Peterson, Minnesota

The City of Peterson is a popular spot for users of the Root River Trail System. The trail intersects the town's main street making it easy to find our business area! Eat a delicious meal at Burdey's and then world famous pie, stop for Chocolate Shoppe ice cream at Geneva's, rest at our Peterson Station Museum/Visitor Center, shop our new Turned Write Handcrafted Art, and enjoy all our Legion has to offer.

The Root River also intersects the town's main street, making it convenient to participate in water sports. Rent canoes, tubes, or kayaks from Geneva's, our local Peterson outfitter and they will drive you to your favorite landing site. Sportsmen can return to town via the Peterson Landing. Watch for trout and eagles and hundreds of birds seen while on our normally peaceful river!

Our rural community, surrounded by bluffs and farmland, boasts an inn, a hotel with suites, a bed and breakfast, all three near both the trail and river! The City also offers a small, quiet campground in a huge park next to the trail. Wake and relax to the sounds of wildlife.

For those interested in railroads or Norwegian culture, the Peterson Station Museum is open most days during the summer. The museum doubles as a visitor center. For those interested in railroad history, the museum includes the original train depot with many of the depot's original furnishings!

Take your picture with Ole and Lena in the museum annex where you will also find much about early Norwegian settlers in our valley. John Erickson, the museum curator, has put together an intriguing display of Peterson's lengthy history starting in 1855. No time during your visit in Peterson? You may book a private tour by contacting John at or ask for help researching your Norwegian ancestry!

Stop and rest on one of several benches provided for your comfort in our parks, business district, and along the Root River Trail. Take part in one of several music events held at our restored bandstand. Visit during one of our town's celebrations: Gammel Dag Fest, Saturday of Fathers' Day Weekend; Taste of the Trail, Sat. Sept. 9, 2017; and Christmas in Peterson, Dec. 9, 2017. Learn more about us through our website at

Peterson, Minnesota: Lat. 43° 47' 11" N - 91° 50' 06" W - Zip Code: 55962
Peterson Photo Gallery
  • Ole and Lena Welcome You to the Peterson Museum
  • Rosemalling Demonstration During Gammel Dag Festival
  • Gammel Dag Fest Parade
  • Geneva's Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
  • Local Children at Play
  • A Peterson citizen welcomes you
  • Peterson City Campground
  • Norsland Lefse at Gammel Dag Festival
  • Rutabaga Brothers in Bandstand
  • Visitors enjoying Geneva's Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
  • Decorah Nordic Dancer teaching youth at Gammel Dag Fest
  • Decorah Nordic Dancer teaching youth at Gammel Dag Fest
  • Audience enjoying concert at Peterson Bandstand Series
  • Gammel Dag Fest Parade
  • Little Free Library at Depot Visitor Center - books for adults and youth
  • Paved Root River Trail enjoyed by all ages!
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