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Sibley State Park
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800 Sibley Park Road Northeast
New London, Minnesota   56273

Phone: 320-354-2055
Toll Free: 888-646-6367
Reservations: 866-857-2757
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There is something for everyone at this popular west-central Minnesota State Park. Hike to Mount Tom, one of several high points in a 50-mile radius, and see a patchwork of forest, farmland, prairie knolls, and lakes. Summer visitors enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on Lake Andrew. A canoe route invites adventurers to portage and canoe on Henschien Lake and Swan Lake. The park offers campgrounds, a modern group center, horseback camps, picnic area, and interpretive programs year-around.
Nature of the Area
The forest is dominated by oak, red cedar, ironwood, green ash, aspen, maple, and basswood. On the knolls, remnants of prairie grasses still grow. Some of the fields which had been cleared and farmed by settlers have now been restored to native prairie grasslands and oak savanna.

Four times in the history of Minnesota, glaciers advanced from the north, covering the state with a sheet of ice up to two miles thick. During the last of these advances, as recent as 10,000 years ago, most of the features of the Minnesota landscape were formed.

White-tailed deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, and ruffed grouse are inhabitants of the forest. Chipmonks, red and gray squirrels, mink, striped skunks, badgers, and woodchucks are other species visitors can see as they hike the trails at Sibley State Park. Birds common to Sibley include great blue herons, egrets, wood ducks, Canada geese, scarlet tanagers, indigo bundings, pelicans, loons and bluebirds.
History of the Area
Peter Broberg, the only member of his family to survive the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, along with other residents were successful in getting the Minnesota State Legislature to provide funds to purchase land which became Sibley State Park. Realizing that the area was a popular spot for more than the local people, the Legislature established Sibley as a state park in 1919. The park was named after Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota's first governor. In 1935 the Federal government sent the Veterans Conservation Corps to Sibley State Park. For the next three years, this group of up to 200 men built roads, buildings, and trails within the park. When the camp was finished, they left behind several granite buildings and a popular state park.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 23 Not for horse lovers!!
park review stars; one to five Limited trails that are not kept up for starters, the horse camp was not taken care of at all not worth the money or long trip to get there. Then there was the part that there were people camping in the horse camp without horses but had no problem letting their kids run around spooking the horses!
January 20 Our favorite park by Hitz
park review stars; one to five Aside from the north shore, this is our favorite park ever. We go for a week every summer, we love hiking through the woods and the prairies, swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Sibley has become a family tradition since I was a child.
January 21 One of the most complete and best parks!
park review stars; one to five Sibley State Park has great camping opportunities with a variety of campsites available. It also has great hiking trails, and interpretive center, and a beach with fishing pier. You will not be disappointed if you visit Sibley.
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From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to US Hwy 71. Go one mile south on 71 to park entrance.

From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance.

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