Nestled in the heart of central Minnesota, the Paynesville area has used its charms for thousands of years to attract visitors. Three lakes are the core of the local tourist trade, particularly during the summer. Rice Lake and Lake Koronis are linked by the North Fork of the Crow River. In addition to the lakes, a wealth of activities, both out of doors and in, provides opportunities for nature lovers and for those who prefer to be active indoors. Fishing, hiking, hunting, golfing, and sporting interests can be fulfilled outside, while antique browsing, movie and museum going, and shopping are available inside. The retail shops in Paynesville offer a wide selection with friendly service. From florists to car dealerships, from boat showrooms to antique dealers, an assortment of stores welcomes buyers and browsers.