Conservation Minnesota

Minnesota's Favorite Places

Gale Woods Farm

Ever wanted to work on a farm? Collect eggs, feed the sheep, harvest in the garden? Get Gale Woods Farm, part of Three Rivers Park District, on your agenda. Located west of Lake Minnetonka in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm is … Continue reading

Myre-Big Island State Park

Myre-Big Island is a great state park. It has oak savanna, wetlands, northern hardwood forests, grasslands, and restored prairie.We camped there for a Spring weekend, had perfect weather, no bugs, and lots of wildlife – so much wildlife! We saw … Continue reading

Leech Lake

A big lake that offers a lot of different activities all throughout the year. Great fishing, great beaches, and the beautiful city of Walker on the lake!

Horton Park

Horton Park is not, perhaps, the most spectacular place in the state, but it is a favorite place to spend time and appreciate nature in the city. Horton Park has signage describing it as a “mini-arboretum,” and features over two … Continue reading

Minneopa State Park

The first time I went to Minneopa State Park it was to see the waterfall, Southern Minnesota’s largest. It’s beautiful and a short walk from the road. The second time I went, was to check out the campgrounds to plan a … Continue reading

Sucker River

On a recent fall morning i waded deep into the Sucker River ravine with a fly rod in my hand on a quest to catch the tail end of the North Shore salmon run. While I was too late for … Continue reading

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.