Some say this place is a sleeping giant of the state park system. Located along the shores of the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, the park offers a rewarding lakeshore experience.
The park sits within the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It was established in 1929 as just 10 acres with a 25-foot monument to white settlers killed in the US-Dakota War of 1862. In 1937, the legislature re-established the state park after a WPA camp developed it into a recreation destination. The park has exceptional Rustic Style split stone construction from that era. (see timeline of park history)
Today, a mix of old-growth forest, restored prairie and several lakes and wetlands provide a pleasant variety. Visitors can rent canoes and kayaks from the park as well as fishing equipment. A modern campground was built in 2013 and the old campground redesigned for more privacy between sites.