Nature at its Best
The gently rolling topography is an excellent example of original landscape transition from prairie to northern hardwoods. This hilly, lake-strewn, and partially wooded countryside located in Everts and Girard townships, is an excellent setting for recreational activities.
Very large bass and panfish are still relatively abundant, as are walleyes of good eating size. Special experimental regulations are in effect to preserve the serenity of this undeveloped lake and give anglers the opportunity to catch these sizeable fish. As a result, visitors can experience fishing as it was 100 years ago. “Glendalough”, meaning “the glen between two lakes,” was named by Tribune owner F.E. Murphy and his wife who were of Irish descent.
Glendalough became a Minnesota State Park in 1991
Sandy Swimming Beach
Kayak rentals are available as well as canoes and rowboats. They are available first-come, first-serve unless you have a canoe-in site reservation.
Staying overnight? There are 22 cart-in sites; 3 canoe-in sites; 1 group camp and 1 camper cabin. The camping and lodging facilities close for the season on Sept. 3, but the park remains open for day users.
For hikers, there are eight miles of trails populated with all kinds of park wildlife. Two of the eight miles are self-guided nature trails with either brochures or interpretive signs. (Glendalough Trail Map) More about the Glendalough Trail: morethanatrail.com
Molly Stark Lake
With 1,931 acres and more than 9 miles of undeveloped shoreline and 6 lakes, this angler’s paradise is one of the last large tracts of undeveloped lake shore and land in west central Minnesota. Minnesota residents do not need a fishing license on Annie Battle or Molly Stark lakes.
Annie Battle Lake
In addition to the typical motorized boating and fishing opportunities offered in the park on Molly Stark Lake, Glendalough also offers a designated “Heritage Fishery” on Annie Battle Lake. This 335-acre lake, located near the park campground, was for the most part, a private fishing lake for many years, and its fish populations and sizes are more comparable to historic times than most public fishing lakes.
There are five wildlife observation areas throughout Glendalough, and the park loans visitors field guides and binoculars for free. Waterfowl, marsh birds and eagles nest and migrate at Lake Emma, in particular, part of which is restricted at times because of its Wildlife Protection Zone status.
A Minnesota state park permit is required for each vehicle. You can buy them upon entry.
There are no restaurant facilities at the park. Bring your own food and grill, or forget the grill and cook over a campfire.
Otter Tail County is also home to Maplewood State Park