Sparkling waters, forests & wildlife and miles of trails

Forests & Wildlife

Step outside the city and reconnect with your wild side in Detroit Lakes. We have three state forests, three state parks, two national wildlife refuges and more than 70,000 acres of wilderness in our backyard ready to explore. 

  • Maplewood State Park
  • Buffalo River State Park
  • Itasca State Park
  • Tamarac and Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuges

Trails & Parks

Stay inside city limits and stroll through our three city parks. Bring your pooch to our city dog park. Explore 117 acres of swamp, trout stream, marsh walk, shelter, woods and prairie at Sucker Creek Preserve. Or venture beyond the city and explore several trails that Detroit Lakes is part of:

  • Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail
  • Lake Country Scenic Byway
  • North Country National Scenic Trail: America’s longest hiking trail, which stretches for over 4,600 miles!


Bring your binoculars so you can spot basically every bird in Minnesota. Detroit Lakes is nestled in the heart of a transition zone between tall grass prairie, northern hardwood and conifer forest ecosystems.

2 snowmobiles on frozen lake

Winter Wonderland Snowmobile Trails

Or venture beyond the city and explore our county park and several trails that Detroit Lakes is part of.