Twin Lakes Park

Twin Lakes Park is located at 1097 County Road 51, Ruthton, MN 56170, in Shelburne Township, Lyon County, Minnesota.

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. 



  • Camping: $15.00 per night
  • 15 campsites (1 ADA compliant) all with electrical hookups.
  • Showers & Bathrooms
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Dump station


West Twin Lake has some of the most aquatic vegetative diversity in Southwest Minnesota.

Tom Dilley, SMSU


Opened in 2016, Twin Lakes Park is Lyon County's newest park; nestled between East Twin and West Twin lakes. Two campsites are able to be reserved. 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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About 200 people helped celebrate the Open House for Twin Lakes Park on Friday, May 27. The long-anticipated park was funded in part with a grant from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment as administered by the DNR Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program. (,%20mn).

The park is open for camping! It has 15 electric sites with 100' gravel camping pads, and one ADA compliant electrical site that is paved. There is a shower / bathroom building, and an excellent picnic shelter that easily hold 8 picnic tables. Though shade is currently at a premium, the site has been planted with shade trees that will leave a lasting legacy well into the future.

For more information about the park, call the Lyon County Environmental Department at (507) 532-8214.


Download this file (parks camping and rental rates.pdf)Parks Camping and Rental Rates80 kB


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