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Kilen Woods State Park

For a quiet, relaxing time, hike the cool woodland trail which meanders along the tranquil Des Moines River, or enjoy the view of the river valley from Dinosaur Ridge Overlook. You'll find pleasant surprises as you explore small creeks, prairie grasslands, and oak savannas. Visitors enjoy camping, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and hiking.

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Visitor Alert

Provide input on the future of Kilen Woods State Park

The DNR invites public input to help assess options for managing Kilen Woods State Park in the future. There are no immediate plans to change how the park is managed, but the DNR is exploring several alternatives. The alternatives include options to manage Kilen Woods as a combination of a county park and another recreational area, like a scientific and natural area, wildlife management area, or aquatic management area.

Fill out an online questionnaire by December 5th to provide your input.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Nov. 10, 2016)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

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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 Kilen Woods State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Kilen Woods State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Peaceful/Quiet Park

tree Birdwatching

tree Hiking

tree Camping

tree Spring Wildflowers


For information on this park, contact the Windom Parks and Trails office at 507-831-2900, ext. 222.


Physical address
50200 860th Street
Lakefield, MN 56150

Mailing address
c/o Windom Parks and Trails Office
175 Co Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101

tel: 507-831-2900 ext 221

email: kilenwoods.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the town of Lakefield, go 4 miles north on Hwy. 86 until you hit the junction of 86 and County Road 24. Then go 5 miles east on County Road 24 to the park.