The City of Pequot Lakes is best known for it's highly visible bobber watertower, but with a thriving downtown retail district, the community is growing into a complete destination location. The 100+ mile paved Paul Bunyan Trail runs through town, giving bikers, walkers and snowmobilers alike a great resting spot. And weekend music concerts in the park during the summer just add to the small town charm of this city. Other summer festivals that draw crowds by the thousands include the 4th of July parade and Bean Hole Days. During winter, the antique snowmobile rendezvous brings travelers from all over the upper Midwest region.
To get a Paul Bunyan's eye view of the region, take in short drive along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway — just east of Pequot Lakes on Cty Rd 11 to the DNR Fire Tower. Listed on the National Historic Lookout Register, the climb to the top is completely worth it once you see the view.
History of Pequot Lakes
Built along the Great Northern/Northern Pacific Railroad tracks, the city of Pequot Lakes started as a trading center. Hotels, retailers and saloons lined the streets. The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society has a museum, located in the Cole Memorial Building across the street from the bobber water tower, of Depression and World War II era items from area famllies.
Soft-serve Dairy Queen and food items.
Fresh flowers and antique furniture. Gifts and homemade and locally made merchandise. Some locally made goods include pottery, jewelry and yoga bags.
Sewing and fabric, craft supplies, decorations. Copies (BW & color), including large-format.
Specialty coffee drinks, pastries and retail food items. Patries are by Sweet Petite Treats and includes scones, cupcakes, cheesecake and creampuffs.
Traditional, family-owned restaurant specializing in home-smoked ribs, steaks, seafood, whale-sized walleye, and made-from-scratch soups, sauces, and dressings. Full bar and wine list. Superior service.
Upscale gift shop. Clothing, bath & body items, acessories, decorations, ganes and candles. Building also houses the Kitchen Place gadget store and the Gumdrop Tree toy store
Best pizza, burgers, and Italian food in town. Open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Consignment boutique including children's, men's, handbags, and women's clothing and accessories.
Complete dinners, as well as sandwiches, burgers and pizza. Appetizers. All-you-can-eat fish on Fridays. Carry out available. Full bar. Off-sale available.
Wide variety of items -- vintage, collectibles, furniture, household, books and much more
Family restaurant, northwoods atmosphere, famous chicken, salad bar, and kids menu. Serving strong beer and wine. Catering and carry-out. Try the Paul Bunyan menu items!
Health food store. Organic, natural and gluten free foods and products.
Full-service grocery store with deli and bakery. Pharmacy on-site.
Fishing gear and tackle, cabin decor and more
Handmade herbal soap. 75 natural soap varieties, lotions and eco-friendly skincare gifts.
Coffee, breakfast and great lunch options, including made-to-order sandwiches, salads and wraps. New space offers more seating, couches, a fireplace and a kids area.
Celebrating Celtic Heritage with unique gifts from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the USA.
Log furniture and home furnishings.
Manufactures, sells and distributes 500 different candle designs, sizes and shapes and 70 different fragrances.
Local jeweler. Will create custom jewelry. Home of Paul Bunyan's engagement ring and Paul Bunyan charm.
Family footwear: athletic, comfort, and casual. ASICS, Clarks, New Balance, SAS, Naot, Merrell, Skechers, Red Wing, Haflingers, Minnetonka Moccasins, Birki's Aetrex orthotic inserts, and diabetic footwear.
Household items, jewelry, art, furniture, clothing and shoes and more!
Large selection of high-quality minnows, leeches, worms, bait fish and night crawlers. Fishing and hunting licenses are also available. Taco Depot -- drive thru Mexican food. Next to Paul Bunyan statue.
Specialty retail store that sells authentic Japanese furniture and décor.