This park has great forest camping with very private sites with small lakes/wetland views. You must backpack in all of your food, water, firewood & gear to your site. The trails are hilly, but not too long, so a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Our site overlooked at wetland, but surprisingly, the mosquitos were no worse than our own back yard in the cities. Because it is only 30- 40 minutes outside the city, it's great for out of town travelers with limited time who want to experience backpack camping in an old growth, North American hardwood forest. We brought our canoe, tried fishing and only caught bullheads, but were able to paddle into adjacent Silver Lake to swim. The flora & fauna are the main attractions here, with trumpeter swans, wetland birds, eagles, hawks, deer, turtles, small snakes visible each day. We visited over Labor Day weekend, and there was none of the business that one experiences in other MN State Parks on holiday weekends. We plan to visit again and try one of the other backpack sites or camper cabins that are available.
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