Minnesota: Hubbard County

Hubbard County (pop. 20,428), just east of Becker County and Detroit Lakes, has more than 400 lakes.

Hubbard County’s lakes that begin with the letter B include Bad Axe Lake, Beauty Lake, Blacksmith Lake, Big Bass Lake, Bladder Lake, Boy Scout 1 Lake, and Boy Scout 2 Lake.

Park Rapids (pop. 3,704) is the county seat. The former county courthouse (1900) is now the home of the Hubbard County Historical Museum.

The Park Theatre shows first-run movies in downtown Park Rapids.

In operation for 70 years

The Heartland State Trail, which goes 49 miles northeast to Cass Lake., was one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the U.S.

Established in 1974

The 115,000-acre Paul Bunyan State Forest, north of Park Rapids, has hundreds of miles of trails.

Autumn camping at Paul Bunyan State Forest

Hubbard County had a downhill skiing resort for several decades, starting in 1957.

The former Val Chatel ski hill

The town of Akeley (pop. 432) has an annual Paul Bunyan Days and a 25-foot Paul Bunyan statue.

With a giant crib


2 comments on “Minnesota: Hubbard County

  1. John Dodds says:

    I wonder if the wordplay on Bad Axe Lake was intentional…

  2. Akeley is misspelled in your blog post.

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