Otter Tail County is proud to be a tourist destination and host to many summer events and celebrations; from amateur and professional fishing tournaments to the 4th of July boat parades and lakeside fireworks displays. The area is home to numerous resorts, campgrounds, lakeside restaurants, and two State Parks. Many of our public waters offer excellent seasonal boating, fishing, and swimming recreational opportunities. Along with these water attractions, several rivers not only offer excellent fishing but have also come to be considered leisurely and peaceful tubing attractions.
Please visit area Chambers of Commerce for visitor information and many more tourist attractions, lodging, resorts, and events.
Water Activity Services
By directive of Minnesota State Statute Chapter 86B and Department of Natural Resources Boat and Water Safety Rules Chapter 6110, the Sheriff is tasked with regulating and maintaining the use of all public waters within Otter Tail County. To accomplish this, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office issues permits for water related activities including special events and temporary lake structures. This permitting process is established to ensure that all water related activities will not endanger the general boating public and will minimally impact neighboring lakeshore residents and the natural resources of the lake’s environment.
Water Patrol Deputies also inspect rental, lease, charter, and for-hire watercraft. These inspections are conducted to ensure that these watercraft are sea-worthy and have required and dependable safety equipment.
For necessary permit information related to these water activities, please visit our Permits / Licenses page.