Banning State Park


Parks & Geology

Banning State Park is located directly off Interstate 35. Stretched along 10 miles of the Kettle River near Sandstone in Pine County, the park is known for camping, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. It is a favorite for those seeking beautiful trails, however, there is also quite a lot of history to soak in such as […]

November 11, 2018

St. Croix State Park


Parks & Geology

Saint Croix State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Mille Lacs Uplands and borders Chengwatana State Forest to the southwest and Saint Croix State Forest to the northeast. The largest of Minnesota’s state parks, Saint Croix State Park follows the shore of the St. Croix River and contains the last 7 miles […]

November 5, 2018

Springbrook Nature Center


Parks & Geology

(One more hiking spot and I’ll be back to the #MNGPHO2018!) Springbrook Nature Center is a metro oasis hidden away in a residential area in Fridley. The center has all sorts of educational programs, school programs, nature camps, and even an interpretive building. The 127-acre park and nature reserve include native prairies, oak and aspen […]

October 24, 2018

Sherburne Wildlife Refuge


Parks & Geology

(Taking a break from the #MNGPHO2018 to bring you an exceptional hiking spot!) The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman was established in 1965 as a refuge for over 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians. The 30,700-acre forested, marshy Refuge has massive bodies of water making […]

October 20, 2018

Blue Mound State Park


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

Blue Mounds State Park is in Rock County near the town of Luverne. Named for the linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock you can see protruding from the prairie polka-dotting the landscape. The old quartzite quarries in the park were owned and operated by the Luverne Granite Company. The stone was used to construct […]

October 18, 2018

The #MNGPHO2018


Events, Parks & Geology

Good morning, Minnesota. Is that a new coat you’re wearing? It looks amazing! Even though I woke up in the southwestern-most corner of Minnesota like this, I’ll be telling you all about blaze orange and warm weather of the #mngpho2018 over the next two weeks. Hosted by the incredible Luverne community, you can expect to […]

October 14, 2018

Grand Portage State Park


Parks & Geology

Grand Portage State Park is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, on the Canadian border. Not actually owned by the state of Minnesota, this State Park is located in the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is leased to the state for $1 a year. Interestingly, it is the only U.S. state park jointly managed by […]

October 7, 2018

Suomi Hills Recreation Area


Parks & Geology

Suomi Hills Recreation Area rests along the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway in Itasca County. Miles of wilderness invite you to immerse yourself in hiking, off-road biking, canoeing, and exploring. Access into Suomi Hills semi-primitive non-motorized area is by foot and non-motorized travel only but totally worth it for the beautiful views and […]

October 5, 2018

Big Bog State Recreation Area – Northwest


Parks & Geology

Continued. The northern portion of Big Bog State Recreational Area is composed mostly of wetlands. The bog’s geological patterns formed over the past 5,000 years, and you can see it still present in the glacial ridges, depressions, and ovoid islands. Considered one of the best-kept secrets in northern Minnesota, the 500-square-mile peat bog is the […]

October 1, 2018

Big Bog State Recreation Area – Southeast


Parks & Geology

If you haven’t been to Big Bog State Recreation Area in Waskish, you are really missing out. There is so much to write about this place, that I can’t even fit it in one post! Coincidentally, the recreation area also has two parts; southeast and northwest. Located on Minnesota State Highway 72, just north of […]

September 27, 2018

Lake Pepin


Parks & Geology

Lake Pepin, named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s, is the largest lake on the Mississippi River. On the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lake Pepin is located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul. Although Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side, the […]

August 19, 2018

Niagara Cave


Parks & Geology

The Niagara Cave in Harmony is rated one of the “Top Ten” rated caves in the United States and is only a mile from the Minnesota-Iowa border in southern Minnesota’s Bluff Country. It was discovered in 1924 by a pig farmer and has since become a family owned and operated tourist attraction. It features stalactites, […]

August 5, 2018

MayDay Parade and Festival 2018


Events, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was! The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis. It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May. The festivities bring out more than 50,000 […]

May 7, 2018

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park


Parks & Geology

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, also known as Kathio Site, is a Minnesota state park on Mille Lacs Lake in Onamia. The park contains 19 identified archaeological sites, including Petaga Point, making it one of the most significant archaeological collections in Minnesota. The earliest site dates to the Archaic period and shows evidence of copper […]

March 26, 2018

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area


Parks & Geology

Located east of Brainerd, near the towns of Crosby and Ironton, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is part of the Minnesota State Park and Recreation Area system. Across 800 acres and skills challenge areas, CCSRA hosts over 25 miles of singletrack trail riding making it world-class for mountain biking. This park is endorsed by the […]

March 18, 2018

Crosby’s Serpent


Parks & Geology

The city of Crosby is on the shores of Serpent Lake so it’s no surprise that Kahnah’ bek, the Asian-inspired Lake Serpent pictured would reside there. Well, it could also be because Serpent Lake is inhabited by a mythical sea serpent (albeit a less likely scenario). Birthed in 1977, the beautiful stand-out is made of […]

March 15, 2018

Ice Fishing on Lake Mille Lacs


Parks & Geology

Roughly 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, Mille Lacs Lake (also called Lake Mille Lacs or Mille Lacs) is one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing lakes. It is Minnesota’s second-largest inland lake with many species of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, burbot, and […]

March 12, 2018