Swift County

Swift County, a vast, flat stretch of land, unbroken by trees, offers its own unique brand of beauty. Primarily an agriculture community, the county is also home to agriculture equipment manufacturing, an ethanol plant, and other industrial plants. That’s not all! Swift County is also home to 24 lakes. Lake Oliver is likely the largest in the county at 416 acres. The lakes are great for fishing, but there are also 9 rivers and streams in the county. From beautiful golf courses to swimming pools, to museums, you’ll find something exciting for the whole family in Swift County!

Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway

Because the area also includes a beautiful section of the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway and Monson Lake State Park, you can enjoy rustic campsites along with two great paddling lakes. Anglers can catch walleye, crappie, bass, northern, and more. Only the west-central portion of the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway loops through Swift County, yet that small section showcases the natural richness of the area. Numerous lakes are sprinkled among the hills and ridges carved by glaciers. Swift County has two recreational rivers, the Pomme de Terre and the Chippewa. The region is also renowned for its great hunting of pheasant, deer and geese.

Lake Monson State Park

Lake Monson State Park, east of Benson, represents the natural setting left behind by glaciers more than 30,000 years ago. The rocks, sand, and gravel left by the last glacier remain today creating an area rich in wildlife, ideal for birding, and great for observing nature. Birdwatchers can seek out white pelicans, herons, western grebes, songbirds and waterfowl in this 346-acre park with a diverse landscape of wetlands and hardwood forests. The park includes a quiet campground and wooded picnic area. Paddle the lake and take a short portage that leads from Monson Lake to West Sunburg Lake. And don’t forget your fishing pole.

Prairie Passage Routes

Many native prairie sites, hiking trails and parks are scattered throughout Swift County including Swift Falls County Park, Ambush Park and Riverside Park. Swift County also borders the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area south of Appleton, well known in birding circles as a natural transition zone for birds and the entire ecosystem from the western plains to Minnesota’s eastern woodlands. The Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail and the Prairie Passage Route designate several local areas.

Ambush Park
17-mile Wildlife Tour (Lake Version)
29-mile Wildlife Tour (Woodland Version)

Recreation OHV Park

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts will enjoy a multi-use FREE OHV park – Appleton Area Recreation Park – located in Appleton. With over 22 miles of trails for motorcycle, ATV, 4×4 Truck and Snowmobile, the fun lasts year round. Come experience our 325 acres of jumps, sand dunes, rock crawls and water holes.

Swift County Fair

The Swift County Fair is held the middle of August at thenbn fairgrounds in Appleton, Minnesota. With plenty of rides in the Midway and FREE entertainment and beer gardens in the Chuck Brown Building and the grandstand hosting two demolition derbies on Friday and Saturday evening there is something for everyone! With so much going on you’ll want to reserve your camping spot today. Bring the kids for fun and enjoy the company of your neighbors and friends.

Swift County