This is a hard review to write because we didn't have enough time to take advantage of the whole state park. We have a MN State Park permit so we don't have to pay to enter the parks, otherwise, it's like $5. A cheap day! We drove up to the lighthouse thinking we could just walk some of the trails or down the stairs to the lake to look up at the lighthouse. We didn't have time to take the tour, but just wanted to walk around. Headed into the gift shop which also has bathrooms and I asked the lady at the counter a little bit about trails to walk on and such. I didn't realize you had to pay just to walk around. And I wasn't thinking about the area near the buildings, that I could understand, but even the trail that starts in the parking lot was a fee area. So that was kind of a bummer. The clerk was neither friendly, nor rude. Our clerk in the gift shop however, was super nice.
We drove back a ways and found another road that took us to a picnic area and we parked there and walked on a "hiking club" trail and came out to rocky beach area and had a great view of the lighthouse and took our pictures there.
The rocks were fun to skip into the water and to throw them into the water. Very peaceful just looking out at the water and lighthouse.
Someday we'd like to head back and take the tour and be able to enjoy all it has to offer. We were only here about an hour and like I said, you definitely need more time because I think the park has a lot more to offer.
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