The City Park in Orr on Highway 53 offers a swimming beach, fishing pier, playground equipment, grills and picnic tables, and CCC Rock Wall.
Orr's Community Library is located at the ORR Center, located in Old High School. WIFI is available. Summer hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With nearly 11,000 acres, 54 miles of shoreline and over 50 islands to explore, Pelican Lake is a dream come true for those who have yet to experience its treasures! Pelican Lake is well known as one of the best Minnesota fishing lakes. Pelican Lake fishing includes bass, walleye, northern and crappie for serious anglers, and non-stop pan fish action for the kids. You’re sure to land your limit of fun during a stay at one of our northern Minnesota fishing resorts.
ORR BOG WALK
The Mickey Elverum Orr's Bog Walk is located at the Tourism Information Center. It features a half-mile long boardwalk surface that provides easy access to stroll through a variety of wetland types including spruce bog, ash swamp, cattail marsh, and tamarack swamp. Along the Pelican River, otters, eagles, pelicans, osprey, muskrats, and other wildlife can be spotted.
The Orr Regional Airport is located 3 miles southwest of the city on County Road 23 (Nett Lake Road). The airport features a 4,001 by 75 foot runway, no landing fee, hangers, and Jet A and 100LL fuel available 24 hours with a credit card. Phone: (218) 757-9994 or contact City Hall (218) 757-3288 for more information.
Go see some bears! The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately 13 miles from Orr, is operated by the American Bear Association. The Sanctuary is world renowned as the best place to observe wild black bears in their natural habitat. Visit the Vince Shute website for further details. They have their own gift shop/information center 1/2 mile south of Orr located at 4303 Hwy 53, Orr, MN 55771.
The Gheen Hill Trail system is located four miles south of Orr on US Highway 53. This multi-use trail is open to cross country skiers, hikers, mountain bikers and hunters. Download the Gheel Hill Trail System (PDF.) There are many opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife along the 4.5 miles of trails which wind through aspen, birch and pine stands, as well as several wildlife openings. These trails are groomed and tracked in the winter with marked intersections. Visit www.birdvnp.com for a complete listing of the numerous trails in the Orr area to explore and experience the uniqueness of Northern Minnesota’s unspoiled beauty.
The Voyageur Snowmobile Trail System is located in and around Voyageurs National Park. Orr is located in the southeast section of the trail, which is section five of five, and includes Buyck, Crane Lake and trail head parking at the Tourist Information Center. Click here for current trail conditions.
Enjoy all that winter has to offer! Explore the winter landscape by snowshoe or enjoy the tranquility of cross-country skiing - bring the family skating or sledding! There's a lot of wide, open spaces for you to discover on your snowmobile when the lakes are frozen, or there's always ice fishing!
NEAR THE ORR AREA:
BIRD & WILDLIFE VIEWING
Over 240 bird species have been spotted in the Voyageur's National Park area making it a popular destination for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. With 13 recognized ecological systems and 49 plant community types, the region is rich in diverse species. View the Bird and Wildlife Viewing in Voyageur Country Brochure [PDF].
The Northwoods has plenty of undeveloped state and federal land, provides excellent hunting opportunities for deer, black bear, grouse and/or duck. Plenty of area resorts can assure you get the most out of your hunting and/or fishing trips.
Located 16 miles east of Orr, the trail offers numerous trailheads and recreational opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and cross-country skiing.
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST
Enjoy canoe routes, hiking trails, back-country camping, cross-country ski trails, hunting, fishing, bird and wildlife watching.
Only 20 minutes from Orr, Vermilion Falls provides a hiking trail and observation deck with a wonderful view of a cascading torrent of water forced through a 10-foot wide opening in the granite. It is part of the Vermilion River which runs north 40 miles from Lake Vermilion and empties into Crane Lake through the Vermilion Gorge. The 3/4 mile round trip trail to the falls and observation deck is handicapped-accessible and passes by three picnic sites which overlook the river. You may bring a portable charcoal grill or campstove for cooking at the picnic sites. Please pack out all trash and protect this fragile area.
The Vermilion Gorge trailhead is located in the community of Crane Lake 27 miles northeast of Orr. In Crane Lake, keep left, watch for the Voyageurs National Park office. Trail parking is .1 mile past the Park Service office on the left.
Orr is a gateway community to Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota’s only national park. Founded in 1975, Voyageurs National Park is a water-based park of interconnected waterways including Crane, Rainy, Kabatogama and Namakan Lakes. Most of the 218,000-acre park is only accessible by water but is open to motorized use, creating a virtual paradise for boaters and snowmobilers.
The remote location of Voyageurs National Park makes the area a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Visitors regularly report sightings of moose, white-tailed deer, beaver, otters, timberwolves and black bears in the area along with more than 240 species of birds.
The Voyagurs National Park and Orr Area Tourist Information Center welcomes you as you enter Orr from the south on U.S. Highway 53.
You will find:
Local and regional tourist information
Military veteran’s memorial
The Mickey Elverum Bog Walk
Community events and activities
Please stop in to get information you need. The Tourist Information Center is also used as the Orr City Hall. The Tourism Information Center is located at 4429 Hwy 53.
THE ORR AREA OFFERS THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: