Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wahpeton, North Dakota: Giant Catfish

Admittedly, it's tough to get a sense of the size of this sculpture. But it's called by the locals the world's largest catfish at 40 feet long and 12 feet tall, and who are we to disagree? It's a big one.

The fish is on a man-made hill in Wahpeton, which is south of Fargo. The town and the fish are both on the banks of the Red River. This makes up the border between Minnesota and North Dakota for long stretches, flowing north into Lake Winnipeg and eventually heading for Hudson Bay. 

One report on said when the river floods, it looks as if the catfish is swimming. But we're happy to report that the water level was at a safe level during our visit.

It's about 10 minutes off the Interstate, and located in the Kidder Recreation Area. Nearby is a fine-looking sign, welcoming people to Wahpeton when they cross the bridge from Minnesota.

Just a reminder - click on any picture to get a bigger view.

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