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Wahpeton, North Dakota: World's Largest Catfish

40 feet long, 5,000 lbs, known to the citizens of Wahpeton as "The Wahpper." Strategically placed to draw envious stares from Minnesota, which is only 100 feet away across the river.

Dabill Drive, Wahpeton, ND
Northeast edge of town, next to the river. I-29 exit 23. Drive east ten miles on Hwy 13 to the Highway 210 bypass. Take the bypass north and east two miles to 4th Street. Turn right and drive south two blocks until you see the Kidder Recreation Area sign. Turn left on Dabill Road, then drive one block east and there's the Catfish.
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World's Largest Catfish.

World's Largest Catfish

World's Largest Catfish - Totally worth it!

[Steve Braun, 06/21/2021]

One of the superlative -- and a bit terrifying -- statues of the Northern Plains.

World's Largest Catfish.

World's Largest Catfish

What can I say, it is definitely the World's Largest Catfish!

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 06/07/2014]

"The Wahpper" of Wahpeton is 40-ft. long, one of the bigger catches in that corner of sportsmen country.

World's Largest Catfish

A desk clerk at a local hotel (born and raised in town) mentioned that when the river floods, the catfish looks like he's swimming. Thankfully, the water had receded significantly before we arrived.

[Sandy, 07/17/2010]
Giant Catfish

As you are going across the river the park is on the ND side of the of the river. On the South side of the highway and the giant fish is on a platform with a fence around it.

[Jason Small, 06/23/2003]

The Wahpper.

World's Largest Catfish

Locally referred to as the Wahpper, this 40' catfish is billed as the world's largest. When we checked into the motel the clerk asked why we had come to Wahpeton. We replied, "We have come to see the catfish."

We were given directions and the next morning went to see the fish. A man was doing repairs and started to move aside to allow us to take pictures. We asked that he let us take his picture along with us, and we then learned that he was the artist who had created this sculpture along with many others. His name is Dave Oswald, from Sparta, WI. His company is called DWO Fiberglass Company......very interesting fellow.

[Tony, 10/21/2000]

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Indoor Minnesota-Shaped Swimming PoolIndoor Minnesota-Shaped Swimming Pool, Fergus Falls, MN - 23 mi.
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Marge Gunderson Chainsaw Statue, Fargo, ND - 42 mi.

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