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 email@example.com 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, Taste of the Trail, and Christmas in Peterson. Learn more about us through our website at www.petersonmn.org.
Experience “Taste of the Trail” for a small “TASTE” of Peterson’s Culture and Wildlife on Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 2pm. Downtown Peterson.
Download the Peterson Taste of the Trail information.
- WILDLIFE and FARM LIFE
Live Trout Display – Peterson DNR State Fish Hatchery,
Bluebird Supplies and Information – Bluebird Recovery Program,
Birding Hotspot Information Near Peterson
Live Fox Snake and Rattlesnake Information – Whitewater DNR Guide 1-2 PM
Small Farm Animals presented by Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project
Fresh Produce sold by Featherstone Farms
Photo Opportunities with our 8 ½ Foot “Nisse” Gunnar and Gustav!
Gnome Pottery Demonstration and Sales – by Jason Charron
Paint Peterson Rocks – You paint, we hide, others find!
Music by CAT AND THE FIDDLE
$1 Hot Dogs, Brats, Popcorn, Cold Beverages
Peterson Station Museum
- All THINGS ZUCCHINI – Prizes: Oil Change and Gift Certificate to IL Luigi’s.
Carving Contest (Bring your own Entry or we supply zucchinis and some tools).
Zucchini Bread Contest– Bring 2 loaves and recipe!
Rommegrot and Lefse – by Grace Lutheran Church
GORO – A delicious “old Norwegian Christmas Cookie – demonstrated by Diane Fossum-Martin in City Hall
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – at Geneva’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Fall Beers – Peterson American Legion