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Hello Summer!

SUMMER IS HERE and that means museums are opening, birds are chirping, and mother nature is showing off her bright and vibrant colors! The Prairie Waters region offers a variety of outdoor activities for all ages!

© Gil Silvers 4Biking:

There are miles of country backroads in our region with a variety of scenery and terrain. Bike around Lac qui Parle Lake, or travel on the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway roads. The backroads are quiet and perfect for biking. You’ll find community trails in Appleton, Benson,  Dawson, Granite Falls, Milan, and Montevideo. Biking trails are also located in our four state parks, Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Monson and Upper Sioux Agency. Click here for bike map!

OHV ParkOff-Highway Vehicle Park:

Challenging trails to accommodate all Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) skill levels beckon at The Appleton Area Recreation Park, one of Minnesota’s newest, public off-road vehicle parks. The 325-acre site currently includes more than seven miles of trails including five miles specifically designed for all terrain vehicles. The site also features jumps, play area, sand dunes and other OHV activities. Other features in the park include shelter/picnic areas, hiking and a pavilion.


Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and an ever-growing library. The facility is designed as a self guided experience, and gives a rare look into the lives and legacy of the Greatest Generation. Click here for more museums!

County Fairs:

Live music, games, horse rides, shows, races, derbies, car shows, livestock shows, food, beer gardens and so much more! Check out our county fairs!!
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