Lake Traverse and Prairie Pothole Loop Professional Review and Guide
"To peruse a map of Minnesota, it's easy to overlook this part of the state, even though it bulges noticeably along an otherwise straight border with South Dakota. Many residents probably don't realize that Browns Valley straddles the major drainage ridge that separates water flowing north to Hudson Bay from water flowing south and east to the Mississippi. The town also sits between two important bodies of water. As the source of the Bois de Souix River, Lake Traverse to the north is a major part of the headwaters of the Red River, which flows north to Hudson Bay.
Big Stone Lake to the south forms the headwaters of the Minnesota River, which merges with the Mississippi in the Twin Cities. Before you begin riding, when you're still 20 miles east of Browns Valley you'll notice a ridge on the western horizon. The ridge is the South Dakota border, and it forms a striking contrast to the flat fields that dominate this part of western Minnesota. Besides being a major farming area, the two lakes and surrounding countryside provide an exceptional habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl, including pelicans. Unfortunately, this isn't a route for children, unless they're riding a tandem with an adult."