Conservation Minnesota

Minnesota's Favorite Places

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

Lake Harriet

I love walking around Lake Harriet and enjoying the beauty in every season. The rose garden and rock garden are highlights. It’s a great place for Summer recreation from swimming, to sailing to free outdoor concerts.

Wilderness Canoe Base

Wilderness Canoe Base is situated on two islands in Seagull Lake – half of the one of the islands sits in the Boundary Waters, only a short hike or paddle away. It is not only one of the most beautiful places … Continue reading

Lake Nokomis Park

Lake Nokomis is a great park for both land and water activities. Encompassing over 400 acres it includes almost 3 miles of pedestrian and bike paths as well as a multitude of different sports fields: baseball, softball, soccer, football and … Continue reading

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Big Woods State Park is amazing all year round, but it is by far my favorite in the Fall.  The leaves turn amazing shades of reds, oranges, browns and yellows and the hiking paths afford for many places to crunch … Continue reading

Scenic State Park

Scenic State Park is deserving of its name! It’s a gorgeous state park filled with giant pians and beautiful lakes in northern Minnesota. It has an awesome swimming beach, great hiking and spacious camping. Hiking out to Chase Point is … Continue reading