Giant Trolls Have Arrived in Detroit Lakes!

Get ready to see the trolls in Detroit Lakes this summer!

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The Trolls in Detroit Lakes

A new, whimsical art installation has come to the Detroit Lakes area thanks to Danish artist and activist Thomas Dambo. Starting June 10th, you can go on a treasure hunt to find 5 giant trolls and a golden rabbit through a sequence of riddles and clues. Some are as tall as 36 feet!

All the sculptures are made from recycled materials, to remind viewers that all trash can be treasure.

About the Artist

Dambo has built more than 130 giant trolls using discarded materials, spanning over 20 countries and 5 continents. You can learn more about each location across the world and the art installations at or by visiting his website.

The trolls were built thanks to local non-profit Project 412, based in Detroit Lakes. In addition to helping bring the trolls to the Lakes area, they spearhead other art, music, and community-building endeavors in the region.

The Detroit Lakes Troll Hunt

Starting in Detroit Lakes City Park, troll hunters will find the first troll, named Alexa Elixir. Follow the clues she provides to find the next troll, and you will also find a series of 3 portals along your journey. The hunt ends with a golden rabbit made entirely of plastic jugs. It sure to be a fun adventure your kids won’t forget!

The 6 sculptures are built in the region around Detroit Lakes and Frazee, MN. We’ve heard a few are hard to find, so make sure to put your thinking hat on!

While photos are encouraged, make sure to keep each location secret so others can enjoy finding each spot on their own.

Detroit Lakes trolls

To find out more about the troll hunt, visit and plan your hunting journey in Detroit Lakes! And for more things to do in the area, see our article on Detroit Lakes fun with kids.

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Kathy Schommer
Kathy Schommer is the Owner and Founder of Fargo Mom. She is a (nearly) lifelong North Dakotan, married to her college sweetheart, and has 3 rambunctious girls. Kathy is passionate about connecting moms, advocating for maternal mental health, and giving back to this wonderful community any way she can. She loves all things crafting, attempting to read books not related to parenting, and drinking hot coffee every chance she gets. When Kathy’s not attempting to work with her kids yelling in the background, you might find her at one of the local breweries or coffee bars in the area or attempting to find unique treasures at a local thrift store.


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