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 Swan Lake, Henschien Lake, Lake Andrew, Middle Lake and beyond! The park offers campgrounds, a modern group center, primitive group tent camping areas, horseback campsites, picnic area and interpretive programs year-around.
Camping: Campsites are 100% reservable. For reservations, visit our website 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 (tents only). Water filling stations are sprinkled throughout the park, including one at the Park Office and one at the dump station.
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. For reservations, visit our website or call 1-866-857-2757.
Naturalist: Scheduled programs are based on Sibley State Park’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources and are offered on various days during the fall through spring months, and most weekends in the summer. Visit Sibley State Park’s website for more details. Program schedule is available online.
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
Wildlife, History, Geology and Landscape information is available on Sibley State Park’s the About the Park page.
Programs and Services:
Visitor Center and Interpretive Exhibit is located in the Interpretive Center. Three exhibit rooms in the upper level of Interpretive Center focus on wetlands, geology and terrestrial features of the park. Lower area includes an auditorium and trail center. In the winter, the trail center is used as a warming house. The park provides wood for stove in the trail center. Flush toilets and a water filling station are also located in the center.
Naturalist Programs occur year-round. Programs operate out of the Interpretive Center. Program schedule is online or posted in the Interpretive Center.
Historic Site – Numerous buildings and roads in the park were built by the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) in the 1930s. A kiosk that carries interpretive information about the VCC and VCC – built facilities is located in the beach area.
Gift Shop is open from Memorial weekend through Labor Day, please see Sibley State Park’s Visitor Alerts for more details.
Rentals – Boat, kayak and canoe rentals are available from Memorial weekend through Labor Day at the Sibley Beach Store. Snowshoes are available in the winter months at the Park Office.
Ice is available at the Park Office, usually May through October.
Firewood is available at the Park Office year round.
Public Phones – a courtesy phone is located outside the Park Office.
Geocaching at Minnesota State Parks – Bring your own GPS unit or use one of the park’s hand-held units for free. As time permits, park staff will be available to give you helpful tips and geocaching information.
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