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Spray and Go

You will need to find a guide or have a boat to get to the dock, but it is worth the effort. You'll find a self-guided brochure at the entrance with 15 stations that walk you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Madera, California
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

In the center of a pristine park lie the Ellsworth gardens that remind you of the Coral Castle (Florida) or the redwood carving outside the petrified forest (new mexico). Rock chipped in the shape of too many to mention items. The most unusual thing is you have internet and cell phone service (no other area in the park I am... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

You will need to find a guide or have a boat to get to the dock, but it is worth the effort. You'll find a self-guided brochure at the entrance with 15 stations that walk you through the gardens and statues that Mr. Ellsworth spent over 14,000 hours of his life creating. Two realities to contend with - black flies... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Had just a few short hours to visit Voyageurs National Park. Ended up missing the scheduled NPS sponsored boat tour to Ellsworth Rock Gardens. Went to Arrowhead Resort on Lake Kabetogama and was able to hire a water taxi\pontoon boat ride over to the Gardens. The fee was $20.00 and I believe this is less than the NPS price. The... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It's very pretty, walk the trails, take it in, you wont be disappointed. The history is something everybody should enjoy. You can even get married there! It's our favorite lunch spot!

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West Terre Haute
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

amazing beautiful labor of love the history behind this place is unbelieveable I cant imagine hauling all those rocks to make such an display

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited the Rock Garden while staying at Driftwood Lodge Resort on the South shore of Lake Kab. Plenty of dock space to tie up. We took our lunch along but as soon as we stepped on land....the mosquitoes attacked. No amount of buy spray would keep them away. We briskly walked through the garden which is a shame because... More 

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Zimmerman, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Definitely worth seeing, a very creative person with a lot of ideas built these rock gardens. Can picnic out there as well.

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Great picnic spot and pit stop with a great dock for tying up your boat (and with clean bathrooms too). Given the remote nature of the Ellsworth Rock Garden on Lake Kabetogama, you come to appreciate even more the surprising beauty and creativity of the place. The founder and creator of the rock gardens spent decades shaping and crafting the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

It is hard to describe a hillside of flat rocks with a variety of rock sculptures all over it. It was better than I expected although I would not recommend renting a boat jut to go there. If you have a boat though you might as well go there. When we went in mid-August there were no bugs and it... More 

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Pompton Lakes, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The gardens are truly unique and beautiful. They were built by one man over a 15 year period. Due to the sequester, The park service no longer provides transportation to the gardens. We were lucky today to be brought there on a pontoon boat by Larry from Arrowhead Lodge. It was a wonderful experience. If you have a chance to... More 

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