Prairie View Tour

Russell, Minnesota

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Besides being farm country, this part of southwestern Minnesota has another product that shows good potential for the local economy. For cyclists this product can make a flat ride feel hilly or a hilly ride feel flat. I'm referring to wind-and in this part of Minnesota, it blows often. When you drive through the area around Marshall, you may notice some tall, futuristic looking towers with large propellers. What you're seeing are wind turbines that several companies have started using to generate electricity. Erected to take advantage of the winds that blow along the Buffalo Ridge, the tall structures have become a more common feature of the landscape during the past ten or so years. The area is also home to Camden State Park, an oasis cut out of the surrounding prairie. Long ago the Redwood River sliced a valley through the flat landscape, providing Indians and pioneers with food, shelter from the relentless prairie sun, free-flowing spring water, and protection from harsh winter winds. The river also contains brown trout, a rare sight in southwestern Minnesota. The predominant trees consist of maple, basswood, and ash, and numerous species of animals live in the sheltered valley.
Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

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Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)

Besides being farm country, this part of southwestern Minnesota has another product that shows good potential for the local economy. For cyclists this product can make a flat ride feel hilly or a hilly ride feel flat. I'm referring to wind-and in this part of Minnesota, it blows often. When you drive through the area around Marshall, you may notice some tall, futuristic looking towers with large propellers. What you're seeing are wind turbines that several companies have started using to generate electricity.

Erected to take advantage of the winds that blow along the Buffalo Ridge, the tall structures have become a more common feature of the landscape during the past ten or so years. The area is also home to Camden State Park, an oasis cut out of the surrounding prairie. Long ago the Redwood River sliced a valley through the flat landscape, providing Indians and pioneers with food, shelter from the relentless prairie sun, free-flowing spring water, and protection from harsh winter winds. The river also contains brown trout, a rare sight in southwestern Minnesota. The predominant trees consist of maple, basswood, and ash, and numerous species of animals live in the sheltered valley.

©  Mark Weinberger/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Russell
Distance: 19.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Riding Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best spring to fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Prairie View Tour

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