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Lake Maria State Park
Lake Maria State Park was designed for hikers, backpackers and horseback riders looking for a wilderness experience. Three major landscapes are found within the park: wetland, remnant prairie and the oak-maple forest known as the "Big Woods". Here the northern hardwood forest meets the southern p...
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Sibley State Park
Description: Sibley State Park lies in a transition zone between two ecosystems; where the Big Woods of the east meet the grasslands of the west. Plants and animals found here are representative of both. The area's lakes were formed about 10,000 years ago as glaciers passed through the state and deposited rock, gravel and sand.

Large tracts of prairie developed where the land was unprotected from fire or too dry for forests to grow. Most of these areas were grazed or converted to agricultural land, but attempts are being made to restore prairie areas in the park. Plant life includes bur oak, ironwood, basswood, hackberries' green ash, aspens, grassland plants and wetland communities.

Wildlife to Watch: Over 2,500 acres of woods, prairie and lakes make Sibley State Park a premier birding area in central Minnesota. Twenty-eight species of warblers use the park for resting, feeding and nesting. The park is the northwestern-most breeding location for the yellow-throated warbler in the United States.

Sibley's woodlands are home to ruffed grouse and wild turkey. Also look for broad-winged, Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks and great horned, barred and eastern screech owls.

Grassland habitats host bobolinks, grassland sparrows and other prairie birds. Thrushes, redstarts, flycatchers, vireos, woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, foxes, swallows, and many species of sparrows are commonly found in the park.

Mount Tom, at an elevation of 1,375 feet, provides an excellent spot to watch hawk migration. Lake Andrew and other water bodies are good places for observing waterfowl and marsh birds.

Lakes and marshes are home to great blue herons, great egrets, American white pelicans, mink, beavers and waterfowl. You can regularly hear the call of the common loon on Lake Andrew during the spring/summer breeding season.

Special Tips:  State Park Bird Checklist

Campsites at Minnesota State Parks now can be reserved through the centralized reservation service by calling 1-866-85PARKS (1-866-857-2757) or online at stayatmnparks.com

Other Activities: No hunting except during special 2-day muzzleloader hunt for deer the first weekend in December.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 2510 acres 
Closest Town: New London

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsTrailer CampingDrinking WaterCamp FireShowers

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Swamp Sparrow - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Sibley State Park can be reached by taking Highway 71 north from Willmar, MN for 15 miles to the park entrance. Turn west onto County Road 48. Drive for one mile to the park headquarters. OR From St. Cloud, take Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County 148, and follow County 148 west to the park entrance.

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Sibley State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area