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Lake Bronson State Park is located in the Red River Valley region of northwestern Minnesota, near the towns of Lake Bronson and Hallock.  

Lake Bronson State Park

How to Get to Lake Bronson State ParkDrive 2 miles east of the town of Lake Bronson on County Highway 28 to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • The dam that allowed the creation of Lake Bronson was built in the 1930s. The original farmland that belonged to the Bronson family is now at the bottom of the lake. The lake was created to ensure that there was enough water for times of drought. The area is now a primary attraction for visitors from Northern Minnesota, North Dakota, and Canada. 
  • The park encompasses 3,598 acres of prairie and aspen-oak forest. 
  • From the top of the observation tower you can see the varied forests, prairie, and lake. 

Lake Bronson’s Natural Attractions:  If you are a bird-watcher, this is a place to spot the rare western grebes, as well as sharp-tailed grouse and sand hill cranes.  Moose and bears are also sometimes seen in the area.

Things to Do in Lake Bronson State Park: Enjoy the swimming beach, two playgrounds, and a volleyball court. Fish for walleye and northern pike, large and small mouth bass, and perch. Bring your boat or fish from the pier. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, and electric trolling motors in the park. Ice fishing on the lake in winter is popular. 

A large picnic area on the shores of Lake Bronson offers 2 picnic shelters. One shelter is enclosed and has electricity, running water, picnic tables, and a fireplace. The open shelter is located at the beach, and has electricity and picnic tables.

Hike the 14 miles of trails that include 1½ miles of interpretive trail, 2 miles of paved bike trails, and 5 miles of mountain bike trail. In winter, 7 miles of trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and 3 miles are groomed for snowmobiling. Snowshoeing is permitted, except on groomed trails. The visitor center and enclosed picnic shelter both serve as warming houses in winter.

Camping in Lake Bronson State Park:  There are 152 campsites for tents and RVs distributed among 3 campgrounds; 67 sites have electrical hookups. Some sites are wooded, and others are in the prairie lands of the park. There are 3 secluded backpack sites along the river, and 2 canoe sites on Moose Island on Lake Bronson. A group site, restricted to tents and pop-up campers, accommodates up to 200 people. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings and grills, drinking water, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Hayes Lake State Park > Old Mill State Park > Zippel Bay State Park

More Attractions in This Region: Drive the 15 miles into Hallock to eat at the Caribou Grill where you can order, not caribou, but elk steaks and burgers from a local farm. Side dishes of locally grown produce are served. 


County Highway 28
Lake Bronson, MN 56734

Phone: 218-754-2200


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