Traveler - Hit the Water!

Minnesota State Parks and Trails

August 2016

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Lake Bronson State Park

Located in the far northwest corner of Minnesota, Lake Bronson State Park provides an oasis within the expansive prairie.  Here the Two Rivers were dammed to create a reservoir that allows visitors opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming.  The park provides rental boats, motors, canoes and kayaks.  Visitors at Lake Bronson State Park enjoy the unique experience of camping on the prairie.

The List - Parks with Swimming Beaches

Lake Bronson is not the only state park with a swimming beach.  As the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, Minnesota is blanketed with great places to hit the water during the hot summer months.  Scout out a swimming hole at one of your favorite state parks. Buffalo River and Flandrau State Parks have beaches with life guards! 

Find parks with swimming beaches.

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Check out our top picks for state parks with beaches.

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Game Time - I Can Paddle!

As part of the Minnesota State Parks and Trails "I Can!" series, many sites offer I Can Paddle! programs to introduce families to water recreation such as canoeing and kayaking. These programs are designed especially for first-time paddlers, no experience necessary, and take place on both lakes and rivers within state parks and along state water trails. Check out the I Can Paddle! site for more information.

Check out the I Can Paddle! schedule of events!

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Nature Sightings - Minnesota Fish
As you travel from the North Shore to the prairie potholes of western Minnesota, and from the warm lakes of the Twin Cities metro area to the cold water streams of the southeast, diverse fishing opportunities abound.  Lake trout, sunfish, long-nose gar, pike, bass and sturgeon: It's fun to learn about the different kinds of Minnesota fish.  Watch some up-close video footage of Minnesota fish at the State Fair fish pond.

Attend an I Can Fish! program to learn fishing basics.

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August Events - Exploring Water Trails

Minnesota state water trails feature some of the best paddling anywhere in Minnesota.  There are 35 state water trails offering more than 4,500 miles of paddling.  

Hit the water at one of these upcoming programs:

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Rent canoes, kayaks and other water recreation equipment at select sites.