Look Forward to Fall in the Willmar Lakes Area

As summer comes to a close, we turn our attention towards fall. Crisp cool nights by the campfire, beautiful views of the fall foliage, and amazing fall flavors (including all the pumpkin spice you could want). Enjoy these autumn experiences and more in the Willmar Lakes Area this September and October.

The Willmar Lakes Area is lucky to have five beautiful county campgrounds where you can create fall memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Located amongst the trees and on the shores of our beautiful lakes, you’ll have plenty of options to capture that Instagram-worthy fall photo. Kandiyohi County is also home to Sibley State Park, one of Minnesota’s top 20 attractions. Sibley will welcome you with a rich mosaic of colorful prairies, hills, lush hardwood forests, bountiful wetlands and cool, clear lakes. With over 2,900 acres, it’s definitely a place for experiencing “Nature at its Best”! After hiking to the top of Mount Tom, you’ll see the colorful patchwork of forest, farmland, prairie knolls and lakes and you’ll agree! The Willmar Lakes Area is also home to a handful of beautiful resorts where you’re sure to relax and unwind by the campfire while enjoying the calm, quiet autumn nights. What more could you ask for this fall?


No matter where you stay during your weekend adventure in the Willmar Lakes Area, you’re sure to bring home an album worth of beautiful fall colors. Especially if you explore the many trails in our area. Whether you’re biking, roller blading or just walking, make sure to stop along the way to enjoy the many fall colors from amber to gold to burgundy, cascading down every branch and throughout the variety of plant life. Learn more about what trails will give you the best fall views in our blog entitled Fall Foliage and Beautiful Bike Trails in the Willmar Lakes Area. You can also make a stop at Robbins Island Regional Park for a great view of all the fall colors that surround Willmar Lake and Foot Lake.

On to that ever popular fall flavor: pumpkin spice. The Willmar Lakes Area is home to a variety of coffee shops that serve up seasonal favorites including pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin chai. There are also quite a few uniquely local restaurants that’ll be serving up some fall inspired dishes as well. Make sure you take advantage of eating outdoors while you still can by enjoying one of the many patios (some with heaters) that our area has to offer. For a list of restaurants with patios, check out our blog entitled Top 10 Patio Locations in the Willmar Lakes Area.

So as you’re soaking up those last few days of that warm summer sun, look forward to the many amazing benefits awaiting you this fall in the Willmar Lakes Area.

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

Fishing Report

Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

Trail Report