History, Lakes, Trails, Golf and Ghosts, Sauk Centre is one unique stop along your drive on I-94 in the centre of Minnesota. Coursing through the town are the Sauk River and Lake Wobegon Trail offering fishing, canoeing,biking, hiking and snowmobiling!

Sauk Centre is home to the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Sinclair Lewis. Tour his boyhood home which has been restored with antiques and Lewis family items- tour guides can tell you much about the house and Lewis family from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Visit the FREE Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Museum featuring his five books (Elmer Gantry, Babbitt, Dodsworth, Arrowsmith and Main Street) and the Nobel Prize and enjoy a 12-minute video of Sinclair Lewis and his hometown roots. Stroll along Main Street (his inspiration for the book) with antiques, dining, clothing and unique stores.

Golfing

Sauk Centre has two premier golf courses: GreyStone Golf Club is a Tom Lehman Signature Course located 3 miles north of Sauk Centre along Big Sauk Lake. The Lynx National golf course is a Scottish links style course designed by Mike Morley. It includes tall prairie grasses and wild flowers in the rough.

Sauk Centre Country Club at GreyStone 877-350-8849 www.greystonegc.net

Lynx National 320-352-0242 www.lynxnationalgolf.com

The Trail Head at Sinclair Lewis Park

features a bandshell with summer Concerts in the Park on Wednesday nights and festivals throughout the year. The 84′ Fishing Pier offers anglers access to the lake even if they don’t have a boat. The Fountain with a boy and girl under an umbrella was originally installed in 1890. The Rotary Club donated unique musical instruments along the shore and facilities include a picnic shelter, playground equipment, grills, gazebo, horseshoe pits and a skateboard park.

The Sinclair Lewis RV Park and Campground has a boat ramp and docks and is within walking distance of the Main Street shopping and dining area. Park reservations 320-352-2203.

Splash Pad

NEW Sauk Centre’s Splash Pad located near the skateboard park near Sinclair Lewis Park – lots of fun for the kids and adults! Free

Lake Wobegon Trail

The 46-mile long trail is designed for bikers, hikers and snowmobilers extending from St. Joseph through Sauk Centre to Osakis. Lake Wobegon, characterized by writer Garrison Keillor as “the little town that time forgot, and the decades cannot improve,” and as the town” where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Recently it connected with the 55 mile Central Lakes Trail to Fergus Falls making it one of the longest trails in Minnesota.

CARAMEL APPLE RIDE September 10, 2016​​
Registration and check in 9am to 11am at Sinclair Lewis Park.

Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home

www.sinclairlewisfoundation.com
810 Sinclair Lewis Ave, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 | 320-352-5359
Home Open June 3 – Labor Day Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm Guided tours, Gift Shop and Books.

The home is on the National Registry of Historic Places and tours are available throughout the summer months.

Historical Sites

Sauk Centre Historical Society & Bryant Library

Sauk Centre Historical Society (320-351-8777) & Bryant Library (320-352-3016) are housed in one of only 22 operating Carnegie Libraries on Main Street. This library is a renaissance revival style and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The grand staircase was eliminated in 1998 to allow for handicap accessibility. The library has 3 computer stations with internet and access to nearly 1 million items from the Great River Regional Library system. Stop in to see period fashion and memorabilia from settlers who broke ground on this new territory, It also serves as a valuable resource for people who want to learn about their Genealogy.

Stockade Marker​

a boulder on the corner of 7th Street and Birch designated the place where a stockade was built to protect settles as the Sioux Indians fought a desperate struggle to retain their Minnesota lands during the Uprising of 1862.

The Palmer House Hotel, Restaurant & Pub​

is on the National Registry of Historic Places where Lewis once worked as a night clerk. See the original tin ceilings and Venetian stained glass windows. Built in 1901, it was the second building in the state of Minnesota to have electricity. Be alert for ghost encounters; it’s a paranormal experience.

Stearns County Fair​

began in 1901 and the fairgrounds are busy year-round with horse shows, auctions and community events located on12th and Ash Streets.

Cemeteries

just east of town include early pioneers, Civil War veterans, Sinclair Lewis, Frank Eddy, the first Representative of Minnesota Congress to be born in the state and Alexander Moore, the founder of Sauk Centre.

Viking Altar Rock​

was found in 1943 and is roughly 8.2 m (27 ft) long by 5.2 m (17 ft) wide. It has four roughly triangular holes about 1 meter above the base. The rock is promoted as an attraction as part of a “Trail of the Vikings” featuring supposed evidence of Viking exploration.

Lake and River Activities

Sauk Lake​

Sauk Lake​ offers excellent fishing with a nearby bait shop, boat launch and an annual Bass Fishing Opener in May. Several resorts around the lake offer camping and lodging with dining facilities and cabins. Check out ice house rentals during the winter too!

Fishing

Sauk Centre is home to professional walleye legend Pete Harsh who grew up fishing on the banks of the Sauk Lake. According to Harsh, Whether you want to fish for sunnies, crappies, bass, northern or walleye, it provides a smorgasbord of fish.

For beautiful beaches visit the Fairy Lake Chain just minutes up the road on Hwy 17. A public picnic area plus Frisbee Golf course make the Lions Club Park a great family get-together. Sauk Centre is a designated State Canoe and Boat Waterway with canoe access at Conservation Park below the Sauk River dam on Main Street.

Sauk Lake Fishing Report: Crappies are cranked up averaging 11-11 1/2″ in 4-10′ of water with a tube jig and minnow presentation – many close in to docks. Walleyes can be found in the narrows and rocky areas in 10-15′ of water. The walleye bite is trickling in with water temperature at 60-62 degrees with optimum at 55 degrees. Best presentation for walleyes is a shiner on a jig. Check with Fletcher’s Bait at 1515 Sinclair Lewis Ave., 320-352-2155.

Other Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Tuitti Fruitti Market Farm​

​A family owned operation featuring a restaurant, self-serve fruit and vegetable stand, fall PUMPKIN DAYS featuring farm animals for petting, train rides, games and build your own scare crow. Farm fresh eggs are available year around including jams, dressings, locally raised honey & maple syrup.

(320) 352-2059 | Hours are Monday-Saturday 8:00-5:00 and Sunday 12:00 noon-5:00pm. www.tuttifruittimarketfarm.com​

Beste’s Sporting Clays​

Beste’s game farm is great place to hunt pheasants or tune up and train your dog for the bird hunting season. Guides and Dogs are also available by appointment.

40985 425th Ave, Sauk Centre MN 56378 | 320-352-2420 | bestessportingclays.com

Carlos Creek Winery​

Complimentary Winery Tours are offered daily at 1:00 & 3:00, plus 5:00 on Saturdays. No reservations needed for groups fewer than 20. Custom Tours & Vineyard Tours available by appointment. Live musicians play every weekend all year round at Carlos Creek. Rent a 2- or 4-seat bike, explore a 3.5 acre maze, play a game of Giant Garden Chess, enjoy Croquet, Holey Boards, or Bocce Ball and Scavenger Hunts for Kids. The Grape Stomp and Fall Festival is held the third weekend of September. Applefest celebrates the end of the apple harvest and is held the third Saturday of October.

6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 56308 | 320-846-5443 | www.carloscreekwinery.com

Whispering Oaks Winery​

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. to share a glass or pick up a couple bottles of wine.

33578 County Road 30, Melrose, MN 56352 | 320-256-7118 | www.whisperingoakswinerymn.com

Panther Distillery

Minnesota’ s first legal whiskey distillery and dedicated to continuing Minnesota’s heritage of exceptional distilled spirits that goes back to Prohibition. Distillery Tours Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat. Noon-4pm *No reservations necessary. Now offering $5 shot glass with tastings of the whiskeys.

300 East Pike Street, Osakis, MN 56360 | 320-859-2256 | www.pantherdistillery.com

Glacial Ridge Trail – Scenic Byway

Glacial Ridge Trail – Scenic Byway is a 245 mile designated scenic byway. When ancient glaciers retreated across this land, they left hills and lakes in their wake. Today vacationers enjoy fishing, boating, biking and snowmobiling along the extensive network of trails throughout this rolling countryside.

www.glacialridgebyway.org

Snowmobiling

The Sauk Centre Snocleats have two groomers that groom 150 miles of trails for tourists all winter long. See maps on their website:www.saukcentresnocleats.com

Redhead Creamery Tours

From Cows to Curds Farm Tour with viewing window and cheese curds in the store.

612-219-3947 | www.redheadcreamery.com

OPEN: Mon. Wed. Fri. Sat.: 11-5
Tours at 3:00 on Saturdays or by appt.

Other

City of Sauk Centre: www.saukcentre.govoffice2.com

Newspaper Sauk Centre Herald: www.saukherald.com

Chamber of Commerce: www.saukcentrechamber.com

Hospital: www.centracare.com/locations/sauk-centre/

Clinic: www.centracare.com/clinics/sauk_centre.html

Minnesota Tourism: www.exploreminnesota.com

Sinclair Lewis Foundation: www.sinclairlewisfoundation.com

Sauk Centre is located on I-94 and intersected by State Highways 28 and 71. The Sauk Centre airport has two lighted runways. Sauk Centre Opportunities oversees a 41-acre Industrial Park with low utility rates. Call the EDA at 320-352-2203 for more information. Sauk Centre is centrally located with numerous colleges within a 50-mile radius including St. John’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Cloud State and University of Minnesota-Morris.