If you want to get up close and personal with the Lac Qui Parle River, there's quite a few public access points for kayaks and canoes, as well as superb fishing spots.
Yet another way to interact with the river is on Dawson's Disc Golf Course. The 15-hole course is free, with discs available for borrow at Tim's Food Pride. The course even crosses the Lac Qui Parle river twice.
The other parks in Dawson are also gorgeous places to spend time. Activities include a 9-hole golf course and camp sites (equipped with electrical hookups and water services nearby) as well as playgrounds, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a softball complex, picnic shelters, a swimming pool, and even a display of hand-crafted gnomes. Dawson is Gnometown, USA, after all!
Natural beauty isn't all Dawson has to offer. There are several annual events in Dawson that should not be missed. In the fall, Dawson participates in the Arts Meander which is a free self-guided tour of artists' studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota Valley. It is an incredible way to not only experience Dawson, but many communities in the region.
The Commercial Bank Building is one of several buildings in Dawson on the Historic Building list, constructed in 1892 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and it has an incredible granite trim. it was built for Dawson's founder, Christopher M. Anderson.
It is easy to shop for apparel, gifts, crafting supplies, and even delicious coffee while on main street! You can see a complete list of the shopping and dining options in Dawson through the Local Shops guide.