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Fun on the water, trails, and more!

From outdoor recreation to shopping trips, Pine River offers summer adventures for all ages. The activities are endless—fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, kayaking, canoeing, boating, swimming, golfing, hiking, and biking. Are shopping and delicious treats more intriguing? Downtown Pine River and the surrounding city blocks are filled with boutiques, a coffee shop, an award-winning bakery, thrift stores, restaurants, and more. Check out our business directory to see all that we have to offer!

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Drawing bike enthusiasts from all over the country, the Paul Bunyan State Trail is the longest continuously paved trail in the country at 115 miles long. It stretches from Brainerd to Bemidji, traveling right by the Chamber Building and Information Center where visitor’s can park, fill water bottles, use the bathrooms, and begin their journey. The trail is also popular for running and walking with many scenic views along the way.

Rock Riffle Dam & City Parks

The beautiful Rock Riffle Dam is the perfect place for a family picnic or a dip in the Pine River. The scenic dam was completed in 2022 and features an upgraded city park, an expanded beach, a floating dock and diving raft, fishing docks, and launching spots for kayaks and canoes. Upcoming improvements include a new pavilion, additional park space, benches, and bathroom space.

Canoeing & Kayaking

The Pine River is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated canoe route, with nearly 60 miles marked as a water trail for travel. Free maps of the Pine River trail system are available at the Information Center. Originating north of Backus, the Pine River flows through the city of Pine River, the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, and the city of Crosslake enroute to the Mississippi River. The Pine River has only Class I and II rapids, which are perfect for both beginning and experienced kayakers and canoeists. Start planning your Pine River water adventure today!

Fishing & Hunting

The Pine River area is home to more than 430 lakes of all sizes for fishing fanatics and thousands of acres of public land just made for hunters. Anglers will find walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish, all abundant and ready to take your bait. Hunters can expect large and small game including whitetailed deer, bear, ruffed grouse, geese, and ducks. Visit the Information Center for all area public access maps and hunting license information.

We’re here to help!

Whether you’re planning an extended vacation or just a day-trip, we’re here to answer any questions you might have. Stop in at the Information Center or call us at 218-587-4000 and we’ll help make your Pine River adventure unforgettable.

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