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County Parks (507) 532-8214
Brooke Kor (507) 829-3927
Spencer Kor (507) 532-1308
Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere
(507) 532-1307
Darron Grahn (507) 532-8211
Phone:  (507) 865-4615
Gene Rasmussen - Supervisor
Abby Sullivan-Appel - Accounting

Roger Schroeder (507) 532-1306

 

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Twin Lakes Park is located at 1097 County Road 51, Ruthton, MN 56170, in Shelburne Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. Currently there are 15 campsites with electrical hookups, but additional sites are planned for 2020.

In 1895 Twin Lakes Park was a the site of School District 57, which later closed in 1947. In the 1950's Twin Lakes drew families from a 50-mile radius to enjoy the swimming beach on West Twin Lake and fishing on both West and East Twin Lake. Then in 2007 Lyon County Board of Commissioners purchased 27.5 acres from a landowner wishing to leave a legacy for others to enjoy. This land between East and West Twin Lakes is a draw for people from the neighboring counties of Lincoln, Pipestone, and Murray; as both lakes are considered to have good fishing in southwest Minnesota.

Opened in 2016, Twin Lakes Park is Lyon County's newest park; nestled between East Twin and West Twin lakes. Twin Lakes Park came to fruition from the desire of a local landowner to leave a legacy with land he owned. Other area landowners have also sold land to the County for future generations to enjoy camping and recreation in the area. Twin Lakes Park exists from partnerships, generous donations, and Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment Funding. A plan for future campground development is in the planning stages. Lyon County hopes to secure additional State Legacy Grant funding in the future for expanding this beautiful park area.

 

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Shelter Rental:  Shelters can be rented throughout the year for $25.00 per day. Contact park staff to schedule rental of the building. 

Picnicking: In addition to camping facilities, Garvin Park has five (5) large picnic shelters, and numerous picnic tables spread throughout the park. Four (4) shelters have electricity. Twin Lakes park has one picnic shelter with electricity.

Park Amenities and Facilities: Garvin Park has Shower Facilities in the lower campground.  A Dump Station is also available in the lower campground. (Off Site Dumping for non-registered campers is $5.00). Garvin Park has plenty of recreation, and play space including a softball field, several sets of playground equipment, and disc golf.

Back in the thirties, one of the most popular spots in Lyon County was a 27-acre track of woodland along the Cottonwood River. This park became a reality through the efforts of interested people, the Garvin Community Club, and Mr. H.C. Garvin a retired Winona businessman. In his youth, Mr. Garvin, was a station agent at Tracy for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He became the chief contributor of money and equipment for the park.

As a result of the depression years, many men were out of work. Mr. Howard Bussard administered federal relief funds to pay a crew of men for the labor needed to create a park. Two log cabins were built, a ball diamond cleared, picnic tables built, fireplaces put in many locations and a swimming pool dredged. Mr. Frank Swain was hired as caretaker. He planted many flower beds and made a rock garden. He kept the park mowed and clean.

On May 30, 1935 a crowd of 5,000 attended the dedication event. The park was visited by hundreds during the next years, but spring floods washed away the bridge and destroyed much of the work done. Funds ran low and soon the area reverted to its wild state.

In November of 1967, after an 18 months process, the Lyon County Board levied local funds to match state and federal grants to enlarge Garvin Park by 490 acres and to develop recreational facilities; essentially establishing the current 750 Garvin Park footprint.

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners and Park and Recreation Board help to communicate local interest in managing the park for regional residents.

The Main Entrance for Garvin Park is along US Highway 59 only 1.5 miles North of the Intersection of US 59 and US Highway 14. Garvin Park is 13 miles South of Marshall from Minnesota Highway 23.

 

Nestled in the oaks woods at the top of the old tubing hill, the Garvin Park Warming House provides a scenic vista view of the park; making this a great location in any season for your gathering; whether that is a family reunion, fun day for the kids, or a corporate retreat in a rustic setting. Lyon County has added some new luxuries to the Warming House. The building now offers a big screen television with a DVD player, rustic bar, and furniture to provide users with some inside entertainment on those too cold or wet to sled days. In addition, we have added some warm new touches to the décor, such as a few local pelts and some historic prints and signs that encompass the history of Garvin Park.”The Warming House is now called the Park Lodge and can be used for company get-togethers, family gatherings, sledding weekends, etc.

Book your rental today! Rental - $ 50 Rental Fee
           $ 75 Damage Deposit (refunded upon inspection)
All reservations require a 48-hour advance notice, and a rental agreement (attached below) with the deposit

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kids-crt.jpg The Camden Regional Trail is a paved, multi-purpose recreational trail extending from Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) through the City of Marshall, and connecting area residents to Camden State Park. About 4 miles of paved trail connect adjacent campuses of Marshall High School and SMSU to a network of bike lanes in the City of Marshall. At the West end of Marshall, the paved trail covers 10 miles of gently rolling hills between Wayside Park (along MN HWY 23) to Camden State Park.

The community is fortunate that years of planning has come to fruition. Supported by the Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program (administered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) this trail system is of regional importance by providing community members from throughout the region to utilize the trail for walking biking, running, hiking, and inline skating. With Camden State Park as a destination location, and several enjoyable stops along the way, the Camden Regional Trail invites your to stay in shape, connect to the outdoors, and feed your soul.

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Lyon County has two parks with camping; Garvin Park (50 sites & Tent Only Camping), and Twin Lakes (17 sites). Both parks have electrical at each site (except primitive camp at Garvin Park. A brief overview of each park follows.

 

GARVIN PARK

  • Lower Campground: 15 sites with electricity
  • *Campground Host site is Site #11 (lower camp)
  • Upper Campground: 14 sites with electricity, and 1 non-electric site
  • Horse Camp: 17 sites with electricity. (starting August 2013)
  • Primitive Campground: 8 non-electric tent sites. 

 

TWIN LAKES PARK

  • North Campground: 15 Sites (1 ADA site) with electricity

 

CAMPING RATES: 

    $20.00 all campground electrical sites

    $  5.00 primitive campground only (without electricity)

 

Park Amenities and Facilities: Both park have Shower Facilities, and a Dump Station. (Off Site Dumping for non-registered campers is $5.00). Garvin Park has plenty of recreation, and play space including a softball field, several sets of playground equipment, and disc golf. Twin Lakes is a popular area for fishing and West Twin Lake is for non motor use only making a great place for paddle-boarding, canoe and kayaking.

Maps, Rental Rates, and Park Rules are available below.

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