Day Trips & Tours

Don't miss the attractions outside our city limits!

The Thief River Falls area is filled with unique attractions, recreational opportunities & tours that extend beyond our city limits. Check out this list of day trips & tours to enhance your visit to Thief River Falls!

Day Trips & Tours

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Hours:Office open at 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., excluding federal holidays.

Tours: Group tours may be arranged well in advance by contacting the refuge office.
Phone: 218-449-4115
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Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

22996 290th St. N.E.

Middle River, Minnesota 56737

Explore the refuge's 61,500 acres of diverse plant and animal life. Franklin's Gull, Bitterns, 17 species of Eastern and Western Waterfowl, 5 Grebe species, Sandhill Cranes, Sharptailed and Le...

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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...

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Bergeson Gardens

Hours:Hours are Monday- Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 218-945-6988
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Bergeson Gardens

4177 Co. Rd. 1

Fertile, Minnesota 56540

The gardens can be viewed anytime. The gardens feature five acres of flower beds containing nearly every type of annual flower compatible to Northern Minnesota. Visitors may pick up a printed guide...

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Beltrami Island State Forest

Beltrami Island State Forest

Beltrami Island

Forest Area, Minnesota -

East on Hwy. 1, 26 mi. North on Co. Rd. 28 which turns into Co. Rd. 54, 15 mi. E. on Hwy. 89, 14 mi. N. on State Forest Rd., 4 mi. to Dick's Parkway Forest Rd.

The Beltrami Island State Forest has...

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City of Middle River

Phone: 218-222-3608
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City of Middle River

P.O. Box 57

Middle River, Minnesota 56737

Just 20 minutes north of Thief River Falls, we’re the “Great Little Town with a Great Big Heart”! As the goose capital of Minnesota, we’re located next to the Agassiz and...

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City of St. Hilaire

Phone: 218-964-5257

City of St. Hilaire

St. Hilaire

St. Hilaire, Minnesota 56701

A fun-filled, friendly place centered around the outdoors. Also a hidden gem for camping.

6 miles S. of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 32.

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City of Red Lake Falls

Phone: 218-253-2684
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City of Red Lake Falls

108 3rd St. S.W.

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota 56750

With two rivers running through it, our friendly city is a scenic vacation spot. Golfing, outdoor swimming pool, camping, fishing, hiking, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, restaurants,...

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Fertile Sand Hills/ West Hill Recreation Area

Phone: 218-945-3136
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Fertile Sand Hills/ West Hill Recreation Area

400 Summit Ave. S.W.

Fertile, Minnesota 56540

Self-guided nature trail highlighting the unique sand dune formations, oak savanna and native prairie of remnant glacial Lake Agassiz. Ten miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails along the Sand...

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Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

Phone: 218-687-2229
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Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

17788 349th St. SE

Erskine, Minnesota 56535

A partnership of nearly 30 organizations, this is the largest tall grass prairie restoration project in the nation. The project is located along the Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridge about 20 miles...

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Hayes Lake State Park

Hours:Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Phone: 218-425-7504
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Hayes Lake State Park

48990 Co. Rd. 4

Roseau, Minnesota 56751

Hayes Lake is located in 3000 acres of Beltrami State Forest, 9 miles east of Wannaska. The park is open year-round. Summer activities include hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing,...

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Old Mill State Park

Hours:Open year-round.
Phone: 218-437-8174
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Old Mill State Park

33489 240th Ave N.W.

Argyle, Minnesota 56713

Open year-round. See Larson’s 1880s grist mill, which is powered by a Case 359 steam engine. Historic 1940s WPA building site, on the National Historic Registry. Pioneer cabin, hiking, camping...

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Pembina Wildlife Management Area

Phone: 218-681-0946
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Pembina Wildlife Management Area

Pembina Sate Wildlife Management Area

Euclid, Minnesota 56722

South on Hwy. 32, 7 mi. W. on Cty. Rd. 3, 12 mi. to the Pembina Wildlife Management Area sign, N. on Pembina Wildlife Rd., 2 mi. to the S.E. entrance of Goose Lake Wildlife Area.

Yellow Rail, Le...

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Roseau Bog Owl Management Unit

Phone: 218-463-1130

Roseau Bog Owl Management Unit

Roseau Bog Owl Management Unit

Roseau, Minnesota 56571

Almost 9,000 acres of peat bog covered with black spruce tamarack and cedar. Look for the Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, Great Horned Owl, Spruce Grouse and...

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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

Hours:The refuge trail system is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the visitors center is open during regular business hours and on Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. with extended hours through the summer.
Phone: 218-687-2229
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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

17788 349th St. S.E.

Erskine, Minnesota 56535

Over seven miles of trails provide visitors access to experience this bountiful natural treasure. Five miles have been paved to improve accessibility for all. Excellent bird-watching opportunities...

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Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area

Phone: 218-222-3747
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Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area

42280 240th Avenue N.E.

Middle River, Minnesota 56737

Primitive camping in designated areas. 55,000 acres of wildlife habitat, including marshes, forests, brushlands, and prairie. Wildlife, present seasonally, include waterfowl and other marsh birds,...

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Tours

Arctic Cat, Inc.

Hours:Tours offered at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to arrange large group tours.
Phone: 218-681-8558
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Arctic Cat, Inc.

601 Brooks Ave. S.

Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

Arctic Cat, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles, ATVs and Side by Sides under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories.

Built Right,...

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Digi-Key Electronics

Hours:Tours are offered weekdays by reservation between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. These tours are free of charge and approximately one hour in length.
Phone: 218-681-6674
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Digi-Key Electronics

701 Brooks Ave. S.

Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

Shipping more than 3.3 million orders annually, Digi-Key utilizes state of the art technologies to process its orders - from order entry to shipping - in as little as 15 minutes.

Digi-Key...

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Northland Community & Technical College

Phone: 1-800-959-6282
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Northland Community & Technical College

1101 Hwy. 1 E.

Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

Northland Community and Technical College invites prospecitve students, families, and friends to join us for a tour of our modern campuses and facilities! It is just a click away! Take a virtual tour...

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