Nestled in the transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. Crystal clear Annie Battle Lake is a 335-acre, non-motorized "Heritage Fishery" that provides a tranquil fishing experience second to none. Special regulations sustain a steady supply of large sunfish, crappie, and the occasional walleye for the frying pan, and large bass for the camera. Near the pristine shores of this lake are a cart-in campground and canoe-in campsites, all free from the traffic and noise of traditional drive-in camping.
Annie can also be the starting point for an exploration of the park by canoe or kayak on the connecting creeks. The restored historic Glendalough lodge on the north side of the lake details the park's history as a private retreat and game farm for the Minneapolis Tribune.
Numerous hiking trails, including two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes.
Campgrounds: Cart-in campground is open year-round (call ahead in winter). Camper Cabins #3 and #6 are open year-round. Non-heated cabins close on 11/1/09. The group camps and canoe sites will close on 10/4/09.
Electric Sites: One RV electric site is available in spring and fall. Camper cabins #3 and #6 also have electricity
Special Notes for RV Campers: There is no RV camping in park in summer. Private RV campground is nearby.
Reservations: Reservations are recommended for summer camping and lodging especially on weekends and holidays. Reservations are needed Nov. 1 - April 1 only for the camper cabins.
Campsites are located in wooded area from 200 to 500 feet from parking area. Wheeled carts are available to campers to bring gear from parking area to campsites. Carts are free. No vehicular traffic in campground.
Sites are located on northeast shore of Annie Battle Lake and offer access to the lake. Can also hike or bike to sites.
1 Site - Accommodates up to 40 people
Site is located on shaded knoll along creek between Molly Stark and Annie Battle Lakes. Short walking distance from swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic shelter, and the Annie Battle Lake Trail. 4 fire rings and 4 picnic tables. Hand pump for water and vault toilet are available. Tents only.
Canoe-in Group Camp - Accommodates up to 20 people
Camp is located on the southeast side of Annie Battle Lake, and is only accessible by canoe, backpack, or bike.
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