Glendalough State Park

About Glendalough State Park, Battle Lake

Glendalough State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake close to Minnesota State Highway 78. It is named after Glendalough in Ireland. The park was once used as a resort and game farm by the owners of Cowles Media Company, owner of what is today the Star Tribune newspaper. The park contains 1,931 acres (7.81 km2) on land and 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) on the water. Cowles Media Company transferred title to Glendalough to the Nature Conservancy in 1990, and the Nature Conservancy transferred title to the State of Minnesota in 1992. Glendalough was officially declared a state park with a celebration on Earth Day, April 22, 1992.

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As you traverse the city of Battle Lake, you'll stumble upon Glendalough State Park. Missed by most of the visitors, Glendalough State Park is unique in its own way.

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  • Beautiful park. Lots of hiking, biking, swimming and other outdoor activities. The beaches are white sand with little or no weeds. Friendly park staff.

  • Great walking and biking trails. Very well maintained park. Good swimming beach for kids.

  • Beautiful pristine lake with sandy beach, paved bike trails and lovely lodge. Quiet lakeside camping

  • Absolutely gorgeous views, excellent hiking, and fishing. Very well taken care of and offers firewood sales, bathrooms, showers and a variety of sites from cart-in to canoe-in. Can't wait to go back.

  • Nice 5.5 mile bike loop around the park. Also enjoyed canoeing through the park and swimming.

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