Things to Do When You Visit Our Lodge in River Falls, WI
Things We Like.
These Are Just a Few of Our Favorite Things...
Kayaking. Outdoor adventures. Fly fishing. The Kinnickinnic River. Green practices. Cool people. New Zealanders. Camping. Warm slippers. A few good beers by the fire with good friends. Dogs. Critters. River Falls. Integrity. Helping folks. Having fun. Art. Pheasant, grouse, turkey, and deer hunting. Fly Tying. A good Sauvanguvion Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Dark chocolate. Kinni Dipping.
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A River Runs Through It. Really.
Recollection of River Falls Past
Joel Foster, a Connecticut native and the first white settler in this area, wrote this to his brother in 1848:
"I think I have found the New England of the Northwest, the same pure water, the same speckled trout, the same sumac, elder, etc... It looks as though the Almighty made this portion of our country first and made it on a perfect system, piling rocks up in beautiful mounds, spreading over them sufficient soil to dress and beautify."
Many who followed reacted the same way.
"It is a healthy place. The water is pure and the abundance of speckled trout in all the streams furnishes rare sport..." wrote W.L. Beeman in a 1900 characterization of River Falls.
River Falls still has its pure water and speckled trout. Today, River Falls is also home to a prosperous business community, several small industrial, a vibrant university, and diverse citizenry.
The county line for Pierce and St. Croix divides the city. Appropriately, the line is Division Street.
River Falls was incorporated in April 1885, by the State Legislature.
In River Falls' early years, the river was the focus of travel and commerce. Settlers took advantage of the river's power to build sawmills, brick kilns, flour mills, a barrel factory, and a pickle and sauerkraut factory, among others.
The early settlers also built churches, public and private schools, stores, and other businesses.
So much to do while you visit!
I've never been to Europe, but I can only imagine that these rolling hills, valleys, and rivers resemble what our neighbors across the pond are blessed with. There are many city parks as well as 2 state parks to enjoy hiking, birding, kayaking, and other activities. The Kinnickinnic State Park is at the confluence of the Kinnickinnic River and St. Croix River, 10 minutes east of town. The Willow River State Park is located just north of town about 15 minutes.
At both state parks, you can enjoy where you can enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sandy beaches, and viewing of a variety of North American wildlife and birds.
If it's golf you are interested in, you've come to the right region. There are 6 golf courses within 10 minutes’ drive of town and 20 golf courses within 20 minutes of town!
River Falls is located just 35 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, which makes it very convenient to get here from anywhere in the world! We've had visitors at Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters from 49 countries so far! The small university in town also has many international connections putting River Falls on the global scene for many notable achievements. Located in such close proximity to the Twin Cities major metropolitan area, River Falls has often been referred to as a bedroom community for commuters to the metro.
Eating & Shopping
River Falls has become well known for its 2nd hand stores with a half dozen or so spattered throughout the storefronts downtown, many of which raise money for nonprofit organizations.
The River Falls Farmers market has become somewhat of a social occasion every Saturday morning during the season at the corners of Locust and 2nd Streets. You will find fresh produce, eggs, organic beef, honey, cheese curds, apples, maple syrup, and beautiful flowers.
The downtown area offers a few pub style menus, several pizza places, a cafe, and a couple of Mexican & Chinese restaurants.
On the North end of town, you will find the finest food at The Kinni Cafe and St. Croix Lanes Bowling.