The very first stop during the Pheasant Opener was one of my all-time favorite places in southwestern Minnesota, Camden State Park.
Located just outside of Marshall in Lynd, MN, Camden State Park was established in 1935 and is a mixture of upland prairies, wetlands, and river hardwood trees.
Full of maples, basswoods, oaks, and cottonwoods – it’s the perfect place to check out the fall leaves changing and bask in the sunset over the valley.
As soon as I said I was headed to Marshall, people told me to swim in the spring-fed pool or go fishing for brown trout in the Redwood River or bass and bluegill in Brawner Lake.
Instead, I decided to hike the Camden History, Camden Regional, Dakota Valley and the Prairie Pools Trails. If hiking isn’t your thing, Camden also has picnic areas, campgrounds (drive-in, horseback, and group), cross-country skiing, and canoeing.
Hey, it’s worth the trip for the vibrant tree line backdrop alone.
Read more about the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener here: www.exploreminnesota.com/mngpho