Lake Bronson State Park

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Lake Bronson State Park

From the observation tower in the park, view the prairie and aspen-oak forests or watch for deer, sharp-tailed grouse, and sandhill cranes.

The South Branch of the Two Rivers fills Lake Bronson. The lake, which is actually a reservoir, offers visitors swimming, fishing, boating, great camping, and a tranquil backdrop for the picnic grounds. For those who prefer a prairie experience, one of the campground areas allows camping on the prairie.

Trails for hiking, biking and snowmobiling provide visitors with great recreation choices.

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

Visitor Alert

Notice of Intent to Operate Aeration System

An aeration system will be activated on or after February 22, 2018 in front of the dam on the west end of Lake Bronson within Lake Bronson State Park. The purpose of the aerator is to benefit winter dam operations. Thin ice and open water will result from the aeration process. For your safety, keep away from the area marked with thin ice signs.

Reservation Information

All campsites are now reservable. Self-registration for campsites is no longer available, but same-day reservations can be made by phone or online prior to arriving at the park or from the courtesy phone outside the park office. Advanced reservations are recommended for the Lakeside Campground during the summer since same-day availability may be limited. Click on this link to make a reservation online, or call 866-857-2757. For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Feb. 15, 2018)

Park Notes

Geocaching Checkpoint

Lake Bronson State Park is a Geocaching Checkpoint. We have GPS units to loan out for free if you do not have your own - just inquire at the park office to borrow one of ours.

Virtual Tour

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

Visitor Center

The Lake Bronson State Park Visitor's Center is available for rent anytime of the year. The Great Room is a perfect venue for meetings, community or family events. There is an attached kitchen for food preparation and service. Please contact the park for availability and rental fees.

Friends Group

The Friends of Lake Bronson State Park group is active again and seeking new members! Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Lake Bronson State Park through park improvement projects and volunteer activities. Call the park at 218-754-2200 for membership information.

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for Lake Bronson State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Largest Observation/Water Tower in MN State Park System

tree Historic WPA-Built Structures

tree Playground

tree Excellent Prairie & Aspen Parkland Habitat

tree Camping/Hiking

tree Visitor Center


Office Hours:

There are no regular office hours in the off season. The office will be open as staff is available.


3793 230th St
Box 9
Lake Bronson, MN 56734

tel: 218-754-2200


Getting There

Located 2 miles east of the town of Lake Bronson, the park access is on County Highway 28.