Things to Do


Simply Relaxing at the Lake / Resort

The list is endless: sit in a lawn chair and soak up some sun; make a sand castle; have a picnic; read a book; wet a line and go fishing; bird watching; float on a raft; go for a paddle boat ride; marvel at the beautiful sunsets; sit around a bonfire; roast marshmallows; star gazing; listen to the loons; go for a hike; take a nap. So many things to do, or do nothing at all. You will be surprised at how fast the day and week will go simply enjoying your time "up north."


Shady Oaks Riding Stable

Try trail riding through the beautiful countryside. Saddle horses offering group trail rides and corral rides for small children. Horse drawn buggy and hay rides are available in addition to corral lessons for the inexperienced riders. The stable is approximately one-half mile from Otter Tail Beach Resort.
Location: 40927 County Highway 128, Battle Lake, Minnesota (218) 367-2699


Unique Shopping

There are many antique and specialty shops in the surrounding community, and even a coffee shop! Unique, hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans will become part of your vacation memories. Roadside markets, specialty foods, and pick-your-own produce are available during summer and fall. Antique auctions and flea markets offer an exciting opportunity to get deals, and stories for your friends.


Native American History

The Otter Tail area is home to many historic Native American sites and events, including battle grounds and Wenonga Days Festival in nearby Battle Lake.


Family Outings

Weekly turtle races in Battle Lake and Perham, Art & Craft shows, County Fairs, and old time Fall threshing shows offer family opportunities like no other area. A nearby mini golf course offers fun for the whole family.



Many dining establishments in the area serve a delicious variety of foods, including: Texas BBQ, steaks, seafood, and good old fashioned hamburgers.


Glendalough State Park

The park, which includes one of the largest tracts of undeveloped lakeshore and land in western Minnesota, is one of Minnesota's newest State parks. Visitors can enjoy hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a swimming beach. Glendalough is home to a large resident population of geese, ducks, and whitetail deer. Experience Mother Nature firsthand by way of Glendalough State Park's interpretive trail. Educational markers inform you about some of the wildlife, plants, and trees found in the park. See natural wildlife habitat in various forms including wetlands, Scotch pines, snag trees (dead trees) and the diversity available due to the intersection of northern hardwood forest and the big woods forest. Visit Glendalough State Park and see the results of glaciers and ice ridges. Click Here for a closer look.


Phelps Mill

Located on the Otter Tail River, the mill was built in 1889, and was originally called the Main Roller Mills. The mill is no longer in operation, but is now the focal point of a beautiful landscaped county park. Tour the mill, fish the stream, or picnic along the river. Phelps Mill is host to the highly acclaimed Phelps Mill Arts and Crafts Festival the second weekend of July, offering guest performers appearing on stage and around the grounds. A festive atmosphere for a wholesome family experience.


Inspiration Peak State Park

The second highest site in Minnesota offers a panoramic view of nine lakes and three counties. As part of a moraine this site is the result of the last push of glacial ice across Minnesota. Inspiration Peak is a great place for family hikes and picnics. Enjoy the paved paths with resting benches along the way. Inspiration Peak is also a good place to watch the fall hawk migration in the area.


Maplewood State Park

An 8,000-acre park, outstanding scenic area, picnic grounds, nature trails, and fishing. Rolling hills blanketed in maple trees creates incredible fall colors for 35 miles of hiking trails. The park contains more than 20 lakes, so enjoy the swimming beaches, numerous picnic spots, forest demonstrations, and scenic park drives. While visiting the park, make sure to see the state's largest ironwood tree. Maplewood is located east of Pelican rapids on Highway 108. Click Here for a closer look.


Otter Tail County Historical Society

Recognized by the Minnesota Historical Society as one of the top county museums in the state. Exhibits chronicle the development of Otter Tail County from the Native American to the early 20th Century. Take a stroll down Main Street of a hundred years ago, see history come to life in one of the dioramas, or consult the extensive genealogical resources available. The Heirloom Garden has been a special outdoor exhibit in recent summers. Open June-September, the museum is located at 1110 West Lincoln Avenue in Fergus Falls.


Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

A unique 300-acre site includes 23 wetlands, 19 acres of virgin prairie, and approximately 175 acres of restored prairie grasslands. Click Here for a closer look.