Glendalough State Park, Battle Lake

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#49 of 85 in Nature in Minnesota
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 1931acre on land and 1000acre 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.HistoryIn 1903, Ezra G. Valentine developed that land into a summer retreat called Valentine's Camp. In 1905 the park was left to Valentine's children, John Alden and Miss Blanche, who later sold the land to Fred A. Everts. Everts sold the Valentine camp to F.E. Murphy who owned and operated the Minneapolis Tribune. Murphy renamed the land Glendalough, after a monastery in Ireland. With the depression in the 1930s and land becoming available for purchase, Murphy expanded the camp and started a game farm. In 1941, Glendalough, along with the Minneapolis Tribune, was purchased by Cowles Media Company, which was partially owned by John Cowles, Sr. Glendalough Game Farm hosted important individuals such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Richard Nixon and Vice President Walter Mondale during its time. In 1990, the land was donated to The Nature Conservancy by Cowles Media Company, and in 1992 the title was transferred to the State of Minnesota. Glendalough State Park celebrated its creation on Earth Day, April 22, 1992.
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  • We visited the park while fishing in Molly Stark lake which is within the park. We didn't do so great fishing but the amenities of the park are excellent with primitive camping, cabins, fishing pier a...  more »
  • Not busy. Nice paved or grassy walking paths. We saw about ten different deer during one of our morning walks. Great diversion with young kids.  more »
  • Would 100% rent a kayak again for the 4 hours. It was reasonably priced and gives you a whole new perspective to the park. You can travel to all the lakes by way of the rivers. Luckily we got a day wh...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful pristine lake with sandy beach, paved bike trails and lovely lodge. Quiet lakeside camping
  • Nice 5.5 mile bike loop around the park. Also enjoyed canoeing through the park and swimming.
  • Simply beautiful. The 3 mile trail around the lake is relaxing with plenty of benches to stop at and take in the view.
  • Go at dusk and see the deer. Bring your suit and swim in the crystal clear lake. Canoe or kayak on the river. A great little park.

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