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Outdoor Swimming

Looking to cool off in the lake? Head over to Dower Lake Recreation Area. It offers public lake access and a swimming beach in addition to a softball complex, disc golf, basketball court, picnic shelter, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, and nature trails. It is also home to MN’s longest fishing pier!

Tube and Paddle

Soak up some sun and marvel at nature’s beauty. Whether you would rather paddle or float, the water is calling! Bring your own canoe or kayak and head to either the Crow Wing River or Dower Lake. For the DIY, rent tubes from Staples True Value.

For those looking for more convenience, Wahoo Valley Bar & Grill offers tubing services for a small per person charge. They will drive you to your starting point, supply twine for hooking tubes together, and remove your garbage when you get back to the restaurant. Reservations are recommended especially on the weekends. Read a fun article describing Staples river tubing on the Stern Rubber Company’s website.

Learn more about the Crow Wing’s landing points. Download and print the Crow Wing River Water Trail Map from the DNR. A popular family-friendly tubing route is from McGivern Park to Orville’s Landing.

Golf and Tennis

The Vintage at Staples is a Joel Goldstrand designed 18-hole public golf course. It is located along the Crow Wing River on County Rd 30. Golf with friends, a league, or your family! There is something for all skill levels at The Vintage.

Six tennis courts are located at the Staples-Motley School District Fields located behind Staples-Motley Elementary at 1025 4th St NE.


Drop a line and catch some fish! Boat, kayak, or ice – take your pick or enjoy fishing them all. The Crow Wing River allows for canoe and kayak fishing. Dower Lake is open for all fishing. You don’t even need a boat. Fish off Minnesota’s longest pier. It’s family-friendly and there’s plenty of room for all.

With Staples’ central location, you can fish more than one lake and still be close to your comfortable hotel room. The Lincoln Lakes area is just minutes away: Lake Shamineau, Lake Alexander, and Fish Trap Lake. Add those to Dower Lake and that’s a pretty great weekend!

Farmers’ Market

A variety of mouth-watering options – vegetables, preserves, baked goods, fruit, and more – are available at the Farmer’s Market from May to October. On Thursdays, peruse all the delicious options from 2pm to 5:30pm at Lakewood Main Campus Parking Lot.

Bike, Hike, and Run

The paved Legacy Trail is great for biking and walking. The trail runs from Legacy Gardens in the north all the way down past the overpass for Highway 10. If you are seeking a shorter walk or would like to see a map of the Legacy Trail, make sure to see our Staples Trail Map.

Get outside and hike around. Pine Grove Park and Dower Lake Recreation Area both have nature trails in and around scenic wooded areas. Old Wadena Park has hiking trails and a unique Bogwalk.

Baseball and Softball

Amateur baseball with big league love of the game! The Staples Lumberbats play at Pine Grove Field during the spring and summer season. Come cheer on the hometown hitters! No tickets needed but a free will donation is accepted during the game. Concessions are available.

Dower Lake’s softball fields are ready for your next game. Join in local weekend tournaments. Other fields are available at the Staples-Motley School Fields just behind the elementary school.

Barn Quilt Trail

The Central MN Barn Quilt Trail runs right through Staples. Walk through the downtown area and you will find amazing barn quilts at businesses and homes. Venture out in a car and follow the trail from Pine Grove Park all the way to Legacy Gardens in the north. The trail has over 100 different barn quilts throughout the four-county area. Take a morning, a day, or a weekend and view all of these unique, colorful creations.