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Camping and Geocaching Southeastern Minnesota

I visited 14 state parks in southeastern Minnesota over a five-day period. The objective was geocaching the Wildlife Safari multi-caches and collect critter cards. Even though the goal of collecting the critter cards was successful it was interesting to visit state parks I have not been to before. The neat thing about geocaching is hiking in areas of the park you may not usually go. Here is a brief synopsis of six of the 14 parks that I visited. Most of the state parks have the following amenities: club hiking trial, camping, winter ski trails, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, boating, swimming, fishing, and group camping and primitive camping. To find out more for each park check out Minnesota DNR website for more details.

Frontenac is beautiful and located on bluffs overlooking Lake Pepin where the mighty Mississippi runs through it. There are several scenic overlooks and a great place to watch migratory birds.

John A. Latsch is on bluffs near the Mississippi river. This park is a wayside rest area and only has hiking trails and 10 walk in campsites.

Whitewater has about 2700 acres of wooded land located in a deep valley with limestone bluffs. The Whitewater River runs through the valley where you can fish in a spring-fed river for brown or rainbow trout. Or, check out the sandy beach area and swim after hiking on the trails.

Carley located 10 miles northwest of Whitewater. A very small park about 204 acres that was established to protect some beautiful white pines. Also, part of the Whitewater river flows through here.

Great River Bluffs located about 20 miles southeast of Winona. This park is located on bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi. Two fantastic spots to overlook the Mississippi river valley to view spectacular fall colors.

Beaver Creek Valley is located extreme southeast corner of the state. Beaver Creek stream runs throughout the park along trails and the campground area. Here you can drop a line for brown trout or hike on the nearby trails.

If you enjoy camping and hiking these parks mentioned above have wonderful hiking trails and other terrific things to do for family fun. This is a great time to visit Minnesota State Parks during the fall to view the colors from now until the beginning of October.
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Polly Mary J. Bowen personal trainer, educator, sports official and outdoor enthusiast currently live in southwestern Minnesota.  Ms. Bowen is the owner of Fun Camp Stoves a website, which provides quality camping stoves.  She can be reached at www.funcampstoves.com . Camping and outdoor activities have been a part of her life. Thus, the creation of Fun Camp Stoves website, in which sharing her passion with others who love outdoor activities.