Glendalough State Park
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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.
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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Archery Program has been postponed to Sunday, May 12 from 12:30 - 3 p.m. due to the wind forecast on Saturday.
Ice is off the park lakes. Pasque flowere are now blooming on Prairie Hill. Some trails are closed for bike trail construction on weekdays. Please read posted signs. Some are cautions at crossings and others are closures. All trails are open on weekends. Water and showers in campground should be available by end of day on May 10. Ice is now available at park office.
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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.
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.