Detroit Lakes Gears Up For Summer

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Detroit Lakes gears up for its busy season.

The thousands of visitors heading to the lakes this weekend will see some new sites.

Ethan Brekke is a born and raised Detroit Lakes native who lives for summers at the lake.

Ethan Brekke says, “I love going out on the boats either wakesurfing or wakeboarding, tubing or just hanging out on a boat.”

Detroit Lakes’ tourists stroll the 1–mile beach strip and take advantage of local retailers.

Carrie Johnston says, “We have a little downtown construction but you can still come downtown do some shopping.”

Detroit Mountains is known for its winter slopes but come the end of June its summer trails will be open for hiking.

The Chamber President says, “So you’ll be able to come down some gravity float trails and great hiking and of course that mountain biking.”

There are also some changes in the Detroit Lakes eating and drinking scene.

Johnston says, “The Brew, they’ve been here for a little while, but if you haven’t checked them out their deck is now open so you can come out and sit by the fireplace and enjoy their deck. Also, Lakeside Tavern is adding a brewery so they’ve been remodeling adding a brewery so we’re going to have hometown local beer brewed soon.”

dRock City is new to the area.

It’s a bar and restaurant taking the place of BJ’s Barbeque and will open in June.

Beth Temte says, “We’re really trying to do an American sports grill cuisine but with an elevated edge to it.”

Temte says they’ll have bands playing on their stage every weekend starting June 12 with the Front Fenders but that’s not all.

The dRock City General Manager says, “Play some volleyball, have some food, hangout on the patio, listen to some live music.”

Besides the attractions, nothing beats just laying out at the beach.

Brekke says, “Why stay inside when you can be on a beach?”

Bring on the summer fun in the sun!

dRock City’s official date for opening has not yet been announced.

They are still hiring kitchen staff.