Local Attractions

Bowlus Fun Days

This fun event is always held the first Sunday in July. The event is started by a polka mass at St. Stanislaus Church, a parade, water fights by local volunteer firefighters in neighboring towns, live music all day, children's pedal pull, bingo, games for all ages, raffle, beer garden, lots of great food followed by spectacular fireworks. This is one of the highlights of summer for many.

Bowlus Community Center

This building is located south of Main Street and East of 1st Avenue along the Soo Line Trail. The building provides restroom facilities to trail users. The building is also available for rent for events such as family gatherings, reunions, anniversaries, weddings, showers and receptions. The building holds 250 people and offers the following amenities: tables, chairs, full kitchen and air conditioning. There is a children's playground neighboring it for entertainment of the little ones.

Click to reserve the Bowlus Community Center or for more information, call 320.584.8193 or 320.223.0788.

Soo Line Trail

Grease your chains, secure your helmets and hit what might soon be the longest stretch of paved highway available for free-spirited individuals looking to throw their inhibitions to the wind for an afternoon, a day or even a weekend of bicycling. This is truly one of the most beautiful bike trails around. The Soo Line Trail connects to the Lake Wobegon Trail in Stearns County where you will cross the river on a scenic covered bridge, one of the longest covered bridges in Minnesota! When you go through our town, stop by for some refreshments, lunch or dinner, check out our new community center, or just stop to shoot the breeze with the locals.

Blanchard Dam

The Blanchard Dam is one of the taller dams on the Mississippi River. The water action looks impressive in spring high water levels. During much of the year, the gates on the dam are closed, and the only water that flows is through the power house. As a result, fishermen are able to walk across the bottom of the falls, using the concrete outcropping as a fishing platform. The Soo Line Trail bridge is located just below the Blanchard Dam. There are spectacular views of the dam from the trail bridge.

Cross Rocks

The Staurolites, better known as "cross rocks" are referred to due to their shape. The mineral name is staurolite. These rock formations are extremely rare and are only found in a few areas of the world. No cross rocks found are ever alike. These cross rocks are twinned staurolite crystals stimulating the Maltese, St. Andrew's and Prismatic crosses. The Staurolites are much sought after as good luck pieces, charms and natural curiosities. These rare stones can be found at Blanchard Dam.

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