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When you go camping at Camden State Park near Lynd, Minnesota, everything you need for a peaceful vacation is right at your fingertips. Camden Campground is open year-round and has all of the basics, nestled into a natural area that will put you at ease from the moment you arrive. This family-friendly RV campground has showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a dump station; these facilities are available from mid-May to mid-October. In the off-season, there are vault toilets available. The campground is divided into two areas, upper and lower; some of the individual campsites at Camden Campground have electrical hookups, and a handful have pull-through access. A few are ADA accessible.
Once you're here and settled in, the state park has lots for you to see and do. It is situated in a wooded valley that, in turn, resides in open prairie with a kaleidoscope of flowers and plant life. These plants change color with the seasons, providing a continuously reinvented panorama. The state park has Brawner Lake and is divided by the Redwood River, both ideal places to enjoy fishing. The river is stocked with brown trout while the lake is home to bass and bluegill. If hiking is more your thing, there are many trails at your disposal, which will take you through stands of maple, basswood, oak, and cottonwood, as well as grassland, marsh, and the prairie. The park is an important archeological area.
Book one of the RV rentals in Lyon County, and once you're behind the wheel, head for Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. This nature preserve was established to protect the state's tallgrass prairie. The prairie's dependent wildlife species include greater prairie chicken, grasshopper sparrow, and Dakota skipper (a species of butterfly). Hunting and fishing are allowed, and you can also enjoy wildlife viewing and photography.
Ramsey Park is a municipal park near the city of Redwood Falls. It is one of the largest in the state, having been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, with bridges and shelters that can be rented for picnics. You can also picnic in the open if you prefer or visit the on-site park (or both). The zoo has buffalo, elk, and deer, plus numerous smaller mammal species and a variety of waterfowl. Fishing is allowed in the DNR trout stream, and there are several miles of paved hiking trails, one of which leads past Ramsey Falls. Park your motorhome rental nearby, and you can retire to it between activities for meals and relaxation.
Upper Sioux Agency State Park is both an outdoor recreational area and a historic site. The park is open year-round to the public, and it consists of grasslands, old fields and meadows, wetlands and rivers, forests, and open prairie knolls. It was once home to Lake Agassiz, which was created after the glaciers departed; the lake drained south and eventually depleted, leaving behind the iconic Red River Valley and the Minnesota River. You can use the area to enjoy hiking, fishing, and horseback riding in the summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Keep your RV rental nearby, and you can use it as a blind to watch the numerous bird species that reside here.
Once you've had your fill of the outdoors, consider taking in some of the local culture. Marshall is a small town not too far away that proudly claims itself as the location of Southwest Minnesota State University. You can take a stroll here and enjoy the scenic landscape and architecture of the university. It's also home to the 9/11 Memorial Park which has bridges and waterways, and a beam from one of the Twin Towers with a statue of a firefighter in front of it. You can shop here and enjoy the nightlife with numerous pubs and bars while you reward yourself for the day's accomplishments. Marshall has a long list of restaurants you can choose from, including venues serving Asian and Mexican cuisines along with American food.
Balaton is another small town with lots of scenery to enjoy. It takes its name from Lake Balaton in Hungary and has several restaurants where you can refuel if you need to; you can also stop here to simply relax and catch your breath at one of the local pubs.
Set yourself up in a basic rustic campground and venture forth into the wild of nature and the hospitality of small-town America; this is how great adventures are created, and Camden Campground camping is an excellent way to enjoy it all.