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Sibley State Park
  3 Stars (3 Ratings)
  800 Sibley Park Road NE
      New London, Minnesota 56273
  United States
  (320) 354-2055
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Description

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.

Wildlife
White-tailed deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, and ruffed grouse are inhabitants of the forest. Chipmunks, 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 buntings, pelicans, loons and bluebirds.

History
Peter Broberg, 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.

Geology
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.

Landscape
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.

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Grant D.
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
  Excellent park for a couple of nights
Reviewed on September 29th, 2021
Stayed here with my 2 young kids (5 and 3) and we had a good time. We did most of the mt tom hike and the kids mostly enjoyed it. The on site naturalist gave us a private presentation about beavers which included a dam building activity. The paved bike path was partially completed and looks to be a great feature of the park.
Jeff P.
2 Star Rating2.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
When I was younger my parents used to take us kids to Sibley often. I was excited to go back and see it again. However, I have to say I wasn't all that impressed. We stayed in the Lakeview Campground and it didn't feel much like camping. We had to set our tent up on gravel and the sites were so packed together I felt like we were camping at a rock concert. The Oak Ridge campground is much more wooded but also has some sites that are more like being in a prairie. The army worms were extremely bad. They do have a sandbox for the kids, a beach area, and a fishing pier, but no playground. There is a nice interpretive center and some outdoor shows which was fun. Mt. Tom is the main attraction of the park which is a hill you walk up and has an overlook. Sibley is an old park and the people working there were nice, but I'm not sure I'd go back any time soon.
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
This park is great! The Lakeview Campground is a sardine can - stay away if you like solitude when your camping. Stay in the Oakridge campground instead - the sites on the outside of these loops are well spaced and well shaded. Bring your bikes to enjoy the paved bike trail and explore the park. We stayed in October, but the swim beach looked nice and clean and I'm sure this would be a fun park to stay at in the summer. We chose this park because of the naturalist programs and it's close proximity to the cities - we were there in under 2 hours.
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