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[Cottonwood County Parks]

Enjoy our County Parks for your next reunion, birthday party, or special event!

County Parks

Talcot County Park Campground

Physical Address: 53100 State Hwy. 62, Dundee, MN 56131

Amenities: 

  • 65 camping sites with water and electricity
  • Tenting areas available
  • Shelter house
  • Picnic tables and grills
  • Bathrooms with shower facilities
  • Swimming area with sandy beach (unsupervised)
  • Playground area
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Camper dump station
  • Fish cleaning facility 

*Remember that the park is open from May 2, 2017 - October 31, 2017 with a shorter bathhouse season. 

Campground Map: 

  • Click here for camping map.

History: 

In January of 1957 the Dundee Rod and Gun Club founded Talcot Lake County Park. In May of 1976 the land was released to Cottonwood County for development and maintenance under the direction of the DNR. In 1974 Cottonwood County Park purchased thirty adjacent acres through the LAWCON grant (this land currently serves as the campground). Forty thousand was used for roads, picnic facilities, comfort stations, and camping areas.

In 1985 the State-owned land was separated from the thirty acres. The State's property is used from day-use activies and public access to Talcot Lake. The County-owned land sreves as a camping and swimming area. LAWCON provided a grant for an additional twenty-five thousand in 1985 for development of a dump station, well water system, landscaping, camping pads, and improved roadway. 
South Dutch Charley

Address: 27761 County Road 6, Westbrook, MN 56183

Amenities: Shelter house, Primitive Bathroom, Water Pump, & Primitive Camping at $10.00 per night. No reservations required (envelopes provided at entrance of park).

*Remember that the park is open from May 1-October 31. Hunting is not allowed.

History: 

South Dutch Charley offers a variety of landscapes within 24 acres - the entrance leads to flat grounds that turn into slight slopes at three percent to intense slopes at fifty-three percent. The creek enters the park area from the west and meanders almost three thousand feet through the southwestern and northern portions of the park. This aesthetically pleasing park hosts an important historical presence because it was the home of Charley Zierke, also known as Dutch Charley.  Zierke was the first settler of Cottonwood County. 

The park was purchased in 1968 and 1972 with the assistance of a LAWCON grant. Just over twenty-six thousand was used to develope a primitive camping area with a picnic shelter, tables, a roadway, parking, underground electric, pit toilets, playground equipment, & signage. 

Pat's Grove

Physical Address: Nine miles west of Windom, MN on Highway 62 then north on 390th Avenue.

Amenities: Primitive Only

*Remember that the park is open from May 1-October 31 from sunrise until 10:00 pm. Hunting is not allowed.

History:

This 80 acre park is located at the junction of the Des Moines River and the Heron Lake Outlet. Cottonwood County purchases this area in 1982 with assistance of the LAWCON state fund amounting in seventy-five thousand dollars. The park offers great areas for hiking, nature interpretation, canoeing, and picnicking. 

Pat's Grove provided one of the region's first caucasian inhabitants, Pat Conlin. Conlin built a stone house in 1878 out of the remains of a half-built flourmill. The walls are more than a foot think and it stands twenty feet tall. The family made their dwelling here until 1936. The park once held two log cabins built by Conlin as well. Today, only the deteriorating stone house remains.

At this time, the plan is to leave Pat's Grove as primitive as possible which will allow access and exploration of the natural habitat for birds, plants, and wildlife. 

Red Rock Falls

Physical Address: 48771 250th Street, Sanborn, MN 56083

Amenities: Primitive Bathrooms & Shelter House

* Remember that the park is open from May 1-October 31 from sunrise until 10:00 pm.

History

Red Rock Falls offers a unique, natural, and beautiful scene. Exposed bedrock attracts tourists and geologists alike. A steady flow of water moves over the rocks leading to a thirty-foot waterfall which is a huge contribution to the aesthetic quality of this area. This Cottonwood County Park was purchased using grant dollars from LAWCON in 1968 and 1972. Twenty-five thousand was used for the construction of a parking lot, pit toilets, walking pathways, a shelterhouse with fireplace, and signage. The Minnesota Historical Site known as the Jeffers Petroglyphs is only four miles from Red Rock Falls. 

Very little development has happened since the original projects in 1972. We look forward to additional landscaping and general grooming of the natural areas to enhance the present beauty. 

Schoper-Bush Reservoir

Location: North of Jeffers, MN about 4 miles on County Road 4

Amenities: Primitive only

*Please note that the Parks are open from Sunrise until 10:00 pm May 1-October 31.

History:

The Schoper-Bush Reservoir, a floodwater retention structure, was built in 1986 through the joint efforts of Cottonwood County and the Soil & Water Conservation District. The reservoir was built to control crossover land flooding, the normal depth of the water is estimated at 19.8 feet and is estimated to cover 13 acres at normal level. Maintenance includes mowing the area for public access.

Mountain County Park

Physical Address: 59501 390th Street, Mountain Lake, Minnesota 56159

Amenities: Primitive bathrooms & Shelter house

*Remember that the park is open from May 1-October 31 from sunrise until 10:00 pm.

History:

Mountain Park was purchased in November of 1976. Major development of Mountain Park took place in 1979 with the assistance of LAWCON funding. Thirty-one thousand was used to build roads, toilets, trails, a picnic shelter, entry signage, and a well. Mountain Park not only offers a beautiful area for picnicking and family reunions, but it has also been placed on the National Register of Historic Sites as a result of the 1976 Archaeological Survey.  Artifacts and cultural data from in habitants dating back to 500 BC was found in the survey making this park the site of the oldest human dwelling ever found in the State of Minnesota. The results from this discovery are on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. 

We hope to increase access to the island top of Mountain Park, due to its placement on the National Register of Historic Sites. The top supports a primitive, natural setting which is a superior habitat for wildlife and birds alike. With that, we hope to also add informational signage explaining the history of the area and identifying specific trees, grasses, and birds found in the park. 

Sara Park

 Amenities: Rock fire place, boat access

*Remember that the park is open from May 1-October 31 from sunrise until 10:00 pm.

History:

Sara Park is a Cottonwood County hidden gem. This nine-tenths of an acre parcel is undeveloped land encompassing a line of wooded area, a patch of prairie grasses, and frontage to Lake Augusta. Enjoy the wildlife observation of the goose and duck nesting area or perhaps pack up your hunting gear for a bountiful trip. 

Where is Sara Park located?

Sara Park is located in Amo Township on the south shore of Lake Augusta. Travel County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3. Turn north on 410th avenue, follow until the road ends at Sarah Park. 

The legal description for Sara Park is: Beginning at the point 1,169.90 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Government Lot 1 ; thence South 72°21’ West for a distance of 152.50 feet; thence North 19°11’ West to the shore line of Lake Augusta; thence following the shore line of said Lake Augusta Northeasterly to the point where said shore line intersects the East line of Government Lot 1; thence South along the East line of said Government Lot 1 to the point of beginning, containing 0.90 of an acre more or less. 

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