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Glendalough State Park


Nestled in the transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. Crystal clear Annie Battle Lake is a 335-acre, non-motorized "Heritage Fishery" that provides a tranquil fishing experience second to none. Special regulations sustain a steady supply of large sunfish, crappie, and the occasional walleye for the frying pan, and large bass for the camera. Near the pristine shores of this lake are a cart-in campground and canoe-in campsites, all free from the traffic and noise of traditional drive-in camping.

Annie can also be the starting point for an exploration of the park by canoe or kayak on the connecting creeks. The restored historic Glendalough lodge on the north side of the lake details the park's history as a private retreat and game farm for the Minneapolis Tribune.

A paved bike trail loop and numerous hiking trails, including two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.


Visitor Alert

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.
  • The Archery in the Park program for June 11 has been canceled.Sign up now for Fly Fishing on Father's Day weekend, June 17-18.

(Updated June 5, 2016)

Park Notes

In the News:

Prairie Meets Forest at Glendalough State Park (08/14)
Yurts to be offered to campers at state parks (08/14)
Glendalough State Park: the coolest park you've never heard of (08/14)
Rollin' along the lakes: Glendalough Trail offers easy going for bicyclists (09/14)

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Peek inside the Glendalough Lodge, marvel at a vibrant prairie sunset, check out the unique canoe-in group campsite, and more.
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Camping available year-round!

Camping opportunities are available year-round at Glendalough State Park. Learn more...

Historic Lodge:

Need a place to meet? The park's trail center and historic lodge are available for day rental, year-round. Both are heated and have flush toilets. Facilities can be reserved by calling the park at 218-864-0110.

Gift Cards:

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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 Glendalough State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Cart-in Tent Camping

tree Hiking and Biking

tree Wildlife Observation

tree Heritage Fishing/Large Panfish

tree Canoeing on Chain of Lakes

tree Sandy Swimming Beach


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact

25287 Whitetail Lane
Battle Lake, MN 56515

tel: 218-864-0110

fax: 218-864-0587

email: glendalough.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the town of Battle Lake, go 1.5 miles north on State Hwy. #78 and 1.8 miles east on Ottertail Co. Hwy #16 to the park entrance.