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About the Glacial Ridge Trail...

The area lies within the Alexandria Glacial Moraine Complex laid down by the Wadena Lobe of the last glacier, 30,000 years ago. The massive amount of ice, thousands of feet in thickness and loaded with unnumbered tons of rock material, ceased its forward movement and melted. What remained after the ice melted was an extensive, wide, low ridge, an accumulation of boulders, stones, gravel and other debris formerly contained in the ice sheet. Blocks of ice, buried in the debris, melted to form many of the hundreds of small lakes, dotting the countryside.

The west central area of Minnesota was the land of the Dakota for centuries, before the Europeans arrived. As the United States expanded westward, the Ojibwa were pushed into the area, displacing the Dakota to the west. The first settlers moved into the area in the 1850‘s. The area is rich with cultural history and natural attractions.

The Glacial Ridge Trail is not a linear experience and can take you in many different routes. Create your own adventure, choose the points of interest to you, and explore the trail often. Try a different route and be sure to experience the changing of the seasons.

The outstanding resources along the route are primarily the result of the last major glaciation of West Central Minnesota. The Alexandria Glacial Moraine Complex is a prime example of glacial end moraine. The rough, hummocky surface gives the area its distinct hill and lake appearance. The Moraine Complex offers one of the finest examples of 'kame and kettle' glacial topography in the Upper Mid-West. Kames (glacial hills), kettles (depressions) and eskers (elongated glacial deposits) abound.

Upcoming Events

Rockin Robbins -Chris Hawkey
Robbins Island
WIllmar, MN
July 18, 2017

Rockin Robbins - Dam Jammers
Robbins Island
WIllmar, MN
July 25, 2017

Glenwood Waterama
Glenwood, MN
July 25 - 30, 2017

Town & Country Days
Kerkhoven, MN
July 28-30, 2017

Rockin Robbins - Matt Vee Family & Friends
Robbins Island
Willmar, MN
August 1

Pope County Fair
Glenwood, MN
August 2-5, 2017

Pennock Fun Days
Pennock, MN
August 4-6, 2017

Lake Minnewaska Classic Car Show
Starbuck Lakeshore Park
Starbuck, MN
August 5, 2017

Rockin Robbins - Fabulous Armadillos
Robbins Isalnd
Willmar, MN
August 8. 2017

Kandiyohi County Fair
Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds
Willmar, MN
August 9-12, 2017

Dragon Boat Races & Festival
Starbuck Lakeshore Park
Starbuck, MN
August 11-13, 2017

Swift County Fair
Appleton, MN
August 16-20, 2017

Douglas County Fair
Alexandria, MN
August 17-20, 2017

Summer Concert Series
Thursday Nights: 6:30-8:30
Glacial Ridge Winery
Spicer, MN

Little Crow Ski Team Shows
Most Friday Nights
Neer Park
New London, MN

Summer Music Series
Sunday Nights:  4:00 - 6:00
Spicer, MN


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