Glendalough State Park, Battle Lake

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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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  • Great for all ages. Offers a good variety of activities. They have hiking, beaches, swimming, picnic area, canoeing, kayaking, and motor free fishing. They also rent boats and such.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a great state park to bring kids to. There is a nice swimming area. Hikes that range from 1-5 miles with several shorter hikes perfect for kids. We enjoy the bike path which makes a 5 mile loop through the park. We have also enjoyed the camping. Very clean and well kept facilities.
  • Beautiful park full of oak trees, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Chain of clean lakes, beaches, great fishing. Boat, canoe, paddleboard rental. Life jackets, oars. Usually isn't too busy.
  • Great state park to wonder around in. Tons of trails to explore or sit by the water and ponder life- your choice. Make sure to bring lots of bug spray though. It can be fairly crowded in the fall months, so it is wise to come early in the morning to have a parking spot left
  • A delightful place to hang out or camp, free of motors and the party-at-the-lake crowd. Lotsa birds to watch, wonderful shoreline to explore and small creeks to paddle. We Minnesotans are blessed with such delightful state parks.
  • Helpful park ranger. They rent cross country skis, and snowshoes. Trails well groomed. Sledding hill.
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