The Nature of Our Community

Nature is central to Elk River’s community – with a full complement of indoor facilities including a 2-sheet ice arena, a 55+ Activity Center, banquet space, outdoor concerts, and recreational leagues for all ages, recreation is our nature. Our residents value the great outdoors and the active lifestyle Mother Nature shares. Whether hiking, biking, skiing or kayaking, there is something for all.


dad kid


Our Signature Parks

Hillside Park

Home to six miles of challenging mountain bike trails that travel through eight acres of oak forest, Hillside Park is regarded as one of the best mountain bike parks in the Upper Midwest.

Orono Park

Orono Park is 45 acres in size and includes a fishing pier, swimming beach, sand volleyball courts, dog park, mature oak trees and a destination playground. Launch your boat to enjoy fishing, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and other water activities.

Community Embraces Elk Riverfest!

From Elk River’s amazing outdoor amenities to its thriving economic environment there’s so much to love about this city. For years however, one thing residents have indicated we’re lacking is a large community celebration – thus Elk RiverFest was born in 2018.

The inaugural Elk RiverFest celebration drew more than 5,000 people to enjoy food, drinks, vendors, kids activities, and live music, all capped off by a fantastic fireworks display. Elk River’s historic downtown is an ideal location for the event, as residents can patronize the local small businesses along Main Street, enjoy the picturesque views of the Rivers Edge Commons Park nestled along the banks of the Mississippi, and engage with friends and neighbors who all share the same love and pride of our beautiful city.

Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the inaugural Elk RiverFest, the city council has decided to continue the tradition on the first Saturday of July. City staff has gathered feedback and are excited to add enhancements to ensure this free community festival is bigger and better in 2019.