Dawson, Minnesota The small city with the 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.

Dawson is a progressive community located on the prairies of west central Minnesota maintaining a quality of life surpassed by none. The city excels with excellent school and health care systems, promotion of new industry and the support of existing businesses.

Dawson-Boyd High School || NEW Renovations coming 2020
NEW Johnson Memorial Care Center


We celebrate the culture, history and the community of Dawson. Events include Softball Tournaments, parade, Craft/Flee Market, annual golf tournament, fitness runs, street dance, kid's bounce houses and inflatables, the unveiling of the annual Honorary Gnome, and much more! There is a wide variety of events throughout the town for all ages. 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.

Walking Trail The Lac qui Parle River flows through the community providing an environment of quiet and stress free living. Dawson’s walking trail is located adjacent to the river encompassed by trees, flowers, and native vegetation providing a sanctuary for everything and everyone.

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.

Eat like a local.

Starting out at Marc’s on Main, you can pick up a delicious latte, hot cocoa, or smoothie. It’s also a great gift store where you can purchase a greeting card, beautiful gifts, and order flowers for loved ones. 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! Hilltop Bar, Grill, & Event Center is a new eating place that has become another local's favorite. Enjoy a delicious item off their menu in their great atmosphere.

Dawson Golf Course

  • 9 hole
  • Par 35
  • 2,800 Yards
Beautiful Walking Paths

Community Space

The Lac qui Parle River flows through Dawson, creating a beautiful setting for the riverside walking/biking trail. Dawson offers a great range of activities, including a 9-hole golf course and a disc golf course, a 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. Veteran's Park includes a new full service campground with 6 RV spots. 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.
Come Experience the Rural Quality of Life!
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melissa streich