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Downtown Fergus FallsSpring is here – she’s even early. That means it’s time for active and outdoor fun like biking – pump up those tires and just ride, birdwatching – the migratory return from the south, and byways – the Otter Trail Scenic Byway is a nice driving route (although wouldn’t it be a nice bike-ride too? hint hint). And the Otter Tail River beckons users to get in – or on the water.

Get out your recreational gear. Pack up the family and head to Fergus Falls for a visit this spring.

Bikes

As the northernmost city on the Central Lakes Trail, Fergus Falls is ready for casual bicyclists as well as touring through-bikers. Visit Central Lakes Cycle right off the trail for equipment or repair needs – and even bike rental if you aren’t traveling with yours. This trail connects with the Lake Wobegon trail for a 101 mile ride on these paved rail-trails. Lodging in Fergus Falls includes hotels, B&B’s and even nearby resorts. Coffee shops, retailers and art galleries play host to visitors; many will even ship purchases home for you. Adventure Cycling includes Fergus Falls on its Northern Tier Route. If you’re already in town stop by City Hall for a bike trail map or visitors guide to Fergus Falls. The Lake Alice 100 is May 23rd starting at 8 a.m. – ride around this lake 100 times (or as many times as you’d like to).




Byways

The Otter Trail Scenic Byway is a gorgeous driving route in Otter Tail County. Interpretive maps and signs are available. Or be more spontaneous and just follow the little otter signs and see where he guides for great sites. There are intriguing historic sites, rich natural and cultural resources on this 150 mile loop. With 1,048 lakes in the county, there’s a picturesque view around each turn


Birds

Spring also marks the return of migratory birds. Fergus Falls is located in the “fly zone.” Three biomes meet here – tallgrass prairie, deciduous forest and coniferous forest. Fergus Fall is the southernmost community on the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail – which connects into Manitoba. Viewing blinds are available if you’d like to watch the splendor of the Greater Prairie Chicken ritual dance and booming. The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center provides environmental education – with indoor classrooms, labs, visitor center and gift shop. There are four miles of walking trails, two observation scope and 325 acres of native prairie (and 28 wetlands)!