Lake Bronson State Park Snapshot Tour

Welcome to the Lake Bronson State Park virtual tour! In this journey you'll find ample opportunities for fishing, beautiful views from an observation tower, and a swimming beach and camping area perfect for enjoying a weekend with family or friends. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.


Photo of the shoreline on Lake Bronson.
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Lakeside Campground View

Lakeside Campground offers 48 campsites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Some sites are right on the lakeshore and have lovely views of Lake Bronson. The lake is one of the few sizeable bodies of water in the area and provides visitors with an excellent swimming beach, good fishing, and canoeing and boating opportunities.


Photo of the wooded Lakeside Campground campsites.
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Lakeside Campground 

This well-shaded campground is the busiest in the park. It offers accessible shower and restroom facilities. There is also a small sandbox for kids to play in during their stay.


Photo an area for visitors to rent watercraft along the lakeshore.
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Boat Rental Area

Stop at the park office to rent boats, canoes, or electric motors. This area provides overflow parking, boat mooring, a small playground, and a fish cleaning building.


Photo of the stone picnic shelter, built years ago and a great place for family activities.
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WPA Picnic Shelter

This is a great place for family activities!  Enjoy a picnic lunch with family and friends inside a historic picnic shelter or at picnic tables beneath tall shade trees. The stone picnic shelter was built years ago by men employed through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Please call the park office for information about renting this facility for your next event.


Photo of the hand pump water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings located in the park's group camp.
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Group Camp

The park’s group camp is at a large, grassy area maintained for campers and tents. The location is great for large groups and offers rustic accommodations with hand pump water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.


Photo of the interior of the group camp shelter, a rustic building which offers a fridge, stove, microwave, stone fireplace and tables.
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Group Camp Shelter

This Works Progress Administration (WPA) building provides a great place to escape the elements. It has electricity and offers a fridge, stove, microwave, stone fireplace and tables.


Photo of an excellent spot to rest, catch the breeze off the lake, and enjoy the view.
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Lake Overlook

After a stroll under the trees, this is an excellent spot to rest, catch the breeze off the lake, and enjoy the view.


Photo of a camper's tent located at the Two Rivers Campground, next to a fire ring and picnic table.
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Two Rivers Campground

Seeking some peace and quiet during your camping trip? Two Rivers Campground is a quiet, family-friendly campground with two shower/bathroom buildings. Each campsite offers a picnic table and fire ring, and most sites are shaded by surrounding trees.


Photo of the rental canoes and kayaks stored on the shores of the Two Rivers Boat Access.
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Two Rivers Boat Access

This access is for small boats only. Didn’t bring a canoe or kayak? Stop at the park office to rent one for the afternoon and enjoy the water and wildlife of Lake Bronson.


Photo of the scenic bridge, spanning the South Branch of the Two Rivers on a sunny day.
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Two Rivers Bridge

This scenic bridge spans the South Branch of the Two Rivers and is a great spot to view beaver or waterfowl. Step across the bridge and you’ll find the start of the Meander Trail as it follows the river for a short distance.


Photo of the the world’s largest jack pine tree, located within the park.
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Largest Jack Pine

Lake Bronson is home to the world’s largest jack pine tree. On the two mile hike to the impressive tree, you will cross the sand dune area and have ample wildlife viewing opportunities. Lake Bronson State Park supports a variety of wildlife including the prairie-dwelling upland sandpiper and the sharp-tailed grouse.


Photo of the trail center building, a place that offers interpretive programs and events.
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Visitor Center

This building serves as a trail center and venue for interpretive programs and events. View the interpretive displays within the building or call the park office to rent the building’s great room.


Photo of the great room within the visitor center, showing participants attending a Woodcarvers Festival.
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Great Room

This reservable room within the visitor center provides a wonderful option for weddings or family reunions. The room offers limited kitchen facilities. In this scene, participants take part in a carving workshop during the park’s Woodcarvers Festival.


Photo of a visitor fishing on the park's wooden fishing pier along the shores of Lake Bronson.
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Fishing Pier

Stairs lead down to a long, wooden fishing pier where you can try your luck for largemouth bass, panfish, northern pike, and walleye.


Photo of the observation tower which provides spectacular views to those who climb its stairs.
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Observation Tower

This Works Progress Administration (WPA) built observation tower used to supply water to the park facilities. The stone structure now provides spectacular views to those who climb its stairs. Visitors will catch glimpses of what makes the park a fine example of a transition area between prairie and forest landscapes.


Photo of a bird’s eye view of the park, within the observation tower.
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Tower Views

The observation tower is a great place to experience a bird’s eye view of the park. Come in the fall to catch a panoramic view of blazing autumn colors.


Photo of tracks in the park’s large, sandy beach, on a sunny day.
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Beach

The park’s large, sandy beach is perfect for summer fun. A volleyball net, horseshoe pits, and a restroom are conveniently located nearby. An open shelter with electricity and picnic tables is also available and can be rented by contacting the park office.


Photo of a boat access, with trailer parking nearby, which can accommodate large boats and pontoons.
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Boat Launch

This boat access, with trailer parking nearby, can accommodate large boats and pontoons. A small wooden dock is also available at this access to Lake Bronson.


Photo of the dam the South Branch of Two Rivers which created a lake in the 1930s.
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Lake Bronson Dam

Lake Bronson played an important role in local history. When the region had no lakes, the drought of the 1930s caused wells to dry up. A decision was made to dam the South Branch of Two Rivers and create a sizeable artificial lake. Construction on the project began in 1936. A paved bike trail leads visitors to the dam, and a nearby picnic area and fishing pier provide places to relax and take in the view. Observant visitors may spot otter, mink, and waterfowl.


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