Posts Categorized: Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota’s Big Bog State Recreation Area

    Story and Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick With the excitement of a birder spotting a rare warbler, my daughter and I quickly sunk to our knees on the edge of the Big Bog boardwalk to study our botanical target: insect-eating pitcher plants. They carried enough of creepy-crawly “eew” factor to convince my 10-year-old… Read more »

Minnesota wildflowers at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Marsh marigolds brighten Hidden Falls at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park by Northfield. Discover Southern Minnesota’s wildflowers Wildflowers flank the trails at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. Story and Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick The trill of a red-winged blackbird swaying atop cattails instantly takes me back to growing up on the southern still-rural edge… Read more »

Spring Apple Blossom drives in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Apple orchards bloom across the hills above the Kickapoo River Valley in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. Head south on the Great River Road Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Craving a Minnesota or Wisconsin road trip to celebrate the welcome end to winter? Let spring blossoms inspire your route. Some of Minnesota‘s most stunning views can be found… Read more »

Minnesota’s northern lakeside resorts embrace bigger luxuries

Around since the 1930s, Clamshell Beach Lodge north of Brainerd has new luxuries–like newer cottages and a pool.   Minnesota cabins get bigger, modernize By Lisa Meyers McClintick My daughter jumps into the pool. On a Minnesota resort trip last June, my 7-year-old daughter barely glanced at the sandy beach on Whitefish Lake north of… Read more »

Find alternative vacation plans with Minnesota shutdowns

Families love Clear Lake Campground at Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin. State park closed? Try national forests or county campgrounds Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintickThere are surely moans (or shrieks) of frustration today as weekend and summer plans are foiled by the Minnesota government shutdown. It has closed all Minnesota state… Read more »

Family travel on a budget? Try a camping workshop

Nine-Mile Lake in Superior National Forest. If families are looking for the best vacation deal around, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, teaming up with REI, has been offering I Can Camp! workshops around the state this summer. The new program teaches families everything they need to know for only $55–that’s with equipment provided. It’s one… Read more »

Minnesota adds Lake Vermilion as a state park

We had wonderful news in Minnesota last week. The state has finally negotiated a major land purchase along the shores of Lake Vermilion. It will be an amazing addition to the state park system. What makes Lake Vermilion so attractive? For one thing, the new state park would connect to the existing Soudan Underground Mine State Park…. Read more »