Spend Your Summer Outdoors in Thief River Falls!
By Amanda Sturgeon, Intern of the Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
One of Thief River Falls’ best attractions is the Great Outdoors! There are plenty of the outdoor activities that our quaint little town has to offer, and they’ll keep you entertained all summer long!
Enjoying the Red Lake River’s full potential is a must! Whether you want to sunbathe on a long boat ride down the river, or be a bit more active and take out a kayak or paddle board, the scenic views and relaxation of the river will not disappoint. Family Time & Racquetball Fitness Club offers kayak and paddle board rentals for full or half days, with helpful instruction available.
The Red Lake River also offers excellent fishing - From Walleye, Northern Pike, and Catfish, too Small Mouth Bass, Pan Fish, and Crappies, the river’s got ‘em all. You’ll be sure to get your catch of the day! Accessing the river is not a problem with two boat landings within the city limits.
To cool off from the hot summer sun, take a dipat 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.
If you love nature and being active, then Thief River Falls’ hiking, biking, and walking trails are right up your alley. Perfect for hiking, the 48 acre Greenwood Trails Recreation Area is a wooded, unpaved trail system right along the Red Lake River and Greenwood Street. There’s also the River Walk, which is for those who are looking for a more relaxing stroll. The River Walk features 15 pictographs along the 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).
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. Other bird watching options include the TRF Treatment Ponds and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge.
For those looking for more competitive outdoor activities, Thief River Falls has got just what you’re looking for. If golf is your game, the Thief River Golf Club is a course you have to play. 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.
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. If mini golf is more your style, check out Falls Stay n’ Play’s 18 hole miniature golf course. They also offer a thrilling go-cart track, arcade, and playground for kids.
Other fun outdoor activities that Thief River has to offer include: Disc Golfing - or “Frolfing”, Tennis, Basketball, and plenty of Sand Volleyball!
Share photos of you and your friends or family having fun at any of these attractions in Thief River Falls for a chance to win prizes throughout the year. Post them to the Visit Thief River Falls Facebook page using the hashtag #pictureyourselfinTRF to enter.
Let Thief River Falls be your fun, summer getaway! For more information or to plan your trip, check out www.visittrf.com or contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 218.686.9785 or email@example.com.