Sibley State Park

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Sibley State Park


There is something for everyone at this popular west-central Minnesota State Park. Hike to Mount Tom, one of several high points in a 50-mile radius, and see a patchwork of forest, farmland, prairie knolls, and lakes. Summer visitors enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on Lake Andrew. A canoe route invites adventurers to portage and canoe on Henschien Lake and Swan Lake. The park offers campgrounds, a modern group center, horseback camps, picnic area, and interpretive programs year-around.

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Visitor Alert

Seasonal changes

Ski trails: On Jan. 20 & 21, we have had rain, and on Jan. 23 & 24, there have been above 30 degree temps, so snow has deteriorated and has become icy and crunchy. As of Feb. 1, no new snow fall since then, and daytime temps have remained above 30 degrees. Please check Trail Snow report website for updates. Further updates will be made when appropriate.

Water Update: Water is off in the park, except for the water filling station at the main office.

Camper cabins at Sibley are available for rent Thursday through Sunday nights, advance reservations are highly recommended.

The Mt. Tom observation tower is now open following repairs to the stairways, and in 2017, a walking trail has been created next to the skate ski trail.

The Interpretive Trail Center room and bathrooms are open every day for a view of the park orientation map prior to hitting the trails.

RETAIL update: Sibley State Park has their patches, pins, and NEW Mugs (by potter Bill Gossman) available for purchase at the Office.

(Updated Feb. 1, 2017)

Park Notes

Updated Management Plan:

A management plan sets the direction for the state park for the next 15-20 years, and includes recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors. Learn more about our plan.

Naturalist Programs:

Scheduled programs are based on Sibley State Park's natural, cultural, and recreational resources and are offered varying times in the fall, winter and spring seasons. The Interpretive Center is open varied hours and closed most weekends, unless otherwise noted in the Events calendar.

Interpretive Center:

Fall through Spring: Hours vary. Closed in December and January, unless otherwise noted on Events Calendar. Call 320-354-2002 or 320-354-2055 for times and programs.

Share your story!

People of all ages are invited to share their stories and memories this summer, through an oral history project at the park.

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

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

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 Sibley State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Interpretive Programs

tree Bird Watching

tree Camping

tree Fishing/Canoeing

tree Hiking

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Generally, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limited hours due to staffing. In Feb., Front Office is closed Mon. Feb. 13, Fri. Feb. 17, Mon. Feb. 20 and Mon. Feb. 27.

Office hours may vary. Please call ahead or leave a message.

Contact

800 Sibley Park Road Northeast
New London, MN 56273

tel: 320-354-2055

email: sibley.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County Rd. 40. Then go west on County Rd. 40. Go one mile north on 71 to park entrance.

From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance.