Sakatah Lake State Park Manager, Dennis Reindl, shares his picks of sights to see and things to do at the park.
Explore the Big Woods Trail
With wildflowers in the spring, cool shade in the summer, brilliant colors in the fall and exciting skiing in the winter, the Big Woods Trail is fun to explore in every season.
Camp with 50 friends
The Lower Group Camp is located along the shores of Lower Sakatah Lake. The site can accommodate up to 50 people, tents only. There’s a private dock for fishing, boating, watching the sunset or gazing at the stars. You’ll find the best fishing in the spring and fall.
Pack a picnic and spot a bird
Pack a few PB&J sandwiches, carrot sticks and a juice box or two. You’ll find plenty of shady picnic sites throughout the park. As you relax over lunch, see if you can spot (or hear) the Blue Jay, Cedar Waxwing (see photo) or Black-capped Chickadee from the park’s bird checklist . Sakatah Lake State Park is a popular birding destination, especially during the spring warbler migration.
Try a bike-in campsite
Up for a multi-day bike ride? Plan an overnight at the park. Four bike-in campsites are available to riders along the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. There is no vehicle parking near these sites, but drinking water and toilet facilities are located in the Upper Group Camp. You’ll find plenty of shade and secluded privacy to rest up for your next day on the trail!
Discover a Scientific and Natural Area
The Townsend Woods Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is just a short stretch north of Sakatah Lake State Park. You’ll find a pristine example of the “Big Woods” that used to cover parts of south central Minnesota – sugar maples, red oaks, basswoods, oaks and shrubs. Enjoy the undisturbed natural quality of this SNA.