Sakatah Lake State Park

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About Sakatah Lake State Park, Waterville

Sakatah Lake State Park is an 842-acre (341 ha) state park of Minnesota, USA, on a natural widening of the Cannon River near the town of Waterville. The Dakota native to the area called it "Sakatah" which means "singing hills". To honor this native heritage, some of the trails in the park have been given Dakota names. The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, which connects Faribault and Mankato, runs through this park.


Overview of Sakatah Lake State Park

Welcome to the page of Sakatah Lake State Park. This is a place of interest in the city of Waterville in United States. Sakatah Lake State Park is not generally crowded with tourists and visitors.

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  • Very nice, well maintained park. Large camp sites. Nice trails. Vehicle noise is high if you get a camp site along Highway 60. Take sites 33-62. Sites 9-11 have the most road noise.

  • Beautiful lake! Fishing dock is near the picnic area, with tables and fire pits. The campsites were very clean and well preserved. There were two types of trails for walking and for biking. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful!

  • Fairly rustic park. Some hiking trails, but real draw is easy access to Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. Can go to Mankato (24ish miles) or Fairbault (13 miles) on paved bike trail. Lots of shaded areas along the trail to stop and enjoy lunch or something else. Park also has boat landing and picnic area. Can rent canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards at the main park office.

  • This is a nice state park with newer shower/toilet facilities. The camp ground is compact but heavily wooded which provides shade and privacy. There is very little (basically none) grass on the sites so rainy weather will make for a muddy mess. Not much in the way for hiking, except for one ungroomed loop close to Sakatah Lake. Bring your bikes - the Singing Hills State Trail runs through the park and you can take this paved trail all the way to either Faribault or Mankato.

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  • I needed handicap accessible rest rooms as well as the handicap site. I was quite disappointed in the fact that the only handicap site available was non-electric. I felt like they could have helped accommodate more by allowing us to us the electric at the site that was right behind us especially since it was not being used. We we're located right next to the flushable and true handicap restrooms but they were not open. We were told walking through other camp sites was not allowed. So the distance I was expected to walk or drive (which I was not able to do) was half a loop or better. I have spent many years coming to this park it is in fortunate I am getting older and they do not communicate well. Also I find I am extremely disappointed in the state park system, you can only make reservations on line or over the phone and there's now a reservation fee along with the charge for the site. And they say your can no longer just show up to a park and camp there. How unfortunate that they would have the balls to complain about people not going to the parks after all it was them who shot themselves in the foot!!

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