Parks & Recreation
It is the mission of Polk County Parks and Recreation to:
- Provide safe, clean and functional Parks and Recreation facilities
- Provide programs and services that add to the quality of life for all Polk County residents and visitors
- Enhance tourism through special events and attractions
We are committed to fulfilling this mission through visionary leadership, individual dedication and the trustworthy use of available resources.
To check availability and to make online reservations at the Polk County Park, please visit the Park Permits website.
Access information and details about the Polk County Park.
Discover information about Cross Lake-Tilberg Park.
East Shore Park is located on Maple Lake's east shore.
Get details about Roadside Park in Polk County.
The AELC is the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center. Located in the heart of the Sand Hills Recreational Area of Fertile, MN, the Nature Center combines the best of nature study, conservation education, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.
This 53-mile abandoned railroad grade, now a multi-use trail, runs between Ulen and Crookston, paralleling Highway 32 and Highway 102. The trail passes through the cities of Twin Valley and Fertile, which provide support facilities to all trail users including mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrian users.
Glacial Ridge is located in the Mississippi Headwaters/Northern Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem. It is a key component of the prairie pothole mix of small wetlands surrounded by upland prairies and woodland savannas. This mix of small wetlands and uplands are crucial as breeding habitat for an array of migratory birds, including waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, and others.
The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 by means of a land donation from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The Refuge’s purpose is to protect wildlife habitat and diversity, encourage waterfowl and other migratory bird production, and promote environmental education and recreation.