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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  • August 9, 2017
    We were so excited to get to the park and find out they had bike rental. We rode around the lake, on an excellent path, with dragon flies swirling around us in the June afternoon we were there. There ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Annie Battle lake at Glendalough is great for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. No motorized boats are allowed so it keeps the waters clear and calm. We love walking along the shore. The lake i...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Love this spot. Clear lake with hard sand bottom with gradual slope. Bring a tube to float down the creek. Great bike trail and close to Battle Lake to cycle in to Granny's Pantry for ice cream. Well ...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    Beautiful pristine lake with sandy beach, paved bike trails and lovely lodge. Quiet lakeside camping
  • July 7, 2017
    Nice 5.5 mile bike loop around the park. Also enjoyed canoeing through the park and swimming.
  • June 18, 2017
    Simply beautiful. The 3 mile trail around the lake is relaxing with plenty of benches to stop at and take in the view.
  • May 21, 2017
    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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