This small wayside rest area with an artesian well serves as a lovely stopping spot. The park features orchid-filled flower beds which are bordered by brush and woods. It is located at the corner of Highway 11 and County Rd. 2.
Blueberry Hill Campground is located four miles west of Williams on State Highway 11. The campground is considered "primitive," designed to furnish only the basic needs of the camper. The campsites consist of a cleared area, fire ring, and table. In addition, vault toilets, garbage cans, and drinking water are available. All sites are on a first come, first served basis. The campground offers beautiful hiking and horseback riding trails that are full of blueberries for the picking in the summer, and wild game (mostly Ruffed Grousse) for the hunting in the fall. The campground also offers plowed snowmobiles trails in the winter. You can find more information here.
Faunce is a 100 foot stairway tower erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. It replaced an older tower (Faunce Fire Tower) located 3 miles to the south of the original along Faunce Forest Road. One of four towers in Beltrami Island State Forest, it also marks the lost village of Faunce. Faunce campground is located at this site, which stands roughly 12 miles south of Williams on Co Rd 2.
With Williams located in the middle of hundreds of miles of groomed trails that connect Warroad, the Northwest Angle, Big Falls, and Waskish, the snowmobiling adventures are endless. The trails are true wilderness trails, groomed and maintained throughout the winter months. The trails offer multiple shacks and warming shelters. After your ride, stop in the Williams Bar to warm up and grab a bite to eat!
You can download a copy of the Trail Map here!
For trail conditions, please contact Lake of the Woods Drifters or check their website:
NW Angle | 1-800-473-8311
Baudette | 1-800-382-FISH
Warroad | 1-800-328-4455
In 1990, Governor Rudy Perpich declared 81 miles of Highway 11 a Minnesota Wildflower Route, in honor of the hundreds of thousands of Showy Lady-Slippers growing within sight of the road. The state put up signs depicting the Showy Lady Slipper to mark the route, and pledged to expand the highway only to the south, protecting the masses of Showy Lady-Slippers on the north side of the road. The local people and wildflower enthusiasts gather in June for the annual Wildflower Route Celebration, at the Williams Catholic Church in Williams, Minnesota.
More than two million orchids blanket the Lake of the Woods area. To catch a glimpse of these beautiful flowers, you will begin at the Lady Slipper Park in Williams, go through the town, then head west out to Blueberry Hill, located on the south side of Hwy 11. Please remember that it is illegal to pick or uproot the Showy Lady Slipper in Minnesota. However, you are always welcome to take as many photos as you would like!