Discover an awe-inspiring destination in Northwest Minnesota, where you will find over 1,000 lakes and streams and a breathtaking natural setting unlike any place you’ve ever visited before. Welcome to Otter Tail Country, Minnesota. Just two and a half hours from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a close proximity to the neighboring Dakota states, Otter Tail Country is the perfect getaway for families year-round. Made up of twenty-four communities, Otter Tail Country stretches across 157,000 acres of Minnesotan waters, offering you an incredible outdoor playground for your next family adventure.
Known for its gorgeous landscapes, serene lakes, fish-filled streams, and lush forests, Otter Tail Country offers many possibilities to stay entertained throughout your stay. The plentiful lakes and rivers in the area make this a prime location for a fishing trip. You can take the kids out for their first ever excursion and teach them out to cast a line into the water. Or, take it easy with swimming and picnicking on the shores. Hunting and golfing are other great activities to enjoy, not to mention plenty of shopping and dining at the local stores and restaurants. By offering so many options for families to partake in, Otter Tail Country makes even the pickiest family member happy.
“People love to live on lakes up here. Every year we have more waterfront homes being built. We’ve got no shortage,” says Bill Kalar of the Otter Tail County Land and Resource Management Department.
The versatility of Otter Tail Country and the vast variety of options for families to enjoy, Otter Tail Country welcomes guests and residents with open arms.
“We’re kind of a hidden treasure up here. When you fly over and see all the water, it blows your mind,” says Nick Leonard, owner of East Silent Resort and past president of the local tourism association.
A hidden treasure to some, a fun playground for others, Otter Tail Country opens its doors to families year round to explore the amazing restaurants, community events, and outdoor activities that keep guests coming back for more. Year round events will entertain everyone in the family. From arts and crafts shows, lighted horse open mic nights, to Celtic music jams, Otter Tail Country has an eclectic assortment of activities for guests of all ages to enjoy.
The uniqueness of this area with the enormous amounts of activities available and the numerous lakes creates a fun adventure while still offering a peaceful stay secluded from the city bustle. Come experience this incredible Minnesota getaway on your next family vacation!