A Great Place to Have a
recreational adventure in the heart of the northern wilderness to a haven for the
arts with exceptional professional theater, Polk County has it all
and more! Located an hour north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on the east
bank of the Upper St. Croix River, Polk County is a scenic
wonderland full of history, charm, the arts and outdoor activities. The
friendly and charming towns of Balsam Lake, St. Croix Falls,
Osceola, Amery, Dresser and others offer both outstanding community
living and outstanding vacation fun for the entire family.
beautiful forested hills, enchanting valleys and majestic bluffs, Polk
County boasts the great St. Croix River and 400 lakes and
streams, thundering rapids and cascading waterfalls. On the St.
Croix River, you can swim, fish, rock climb along the banks, canoe, kayak,
and take a paddlewheel excursion cruise. Polk Country's many
trails, including the 98-mile Gandy Dancer rail trail, the beginning of
the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail and a dozen more single and multi-use trails,
meander throughout breathtaking wilderness, rural countryside and towns
and villages. Enjoy hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding,
ATV riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing on these
trails, many of which link to other recreational trails throughout
the county. Polk County has many local and state parks, featuring
great camping, hiking, and bird and animal watching, including eagles and
osprey. The area features excellent hunting and year round fishing.
County golfers can choose from seven scenic golf courses, all well
kept with varying degrees of challenges! Two ski hills, Trollhaugen in
Dresser, and Wild Mountain, in St. Croix River Valley, offer fantastic ski
and snowboard facilities; also, in the summer there's a waterpark with
go-karts and an alpine slide for family fun! Enjoy the beautiful
view of Hidden Falls, the St. Croix and Taylors Falls, on a boat
tour where you can see the falls which are somewhat hidden today.
The area's history is well
preserved and comes alive in Polk County's many museums and
historical sites. Relive the feel of yesteryear at the Clear Lake Area
Museum where you can walk down a re-created Main Street, visit a pioneer
family's log cabin, a one-room school house and a century old church.
There is also the Polk County Museum, Balsam Lake, which displays 150
years of county history and is housed in an historic courthouse; the Rural
Life Museum, Balsam Lake, which houses an old country school, general
store, railroad depot and telegraph station; and the Frederic Depot, a
beautifully restored 1901 Soo Line Depot.
Take a ride on the historic
Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway, with elegantly restored passenger
cars powered by a steam engine. Enjoy spectacular scenery much as it was
in the early 19th century before the great timber harvest and some special
excursions include dinner or other events.
Other area attractions
include the Fawn-Doe Rosa Wildlife Education Park, Ice Age
Interpretive Center and the State Fish Hatchery, all in St. Croix Falls. A
multitude of community events and festivals throughout the county celebrate the history
and nature found in the area.
for the Arts, Shopping, Dining & Lodging
is privileged to serve as the home of three fine arts organizations,
including the St. Croix ArtBarn, where theater, visual arts, music
writing, dance and story telling are promoted and presented to captivated
audiences; the nationally recognized St. Croix Festival Theatre Company, a
professional theater company that presents lost and forgotten works of
outstanding playwrights as well as classic and contemporary works; and the
Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery, a nationally certified school
for the arts that provides training, performances and exhibit facilities
and a 55-piece chamber orchestra.
provides an ideal setting for a growing community of artists and artisans
with hand crafted pottery, blown glass, water colors, pastels, Amish oak
furniture and handmade quilts as well as many other local craft creations.
Local craft and art fairs also feature many of these eclectic art works.
is never ending in Polk County. In addition to the artist's studios
and galleries featuring art works, Polk County is also a great
place for antiques. You'll find antiques and collectibles throughout
the county, including Native American relics, military apparel, clothing,
furnishing, jewelry and more.
The dining and lodging opportunities are
also endless. From dinner aboard a paddlewheel boat to a home cooked
meal in a cozy family restaurant, there are meals ranging from hamburgers and fries to
fine Californian and European cuisine, and everything in between!
County visitors can choose from a wide range of lodging including
campsites, cabins, bed and breakfast inns, cottages, family motels
and deluxe hotels with all the amenities.
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information, contact the
Polk County Information Center
at (800) 222-POLK