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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 place to do any outdoor activities: Hiking, biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding. Fall colors are beautiful. Oh and if you like to camp - super sites and Yurts f...  more »
  • This is a lovely state park! For many years, it was a private retreat that was owned by the Star Tribune paper. In 1991 it was given to the Nature Conservancy and then to MN for a state park. The orig...  more »
  • Glendalough State Park has a long, wide paved bike trail around the Annie Battle lake. Nice ride with almost no steep elevation. safe for those young folks with training wheels on! A no motor lake wit...  more »
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  • My teen son and I had a great camping experience here ! The carts made hauling the camping equipment a breeze, and I loved how the campground is laid out with plenty of room between campsites (at least compared to other campgrounds we've been in). We also appreciated the bathroom and shower building being kept clean ! We hauled a couple kayaks along and had a GREAT time exploring Annie Battle, and the water trails that lead away from it. Water is crystal clear !! Also had some gook luck fishing with a wide variety of species caught. Will undoubtedly be making a return trip !!
  • Grate park! Beautiful trails and good fishing. Tent spots are nice. Clean bathrooms and showers. Cabins are very nice as well.
  • The park and campground are beautiful and serene at first glance and the park rangers are helpful and nice. Then everyone starts carting in and you realize the most obnoxious, uncivilized families all come to Glendalough to unleash their little terrors on the campsites. Don't get me wrong, people should enjoy themselves but the people aren't happily camping- they're yelling at their kids so you can hear every word, yet letting them run wild all over the place, slamming the cabin doors over and over (parents and kids alike).... Then college kids (underage per their loud conversations) were shotgunning beer and being disruptive until 4am. The sites are a bit too close so you hear everyone's lectures and noise like they're standing right next to you. It's not a place for relaxation or to get away from it all. We paid for 2 nights and all we got to do was set up, cook 1 meal and lay in a tent because we ended up leaving after 17 hours. I'd been looking forward to a camping weekend for years and when I finally got it, all I could think about was leaving early. Good grief, people. This is why we can't have nice things.
  • Nice State Park, busy on the weekends, so you should have a plan B if your planning on grilling and want a grill and picnic table to use. Bring your own chairs to sit on.
  • We stayed here 2 nights and it's a great place! They have cart in camp sites, group camp grounds lots of trails for hiking. The beach is very nice! They have every thing for rent. We rented a kayak and we had a great time. Battle lake is close and we went there and had ice cream on main St.