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Area Camping

  • Camden State Park

    Located just 10 miles southwest of Marshall on Highway 23, Camden State Park offers much for visitors to enjoy. Fish for brown trout in the Redwood River or bass and bluegill in Brawner Lake. Hike the trails, or cool off in the spring-fed pond. Walk along the wooded river valley, climb the Dakota Valley Trail to the lookout for great fall colors, or go canoeing on Brawner Lake.
    Woodlands --- maples, basswoods, oaks and cottonwoods --- dominate the park. Sun-drenched prairie grasslands and marshes offer added diversity. The park also provides picnic areas, campgrounds (drive-in, horseback and group), swimming, hiking and cross country skiing.

    Facilities: Camden State Park facilities are top-notch and include historic sites and an information office with gift shop.
    Campsites: 80 drive-in campsites are available in the Upper and Lower Campgrounds. There are 7 pull-through sites located in the Upper Campground. Electric sites are available, 20 in the Upper Campground and 9 in the Lower Campground. In the Lower Campground, there are 2 sites available that handicapped accessible. RV's are permitted, with a 50 foot length limit. In addition, 12 sites with a maximum capacity of 50 are available for horseback groups, and a group camp for up to 50 people can also be reserved. Showers, and both flush and vault toilets are located in the campgrounds. Reservations are recommended for both drive-in and group camp sites.

    Self-guided: 1.7 miles
    Hiking Trails: 15 miles
    Mountain Bike Trails: 4.25 miles
    Horseback Trails: 10 miles
    Cross Country Skiing: 5 miles of groomed trails when 6" of snow is on the ground
    Skate Skiing: Separate 1.4 mile trail
    Snowmobiling: 7.6 miles of groomed trails
    Snowshoes: Allowed anywhere in the park except on groomed trails

    Camden's 2,245 acres of cool wooded valley also offers a variety of wildlife, including mink, raccoons, songbirds, hawks, coyotes and a large herd of whitetail deer. Native and restored prairie provide a backdrop for colorful wildflowers, and sightings of majestic bald eagles during the winter months is not uncommon.

    A current Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required on all vehicles entering the park. There is no fee to enter the park by foot, bicycle, horseback or snowmobile.

    For more information contact:
    Camden State Park
    1897 Camden Park Road
    Lynd, MN 56157
    Call 507-865-4530, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the DNR Website.

  • Garvin County Park

    Garvin Park

    Located thirteen miles south of Marshall on Highway 59, Garvin Park provides 700 acres of outdoor recreation for residents of all ages. The Park features 4 campgrounds with 50 total campsites (most have electricity), and is open from mid-May through mid-October. Payment for camping is on the Honor System. Payment Boxes are located in the park, or you can leave your payment with the campground host when available. For more information, call 507-629-4081 or visit the Website.

    • Lower Campground: 15 sites with electricity
              Campground Host site is Site #11 (lower camp)
    • Upper Campground: 14 sites with electricity, and 1 non-electric site
    • Horse Camp: 17 sites with electricity. 
    • Primitive Campground: 8 non-electric tent sites.
     Camping Rates: 

        $15.00 with electricity

        $10.00 without electricity

    Park Amenities and Facilities 

    Garvin Park has Shower Facilities in the lower campground.  A Dump Station is also available in the lower campground. (Off Site Dumping for non-registered campers is $5.00). Garvin Park has plenty of recreation, and play space including a softball field, several sets of playground equipment, and disc golf (coming in 2013).

    Picnicking: In addition to camping facilities, Garvin Park has five (5) large picnic shelters, and numerous picnic tables spread throughout the park. Four (4) shelters have electricity. 

    Trails: Garvin Park has about 2.5 miles of hiking trails, and a lookout tower (Merton's Lookout Tower) that overlooks the beautiful park. Horse riding trails run throughout the south part of the park, covering 5.5 miles.

    Warming House Rental:  The warming House can be rented throughout the year for $50.00 per day and a $75.00 damage deposit. Contact park staff to schedule rental of the building.

    Shelter Rental: The Shelters can be rented throughout the year for $25.00 each per day and a $50.00 damage deposit. Contact park staff to schedule rental of the building. 

    Disc Golf: This 9-hole course includes the unique characteristics of Garvin Park as it passes through a mix of oak woods, elevation changes, open spaces, and the ever-present SW MN winds. 

  • Twin Lakes Park

    Twin Lakes Park

    From the City of Florence on MN Hwy 23, travel southwest less than a mile and turn South on Lyon County Road 51 for about three miles.The park is open for camping! It has 15 electric sites with 100' gravel camping pads, and one ADA compliant electrical site that is paved. There is a shower / bathroom building, and an excellent picnic shelter that easily hold 8 picnic tables. Though shade is currently at a premium, the site has been planted with shade trees that will leave a lasting legacy well into the future.

    For more information about the park, call the Lyon County Environmental Department at (507) 532-8214.