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Known as the Gateway to the Chippewa National Forest, Deer River is surrounded by more than a million acres of spectacular forests, 1,300 lakes, and 923 miles of rivers and streams making it an ideal Northern Minnesota destination. Deer River offers a relaxed paced lifestyle, an affordable cost of living, and a friendly community with excellent healthcare and education.
Deer River is host to two large community festivals each summer, the World's Largest Wild Rice Festival and the Bar-b-que & Brew Festival. Celebrate centuries of Native American heritage at the White Oak Learning Center, where visitors step back in time and experience the Fur Trade era. Deer River is also home to one of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s three Minnesota casinos.
The area offers something for everyone: there is fishing for walleye and northern pike; kayaking; boating; leisure bike rides; hiking; hunting; cross county skiing; and snowmobiling. Located three hours north of the Twin Cities, the community offers local commerce, attractions, businesses, services, culture, lodging and shopping. Residents and visitors alike enjoy spectacular scenery, miles of unspoiled beauty, an abundance of wildlife, history of northern Minnesota and endless year-round recreation and warm friendly hospitality.