The City of Swanville

Home of the Mid-Summer Carnival


Swan River Water Trail

In July 2017, a committee was formed to develop a Water Trail for Canoeing and Kayaking. Committe members: Sandy Lange, Deb Wood, Lonny Hutchins, Becca and Joe Koester, Betsy and Alvin Giese, Jen Koetter, Gary Loxterkamp, Vickie Spandl, and Tom Kruzel. On May 21st, 2018 the Corp of Conservation cleared the river of fallen trees funded by a grant.  The City of Swanville, Swanville Lions, Swanville Women's civic club, and Stearns electric are also financial sponsers. Grand opening of the trail is June 30th, 2018. The trail starts in Pillsbury at the dam of the Little Swan River and goes 6.6 miles to the Highway 28 bridge. There are four bridges to go under. The Explorer drive bridge is low, and when the river is high or if you are nervous about tight places, you may want to portage across the road. There are a few fences and cattle to be aware of. Moose Creek joins the Swan River at the beginning of the Trail. This may be confusing the trail is narrower then then the Moose Creek outlet, so stay to your left as you paddle down the trail. See Swan River Outfitter on facebook to rent canoes or kayaks.


Swanville City Park

Park building
Park building

John A. Berkey donated the ground (401 DeGraff Ave) to have a park. On September 15th, 1896 the Village of Swanville hired Geo. Seth for clearing off the village park at $23.45.  The park shelter, built in the summer of 1984, and was dedicated to Joseph L. Oven. in 1985. To rent the park for an event go to City services on this web site. To see more pictures click on the Swanville City Park.


Pepin Park

Beautiful Pepin park was donated to the City of Swanville on 8/18/2004 from the Swanville Sportsmen Club. The City annexed it in 5/6/2008. The pond was put in by the DNR many years ago to raise minnows. There is a fishing dock and a boat landing. Camping is available by calling the City of office at 547-2291 or Lonny at 630-3200. To see more pictures click on Pepin Park.

Swanville Mid Summer Carnival 2023

This will be the 60th year of the Carnival it will be held on July 7th, 8th and 9th, 2023.

Come join the fun!! 

Happy hour- Friday and Saturday 5-6pm

Camping available -call 320-360-5614

Friday, July 7th

5:00pm-Barbeque Chicken Opens

6:00pm Midway Opens

7:00pm Bingo Hall Opens

8:30pm dance to Arch Allie's

Saturday, July 8th

3:00pm Midway Opens

           Barbeque Chicken Opens

           Bingo Hall Opens 

8:30pm Dance to Maiden Dixie

Sunday, July 9th

11:30pm Parade

12 NOON Midway Opens

             Barbeque Chicken Opens

3:00 Swan Race

 1:00 Bingo Hall Opens

         dance to Alan Godage

Memorial Park

The Swanville Veterans Memorial was designed and managed by Glenn Palm starting in 2005, a Korean War Veteran. Date of installation May 28th, 2007. Made up with brick pavers for the floor, and 12 inch wall rock plus 48 inch wrought iron fencing perimeter. The background is a 48 inch by 60 inch battle field scene painted by Nancy Leaseman.  The granite slabs are 21 inches by 60 inches which have 55 names on each slab.  Each name includes years of service, branch of service and citations.  In the middle of the Memorial is a grave site scene with a 6 foot, 6 inch bronzed soldier in battle gear off to the left. On the right side is a commemorative plaque of Paul Ray Smith who received the Congressional Medal of Honor Posthumous in the Iraq War.  All labor and contributions came for local citizens. To see more pictures click on Memorial Park.
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