Scenic Byways

Scenic Byways

For those who enjoy recreation such as a Sunday afternoon drive or viewing art in the park, we can help satisfy your cravings with scenic drives and cultural and historical sites throughout the County. Take some time in the present to explore the past.

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  • Lake Country Scenic Byway

    The Lake Country Scenic Byway is a nature-lover's dream! The byway, which is near more than 1,000 lakes and runs near or through a national forest, a state park, a national wildlife refuge, and six state forests, provides every type of outdoor recreation possible. Running through forest and prairie, the byway offers amazing opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat and is famous to birding enthusiasts, who enjoy over 250 species of birds.

  • Historical Markers

    Old Government Road

    The Old Government Road was part of the original trail which was cut out of the forest by the U.S. Army in 1868 to facilitate travel from Leech Lake to White Earth.

    Woods Trail

    The Woods Trail was a trail used by early traders and trappers to transport their goods from Pembina to St. Paul.

    Round Lake – Indian Lore

    The last armed Indian uprising in the state of Minnesota occurred near this marker over timber stolen from their lands. A nearby Indian campsite was an excellent ricing, fishing, hunting, and trapping area for the local Indians. An Indian school was operated until the early 1900s. One of the few records of Indian cannibalism occurred in the vicinity around 1850.

    Lovelis Lake CCC Camp

    In 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order establishing the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) offering young men valuable work experience on public projects and a chance to earn $30 per month. Over 100 miles of forest roads were constructed, three forestry headquarters were built and many other forestry projects were completed in the eight years the camp was in operation.

    Bad Medicine Lake

    Bad Medicine Lake, formerly known as Lake of the Valley, is one of Minnesota’s clearest lakes. The continental divide lies just west of this marker, separating the waters that flow south to the Gulf of Mexico and those flowing north into Canada.

    Flat Lake – Indian Lore

    This was a common area for area Chippewa Indians to gather for gathering wild rice, fishing, hunting, and trapping. The last battle between Chippewa and Sioux Indians occurred in this vicinity.

    Old Indian Hiking Trail

    This trail was used by early settlers and Indians to reach maple sapping and ricing campsites at the north end of Tamarac Lake.

    Cook Family Massacre

    In 1872, John Cook, an early Becker County settler, and his family were massacred by Indians.