Where to go: A canoe trip on the lakes and creek is very rewarding now, with colors changing along the lakeshore and in low areas. The prairie trails are also a good bet, with colored grasses and many flowers still blooming. Lodge maples will be fully turned as the week goes on. Many areas will reach peak colors by the end of the week.
What you'll see: Bright yellow sunflowers,lavender asters, and purple blazing star are blooming in the prairie, along with black-eyed susans on the bike trail. Sumacs are bright red. Purple Bottle gentians are blooming on the Beaver Pond Trail and there are many shades of yellow in the trees along the creek. Lodge area maples are turning bright red, yellow, and orange. Eagles, ospreys, and deer have been very visible. Flickers are migrating through.
Also of interest: Trail Grand Opening and Yurt Open House on Friday, September 26! No reservations needed for campsites this time of year. Water and showers are on through first week in October. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals still available.Last updated: September 21, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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25287 Whitetail Lane
From the town of Battle Lake, go 1.5 miles north on State Hwy. #78 and 1.8 miles east on Ottertail Co. Hwy #16 to the park entrance.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.