendalough/index.html

OTHER TOURISM RESOURCES 

Otter Tail Country Tourism 

www.ottertailcountry.com

800-423-4571

Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

www.visitfergusfalls.com

800-726-8959