Dawson, Minnesota The small city with a bright future

Dawson, a community rich in Scandinavian heritage, is in the heart of Prairie Waters farmland. Whimsically known as “Gnometown USA,” you’ll find gnome statues located at the City Park along Highway 212 and at homes throughout the town. These gnomes are created by a local artist in honor of various members of the community.

Every year during Riverfest, a new gnome is unveiled

A Charming Downtown

Unique Boutiques


We celebrate the culture, history and the community of Dawson. Events include Friday evening Fireworks, Softball Tournaments, Sunday afternoon parade, Saturday Craft/Flee Market, annual golf tournament, fitness runs, and the unveiling of the annual Honorary Gnome. There is a wide variety of events throughout the town for young and old alike all through the weekend. Whether you like to shop, compete, eat, or enjoy the friendly rural community fellowship, Dawson Riverfest is an event for you. For more information contact the Dawson Chamber of Commerce.

Riverside Fun

There is Dawson’s disc golf course (you can even borrow discs for free from Tim’s Food Pride), a great play structure for children to play on, not to mention lots of open space to run around and play games, a mile-long walking path along the river, and in the winter, an ice rink. Just across the street, Riverside Park has a shelter and a place to play horseshoes.

Local's Favorite Foods

Starting out at Marc’s on Main, you can pick up a delicious latte, hot coco, or smoothie. The baristas are always friendly! It’s also a great gift store where you can purchase a greeting card, beautiful gifts, and order flowers for loved ones – so take a look around while they’re making up your coffee!If you are hungry, a great place to eat is The Rusty Duck Bar & Grill on Chestnut Street for some good pizza, wings, and other tasty bar food. It’s a local favorite! It’s also a great time to get to know the community and its culture! With so much to do, even a relaxing day in Dawson is full of excitement. There are so many people to meet, delicious food to eat, and fun to have for the whole family

If you visit in the summertime on a Thursday, there is a farmer’s market in Veteran’s Park from 4pm to 6pm where you can purchase locally grown food and other goods. .

Beautiful Golf Course

  • 9 hole
  • Par 35
  • 2,800 Yards
Beautiful Walking Paths
Miles and miles of biking routes

Wildly Connected

The Lac qui Parle River flows through Dawson, creating a beautiful setting for the new riverside walking/biking trail. Dawson offers a great range of activities, including a 9-hole golf course and a disc golf course, a new beautiful outdoor swimming pool, relaxing parks, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, softball complex, picnic shelters and a playground. A ten-site campground with electrical hook-ups and water service is available near the swimming pool park. Unique shops and restaurants make a visit to Dawson worthwhile!

The City has three parks, one is located off Hwy 212 by the new outdoor swimming pool, another is located close to downtown right off 6th Street, and the third is the Veteran's Memorial Park south of the river. The Riverside Park has a shelter house, playground equipment and horseshoes. The swimming pool park offers playground equipment, volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball courts and shelter houses.
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