Sibley Provides you access to…”Nature at its Best”
One of Minnesota’s top 20 attractions, Sibley provides access to 2,900 acres of a rich mosaic of colorful prairies, hills, lush hardwood forests, bountiful wetlands and cool, clear lakes. Throughout the seasons, miles of trails provide an enjoyable access to Sibley State Park, a place for experiencing “Nature at its Best.” 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.
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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.
Camping: Campsites are 100% reservable, please visit our website for reservations or call 1-866-857-2757. Lakeview Campground has 74 drive in sites (including 53 electric sites & 2 handicap accessible sites) for tents/trailers/RVs. Oakridge Campground has 58 drive in sites (including 34 electric sites) for tents/trailers/RVs. There is also 9 horse camp sites and 3 primitive group camp sites (for tents only).
Lodging: Sibley has 4 heated, year round Camper Cabins. The Loon Camper Cabin sleeps 5 and is handicapped accessible. The other 3 Camper Cabins sleep 6. Cooking only by crockpot and coffee pot inside or fire ring outside. No smoking or pets allowed.
Naturalist: Naturalist programs are available year-round. Schedule of programs is available at the park office.
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.
Birding: Sibley State Park is probably the best place in the county to look for Passerines, especially Warblers. Sibley was formerly a prairie ecosystem and several prairie remnants are kept intact by the park staff. Birding is as varied here as the habitat with more than 206 different species of birds having been seen. You can find everything from Wild Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse, Eastern Bluebirds and Field Sparrows to all the expected Woodpeckers. This is also a good location for Cuckoos, Thrushes, Tanagers and Barred Owls.
For birders, Sibley State Park is one of the jewels in the Minnesota state park system and the first place in the State of Minnesota where nesting Yellow-throated Warbler were recorded. Red-shouldered Hawk also nest there along with over 100 other avian species. Two hundred and six species have been recorded in the park. Thrushes, flycatchers, vireos, woodpeckers, swallows and many species of sparrow are migrants in this 3,000 acre expanse of green whose habitats include wooded hills, grasslands and wetlands. At 1,375 feet, Mount Tom is the best spot in the park for watching hawks in migration. Bird Checklist
History: Peter Broberg, along with other residents, was 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 covered 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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Special Exhibits: Most nature activities originate from the modern interpretive/trail center that provides three exhibit rooms filled with attractive and interactive displays.
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