Camden State Park is located in the Southern Prairies region of Minnesota in the southwestern corner of the state near Marshall.
How to Get to Camden State Park: Take Highway 23 south of Marshall for 10 miles to the park entrance.
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Camden's Natural Attractions: The park's mix of hardwoods, wetlands, and native and restored prairie creates the perfect habitat for wildlife and flowers. Native prairie flowers like butterfly weed, wild asters, blazing stars, bee balm, and many more, bloom from early spring until late summer. As you hike the trails you may spot deer, raccoons, mink, and muskrat. You will hear songbirds and may see a hawk circling overhead.
Development of the park was planned to allow for the meanderings of the Redwood River, which adds to the enjoyment for hikers and horseback riders.
Things to Do in Camden State Park: Hike the Dakota Valley Trail to the overlook and enjoy a sweeping view of the park. 15 miles of hiking trails include 4.2 miles of trail paved for mountain biking. In winter, there are 5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails as well as 7.6 miles of snowmobiling trails.
Canoe or kayak on the lake and cool off at the swimming beach. Three picnic areas with shelters are available as well as a playground, horseshoe pit, and fishing pier. In winter, one of the shelters is used as a warming house. Occasional interpretive programs are offered during the summer months.
Camping in Camden State Park: There are 80 campsites distributed between the upper and lower campgrounds. 34 sites have electrical hookups. There is one group campsite that will accommodate up to 50 people, and there are 8 horseback camping areas. Fire rings, grills, flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, and a dump station are available.
More Attractions in This Region: Visit nearby Walnut Grove and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. A bit farther up Highway 14 is the Sod House on the Prairie. A side trip to Jeffers Petroglyphs is well worth your time. Historic Osbeck House in Lake Benton and the Lyon County Museum in Marshall are both interesting.
1897 Camden Park Road
Lynd, MN 56157
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