Buffalo is nestled between two beautiful lakes, Buffalo Lake and Lake Pulaski. Spending a day outdoors is a pleasure in the Buffalo area as residents and visitors have plenty of open space, beaches, trails and parks.
Buffalo Lake was named by the Winnebago and Sioux Indians who once inhabited the area and is located along the edge of downtown. Lake Pulaski is located across town where you will find homes with picturesque views dotting the lakeshore. A well-maintained park system exists on both lakes and within the city limits. Facilities include playground equipment, boat launching sites and boat rentals, swimming beaches, athletic fields, picnic areas and shelters.
Sturges Park, located on the shore of Buffalo Lake in downtown Buffalo, is a hub of activity throughout the summer months. On Thursday, free concerts are held at the park’s band shell. Sturges Park is bustling with activity during Buffalo Days, which runs a full week in June (June 10-17, 2012). Bring your family and friends and enjoy concerts, dances, children’s activities that include a kiddies parade, clowns, pony rides, Fishing Klinic, food vendors and a 5k race for all ages. Visit www.buffalochamber.org for the Buffalo Days schedule of events.
Fun is shared by everyone on Buffalo Lake and Lake Pulaski during the winter months. You will see villages of ice fishing houses on both lakes. Ice fishing contests are popular with residents and visitors who come from faraway places for these special events. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are familiar sights on the lakes and trails. Young and old enjoy the outdoor ice rink at Sturges Park on Buffalo Lake with a beautiful view of Buffalo’s official Christmas tree decorated with thousands of lights.
Buffalo Civic Center is the hub for ice hockey and figure skating throughout most of the year. The Civic Center hosts many ice hockey tournaments and offers open public skating. The Buffalo Figure Skating Club presents an ice show each May.
For more information on parks and recreation in Buffalo, check out the Buffalo tourism website at www.buffalo-mn.org.
Parks & Golf
Bentfield Mills/Buffalo Family Recreation
Co. 34 & 134; 50 acres. Four baseball fields, three softball fields, two football fields, two soccer fields, four volleyball courts, nine horseshoe pits, two indoor skating rinks and a play structure. There are also eight benches, a picnic shelter, two concession stands, a warming house and two block dugouts. This park abuts the Civic Center.
Hwy 25 & 2nd Ave. S. on Buffalo Lake; 11.49 acres. Sturges Spring runs year-round, 1,297 feet of lake frontage for occasional swimming, fishing from a dock and boat landing; volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, skate park, basketball court, play structure, two pavilions that may be reserved, restrooms, warming house, picnic tables, cooking grills and outdoor fitness equipment. A new band shell was built in 2002.
West Pulaski Park
West side of Lake Pulaski along Hwy 25; 14 acres and 700 feet of shoreline with dock for fishing, two volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits, play structure, two pavilions, a disk golf course, 15 picnic tables and three grills.
Southwest side of Lake Pulaski along Pulaski Road; 3.03 acres and 400 feet of lake shore. There are two play structures, swimming beach, pavilion (available for reservation for events and gatherings), beach house, boat launch area, two benches, nine picnic tables, six grills and two bike racks. The area is also supported with a restroom building and water fountain.
2nd St. NE; 8.6 acres. There are six ball fields here; only one is lighted. There are four dugouts, five bleachers, swings and a play structure. Concession stand is owned by the Buffalo Area Little League.
This is the site for recreational boat rentals on Buffalo Lake adjacent to downtown. A 1.8-mile walking path and bike trail runs along the shore of Buffalo Lake from the library, past the pavilion and down into Sturges Park. At the pavilion you can rent paddle boats, canoes, sail boats, pontoons and fishing boats. Games such as croquet and bocci ball are also available for rent and can be used while picnicking in the park. Area residents can rent buoys for tethering sail boats, and rack space is available for canoes. The pavilion is open on weekends beginning in May and is open daily after school is out. To hear a recording of the pavilion’s current schedule, call 763-682-4590, or for more information call 763-682-4132.
Wright County Parks Department
Popular county parks include Humphrey Arends Park, Crow Springs Park, Beebe Lake Regional Park and Mississippi Park. Contact the parks department for more information: 1901 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo, MN; 763-682-7693 or 763-682-7383; www.co.wright.mn.us/department/parks.
9201 Ireland Ave., Annandale
320-272-8870 or 763-682-7693
50 sites, electricity, hookups & showers
Cokato Lake Camping & RV Resort
Open May 1-October 1
2945 CR 4 SW, Cokato
225 sites, water, electricity & sewer
Collinwood Regional Park
Open Mid-April - Mid-October
17251 70th St. SW, Cokato
320-286-2801 or 763-682-7693
50 sites, electric, hookups & showers
The City of Buffalo and Community Education District #877 run a recreational program that offers year-round swimming and athletic classes.Recreational organizations in the area include: baseball, softball, hockey, skating, basketball, soccer, volleyball and tennis for a variety of ages and skill levels. Call 763-682-8770.
1306 Co. Rd. 134. The Civic Center houses two indoor rinks for hockey and figure skating enthusiasts. The rest of the year the building hosts several community events. Call 763-682-4132 for more information.
The Buffalo Skate Park is an inline skating and skateboarding facility complete with ramps and rails. Montrose Blvd., 763-684-0286.
Tennis Courts are open to the public every day from 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
2 lighted courts
301 2nd Ave. NE, Buffalo
Buffalo Community Middle School
8 lighted courts
1300 Hwy 25 N., Buffalo
Buffalo High School
877 Bison Blvd., Buffalo
Open to the public Sunday, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (closed Sundays June 21–Aug 5); Monday through Thursday, 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; closed Friday & Saturday. WARNING: No lifeguard on duty. An adult over the age of 18 must be present at all times.
Buffalo Community Middle School
1300 Hwy 25 N., Buffalo
Huikko’s Bowling Center
1207 Hwy 25 N., Buffalo
Golf Courses and Driving Range
Wild Marsh Golf Course
Some courses you play, others you remember! Make your next round of golf a memorable one. Come out and play the Wild Marsh Golf Club. Wild Marsh Golf Club is located on the south side of Buffalo Lake. Wild Marsh is a stunning golf course with bent grass fairways, tees, fast greens, beautiful lakes, marshes, trees and rolling terrain. It is a great golf experience.
The search to find a first-class facility that is still affordable is over. Wild Marsh Golf Club has quickly become one of the most popular choices for tournaments and outings in the Twin Cities. Whether it is a company outing, a 144-player charity event or just a group of guys or gals on a golf getaway, Wild Marsh’s staff will work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction. Since the course opened in 2000, numerous corporations, associations and private groups have chosen Wild Marsh for their outing, and have come back each year. Like all groups, they base their decision on factors that make sense to them. Here you may see first-hand some of the compelling reasons to hold your next event at Wild Marsh Golf Club.
Designed by Senior PGA tour player Graham Marsh, Wild Marsh Golf Club has captivated golfers with its beautiful wooded areas, rolling terrain and natural wetlands. The Wild Marsh Clubhouse, overlooking Mink Lake, will accommodate your every need. From meetings and receptions to dinner, let the staff of ByranJohn’s Grillworks pamper you and your guests with excellent cuisine and superb service. They also have an excellent pro shop.
For information on holding an outing at Wild Marsh Golf Club, contact the Director of Golf, Joe Malone at 763-682-4476 Ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffalo Heights Golf Course
Buffalo Heights Golf Course was established 75 years ago and remains a quality 9-hole course nestled in beautiful Buffalo on the south side of town on Highway 25. Buffalo Heights offers a satisfying golf experience to all levels of play, from beginner to expert. The course offers challenges for the expert with a majority of par 4 and 5 holes while remaining a comfortable 1-1/2 hours walking course.
Buffalo Heights offers very competitive pricing and provides special pricing and tee times for groups. Groups may also sign up for after-work play. They have a successful youth program that provides an affordable golf experience to over 60 youth each summer.
Buffalo Heights has a fully stocked pro shop with everything you need from the top names in the industry and are willing to meet or beat competitor’s pricing. Anything not readily available in the shop can be easily special ordered.
The wonderful Twisted Iron Grille allows for a satisfying dining experience, offering an extensive lunch and dinner menu and cocktails. For more menu information and reservations call 763-682-4914. Visit the website: www.buffaloheights.com.
GolfMaster’s Driving Range
Buffalo GolfMaster’s Driving Range was opened in 1991, and is located a 1Ú2-mile east of the Buffalo Airport and a 1Ú4-mile northeast of Hwy 55 at 2561 Division Street East. Blue specific service highway signs are located on Hwy 55 to point the way. Improve your golf skills! Is this your year to make that hole-in-one? Come on out to GolfMaster’s and better your golf swing. We frequently see the names and photos of our customers in the hole-in-one newspaper articles and on the course list. Open daily April through September when temps are above 45 degrees! Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to sunset; Saturday, 9 a.m. to sunset; Sunday, 1 p.m. to sunset.