Menahga Visitor Information

The Menahga Communty:  Menahga, MN is located in northern Wadena County on Highway 71.  The town is known for being both “The Home of St. Urho” and “The Gateway to the Pines.”

The name “Menahga” comes from the native Chippewa language, meaning “blueberry bush.”  Menahga has been known as “The Gateway to the Pines” ever since the governor of Louisiana visited in 1916 on Highway 71 (also known as the Palm to Pine Highway), and stated that the town started the pine area.

Today, Menahga is a great town for tourism, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.  Highlights of the area include a K-12 public school, 4 area lakes, many churches, 2 grocery stores, many restaurants, a city park, a bank, a post office, a health clinic, a fire department, a police department, campgrounds and parks, and many other notable businesses and sites.  For more information, you can check out http://www.cityofmenahga.com/.


Shell City Landing Campground:  Shell City Landing Campground is located on the Shell River, which connects to the Crow Wing.  The river really is filled with shells, and is a very family-friendly campground.  The campsites have a cleared area, fire ring, picnic table, vault toilets, garbage cans, and drinking water.  For more information, you can check out the DNR website.

Memorial Forest Park:  Memorial Forest Park is located on Highway 71, within 40 acres of pine forest.  RV campers are welcome, and hookups are provided.  There are picnic tables and shelters, shower houses with toilets, and fire rings.  There is also a playground for children, and it is conveniently located near Spirit Lake.  For more information, you can check out the city website.

Camp Emmaus:  Camp Emmaus is a great place for groups of all kinds to experience the outdoors year-round.  It’s located just outside of Menahga, in a 340 acre wooded area.  Lake Morgan is within, and the camp also has shoreline on Stocking Lake.  The camp has a challenge course, and it also holds about 10 miles of trails for walking and hiking purposes.  Popular uses for the camp include Pathways Bible Camp, retreats, banquets, meetings, and family reunions.  For more information, you can check out the Pathways website.

Twin Lakes Lodge and Resort:  Twin Lakes Lodge and Resort is a family owned resort near Menahga.  Situated on Lower Twin Lake, the resort offers boat rentals, volleyball, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, horseshoes, arcade games, and many other activities.  For more information, you can check out the resort’s website.

Spirit Lake:  Spirit Lake is a small, 115 acre lake located within the town of Menahga.  The City of Menahga owns the fishing pier, beach, and public access.  The city also hires qualified lifeguards during the summer months for safe and family-friendly swimming on the beach.  Spirit Lake has a great largemouth bass population, along with many other types of fish that make it a great place for fishing activities.  For more information about the lake, you can check out the DNR website

Blueberry Lake:  Blueberry Lake is located just 3 miles northeast of Menahga.  This 533 acre lake is shallow, with the maximum depth of 15 feet.  There is a state owned public access on the northeast shore, and a county owned winter access on the east shore.  Both Blueberry and Shell River enter the lake, and Shell River also leaves the lake on the northeast shore.  Walleye, northern pike, panfish, and carp fill the lake, making it a great place to fish.  For more information about the lake, you can check out the DNR website.  

Lower Twin Lake:  Lower Twin Lake is located just south of the Hubbard County line, on the northern side of Menahga.  This lake has 391 acres of area, with a maximum depth of 26 feet.  There is public access located on the channel that connects the Upper and Lower Twin Lakes.  Lower Twin is a popular area fishing lake, and has northern pike, walleye, panfish, and bass.  For more information about this lake, you can check out the DNR website.  

Upper Twin Lake:  Upper Twin Lake is located just north of the Hubbard County line, and is connected to Lower Twin Lake.  This lake is very shallow, with a maximum depth of 12 feet and an area of 225 acres.  Because of its shallow nature, a lot of aquatic vegetation can be found in this lake.  A state owned public access is located on the channel where the two lakes connect.  Some fish you can find within Upper Twin include panfish and northern pike.  For more information about this lake, you can check out the DNR website.

Menahga Historical Society:  Opening in 1990, the Menahga Historical Society is a place where the public can enjoy and learn about the history of Menahga.  It is located behind the St. Urho statue that is shown as you enter the town from the south on Highway 71.  It is open Memorial Day-Labor Day.  Weekly hours are 10-4 on Tuesday-Saturday, and 12-4 on Sunday.  For more information, you can check out the museum’s website.

Cottage House Café:  The Cottage House Cafe serves great home cooking at an affordable price.  It is a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.  Weekly hours are 6am-6pm Monday-Saturday, and 7:00am-2:30pm on Sundays.

Menahga Bake Shop:  The Menahga Bake Shop is a great place to buy freshly made goods.  It is affordable, and is conveniently located near many local businesses in town.  Weekly hours are 7:30am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, and 7:30am-3pm on Saturdays.

Menahga Midsummer Days:  Menahga Midsummer Days is a great fun-filled celebration that takes place in early July every summer.  It attracts many people from around the area, and has something for people of every age.  Highlights of the celebration include a Little Miss and Miss Menahga Pageant, a parade, horseshoe and baseball tournaments, a 5K and 10K walk/run, an outdoor craft show, and fireworks over Spirit Lake.  For more information, you can check out the Menahga C&C website.

St. Urho Statue:  The St. Urho Statue on Highway 71 is a symbol of the Finnish heritage of Menahga.  Legend has it that St. Urho, the Patron Saint of Finland, drove all of the grasshoppers out of pre-Ice Age Finland.  Today, this statue serves as a great place to hold events and take pictures of the town of Menahga.   

St. Urho Days:  St. Urho Days is a celebration of the Finnish heritage of Menahga.  Taking place in March of every year, the celebration includes barstool races, dog sled rides, volleyball at the Menahga school, a parade, a mojakka meal (Finnish soup), and many other great activities!  Serving as a great way to brighten up the end of winter, St. Urho Days has something for everyone.  For more information about the festivities, you can check out the St. Urho's Day website

Menahga Liquor Store:  The Menahga Liquor Store is located on 1st St NW in Menahga.  The off-sale is open from 9am-10pm Monday-Saturday, and the bar opens at 9pm Monday-Saturday. 

Men’s Amateur Baseball:  The Midway Snurdbirds' home field is Matt Leritz Stadium, located on County Road 47 outside of Menahga.  Midway is a part of the Lake & Pine North League, and plays most of their games on the weekends throughout the summer.  For more information about the Snurdbirds, you can check out their website, or contact Mike Baso at 701-367-9695.


Churches:

The Menahga Assembly of God Church is located on Highway 71.  It has worship at 10am on Sundays, with coffee hour just before it at 9am.  There is also education hour on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-7:45pm.  Worship is lead by Pastor Bob Smith.  For more information, you can contact the church at 218-564-4807.

Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church is a part of the St. Cloud Diocese in Minnesota.  Mass is held at 10:30 am on Sundays, and 10 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of every month.  The 2nd and 4th Thursday mass is held at the same time at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home.  Mass is lead by Father Arlie Sowada, who is also the active priest of the neighboring parishes of St. Hubert's in Bluegrass (by Sebeka) and St. Frederick's in Verndale.  Confirmation classes are held at St. Hubert’s on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.  For more information about all three parishes, you can check out vbmcatholic.org.

First English Lutheran Church in Menahga is part of the LCMC Lutheran denomination.  Worship is lead by Pastors Steve Bruer and Mike Mcllheran, and is held at 8:30 am on Sundays.  Holy Communion is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, and Sunday School is held at 9:30 am on Sundays during the school year.  For more information, you can check out the church’s website.

Bethany Lutheran Church is a part of the LCMC Lutheran Denomination. Worship is lead by Pastors Steve Bruer and Mike Mcllheran, who are also pastors of First English Lutheran Church in Menahga.  Worship is at 10:30 am on Sundays and Communion is on every 1st and 3rd Sunday.  Sunday School is held at 9:30 am on every 1st and 3rd Sunday during the school year.  For more information, you can check out the church’s website.

The Menahga United Methodist Church has worship on Sundays at 8:45 am, and is a part of the UMC.  Worship is lead by Pastor Steve Koehne, who is also the pastor at the Sebeka United Methodist Church.  For more information, you can check out umc.org.

West Side Laestadian Lutheran Church has services every Sunday at 10 am.  Services are lead by Pastor John Bloomquist.  For more information about the church, you can check out their website, or you can call 218-564-4064.

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