History of Warroad

Warroad was once one of the largest Chippewa villages on Lake of the Woods.  The Chippewa fought a long and fierce war against the Sioux for the lake’s rice fields.  Occupying the prairies of the Red River Valley, the Sioux would frequently invade the territory by way of the Red and Roseau Rivers, a route which ended at the mouth of the Warroad River.  This was the old “war road” from which the river and village derived their name.

Canadian National Depot

121 Main Av NE Warroad, MN 56763

In April 1980, Governor Quie signed a bill making the Canadian National Station a state historical site. In December 1981, Marvin families donated $25,000 to purchase the building in memory of George and Almina Marvin. Restoration began November 1983. The depot was dedicated and opened to the public on July 4, 1985. The oak doors, window casings, and woodwork are restored from the original building, as is the counter at the office window. The public washroom doors are from the original building. The depot now serves as the Warroad City Office center. The depot is also on the National Register of Historical Places.

Doc’s Harbor Inn

106 Dale Ave SE
Warroad, MN 56763

Historical home built on the Warroad River in 1914. Doc’s Harbor Inn is an elegant 104 year old home that offers great river views and a unique stay in Warroad. Doc’s has 4 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, living room and dining room. Doc’s also provides off street parking dock space, WiFi, Cable TV and access to the snowmobile trail.

Fort St. Charles

Marker location: Warroad Point Park, at the end of Lake St. NE

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, established Fort St. Charles on Lake of the Woods in 1732. A daring soldier, fur trader and explorer, Pierre had the ambitious dream of finding the fabled “western sea” and sought to establish French outposts along the way. On Magnusson Island (then connected with the mainland) he built a palisaded fort which he named in honor of Charles de Beauharnois, governor of New France. Fort St. Charles became the western capital of the French empire in the northwest. From it expeditions were launched and supplies dispatched to newer posts around Lake Winnipeg. Indians brought furs to trade for white men’s goods and these pelts were sent by canoe to Montreal. The scarcity of food and Indian warfare made life precarious. In 1736 Pierre’s oldest son John Baptiste de La Vérendrye, 19 voyageurs, and the Jesuit priest Father Aulneau, were sent on an expedition to the east for supplies. They were massacred by a Sioux war party on a nearby island. Abandoned after 1760, the fort was rediscovered and marked by a group of Jesuit fathers in 1908. The site was acquired and the buildings reconstructed by the Minnesota 4th Degree Knights of Columbus some 40 years later.

Harbor Park

River Street NE

Indian Burial Grounds

Burial site is located on the corner of Jeans Dr. & Carol St.

You will see 4 little houses built over the mounds under some large stately trees on your left (south side).

Marvin Windows and Doors

401 State Ave N
Warroad, MN 56763

At Marvin, we are dedicated to enriching the places we live and work, in a way that demonstrates our commitment to relationships and true partnership throughout the entire engagement, not just when delivering the final product.

Driven by the momentum of four generations of innovation and excellence, we never take shortcuts, always adhere to the highest possible standards, use only the finest quality materials and deliver the highest levels of service. The result is windows and doors that uniquely distinguish the spaces where they are installed, through an experience that is unparalleled. We stand behind every one of our products, every step of the way.

Experience our commitment to quality and craftsmanship by scheduling a factory tour or visit the Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitors center.

For more information on the Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitors Center visit: http://www.marvin.com/our-story/visitor-center

Norris Camp

Beltrami Island State Forest
Red Lake WMA
PO Box 100
Roosevelt, MN 56673

Located within Beltrami Island State Forest, Norris Camp has a rich history that spans over half a century. It has employed and housed over 1000 people and is one of the last Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Resettlement Administration (RA) camps in the nation in operational condition. Norris Camp is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Norris Camp has been headquarters for the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area since 1935. The Red Lake WMA, known earlier as the Red Lake Game Refuge, was established in 1932. Many research projects, habitat improvement projects, and population surveys have been completed there. This headquarters is also an excellent stop for bird watchers along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Visit with management officials and pick up a brochure with information on site locations within the Beltrami Island State Forest.

The Shed

PO Box 100
Warroad, MN 56763

The Shed is a unique modern building with 99 automobile cars dating back to the early 1900's through today. The walls of the building display historical memorabilia and signed autographs from famous people around the world. There are unique finds around every corner! When you walk through the doors we encourage you to sign our guest book and a small donation to a charity.

Veterans Memorial

Corner of Elk St. and Hwy 11

This beautiful memorial commemorates our United States Armed Forces. The memorial was dedicated in May 2004.


Warroad Fur Post

Marker location: Lake Street and Hwy 11

One miles east of this point just north of the mouth of the Warroad River stood a post of the American Fur Company built around 1820. The French explorer La Vérendrye and his party probably visited this region in 1732 en route to build Fort St. Charles in the present Northwest Angle.

Warroad Heritage Center

PO Box 688
202 Main Ave NW
Warroad, MN 56763

Roseau County Historical Society & Museum

121 Center St E #101
Roseau, MN 56751

Organized in 1927, the Roseau County Historical Society was established to collect, preserve and share the history of Roseau County.

Warroad Heritage Center/Warroad Historical Society

The Warroad Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the rich history of Warroad. Exhibits and events are held in the Warroad Heritage Center, which provides an opportunity for cultural development and awareness of the local history for people of all ages. It contains regional exhibits of Ojibwa artifacts, a history of local industry, works by area writers and artists, genealogies and old photographs. The Warroad Heritage Center is housed in the Warroad Public Library building, 201 Main Ave. NE Warroad, MN.
Heritage Center Hours
Monday- Friday 1-5
Saturday 10-3
Sunday Closed

(218) 386-2500