With the Continental Divide located just outside Blackduck city limits, many people consider the town to be located on top of the world. The waters north of the divide flow into Canada’s Hudson Bay, while the waters south flow to the Gulf of Mexico. The city is in the center of a unique recreational area abounding with picturesque attractions.
There is something for everyone in Blackduck and the surrounding areas during all four of Minnesota’s beautiful seasons. Whether you hike, bike, hunt, fish, camp, snowmobile or ski, the Blackduck area’s lakes and state parks are just what you need.
Scenic trails surrounding Blackduck are ideal for hiking, running and biking throughout the spring, summer and fall. In the winter, these trails are perfectly groomed for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Local and surrounding area parks offer many recreational activities, some include biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, ATV, snowmobiling, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and much more. Some parks offer camping and shelters for rental.
The Blackduck area is known for superb fishing.
Benjamin Lake offers a pleasant stop along the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway for swimming, boating, excellent trout fishing and picnicking.
Blackduck Lake is located two miles west of Blackduck. It provides good angling for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch.
Webster Lake is located ten miles south of Blackduck on County Road 39. The campground at Webster Lake provides access to the lake, a picnic area and a large trail system.
The Blue Ox-Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATV's and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between International Falls and Lake Bemidji State Park. The 107-mile trail travels through remote stretches of sub-alpine forest, spruce swamps, and upland stands of aspen, linking towns along the way. The trail incorporates beautiful railroad trestles across the Little Fork and Big Fork rivers. At its southern end in Lake Bemidji State Park, the Blue ox Trail-Voyageur Trail connects to the Paul Bunyan State Trail at County Road 20. The latter, carries on for another 110 miles and is paved.
The Chippewa National Forest was the first of its kind established east of the Mississippi River in 1908. The forest boundary encompasses about 1.6 million acres and has 700 lakes, 920 miles of streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands. The forest's landscape is a reminder of the glaciers that blanketed northern Minnesota some 10,000 years ago. The Chippewa National Forest also boasts the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the continental U.S., with 150 active nests found throughout the forest. Recreational activities include biking,hiking and nature trails, camping, canoeing, ATV, fishing, cross-country skiing, hunting, scenic byways and snowmobiling.
The City of Blackduck completed Phase 1 of their biking/walking trail in 2010. The trail begins at our wayside rest park and the entire loop equals 2.25 miles. A perfect work-out for anyone.
Headwaters of the Mississippi River, located in Itasca State Park. At this park you can actually walk across a path of rocks over the Mississippi River by food. Facilities include The Headwaters History Center, Douglas Lodge and the Museum. Amenities include large stands of pine, paved bike trails, Wilderness Drive, U of M Forestry and Biological Stations, Indian cemetery, and Peace Pipe Vista, and endless miles of hiking trails. Recreational activities that can be enjoyed at the park include biking, hiking, nature trails, swimming, playing, camping, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. One site bike rentals can be arranged.
This park is the perfect playground any time of the year, offering visitors swimming, boating, fishing, bird watching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and year-round naturalist-led activities. Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady's slippers, pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer.
Pine Tree Municipal Campground is a popular Blackduck recreational area. It is located across the road from the Blackduck Municipal Golf Course. Pine Tree Park offers 9 primitive camping sites, 10 sites with electric, 13 RV sites with electric and water, and 2 picnic shelters that can be reserved. Reservations can be made by contacting City Hall at (218) 835-4803.
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The trail system at Pine Tree Park is available for outdoor enthusiasts. This trail is a scenic tour through the 80 acres that surround the park. Winter time can be challenging as the trail is not plowed, great for people who like to snow-shoe or cross country ski. Those who are interest in using the trail during the winter months can park at the Blackduck Lake boat access parking lot.
In 1882 a mapping error described the land of the Lost Forty of being underwater, park of a lake, in fact. This caused the virgin pine of the area to be left behind by loggers at the turn of the century. Now a one-mile self guided nature trial winds its way through the majestic Lost Forty, a 144-acre tract of white and red pine,located in the Chippewa National Forest. Many of these trees are up to 350 years old and between 22-48 inches in diameter.