Sibley State Park Group Center

Sibley State Park Group Center



Call the park directly to make a reservation up to one year in advance: 320-347-7810. The group center cannot be reserved through the Minnesota state park reservation system. All vehicles will need a Minnesota state park vehicle permit.


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The group center is in the center of the park, in a private area off the road toward Mount Tom. It has a mess/dining hall, a split level house that serves as staff quarters, seven barracks, a craft building and a restroom/shower building. Available seasonally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Maximum overnight capacity of 105 people. Sleeping quarters all have electricity, but no heat or air conditioning.

  • Mess hall: This building includes a commercial kitchen, walk in cooler, dishwasher and dining hall with rustic tables and benches.
  • Staff quarters: The split level house sleeps 14 in twin beds. Four bedrooms, a living room with desk and chairs, a half bath and two full bathrooms with individual showers.
  • Crafts building: A one-room building with tables, chairs and many windows. Suitable for dancing, arts and crafts, a presentation space and more.
  • Barracks: Seven barracks buildings. Each sleeps 14 and has two rooms with three bunkbeds and a middle room with one bunkbed. Each barracks has one bunkbed with a full bed under a twin.
  • Bathroom/showers: Separate bathroom and shower rooms for men and women.
  • Other features: Fire ring, picnic tables, grill, volleyball court.


Overnight use

  • Up to 82 campers: $410 + tax per night (this is the minimum per night charge).
  • Over 82 campers: $5 + tax per additional person per night.

Day use

  • $250 + tax , including utilities.
  • Pre- or post-camp time for program leaders to prepare or break down the space is billed at the daily rate. This rate only applies if less than 10% of the group is on site to set up before the event or to clean afterwards.


There are accessible entrances to the mess hall and the bathroom/shower building. For more information about accessibility, please contact the park.


The large kitchen offers:

  • Commercial stove with two ovens
  • Six burners and a griddle
  • Walk-in cooler, freezer and refrigerator
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Cookware, pots, pans, dishes and utensils to serve 105
  • Two window air conditioners
  • Stainless steel work/serving tables
  • Pantry/storage room with shelves
  • Half bath
  • Brooms, dustpans, mops and buckets

Remember to bring

  • Sleeping bags or other bedding
  • Coffee pot, toaster, outdoor grill
  • Dish and hand soap, towels, dish cloths, sponges
  • Flashlight
  • Matches/lighter
  • Fans
  • Paper towels, trash bags (13 and 39 gallon sizes)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner and brushes
  • Non-abrasive cleaner

Arrival and departure

Check-in: Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
Contact the park well in advance to arrange late check-in if you will be arriving after 5 p.m.

Checkout: 11 a.m.
Each group is responsible for cleaning the camp before checkout.

Checkout inspection
Park staff will inspect that everything is clean at the scheduled time - generally 10 a.m. on checkout day. This process takes approximately one hour. Make sure everything is clean and personal items have been removed from the buildings before inspection. A cleaning checklist is included in your reservation packet information.

Other information

  • Firewood

    Buy your firewood from the park office or use approved firewoodDon't move firewood! Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law.

  • Pets

    No pets other than hearing or seeing-eye dogs or other service animals are allowed in state park buildings, lodging, cabins and camper cabins, or on tours or in beach areas.

  • RVs

    Recreational vehicles (RVs), trailers and tents are not generally permitted at the group center.

  • Naturalist programming
    Groups of ten or more may request naturalist programming. Programs are free and depend on staff availability. Call the park for more information.


  • During an emergency, call from the phone in the kitchen, and alert the park office during office hours: 320-347-7810.

Phone coverage

  • If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they may call the group center mess hall phone at 320-354-2092 or the park office during office hours.
  • The strongest cell phone service is Verizon. For other carriers, there may be better coverage from the viewing tower at Mount Tom, or where we have public Wi-Fi. Bring a pre-paid phone card to use at the phone in the group center's kitchen if you need to make a long-distance call.
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi is available at the visitor center.
  • Vehicle permits
    All parked vehicles are required to have a vehicle permit

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