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Garden Island State Recreation Area


Remote and virtually undeveloped, Garden Island State Recreation Area is the northernmost unit of the Minnesota State Park system. Part of its attraction is the challenge of getting there—as you leave the south shore of Lake of the Woods, the island is 19 miles away and not yet visible on the horizon. But once you arrive, the island itself will charm you. Its quiet beaches beckon you to stroll along the retreating waves.

Birds scamper at the water’s edge and dart above you in the air. Fishing boats come into dock for shore lunches, with visitors from near and far enjoying a midday break at the picnic tables. Or you may want to take a bit more time and explore the woods and marshes of the island’s interior. Winter offers opportunities too—and snowmobiling across Lake of the Woods may feel like your first Arctic adventure.

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Visitor Alert!

Public Hunting

All of Garden Island State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping by legislation, except the land which is part of the Red Lake Indian Reservation and the far eastern end where the boat dock and other facilities are located.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 19, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the recreation area!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Boat Docks:

Boat docks at Garden Island are available during the summer/fall seasons only.

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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 Garden Island State Recreation Area.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Garden Island State Recreation Area.

Park Highlights

tree Picnicking

tree Walleye Fishing


Hours

For information on this park, contact Zippel Bay State Park at 218-783-6252.

Contact

Write c/o Zippel Bay State Park
3684 - 54th Ave. NW Williams, MN 56686

tel: 218-783-6252

email: zippelbay.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

The island is 19 nautical miles from Zippel Bay State Park.