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See the Mississippi River Headwaters - Sandy Lake website for additional information. Primary recreational opportunities are listed below.
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Sandy Lake Visitor Center (218) 426-3482
Directions & Lake History/Factoid
Directions: From McGregor, MN travel 13 miles north on State Highway 65. The Sandy Lake Dam &
Recreation Area has 2 access roads, a South Entrance and North Entrance, which are 1/2 a
mile apart and accessed off of State Highway 65.
South Entrance facilities: Park office, beach, boat ramps, picnic shelter, and campsites
1-21, tent sites 1-4, and the south group campsite.
North Entrance facilities: North boat ramp, small visitor museum, campsites 22-49, tent
sites 5-8, the north group campsite, and the camper cabin.
Note: Only pedestrian traffic is permitted across the dam.
Factoid: The Sandy Lake Dam and Recreation Area is situated at the outlet of Big Sandy Lake in
northern Minnesota, 13 miles north of McGregor, MN. The dam is a part of the Mississippi
Headwaters Project, one of the first reservoir systems in the country. "The Sandy Lake
Dam structure dates back to 1895. Today the grounds have been developed into a park and
campground that is noted for its clean, family-friendly environment and access to fishing
and boating on both Big Sandy Lake and nearby Mississippi River. It offers the only public
campground and beach on the lake. The area is also a part of the historic canoe
route that connected the Mississippi River to Lake Superior and major fur trading
companies. Artifacts from the area's long history are kept in a small museum located near
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Services Status
Please see the list below for USACE managed areas. Other parks run by state or private marinas are not included in the list below. Please contact the state or private marina for additional information.
1 Recreation areas at Mississippi River Headwaters - Sandy Lake
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Sandy Lake Recreation Area
Managed by Others in Italics
$ Corps Fees Collected
|C||Fish Cleaning Stations|
|GS||Group Picnic Shelter|
|B||Bike Trails |
|I||Hiking Trails - Interpretive|
|R||Off Road Vehicle Trails|
|S||Snow Mobile Trails|
|CC||Cross Country Skiing Trails|
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