About the Area
Red River Valley - Minnesota
Red River Valley: Rich in Beauty and Agriculture
The Red River Valley is an area of open skies, verdant fields, and green woodlands, encompassing North Dakota and Minnesota along the Red River. On the Minnesota side, rich agricultural fields meet the woodlands surrounding the serene Red River. Residents of the area can enjoy the beautiful scenery, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and numerous vibrant community festivals in the valley's small towns.
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Year-Round Outdoor Recreation
The Red River Valley is home to many of Minnesota’s forests and lakes, as well as the river from which it takes its name. Residents can enjoy camping, fishing, boating, biking miles of scenic trails, and hiking in state parks. There's no slowing down in the winter: residents can also try snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing.
Community Festivals and Events
Red River Valley's many towns offer boutique shopping, art galleries, and dining of all kinds. Several host major music festivals, theater performances, and cultural events as well. Popular local events include the Birchmont Golf Tournament, Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Car Show, Oktoberfest, the Hackensack Jazz Festival, and local July 4th fireworks displays.
A Strong Agricultural Economy
The Red River Valley has a strong economic foundation based in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and coal mining. The rich lands of the Red River Valley are used to produce flaxseed, canola, barley, and oats, as well as for livestock production. Tourism is the third largest industry in the area, with almost $5 billion spent in 2010.
The Red River Valley's natural beauty attracts a strong tourism industry. Along with agriculture, the valley features a unique and fascinating landscape of rich plains and open skies, where buffalo, deer, antelope, elk, and moose roam free. With such gorgeous landscapes in a rich agricultural environment, the Red River Valley offers its residents and visitors a place like no other.