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Wahpeton is located in Richland County in the southeastern corner of North Dakota. It has a population of approximately 8,500 and borders its' sister city, Breckenridge, Minnesota. Together these two communities have a population of about 13,000 residents. Wahpeton is known as "the most industrialized city in North Dakota," and is home to the North Dakota State College of Science. A large number of manufacturing plants are also located in Wahpeton. The Bois de Sioux River and the Otter Tail River join at Breckenridge and Wahpeton to form the Red River of the North, which is a prime fishing area. The town is also home to the only golf course in the nation where half of the course is in one state and the other half in another. A park near the golf course offers playground equipment, miniature golf, swimming, picnicking and softball/baseball facilities. Other Wahpeton attractions include Fort Abercrombie, the Richland County Historical Society Museum, the Prairie Rose Carousel, Chahinkapa Zoo and the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge. Two miles south of town is the Circus Monument, erected in honor of two workers killed by lightening in 1897 as they were erecting a circus tent. Circus performers still hold a memorial service at the spot whenever they perform in the area.


Wahpeton Vacation Rentals




Wahpeton Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express1800 Two Ten DrWahpeton, ND (701) 642-5000
Rodeway Inn209 13th St SWahpeton, ND (701) 642-1115
Wahpeton Super 8 Motel995 21 Ave NorthWahpeton, ND (701) 642-8731
Best Inn821 Hwy 75 NBreckenridge, MN1.2 mi.(218) 643-9201
Best Western The Falls Inn & Suites925 Western AveFergus Falls, MN23.6 mi.(218) 739-2211
Days Inn610 Western AveFergus Falls, MN23.6 mi.(218) 739-3311
Americinn Motel & Suites526 Western Ave NFergus Falls, MN23.7 mi.(800) 634-3444
Super 8 Motel2454 College WayFergus Falls, MN23.7 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn425 Western Ave NFergus Falls, MN23.8 mi.(218) 736-5787
Americ Inn Motel526 N Cleveland AveFergus Falls, MN25.8 mi.(218) 739-3900

Wahpeton Weather & Climate

The southeast corner of North Dakota endures temperature extremes characteristic of its continental climate. This means long, cold, snowy winters and sunny, hot summers. Spring and autumn are short and highly variable. Meteorological events in southeast North Dakota can include blizzards, hail, rain, snow, polar fronts, tornadoes and high-velocity winds. In general, the state of North Dakota is quite dry, although summers can be quite humid with occasional thunderstorms. The southeastern corner receives the most precipitation in the state, more than 20 inches per year. Springtime flooding is a relatively common event in this region, due to the springtime melt and eventual runoff of rivers in the area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 17°F 0°F 0.62 in. -
February 24°F 7°F 0.39 in. -
March 37°F 20°F 1.02 in. -
April 56°F 33°F 1.76 in. -
May 71°F 46°F 2.96 in. -
June 79°F 55°F 3.33 in. -
July 84°F 60°F 3.53 in. -
August 82°F 57°F 2.69 in. -
September 72°F 47°F 2.43 in. -
October 57°F 36°F 2.03 in. -
November 36°F 20°F 0.74 in. -
December 23°F 6°F 0.37 in. -

Wahpeton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Harry Stern airport (BWP) located about 1 mile south of Wahpeton, Fergus Falls Municipal Einar Mickelson Field (FFM) located approximately 21 miles east of Wahpeton in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the Hector International airport (FAR) located roughly 46 miles north of Wahpeton in Fargo, North Dakota, Gwinner Roger Melroe Field (GWR) located around 49 miles west of Wahpeton in Gwinner, North Dakota, and finally Chandler Field (AXN) located about 64 miles southeast of Wahpeton in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Wahpeton Attractions

 
Golf Courses
Bois de Sioux Golf CourseWahpetonND 
Pebble Lake Golf ClubFergus FallsMN25.8 mi.
Willow Creek Municipal Golf CourseBarnesvilleMN28.0 mi.
Lidgerwood Golf ClubLidgerwoodND29.3 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Buena Vista Ski AreaBemidjiMN116.6 mi.
 
State Parks
Fort Abercrombie State ParkND12.7 mi. 
Maplewood State ParkMN36.7 mi. 
 
Museums
Plains Art MuseumFargoND42.8 mi.(Art)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Chahinkapa ZooWahpetonND 
Bramble Park ZooWatertownSD97.8 mi.


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