Glendalough State Park
Nestled in the transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. Crystal clear Annie Battle Lake is a 335-acre, non-motorized "Heritage Fishery" that provides a tranquil fishing experience second to none. Special regulations sustain a steady supply of large sunfish, crappie, and the occasional walleye for the frying pan, and large bass for the camera. Near the pristine shores of this lake are a cart-in campground and canoe-in campsites, all free from the traffic and noise of traditional drive-in camping.
Annie can also be the starting point for an exploration of the park by canoe or kayak on the connecting creeks. The restored historic Glendalough lodge on the north side of the lake details the park's history as a private retreat and game farm for the Minneapolis Tribune.
A paved bike trail loop and numerous hiking trails, including two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes.
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Lake Emma and Beaver Pond Trails are partially closed due to water on trail.
Glendalough Bike Trail connection to City of Battle Lake is expected to be completed by July 3. Bicycles are now available for rent in Battle Lake (3 miles from park).
Last updated May 27, 2014
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
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Camping available year-round!
Camping opportunities are available year-round at Glendalough State Park. Learn more...
Need a place to meet? The park's trail center and historic lodge are available for day rental, year-round. Both are heated and have flush toilets. Facilities can be reserved by calling the park at 218-864-0110.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Glendalough State Park.
Bird Checklist at Glendalough State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
25287 Whitetail Lane
Battle Lake, MN 56515
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.