Spring & Summer Outdoors


Take advantage of our beautiful spring & summer weather!

One of our best attractions is the Great Outdoors! Pursue your favorite activity - kayaking, golfing, hiking, fishing or bird watching. Pick your pastime and join us in Thief River Falls! Information on all of these attractions can be found at the Thief River Falls Travel Information Center: 102 Main Ave. North.

Bird Watching

Northwestern Minnesota is one of the best bird watching areas in the United States, with over 280 species of birds at the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge alone. The other bird watching options include the TRF Treatment Ponds just outside city limits, and Agassiz Valley.

Thief River Falls is located on the Pine to Prairie birding trail, Minnesota’s FIRST birding trail and connected with Manitoba to form an international birding trail! Situated at the juncture of 3 major ecosystems—tall-grass prairie, boreal forests and aspen parkland—this Northwestern Minnesota trail provides a unique collection of habitats which provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds.

Fishing

You’ll find excellent fishing year-round on the rivers. Walleye, Northern Pike, Catfish, Small Mouth Bass and Pan Fish.

The Red Lake River offers excellent fishing. Whether you’re in waders, a float tube, canoe or just fishing from the bank, the opportunity for walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappies and a host of other species is great!

Accessing the river is not a problem with two boat landings within the city limits. You can also get to the river through both city parks and below the dam. With parking lots on both sides of the river and a walkway on the east side, access is easy.

Kayaking or Paddle Boarding

Rent a Kayak or Paddle Board from Family Time Racquetball & Fitness Club and enjoy the river's full potential! Rentals for full or half days, with helpful instruction available. For more information, call 218-681-6709.

Hiking

The 48 acre Greenwood Trails Recreation Area is a wooded trail system right along the Red Lake River and Greenwood Street. These trails are unpaved and give you that country feel while remaining in city limits. Go for a hike all year round, and try snowshoeing or cross-country skiiing in the snowy months!

Walking

Like history? Like nature? Then take a stroll down our delightful River Walk! Fifteen pictographs (like the Ojibwe Village, Ice Harvesting and the Meehan Sawmill) are found along several miles of trail, showing what the view along the river was like many years ago. The River Walk travels through town along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers, passing by nine parks, three forest trails, the dam and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad Depot and the statue of Chief Meskokonaye (Red Robe). A river walk was installed along the Red Lake River in Hartz Park, becoming one of the longest and most beautiful of the River Walk segments. Brochures and print maps are available at the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and at area motels. Click here for an electronic River Walk Trail Map. Don’t miss this wonderful Thief River Falls attraction!

Hey, kids-get your Junior Ranger Badge! Children of all ages can earn a River Walk Junior Ranger Badge by completing a packet full of fun activities as they walk along the River Walk in Thief River Falls. A visit to Thief River Falls wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the historic River Walk, which passes through nine city parks, and three forest trails along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Pick up a FREE River Walk Junior Ranger activity booklet at any Thief RiverFalls hotel front desk, meander the River Walk, fully complete the required activites in the booklet and return it to a local hotel front desk to recite your River Walk Junior Ranger pledge and receive your FREE Badge! It’s fun for the whole family! Happy Trailing!

Golfing

If golf is your game, the Thief River Golf Club is a course you don’t want to miss. Located on Highway 32 just north of Thief River Falls along the winding banks of the Thief River; this picturesque, par 72, 18-hole course features 6,336 yards of golf. The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 120.

While waiting for a tee time, golfers can loosen up on the driving range, sharpen their skills on the practice green or browse through the full stocked Pro Shop. Among its offerings are an assortment of clubs, clothing items and accessories as well as snacks and beverages. Visitors will also find a number of "old pros" at the course -- long-time members eager to share advice and a golf story or two, along with friendly staff to accomodate your needs. For more information about the Thief River Golf Club, call 218-681-2955.

Miniature Golfing

Everyone loves miniature golf! Check out the 18-hole course at Falls Stay n' Play, at the junction of Hwy 59 N. & Hwy 1. W. They have an arcade and playground equipment for kids - and adult beverages for the parents! Open seven days a week from 11am - 11pm. For more information, call 218-681-7066.

Disc Golfing

Located at Lion’s Park (Nora St. & Merriam Ave.) our 9-hole Disc Golf Course is open to the public free of charge. The course offers concrete tee pads, permanent mounted disc baskets, and custom-made tee signage. Tee off by throwing your disc, then count how many more throws it takes until you land in the "hole." Complete rules are posted in the park. Bring your own discs and come ready to enjoy a game of “disc golf/frolf”! 

*There is a new Disc Golf Course being created at Oakland Park! Look for more information on that coming soon.

Swimming

Take a dip at our public swimming beach located at LaFave Park (Crocker Ave. & Taft St.) This is a favorite hang-out for kids and adults during the summer months! There is playground equipment, picnic tables, volleyball/basketball courts and restrooms available.

Check out Franklin Indoor Pool (located at 300 Spruce Ave. S) for open swimming or lap swimming. The schedule and cost information can be found here: http://trfcommunityed.registryinsight.com/aquatics

Tennis, Basketball or Sand Volleyball

Several of our city parks offer Tennis, Basketball or Sand Volleyball courts. Click here for a detailed list of all Thief River Falls parks: http://www.visittrf.com/parks.



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Boy Scout Park

Boy Scout Park
Boy Scouts Park
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
3rd St./Markley Ave.

1.49 acres, Picnic Tables, Parking, Boat Dock, Boat Launch.
Map of Boy Scout Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

Centennial Park

Centennial Park
Centennial Park
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Centennial Dr./Hwy 1 E.

7.10 acres,  Shelter, Electricity, Water, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Parking, Swimming, Boat Dock, Horseshoe Pits, Volleyball.
Map of Centennial Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

Millyard Park

Millyard Park
Pennington Ave.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
3.80 acres, Picnic Tables, Parking, Fishing Pier, Trail System.
Map of Millyard Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

Red Robe Park

Red Robe Park
8th St./Reserve Ave.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
3.31 acres, Shelter, Playground Equipment, Electricity, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Grills, Parking, Deluxe Fishing Pier, Access to Walking Trail & Cross Country Ski Trail.
Map of Red Robe Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

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Fosston Golf Club

Hours:Public course open April-October.
Phone: 218-435-6535
Fosston Golf Club
32132 Hilligoss Blvd. S.E.
Fosston, Minnesota 56542
Nine holes, par 36, grass greens. Lessons available. Riding and pull carts. Pro shop, clubhouse and driving range.
Map of Fosston Golf Club
(Placement on map is approximate)

Minakwa Golf Club

Phone: 218-281-1773
Minakwa Golf Club
901 Fisher Ave .
Crookston, Minnesota 56716
Nine holes of golf, par 36. Lessons available. Riding and pull carts. Rentals, pro shop, restaurant and driving range. Open to the public.
Map of Minakwa Golf Club
(Placement on map is approximate)

Oak Knolls Golf Club

Phone: 218-253-4423
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Oak Knolls Golf Club
212 Hwy. 32 S.
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota 56750
Nine hole, par 36. Grass greens located along the river. Club and cart rentals, on-site snacks
Map of Oak Knolls Golf Club
(Placement on map is approximate)

Oak Lake Golf Course

Phone: 218-687-4653
Oak Lake Golf Course
23146 347th St. S.E.
Erskine, Minnesota 56535
Oak Lake offers a great golfing experience on a beautiful well-manicured course always in good shape. Discover why golfers come from all over to play Oak Lake.

30 minutes from Thief River Falls on...
Map of Oak Lake Golf Course
(Placement on map is approximate)

Sand Hill River Golf Course

Phone: 218-945-3535
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Sand Hill River Golf Course
44203 Hwy. 32 S.W.
Fertile, Minnesota 56540
Public course, nine holes, grass greens, driving range, putting and chipping green, riding and pull carts, pro shop and on site snacks.
Map of Sand Hill River Golf Course
(Placement on map is approximate)

Thief River Golf Club

Phone: 218-681-2955
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Thief River Golf Club
Golf Club
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

13697 188th St NE
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

The golf gem of northwest Minnesota. Play our beautiful 18 hole bent grass greens. Full bar and restaurant. Conference meetings and corporate...
Map of Thief River Golf Club
(Placement on map is approximate)

Valley Golf Course

Hours:Open mid April to mid October.
Phone: 218-773-1207
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Valley Golf Course
2407 Riverroad N.W.
East Grand Forks, Minnesota 56721
Public course, 18 holes of golf, par 72. Riding and pull carts. On-site snacks, rentals, pro shop. Grass greens.
Map of Valley Golf Course
(Placement on map is approximate)

Miniature Golf

Falls Stay' N Play

Phone: 218-681-3546
Falls Stay' N Play
U.S. Hwy 59 N. & Hwy. 1
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
18-Hole mini golf course with water feature.


Map of Falls Stay' N Play
(Placement on map is approximate)

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Swimming & Tubing

Voyageur's View Campground & Tubing

Phone: 218-253-4329
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Voyageur's View Campground & Tubing
18611 105th Ave. S.W.
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota 56750
142 campsites, including 50 RV sites with water and electrical.

1/2 mile north of Red Lake Falls on Co. Rd. 13.


Map of Voyageur's View Campground & Tubing
(Placement on map is approximate)

Franklin Middle School

Phone: 218-681-8813
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Franklin Middle School
300 Spruce Ave. S.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Our local Middle School with Grades 6-8, Indoor Community Pool, Tennis Courts, Indoor Basketball Courts.
Map of Franklin Middle School
(Placement on map is approximate)

LaFave Park

LaFave Park
Taft St./Crocker Ave.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
4.13 acres, Playground Equipment, Electricity, Water, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Grills, Parking, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball Court, Frisbee Golf.

Map of LaFave Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

Walking & Multi-Purpose Trails

River Walk

Phone: 218-681-2519
River Walk
LB Hartz Park
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Many miles of walking and biking trails through town along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Passes by nine city parks, three forest trails, the dam, and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad...
Map of River Walk
(Placement on map is approximate)

Agassiz Dunes

Phone: 218-739-7576
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Agassiz Dunes
450th St. S.W.

Sand Hill Road Fertile, Minnesota 56540
450 St. SW

1 mile South and .5 miles West of Fertile on Sand Hill Rd.

Preserved remnant of the sand dunes that northwest winds pushed up on the eastern beaches of glacial Lake Agassiz. Operated...
Map of Agassiz Dunes
(Placement on map is approximate)

Greenwood Trails Recreation Area

Phone: 218-681-2519
Greenwood Trails Recreation Area
Greenwood Trails Recreation Area Park
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
48.50 acres of paved and unpaved trails. Parking, natural trails, cross-country skiing and an environmental learning lab.

Located on the east side of the Red Lake River on Greenwood St.

Extensive...
Map of Greenwood Trails Recreation Area
(Placement on map is approximate)

Shooting

Thief River Falls Trap Club

Hours:Shooting: Monday 5 p.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. or by appointment. Clay shooting: Wed. 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. or by appointment. Mon. night 5 p.m. active league team participation.
Phone: 218-681-1848
Thief River Falls Trap Club
11264 200th St N.E.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Offers three traps. Clubhouse with full kitchen. Private groups welcome. Northwest Sporting Clays with 15 fields including a 60’ tower.
Map of Thief River Falls Trap Club
(Placement on map is approximate)

Tennis

Engelstad Park

Engelstad Park
199 Crocker Ave. N.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
1.32 acres, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Warming House, Restrooms, Parking, Electricity, Water.
Map of Engelstad Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

Franklin Middle School

Phone: 218-681-8813
Visit their website
Franklin Middle School
300 Spruce Ave. S.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Our local Middle School with Grades 6-8, Indoor Community Pool, Tennis Courts, Indoor Basketball Courts.
Map of Franklin Middle School
(Placement on map is approximate)

BMX Track & Skate Park

Franklin Middle School

Phone: 218-681-8813
Visit their website
Franklin Middle School
300 Spruce Ave. S.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Our local Middle School with Grades 6-8, Indoor Community Pool, Tennis Courts, Indoor Basketball Courts.
Map of Franklin Middle School
(Placement on map is approximate)

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