Conservation Minnesota

Minnesota's Favorite Places

Carley State Park

Popularity in a park is sometimes overrated, especially if you like your experience to be a little more remote, a little more rustic and a little less social. Which is why I love Carley State Park near Rochester. Just minutes from Whitewater … Continue reading

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sakatah Lake State Park is a hidden gem I’d never heard of, so close to the cities. When our initial reservations at Banning State Park were cancelled due to flooding we stumbled upon this as an alternative. Only an hour and … Continue reading

Wild River State Park

A beautiful spot along the St. Croix River that offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, cross-country skiing & snowshoeing. Close to the Cities, this park offers summer and winter fun. They host wonderful winter candlelight cross country ski and snowshoe events, complete with roaring bonfires. … Continue reading

Grand Portage State Park

The hiking is excellent, the waterfalls are spectacular, and it’s the only state park in Minnesota on tribal land. The visitors center is beautiful and is designed to reflect traditions of the Grand Portage band of Ojibwe.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

“In most areas it is a true wilderness that provides great canoe travel, solitude and adventure.” The Boundary Waters is a 1 million acre+ wilderness area in northeastern Minnesota. Consisting of a mixture of forests and glacial lakes and streams, the … Continue reading

Bear Lake

Great water quality, gorgeous topography and scenery, completely serene. An overall excellent place. Photo courtesy of Jeff Seim.

Winona, MN

Winona, a beautiful little city at any season. So much to do, so little time. Lake park lodge and the city teamed up, and for $10 annually (rates may change) you can use equipment such as fish supplies, SUPs, kayaks, … Continue reading

Glacial Lakes State Park

Glacial Lakes is a hidden gem on the prairie. Tucked away in West Central Minnesota, this state park is incredibly beautiful. Lakes dot the surprisingly varied landscape and grasslands give way to sections of old forests. Glacial Lakes is a … Continue reading

Fort Snelling State Park

I love Pike Island within the park, where the Mississippi River and Minnesota River meet. There’s a huge sandbar and I love standing at the exact point where the two big rivers meet. From the Minnesota DNR’s website… “Located in … Continue reading

Saganaga Lake

At the end of the Gunflint Trail, Saganaga Lake is one of the Boundary Waters’ jewels. It is the deepest and largest lake in the BWCA. I love how its many islands make it feel like a different lake each time I visit. Continue reading