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    22205 531St Lane
    McGregor, MN 55760
    Phone: (651) 290-5850

NOTICE: Many states are discouraging or banning movement of firewood to control spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Not bringing wood from home to your campsite and not taking unused wood you procure while camping home with you is recommended -- required in some states. Check the following website to learn more:

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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.

Lake History

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 the dam.

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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.

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1 Recreation areas at Mississippi River Headwaters - Sandy Lake

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XExists at lake
EElectric Campsites
NNon-electric Campsites
PPrimitive Campsites
GGroup Camping
DDump Station
CFish Cleaning Stations
DFishing Docks
PFishing Piers
APicnic Area
GGroup Picnic
GSGroup Picnic Shelter
PSwimming Pool
BBike Trails
QEquestrian Trails
HHiking Trails
IHiking Trails - Interpretive
ROff Road Vehicle Trails
FFitness Trails
WWater Trails
SSnow Mobile Trails
CCCross Country Skiing Trails
MMultipurpose Trails

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