Minnesota has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. As it is known as the land of 10,000 lakes you can almost guarantee that you are bound to find some water on your vacation. It also has beautiful scenery and gorgeous summers.
What better place to enjoy one of many great Minnesota vacations then at one of the state parks that Minnesota has. Ottertail County, Minnesota has a couple of great state parks for you to enjoy. These parks are located near very popular resort towns such as Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, Battle Lake, Alexandria, and Perham. These state parks are great for family vacations so be sure to check them out.
Glendalough State Park is located not too far from Battle Lake, MN. To get there you go 1.5 north of Battle Lake on Highway 78 and then go 1.8 miles east on Ottertail Country Highway 16. This park has more than nine miles of undeveloped lakes shoreline and has six lakes for you to check out in its boundaries. Molly Stark Lake is a great lake to visit in the park if you want to do some motorized boating. However this park also features some “Heritage Fishing” meaning that you can have no motors which includes trolling motors as well. This “Heritage Fishing” occurs on Annie Battle Lake which as a 335-acre lake that was used for private fishing for many years. It has a great fishing population with some historic sizes of fish caught in these waters. The species of fish you are most likely to catch here include bass, pan fish, and walleye. The waters in this park are also great for birdwatchers as many birds visit here on their annual migrations. Two observation areas allow bird watchers to catch some great glimpses as tome of the abundant waterfowl in the area. With over 42,600 visitors a year this park certainly brings something special to the table and would be a great state park for you to check out on your next vacation.
Maplewood State Park is known highly for its amazing display of colors during the fall season. With all the trees in the park, autumn is a great time to visit as you can see an array of beautiful fall colors such as gold, orange, copper, red, and yellow. This park encompasses 9,250 acres and has eight major lakes to swim, boat, and fish in. One of the most popular lakes in the area is Lake Lida which simply put is a beautiful lake. This lake has a large public sandy beach and many picnic areas to check out. You can drive along this lake on the scenic route and catch many glimpses of wildlife such as many birds, deer, rabbits, raccoons, and many other mammals. There are great trails to check out in this park as well. Whether you want to hike or walk you are sure to be able to find a trail or two that you would like to explore. The park itself sits on tree covered hills that allow visitors to have great views into the valleys and lakes that are abundant in the area. Maplewood State Park has some truly beautiful trees especially in the fall. Be sure to visit during autumn when the elm, oak, sugar maple, and basswood trees begin to change colors. This color change will leave your breathless as it is truly beautiful to see. The park has over 103,000 visitors a year so make sure that you are one of them.
State Parks offer great places to visit for you and your entire family. Glendalough State Park and Maplewood State Park in Ottertail County, Minnesota are some great places to check out on your next vacation. Enjoy the lakes in the park and get ready to enjoy some good family fun. So start planning your Minnesota vacation today and get out there and experience some of what the land of 10,000 lakes has to offer.