Nestled along the shores of the Cannon River, Northfield is a city lying mostly in Minnesota's Rice County, with a small part extending into Dakota County. The city is home to 2 liberal arts colleges: Carleton College, on its east side and St. Olaf College, on its west side. Learning indoors is not the only thing to do in Northfield. Golf, fishing, biking and a host of outdoor recreation activities are available to visitors as well. So, book a Northfield bed and breakfast, pack your bags, throw in your golf clubs and fishing equipment, and head to Northfield for some action!
Willingers Golf Club
6900 Canby Trail
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Willingers Golf Club is Northfield golf at its finest. Willingers have garnered awards throughout the years including Golf Digest's "Top 20 Best Courses in Minnesota" and "4½ Stars Best Places to Play Golf," and Golf Magazine's "Top 5 Best Value Courses". Designed by golf course architects Gill/Miller, this 18-hole course measures 6,809 yards and has an associated slope of 150 and a course rating of 74.4. Featuring protected marsh and wetlands, a 40-acre forest and plenty of water, the course is both picturesque and challenging, so golfers of different levels can enjoy.
Northfield Golf Club
707 Prairie Street
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Featuring undulating greens and tree-lined fairways, Northfield Golf Club is a classic 18-hole championship course that is a mix of the old and the new. The original 9 holes date to 1926, while the back 9 were added in 1975. Designed by Don Herfort, the semi-private course features 6,570 yards of golf and has a course rating of 72.5 and a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass. Northfield Golf Club also features a full dining menu and bar where you can grab a bit before returning to your Northfield inn.
Fishing, Canoeing and Kayaking
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center
The Cannon River starts at Lake Tetonka and runs approximately 90 miles to the Mississippi River. As Northfield stands on the banks of the Cannon River, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing. Anglers can fish for the river's famous walleye, bullhead, bluegill, crappie, northern pike and smallmouth bass. To experience the best walleye fishing on the river, you'll need to venture out to the stretch between between Cannon Falls and Welch.
If you're the type who would rather go canoeing and kayaking, the Cannon is a good day-trip river. A State Wild & Scenic River, it has good access points and flows through a valley with rolling hills. The scenery you can enjoy as you paddle features farmland views and heavy woods. Visit the website above to download a map of the Cannon River Water Trail.
Mill Towns Trail
A scenic biking trail, the Mill Towns Trail features a varied terrain, linking the Cannon Valley Trail from Cannon Falls to Red Wing, and the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail between Faribault and Mankato. The trail passes through Northfield's historic downtown and the peaceful Sechler Park, where cyclists can see the Cannon River.